private boat charters, luxury spa services to dining at a five diamond
restaurant, what more could one ask for? We couldn?t find a single need
that wasn?t graciously attended to when we stayed at The White Barn Inn of
Kennebunkport. The property recently added three luxury cottages, which
sit prominently alongside the riverside marina, which offers some of the
most picturesque views in town.
Each waterfront cottage has its own private entrance, spectacular river
views and waterfront patios. Available nightly or by the week, the
cottages are equipped with coffee makers, wood burning fireplaces, VCR and
MP3 equipped DVD players and air conditioning for the summer and are
located just around the corner from the Main Inn.
One morning we enjoyed a breakfast basket delivered right to our front
door, including our hot fresh brewed coffee and teas, home-baked pastries
and croissants. The Friendship Cottage, which was located across the
street from the Loon Cottage where we stayed boasted a complimentary
beverage bar (of beer, wine and soft drinks) for the exclusive use of
The largest of The White Barn Inn Wharf Cottages, Loon Cottage features
two bedrooms, each with its own private entrance, two bathrooms with
showers, two wood-burning fireplaces, coffee espresso maker and cathedral
ceilings. The Cottage was beautifully appointed and although my husband and
I were the only ones staying in the cottage, it was certainly large enough
to accommodate four people. At the far ends of the cottage, each private
water view bedroom was furnished with a down topped queen sized bed..
We visited the Main Inn for afternoon tea and later had dinner at the AAA
Five Diamond White Barn Inn Restaurant. The Restaurant is recognized as
Maine's premier fine dining establishment and by Travel and Leisure as one
of the top Five Resort Restaurants in North America.
The White Barn Inn Restaurant has been honored with numerous awards. The
restaurant is the recipient of the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond Award for
the 11th consecutive year, the only restaurant in Maine and one of only
three restaurants in New England to earn this distinction. In addition, it
was also named to the Fine Dining Hall of Fame by Nation's Restaurant.
Built in two restored barns dating from 1860's, the restaurant's rustic
decor, candlelit white linen tables, and beautiful views from its floor to
ceiling picture window create the perfect stage for a romantic retreat or
special celebration. Proprietor Laurence Bongiorno has masterfully
transformed the 140 year old New England barn into an internationally
recognized fine dining restaurant seating 120. Exemplary service creates
an elegant yet relaxing dining experience.
Chef Jonathan Cartwright, continuing the
restaurant's tradition of serving the finest contemporary New England
cuisine with a European flair, changes the restaurant's menu weekly,
highlighting seafood from the icy waters off Kennebunkport as well as
native game and poultry.
The White Barn Inn is ranked among the top 25 North American small hotels.
Last year, The White Barn Inn restaurant topped the ranking of any
restaurant in a resort worldwide in Conde Nast Traveler's Best of the Best
As a cottage guest, we were also permitted to enjoy all the amenities the
Main Inn has to offer, including heated outdoor brimming pool, bicycles,
canoes and ocean cruises aboard the True Blue during the summer season.
For more information or to make a reservation, call the White Barn Inn
directly at (207) 967-2321 or visit their website at
White Barn Inn
37 Beach Avenue
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Kellie K. Speed is
a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been
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Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air
Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and
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