Kennebunk Inn – Food Network’s Best Hotels for Food

Kennebunk Inn - Best Hotels for Food

#3 Kennebunk Inn, Kennebunk, Maine

Maine’s Kennebunk Inn is like the charming, historic bed-and-breakfast of our dreams — complete with lobster pot pie and lobster white-truffle pizza. The hotel is run by chefs Brian and Shanna O’Hea, who met at the Culinary Institute of America, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their signature lobster dishes have garnered national attention — on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, in Oprah’s O Magazine and in Travel & Leisure. The couple launched an e-commerce business to satisfy the growing demand. In between running the inn and cooking everything for the restaurant, the O’Heas pick up and cook the lobsters on the day of the shipment. Still, we imagine that the lobster pot pie must taste extra special after a day spent exploring the local beaches. Holidays are a particularly fun and delicious time to stay here: The O’Heas prepare a special spirit-messenger dinner with a local psychic in homage to the inn’s haunted history; Christmas sees the return of chestnut bisque; and Valentine’s Day features a tasting menu with coeur a la creme (a heart-shaped dessert that’s like a crustless cheesecake) and a milkshake for two.

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About The Kennebunk Inn

The Chefs/Owners of The Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern met when they were students at The Culinary Institute of America. They have appeared on "Best Thing I Ever Ate," "Chopped," "Rewrapped," and "Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network and on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise." They have also appeared in Oprah Winfrey's "O" The Magazine. The O'Heas have been guest chefs at Walt Disney World's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Houston's "Sugar Land Food & Wine Affair, Boca Raton's "Boca Bacchanal" Food & Wine Festival, and on Holland America Cruise Line.