News & Views Spring 2008

An Occasional Publication of The Kennebunk Inn

Room and Suite Improvements

Complementing changes and improvements to The Inn’s first floor described in the Winter 2008 News & Views, are a series of upgrades to many of The Inn’s rooms and suites on the first, second and third floors. These renovations, our most substantial since acquiring The Inn in 2003,  include painting, bathroom upgrades, furniture additions, and new flat screen televisions. Already we have received numerous positive comments from guests expressing their pleasure at the enhanced comfort and attractiveness.

Parking Lot Transformation: New Herb Garden

Another project, one which will not only enhance The Inn’s appearance but our patron’s dining experiences, is nearing completion as well: a large herb garden on one side of the main parking lot at the rear of The Inn. An attractive brick wall surrounds the garden, which is planted with a variety of herbs and vegetables that will be incorporated into Academe’s soups, salads, entrées and desserts.

Chef ~ Owners Featured at Arts in the Inns Festival

In June, The Inn’s Chef ~ Owners, Brian and Shanna O’Hea, participated in the Kennebunk / Kennebunkport Arts in the Inns Festival. This unique, charitable event pares leading local artists and chefs, whose culinary creations are designed to reflect a particular artist’s work. From all accounts this year’s event was a big success as the following words from the sponsors suggest: “Your dinner was clearly a highlight of the festival for everyone involved. We continue to receive rave reviews from people who attended. Thank you so much for your generous donation of time, food and your own personal artistry.”

Academe Seasonal Entrée

Pistachio Crusted Atlantic Salmon $22 … grilled plum and scallion chutney, roasted asparagus and a vanilla port reduction

Academe Seasonal Dessert

Reverse Root Beer Float $8.5 … vanilla soda with homemade root beer ice cream accompanied by two fried Oreo cookies

Guest Comments – Near and Far

“Beautiful place! Friendly staff! We will definitely come back.” (Erica, Morrisville, VT) …“What a delightful stay – yummy food – see you again!” (Betsy, White Plains, NY) …“Two enthusiastic thumbs up – fine holiday fun!” (Sarah and Mike, Middletown, CT) …“The Inn is wonderfully decorated, beautiful grounds, a great front porch, and very quiet!” (Al, Cincinnati, OH) … “Delightfully surprised!” (Ginger, Long Beach, MS) … “Soo delightful!” (Suzanne and John, Vero Beach, FL) … “So quaint! Such a treat to be in cool, green Maine!” (Elna, Phoenix, AZ) … “Wow – wonderful experience and memories!!” (Mario and Mary, Shoreham, NY) …“Wonderful – best bed ever!” (Nick and Karen, Arlington, MA) … “Great dinner!” (Mike, Sarasota, FL)

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.