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Kennebunk: beauty awaits!

Roche Bobois

This small coastal town in Maine with the Abenaki name, like its famous neighbour, Ogunquit, is a joy to discover. At the White Barn Inn, a member of the Relais & Châteaux hotel chain, the beauty of the venue contends only with the quality of the cuisine and the warm welcome.

Situated less than a kilometer from the village and the sea (both of which are easily accessible), The White Barn Inn (est. 1887) offers a variety of guest accommodation: in the main building, by the garden, or in waterfront cottages. Aficionados of New England architecture are sure to get their fill. The interior design of the Inn is divided between traditional and contemporary styles, always marked by a high degree of comfort: plasma TV, gas fireplace, coffee maker, contemporary bathrooms, air conditioning… pervasive, discreet luxury in a quiet atmosphere conducive to relaxation. The complex also houses a spa which provides for a total relaxation experience.

Prestigious travel magazines have given recent account of the distinguished cuisine of Executive Chef Jonathan Cartwright who takes advantage of nature’s local and regional offerings: lobster, scallops, and tuna, fiddleheads and blueberries, and wild produce, turkey, venison, cranberries, and mushrooms. During my stay, I particularly enjoyed the tasting menu, a sampling of the Chef’s creative dishes, refined and flavorful, worthy of a Michelin star. The dining room, an elegantly converted old barn, is highlighted by a picture window giving onto a garden that changes with the seasons.

A visit to the region invites such excursions as whale watching, ocean fishing, hiking, or, leisurely bike rides with suggested itineraries and a prepared picnic hamper included! Unless of course you’ve chosen to visit museums (shipbuilding has long been an important industry here) or antique shops. Whatever your inclination, there are great discoveries to be made everywhere. The White Barn Inn, a charming destination, ideal for those seeking to break with the traditional routine of a Maine getaway!

The White Barn Inn & Spa, whitebarninn.com

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