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Meadowmere Resort celebrates over 30 years of Maine hospitality in the heart of Ogunquit. The family owned and operated hotel is recognized as an Environmental Leader by the State of Maine and received the 2014 Innovation Award from the Institute for Family Business and 2013 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. The hotel offers luxury accommodations, outstanding amenities and exceptional package getaways. The Meadowmere welcomes guests year round to enjoy Ogunquit Beach, Perkins Cove, Marginal Way and more from its central village location.

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Certificate of Excellence Award 2017

Trip Advisor | Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trip Advisor announced winners of its 2017 Certificate of Excellence Awards and recognized the locally owned and operated Meadowmere Resort for the second consectuive year and fifth time overall.

Ogunquit, Maine, USA – 21, June 2017 – Meadowmere Resort today announced that it has received a  TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the second consecutive year and the fifth time overall in 2017. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“Being a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence recipient two years running is wonderful,” said Allyson Cavaretta, Director of Sales & Marketing at Meadowmere Resort. “Our team is honored and excited to create a home away from home for our guests. Receiving this award for our fifth time is the result of our Family Serving Family motto and the hard work of an excellent team. We are thankful to our guests who continue to join us year after year. This is a great way to begin the season at the Meadowmere.”

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Best Hotel for Families in 2017 by TripAdvisor's Family Vacation Critic

Family Travel Critic | Friday, May 26, 2017

Trip Advisor’s Family Travel Critic announced winners of its 2017 Best Family Hotels Awards and recognized the locally owned and operated Meadowmere Resort.

The Meadowmere Resort has been awarded Best Hotels for Families in 2017 by Family Vacation Critic.

Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, has released its annual list of the best hotels for families in 15 regions across the globe. Every hotel on the list has met a strict list of family-specific criteria, having been highly-rated by family travelers and personally vetted by Family Vacation Critic’s team of family travel experts.

“When planning a family vacation, it’s important to find a hotel that truly meets the needs of all ages in your group, and these hotels do just that,” explains Lissa Poirot, Editor-in-Chief of Family Vacation Critic. “What’s interesting about this year’s list is the number of top hotels not just in traditional family vacation destinations, but also in places that might not be top of mind for families. This list of family-approved hotels helps to make those trips a reality.”

In order to be designated a Family Vacation Critic Favorite, the Meadowmere Resort had to meet the following criteria:

•           Hotel must have been personally vetted and visited by a member of Family Vacation Critic’s team of hotel experts, and receive either a four- or five-star editorial rating.

•           Hotel must have been recommended by 75% or more of families who have rated the property a four- or five-star review.

“The Meadowmere Resort is thrilled to be recognized as a Best Family Hotel in 2017,” said Allyson Cavaretta, Director of Sales & Marketing at Meadowmere Resort. “Our team works hard to create memorable experiences thru our Family Serving Family motto. We are thankful to the many families who continue to rave about our team and join us year after year. This is a great way to begin the summer season.”

The Meadowmere Resort is one of just 750 hotel to be named as a 2017 Family Vacation Critic Favorites, representing the top six percent of hotels on the site and was hand-selected by Family Vacation Critic as appropriate for families.

Certificate of Excellence Award 2016

Trip Advisor | Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Trip Advisor announced winners of its 2016 Certificate of Excellence Awards and recognized the locally owned and operated Meadowmere Resort.

Ogunquit, Maine, USA – 25, May 2016 Meadowmere Resort today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

2015 Entrepreneurial Business of the Year

York County Community College | Thursday, November 19, 2015

The York County Community College announced winners at its 2015 Entrepreneurial Business Awards and recognized the locally owned and operated Meadowmere Resort.

Ogunquit, ME – November 19, 2015 – The York County Community College announced winners at its 2015 Entrepreneurial Business Awards and recognized the locally owned and operated Meadowmere Resort, on Thursday November 19 at Jonathan’s Restaurant in Ogunquit. The event is designed to honor winners in several categories.

Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit Maine received the Large Business Entrepreneurial award for demonstrating excellence in community service, investment in people, longevity, local ownership, and growth in industry, against all odds. The family owned Ogunquit resort’s community and customer service programs were honored at the event for the special connection created between Ogunquit, its employees and its customers.

Community business practices have become a key part of the Meadowmere’s value proposition. Through such practices as solar energy, soap donation program, Appreciation Weekends and many other educational and environmental efforts, the family owned and operated Ogunquit resort creates a memorable impression, a difference in its community, and demonstrates that it is possible for guests and employees to make a positive difference of their own.

2014 Innovation Award

Institute for Family Owned Business| Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Institute for Family-Owned Business, in partnership with the law firm Verrill Dana, announced winners at its 2014 Maine Family Business Awards and recognized the family owned Meadowmere Resort.

Ogunquit, ME – May 20, 2014 – The Institute for Family-Owned Business, in partnership with the law firm Verrill Dana, announced winners at its 2014 Maine Family Business Awards, held May 19 at the Marriott at Sable Oaks. Hosted by WGME-TV co-anchor Gregg Lagerquist, the event is designed to honor winners in several categories.

Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit Maine received the Innovation award for demonstrating excellence in a new original, compelling idea and/or innovation the provides significant benefit to and/or impact on others or fulfills a market need through a service or product. The family owned Ogunquit resort’s environmental leader and customer service programs were honored at the event for the special connection to community and customers created.

The Institute for Family-Owned Business cited that the Meadowmere Resort was “A clear winner…whose strong environmental initiatives, through sustainable practices, shows clearly they want to make a difference in the way they do business. This successful first-generation business is family friendly and has all the markings of a world-class resort.”

Sustainable business practices have become a key part of the Meadowmere’s value proposition. Through such practices as solar energy, ozone laundry, soap donation program Appreciation Weekends and many other educational and environmental efforts, the family owned and operated Ogunquit resort creates a memorable impression, a difference in its community, and demonstrates that it is possible for guests and employees to make a positive difference of their own.

Certificate of Excellence Award 2013

TripAdvisor.com| Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Trip Advisor awards family owned Meadowmere Resort for Excellent Customer Service for Third Consecutive Year in a Row

Ogunquit, ME – May 29, 2013 – Meadowmere Resort today announced that it has received its third consecutive TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

The Meadowmere Resort is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Allyson Cavaretta, Director of Sales & Marketing at Meadowmere Resort. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled to receive this award for three years running.”

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most — their customers.”

2013 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

Office of the Governor, State of Maine| Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Maine DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho and Senior Natural Resources Policy Advisor to Governor LePage Carlisle McLean honored the Meadowmere Resort as a steward of sustainability with State-sponsored environmental achievement awards.

OGUNQUIT, MAINE, May 22, 2013  – Maine DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho and Senior Natural Resources Policy Advisor to Governor LePage Carlisle McLean honored the Meadowmere Resort as a steward of sustainability with State-sponsored environmental achievement awards.

The 2013 Environmental Excellence awards, administered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, were presented by Commissioner Aho and Carlisle McLean in a ceremony at Mid-State Machine Products, a leading precision manufacturer located in Winslow.

Senior staff from the Governor’s office and from Maine DEP, representatives from each of the winning organizations, members of the Board of Environmental Protection and the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee, and leaders from Maine’s environment and business community attended the awards.

Recipients were recognized for voluntarily going beyond regulatory requirements for innovation in environmental sustainability.

Commissioner Aho said it was important for the State to acknowledge Maine’s many environmental leaders who are modeling her department’s vision of a mutually healthy environment and economy.

“Maine has long been a national leader when it comes to environmental excellence and our 2013 Governor’s Awards recipients are carrying on that legacy,” Aho said. “As Maine’s foremost environmental organization, it has great meaning when we respect and recognize these leaders and that the innovation improving our environment and our economy comes directly from Maine employers and people, understanding that a healthy environment and a strong economy support one another and where stewardship of our natural resources ensures a vibrant economy.”

The Meadowmere Resort, a family run business for 30 years located in Ogunquit, won in the “Businesses with 20-99 Employees” category. The Meadowmere is one of first DEP certified Environmental Leaders recognized for installing a 48 panel solar hot water system which at peak provides 70 percent of their hot water energy needed (this project also created one full-time staff position in order to manage the system). The Meadowmere has also implemented property-wide recycling and no longer has trash bins at the front desk because only recyclables are produced. “It is an honor to receive this award for our family resort,” said Allyson Cavaretta, Director of Sales & Marketing, for The Meadowmere Resort. “It is the result of the dedication of our employees who incorporate our green efforts into each day. Our eco-programs help to take better care of our guests and our community in the spirit of Maine’s great hospitality. The Meadowmere began this eco-friendly path over seven years ago and we continue to add new ways to deliver a greener stay to our customers. We hope our independent family owned hotel inspires others to deliver an environmentally friendly customer experience.”

Certificate of Excellence Award 2012

TripAdvisor.com| Monday, May 23, 2012

Trip Advisor awards family owned Meadowmere Resort for Excellent Customer Service for Second Year in a Row

Ogunquit, ME — May 23, 2012 — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced that it has awarded its Certificate of Excellence to the Meadowmere Resort for the second year in a row. The accolade honors highly rated lodging businesses, based on travelers’ reviews.

The Meadowmere Resort received this distinction in 2011 and again in 2012 for its excellent 4.5 out of 5 rating and reviews. To qualify, a businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. This accolade is given to qualifying businesses worldwide.

“It is an honor to receive a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for our resort for the second year in a row,” said Jill Hugger, General Manager for The Meadowmere Resort. “We want to continue to thank our guests for sharing their feedback — It has helped us continue to improve and deliver the gift of service to our customers. We are very pleased to be recognized by TripAdvisor and by travelers for offering a great customer experience at our independent hotel.”

2012 EcoMaine Business Award

EcoMaine| Monday, January 30, 2012

EcoMaine awards family owned Meadowmere Resort for its Environmental Leader efforts

Ogunquit, ME — January 30, 2012 — EcoMaine, a non-profit, municipally owned waste management corporation, today announced that it has awarded its 2012 Ogunquit Business Award to the Meadowmere Resort. The accolade honors Maine businesses going above and beyond in their environmental efforts, based on nominations.

The Meadowmere Resort received this distinction for its Environmental Leadership actions in the recent year. To highlight some of the green efforts at the hotel:

Soap Recycling Program — The Meadowmere joined the Global Soap Project and now donates used bars of soap to be recycled. The soap is then sent to African refugee camps to provide sanitation and aid in reducing disease. Onsite, the resort shares these efforts with our guests in room to encourage participation and increase awareness in the cause.

LED Lighting Installation — The Meadowmere partnered with Efficiency Maine and a local Seacoast lighting vendor to develop a plan for changing the hotel lighting from CFL to LED wherever feasible. The program included lighting rebates, Energy Star certifications and effectively decreases the hotel use of electricity.

Property Wide Recycling — The Meadowmere continues today to offer recycling property wide with bins in each guest room, in common areas and in the office space. These efforts to increase the hotel’s recycling have resulted in waste bins being removed from the front desk and now only recycled waste is produced at the desk area.

Green Tourism Seminar — The Meadowmere was one of four hotels to host a Green Tourism Seminar, a grant funded educational program that teaches hospitality businesses how to become more efficient, how to evaluate green programs and how to create a sustainable business culture. The hotel provided tours of all green programs, including ozone, solar, recycling, cleaning procedures and more.

“It is an honor to receive the 2012 Business Award from EcoMaine for our resort,” said Allyson Cavaretta, Director of Sales & Marketing, for The Meadowmere Resort. “We want to thank our guests for participating in the programs and the Environmental Leadership program for starting us on this path over six years ago. It helps us continue to improve and deliver the gift of service to our customers. We are very pleased to be recognized by EcoMaine and by the Maine community for offering a great  and greener customer experience.”

Certificate of Excellence Award 2011

WCSH6.com| Saturday, May 28, 2011

Trip Advisor awards family owned Meadowmere Resort for Excellent Customer Service

Ogunquit, ME — May 27, 2011 — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced that it has awarded its Certificate of Excellence to the Meadowmere Resort. The accolade honors highly rated lodging businesses, based on travelers’ reviews.

The Meadowmere Resort received this distinction for its excellent 4.5 out of 5 rating and reviews. To qualify, a businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. This accolade is given to qualifying businesses worldwide.

“It is an honor to receive a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for our resort,” said Jill Hugger, General Manager for The Meadowmere Resort. “We want to thank our guests for sharing their feedback — It helps us continue to improve and deliver the gift of service to our customers. We are very pleased to be recognized by TripAdvisor and by travelers for offering a great customer experience.

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Hit the Deck This Summer

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Fosters, Fosters.com | Thursday, July 20, 2017

“Before all that, we had a tour of the resort which left me thinking “Why the heck have I never been here before in the 15 years I’ve been on the Seacoast?” It’s really the complete getaway and even just one night left me feeling like I was far away from it all.”

Long ago, when I lived in California with my then-child Avalon, we took little weekend trips: the train to Santa Barbara, a little jaunt to San Diego, a beach getaway to Santa Cruz. On one of those trips, my little 6-year old bounced on the bed, declaring, “We love staying in hotels, don’t we, Mom?”That feeling is still with her. I will not soon forget the gleam in her eye when I told her that her grandmother laid out some big bucks for her to have her own luxurious Manhattan-view room at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for my cousin’s wedding.

A couple of months ago, I had my own mini-vacation on the Seacoast with stays at the Hotel Portsmouth and the Alehouse Inn – both wonderful – and then at the Meadowmere in Ogunquit. A group of food and travel writers got a taste of its Hit the Decks summer package with an evening stay and then dinner at MC Perkins Cove on their new rooftop deck with views of the beach below and the clear blue waters of the cove. There, we dined on corn chowder and poblano soup with Maine lobster, crema and pico de gallo, an individual clam and cod roast with corn and cumin and duck confit with cherry rhubarb sauce, toasted walnuts and cinnamon. We had mini passed cocktails made with Wiggly Bridge Distillery spirits, too. It’s a stunning setting for a great Maine-inspired dinner.

Before all that, we had a tour of the resort which left me thinking “Why the heck have I never been here before in the 15 years I’ve been on the Seacoast?” It’s really the complete getaway and even just one night left me feeling like I was far away from it all. One of the draws is that it’s been family-owned by the Cavaretta family since 1983. Families come back year after year for decades. They became Ogunquit’s first certified Eco Friendly Maine hotel back in 2006.

I liked that I could walk everywhere, including to Marginal Way, that glorious stretch of hiking above the water. We all walked back from MC Perkins Cove, passing the Ogunquit Heritage Museum at the Captain James Winn House. You’re also near Mt. Agamenticus for a hike and can surf and paddleboard.

Another great aspect is that you don’t have to go anywhere at all to find something to do. There’s an indoor and outdoor pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a cool Roman Ba modeled after ancient Roman springs through special temperature and circulations. Work out in a 6,200-square-foot fitness center with a sauna and spa services. I didn’t work out because there was a huge cushy bed to laze around in and I sleep on a futon at home.

Also outside are areas with gas grills and patios so you can cook with the family. If it rains, hang out in the little movie theater or the game and arcade room. They even have a tea room and a library with puzzles and get this – actual newspapers.

Walking to the heart of town is a little hike, yet totally doable and it’s a great way to see all the restaurants, bars and little shops along the way. Stop into the Village Food Market for picnic supplies, get some ice cream at Rococo or hang out at Northern Union or The Roost’s bar while walking to town or over to MC Perkins Cove to hang out on that rooftop deck. If you don’t want to hoof it, there’s a trolley. The property is right beside Jonathan’s so you can go to a concert and just walk back.

Summer’s a great time to go have a mini-vacation and I’m just kicking myself for not having done it before, but Autumn and Winter (when the tourists go home) will also be a great time to go.

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Ogunquit & A return trip to Meadowmere Resort does not disappoint

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Kennebec Journal, CentralMaine.com | Sunday, June 4, 2017

Since “discovering” Ogunquit last year, the Travelin’ Mainers been anxious to return to our “home” there — the Meadowmere Resort, a family-oriented inn with amazing amenities.

George

Since “discovering” Ogunquit last year, we’ve been anxious to return to our “home” there — the Meadowmere Resort, a family-oriented inn with amazing amenities. In addition to the beautiful rooms and friendly staff, I like that we are able to park our vehicle there and walk to the beach, the oceanfront walkway and to downtown stores and restaurants.

On this trip, we picnicked at the beach, then walked along the wonderful oceanside paved Marginal Way, which was donated by a generous local builder in 1925. It’s a popular walk with a lot of nice benches.

Allyson Cavaretta, director of sales and marketing, manages the Meadowmere with her dad. Her grandfather built the original buildings in 1983, and her dad expanded the resort when Allyson was in college. “People thought we were nuts” she said, in response to their decision to remain open year-round.

Although the inn — with 24 family, luxury and honeymoon suites and 124 standard rooms — is one of the state’s largest, it doesn’t seem large. Each of the five buildings is rimmed with beautiful gardens, and the indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzis are popular. There’s lots to do, including movies every afternoon and evening, and a health club/fitness center. Their buffet breakfasts are good and we lingered to enjoy the food and coffee.

Once you are a guest here, you’ll be impressed with the relationship you’ll have with Meadowmere. They even host six “Appreciation Weekends” each year, when regular guests are invited to visit at a discount. The money is donated to a charity chosen by the staff.

I was impressed that 17 Ogunquit businesses, including Meadowmere, have qualified as environmental leaders by Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection. In fact, Meadowmere has won many environmental awards.

We also enjoyed a visit to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (www.ogunquitmuseum.org), which featured an exhibit of the wonderful art of Dahlov Ipcar. You should get down there to see this before the exhibit ends on June 23. Their staff gave us a great tour, and I was particularly impressed with their permanent exhibit of World War 1 art. I loved the stunning art of James Linehan, focused on Schoodic Point — one of our favorite coastal destinations.

Outside we were captivated by Pamela Moulton’s beautiful interactive art event, an opportunity for folks to explore both constructive and destructive emotions. No surprise, Linda and I came up with “enjoyment” as our primary emotion. You can read more about this in the Travelin’ Maine(rs) section at www.georgesmithmaine.com.

Linda

Having visited Ogunquit last year, we prepared a picnic and left home early so that we could spend more time at the ocean. A few people at Ogunquit Beach were soaking up the sun, walking, or chasing after children who seemed to love running on the sand. The water was beautiful. A dark shade of blue met a lovely shade of green. The white waves crashing painted quite a picture.

Our luxury room at Meadowmere was spacious and looked out over the pool. With a king bed, desk and comfy chairs as well as a gas fireplace — we were quick to settle in. Having just walked the Marginal Way, George suggested a swim to cool off. We had the outdoor pool to ourselves, but I chose to just dip my feet in. An unheated pool means very cool water and only George was brave enough to jump in. I held out for the hot tub!

The resort is large and sprawls over three acres. Two gardeners were busy all day, which explains why the grounds and perennial gardens are so well kept.

This is a family-owned resort. Allyson told us how she grew up here and remembers that her mom would load all three kids and beach gear into a Radio Flyer wagon and head to the beach for the day. Meadowmere now has red wagons available so families can create their own special memories.

We were lucky indeed to be able to visit the Ogunquit Museum of American Art on the day their first interactive artist of the summer came to for an exhibit. I so enjoyed our visit with Pamela Moulton (www.pamelamoulton.com). She had created a map of emotions from a variety of materials. Participants could roll a die that chose one of the five basic emotions, then connect it to a feeling by placing a personal memory there.

She told us that she was doing an installation at Laudholm Farm that had taken her 17 years to complete, and showed us a picture of her 14-foot sculpture created of tiny, white shells. She is truly a dedicated and talented artist.

Beautiful sculptures are on display at the museum, drawing the eye to the gardens and ocean. Rock pathways wind through the grounds and benches invite you to linger. And we did!

Visit George’s website — georgesmithmaine.com — for book reviews, outdoor news and all Travelin’ Maine(rs) columns, found listed by town in the “Best of Maine” section.

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Meadowmere Resort

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What’s cooking? Culinary vacations in New England

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Boston Globe, Boston.com | Friday, June 2, 2017

Culinary vacations are hot these days. Here are four getaway spots that offer hands-on cooking lessons and access to top chefs.

Meadowmere Resort

Make Me a Chef is the name of the interactive cooking weekend package at unpretentious Meadowmere in Ogunquit, Maine. The package runs through June 30 and includes two nights’ accommodations in a fireplace suite or king Jacuzzi suite (Thursday or Friday arrival), three-course continental American dinner with chef Norm Hebert at his Bintliff’s Restaurant, discounted cooking classes at Stonewall Kitchen Cooking school, half-hour Swedish massage, and a late checkout. The chef will explain the meal’s preparation, offer cooking tips, and discuss his food sourcing. And, with a focus on local Maine wines, beers, and spirits, you’ll also learn about wine pairings for your meal. Rates begin at $329 per person based on double occupancy. www.meadowmere.com

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The Heart of Ogunquit, Maine

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MilesGeek, MilesGeek.com | Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Something for Everyone at Meadowmere

Just minutes away from sandy beaches and centrally located in Ogunquit, Maine, the distinctive beck-and-call of Meadowmere Resort, makes it the perfect mid-week getaway.This well-kept seaside resort is a family owned business, showcasing four separate buildings on the property’s four acres. With 145 beautifully furnished guestrooms, most with an outdoor balcony or patio, each wing offers guests both choice and value. Deluxe rooms and suites have other amenities we crave as creatures of comfort, namely a private fireplace and Jacuzzi.

I walk into the sunny reception area, greeted by a smiling young woman. She checks me in quickly, offering directions to my room and suggestions for places I might want to dine, once I’ve settled in.

My room is bright and cheerful. Both beds look comfortable. I’m tempted to jump on them, like a kid might. Instead, I kick off my shoes, drop my suitcases near the door and wander out onto the balcony, where I breathe in the ocean’s briny air. I take a few minutes to drink in the beauty of Meadowmere’s manicured lawns and flowering bushes out front.

Even though the year-round resort area, known as Ogunquit, means ‘ beautiful place by the sea,’ and is customarily ranked as one of the top vacation spots along Maine’s Southern seacoast, Meadowmere itself could truly be nicknamed the same. Part of its charm is the fact that it’s so close to everything one might want to do while discovering Maine’s pristine coastline.

Its central location is just minutes away from it all. Whether I decide to go to the Ogunquit Playhouse, shop in the downtown area, dine in numerous seafood restaurants, or wander along the shore, picking up colorful seashells, the resort welcomes me back with open arms, when I’m done for the day.

I spend an hour or so, swimming laps in the indoor pool. The outdoor pool is certainly ready for company, and I really do think about jumping in, but the water’s still a little too cold for my liking. I make a mental note to work my way back once the warmer weather settles in for Maine’s busy Summer season.

Luxurious accommodations here at Meadowmere include both indoor and outdoor hot tubs. A 6,200 square foot fitness center boasts the latest strength building and cardio-vascular equipment. The resort’s relaxing day spa offers Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology and LaStone menus to choose from. Saunas, steam rooms and tanning sessions allow visitors to unwind and recharge as well.

In the quiet moments, just before dawn, a walk to the beach is easy, the peace-filled sunrise whispers a ‘Good Morning!’ I don’t want to miss. I’m the only one here, which seems ridiculous. How can anyone sleep through this miracle of a new day, with that bright orange orb of light peeking up over the horizon, offering us hope and promise?

Meadowmere Resort offers several different vacation packages, each helping ensure a Maine stay proves unique and memorable.

A guest can choose an environmental package, learning to paddle board or surf the Southern Maine Coast. With each stay, the resort donates to the Surfrider Foundation, actively supporting clean beaches and clean water. Breakfast and gear are included in the vacation package.

Or choose a World Ocean day; a weekend package dedicated to the promotion of eco-efforts and education that covers Meadowmere’s continuous involvement in being green.

Meadowmere is a Trip Advisor Platinum Green Leader, 2013 Governor’s Award Recipient and 2014 Maine Family Business Innovation Award Recipient.

If it’s a fun getaway you want, you’ll find it here. For the ‘foodie fans’, an interactive dining experience, with teachers from the Stonewall Kitchen Culinary School is a must. Watch a meal in stages of preparation, pepper the chef with a gazillion questions about the recipe and then enjoy the meal with others. I love to cook, so this sounds like something I’ll book in my near future!

The resort also promotes specialty girlfriend getaways and Craft Beer Packages that are offered November-March, with limited seating available.

For the romantic love birds; Enjoying champagne and chocolates in front of the roaring fire while listening to live music during the first two weekends of February, sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?

Meadowmere Resort celebrates all four seasons, listing special events on their website. It also offers Continental breakfast for guests in their attached pub, as well as dinner and live music on weekend nights.

Honestly, they think of everything, for everyone. I believe that’s what makes a family- run business different from a corporate one; all of these little touches, their genuine wish to make a life-long connection with the person who decides to put up their feet and stay awhile. This property certainly made the connection with me.

By Theresa St. John. Contact her at press@milesgeek.com.

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Enjoying Ogunquit, Maine, without crowds

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The Times Union, Timesunion.com | Thursday, June 16, 2016

Not too far from Capital Region, Ogunquit rich in attractions

Ogunquit, Maine, has been my summer home for the past 14 years. For as long as I can remember, driving by Ogunquit Playhouse to get to Meadowmere Resort was how I celebrated the start of summer.

Ogunquit is only a little more than four hours from the Capital Region, located on the southern tip of Maine. With summer camps starting in the last week of June, taking a weekend trip to Maine right after school ended seemed like the perfect weekend trip.

This walking-friendly beach town is great for families from all around, with visitors from upstate New York, Boston and Quebec. Two activities I must do when I go to Ogunquit are Perkins Cove and Ogunquit Beach.

During my weekend trip, I spend the first day getting pizza at La Pizzeria in the village of Ogunquit. The small downtown has art galleries, small boutique shops, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Harbor Candy Shop, a gay bar for men, a gay bar for women, little inns or resorts and various restaurants. There is always something for everyone in downtown Ogunquit, whether it be ice cream or candy or antique shopping or some good old Mexican food.

After the first night in Ogunquit, the second day is spent at the beach, either for part of the day or all of the day. Trip Advisor rates Ogunquit Beach among the top beaches in the United States. With its three miles of sandy beach connecting to the Ogunquit River, there is plenty of space for families to throw down their towels or umbrellas for the day. The main parking area at the beach requires a fee to park, but it is not too bad depending on the time of the day. There are a few different paths leading to the beach from the parking area.

After a couple days at the beach, my family takes a trolley or drives to Perkins Cove from the hotel. Perkins Cove is a cute little harbor nestled in the edge of Ogunquit. Always bustling with shop owners, tourists and lobstermen, Perkins Cove may seem like another village in itself. Perkins Cove is most famous for the seafood restaurants Barnacle Billy’s and Oarweed. Around 2 or 4 in the afternoon, my mom and I board the Finestkind III cruise to go see Nubble Lighthouse, known for being one of the most-photographed lighthouses in America.

After the boat tour, the Finestkind III comes back to Perkins Cove, and I feast on a cheeseburger and New England clam chowder at Oarweed. Sitting on the patio, my family has a nice view of the crashing waves at Oarweed Cove. After dinner, my family enjoys a tradition that is an absolute must for any family visiting Ogunquit: walking along the Marginal Way. The path is great for seeing the sunrise early in the morning for early risers, for runners who are on vacation but need exercise, and for families who want to enjoy an evening stroll after a long day at the beach. The Marginal Way connects Perkins Cove and Ogunquit Beach, with exquisite views of the ocean. Over the years, I have seen many weddings on the cliffs of Marginal Way.

For those who want something other than the beach, there is plenty to do in Ogunquit and the surrounding villages. For those who like hiking, families can hike or bike up Mount Agamenticus in York, which has a great view of New Hampshire and of the ocean. The beach in Kennebunk is smaller than Ogunquit Beach, but is still a great place to swim and get a tan in the summer. Nearby Kennebunkport is the summer home of the Bush family. York has an arcade, bowling alley, York’s Wild Kingdom, a zoo, and a sandy beach. For those who want to see Nubble Lighthouse closer than from a boat, you can visit Sohier Park, where there is a restaurant and Nubble Lighthouse gift shop. In Ogunquit, there is a small cinema, and Ogunquit Playhouse puts on musical productions every summer.

When you drive into Maine, there is a sign that says “Welcome to Maine: The Way Life Should Be.” After spending a few days in the southern coast of Maine, it is not hard to understand just what they’re talking about.

By Peggy Hogan-Rao. Contact her at phoganrao@timesunion.com • 518-454-5420

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Skip the tie, and treat dad to a special weekend

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Boston Globe, Boston.com | Friday, June 10, 2016

What better way to celebrate a dad than to turn his special day into a weekend?

If the old man’s a golfer, check out The Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, Maine, where the Father’s Day Golf Package includes complimentary 18 holes at nearby The Links at Outlook. Later, head to Ogunquit Beach or relax poolside before dining at the on-site Jonathan’s Restaurant, where dad gets a complimentary dinner of his choice — options include grilled filet mignon, scallop-and-shrimp-stuffed North Atlantic haddock, and Mediterranean pasta with farm-raised lamb. Wake to complimentary breakfast. June 17 to 19. Two nights required for package; rates vary. 74 Main St., Ogunquit, Maine. 207-646-9661. www.meadowmere.com

Lauren Daley is a freelance writer. Contact her at ldaley33@gmail.com. She tweets @laurendaley1.

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Meadowmere &Ogunquit

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Kennebec Journal, CentralMaine.com | Sunday, May 29, 2016

Travelin’ Mainers fall in love with Ogunquit. It’s so easy to do with the beautiful place by the sea and the wonderful Meadowmere Resort.

Linda

Our beach escape began with a picnic at Laudholm Farm, in Wells, a federal reserve with 7 miles of trails, one of which takes you to a lovely beach. Then it was on to The Meadowmere resort, in Ogunquit, a town that wins awards as a tourist destination.

The inn offers amenities that keep people coming back year after year. At the outside hot tub, we met three related couples from various states who have gathered here twice each year for more than 20 years. They raved about the inn and Jonathan’s restaurant next door, making us glad we had a reservation for dinner there that night.

What would you like for your special getaway? An indoor pool and hot tub? An outdoor pool and hot tub? A sauna and spa? Fitness room? Game room? BBQ pits? How about movies every night, at 5 and 8 p.m.? Well, Meadowmere offers all of this and more. They even have a pub that’s open on weekends.

Shortly after we settled into our comfortable room, we decided to take advantage of the outdoor hot tub. On a beautiful day, it felt decadent to be relaxing in a hot tub while basking in the sun. Ah, I thought, summer has arrived. We found this a great spot for reading, relaxing and visiting with other guests.

You’re just a five-minute walk from Marginal Way, Ogunquit’s famous 1.5-mile paved walkway along the ocean. George and I enjoyed that walk after a wonderful breakfast and sat for a long time at one of the benches along the walkway, enjoying the stunning ocean view. Ogunquit’s 7 miles of sandy beach are also within walking distance, along with the Ogunquit Village. And if you don’t want to walk, there’s a trolley to take you there.

Rooms are comfortably large here, with flat-screen TVs, a beautiful wood armoire, plenty of drawers, a refrigerator and a nice sitting area. There was also seating out on a private balcony that overlooked a beautiful crabapple tree in full bloom.

George

Linda and I love the southern Maine coast in spring and fall, outside the busy tourist seasons. Meadowmere is well located for your Ogunquit getaway, and it offers special deals for stays at the resort and dinners next door at Jonathan’s, an award-winning restaurant that just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Owner Jonathan West, who grew up in Ogunquit and worked in various inns and restaurants there, opened Jonathan’s when he was 26 years old.

The restaurant has expanded to meet demand and now seats 220 diners in rooms looking out over the wonderful gardens and grounds. It’s also become well-known for its intimate concert seating upstairs, where they draw top talent — including the Indigo Girls and Judy Collins.

The manager, Larry, greeted us and gave us a tour. He’s an engaging guy who told us some great stories about the restaurant and concerts.

But we were there to eat, and what a meal we had.

My appetizer of baked Boursin-stuffed mushrooms ($11) was to die for, six button mushrooms stuffed with Boursin cheese. Our server, Drew, a young man who grew up in Ogunquit, was friendly and helpful, and confirmed my research that their Atlantic haddock ($27) is a favorite dish. Now I know why.

The haddock was cooked perfectly, nice and moist, with a delicious sauce. But it was the stuffing on top that made this a memorable dish — scallops and shrimp with garlic and white wine. Oh my. Probably the best haddock I’ve ever had. The menu also features lots of great steak dishes, including filet mignon. My dessert of rich Belgian chocolate mousse ($8), one of Jonathan’s own recipes, has won awards and, boy, was it chocolatey and yummy.

Linda

Our dining room had lots of contemporary charm. Full-length French doors lend lots of natural light and a view of beautiful perennial gardens. Quiet jazz was piped in, soft enough to allow conversation at your table. We started off with their daily house-made rosemary breadsticks and rolls, then a small soup sample from the chef. This is a custom here, and that day’s soup was kale and potato — a creamy concoction that was nicely seasoned.

I ordered the baked artichoke hearts appetizer. Marinated artichokes were topped with a bit of Vermont cheddar cheese and sour cream. This came with crunchy crostini and was unusual and delicious.

I stayed with a vegetarian theme when I chose the eggplant Napoleon entree. I was not disappointed, as a plate of three cutlets was presented atop gnocchi and marinara, then topped with York Hill goat cheese, fresh spinach and roasted red and yellow peppers. The peppers and marinara added enough sweetness to balance the goat cheese well. It was a great meal, but it looked as though I had barely touched it. I did not feel guilty, as it was wonderful as leftovers.

I also needed to save room to try their creme brulee, a creamy custard topped with a thick layer of caramelized sugar. It was a spectacular end to a spectacular meal.

Now we know why folks love Ogunquit. And we’ve joined that list.

Visit George’s website — georgesmithmaine.com — for book reviews, outdoor news and all Travelin’ Maine(rs) columns, found listed by town in the “Best of Maine” section.

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Success Magazine: Make Your Business Socially Responsible

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Success Magazine: Make your business socially responsible| Monday, November 16, 2015

Follow these 5 tips to create an effective social responsbility mission for your company. The Meadowmere Resort is interviewed for its sustainable practices.

“My family built this property in 1983 as a 40-room resort that was later expanded to 144 rooms with four water areas, a theater and other amenities. But it wasn’t until 2006 that we wrote into our policy our commitment to the environment, and we were named Ogunquit’s first state-certified eco-friendly Maine hotel because of our efforts with solar power, recycling, composting, and reducing toxic chemicals from products used by housekeeping, landscaping and guests.The year before, I attended a conference where I learned about the Green Lodging Certification Program administered by Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection. It made sense—the ocean, beaches and other local sights are the natural attractions that our guests enjoy. Plus, taking care of the Earth was part of how I was raised and is inherent to the business.

Our environmental program is much more than just turning off lights when we leave the room. Every policy is made with the environment in mind and is then extended through every business stakeholder. It made financial sense when we recently switched to LED lightbulbs. But we explained to the staff that the bulbs will last longer, meaning less work is required to replace them, and they are safer for their health and that of our guests. The bulbs also produce fewer carbon emissions, so they’re better for the environment. The staff doesn’t see the electric bill, so we would never get the buy-in if we just focused on cost savings. Having the social mission creates a reason and a story for why everyone should care.

We don’t overtly promote our eco-friendly policy, but our solar panels are visible from the road as you drive in. When guests arrive, they are invited to tour the property to learn about our environmental practices, soap-recycling program and biodegradable guest products. They see behind the scenes and become part of our family.

This program has come to define our business. Hotels are discretionary businesses that have been dramatically changed by the Internet, which means many guests shop primarily by price. Our resort boasts 65 percent repeat business (a Deloitte survey found just 8 percent of travelers report “always” staying at their preferred hotel brand).” – Allyson Cavaretta, Director of Sales & Marketing

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Here's one for the bed ridden

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pressherald.com| Friday, October 19, 2012

Off Beat: Here’s One for the Bedridden

 

Beds are not usually intended as outdoor modes of transportation.

Garret Barcheski found that first-hand last year during the Bridge to Beach Bed Race at the annual OgunquitFest.

“We had a big old queen-sized bed with just little tiny bed wheels, so pushing it on the street was not easy,” said Barcheski, a student at the University of New England who raced as a member of the Animal Welfare Society team. “I was not expecting it to be so exhausting.”

But the Animal Welfare Society team did win the race’s coveted “Broken Spring” award, given to the “craziest” entry. Team members wore animal hats, one wore a dog suit, and at times team members tumbled to the ground.

“It was purely accidental,” insisted Barcheski, who volunteers at the welfare society.

The Bridge to Beach Bed Race — now in its fifth year — draws big crowds at OgunquitFest, at least partly because you never know what to expect.

Some teams put racing bike tires on their beds, others put boat sails up, and some just slog along pushing a big old bed with a headboard like they’re moving it out of grandma’s house.

Very quickly.

This year’s race will be held at noon Sunday, on the last day of the three-day OgunquitFest. The race rules allow for up to 16 teams to compete, but finding that many people — five per team — who can commit to pushing a bed around town streets for a quarter mile or so is difficult.

“You have to find runners, you have put a proper bed together, so it takes a lot of commitment,” said Frances Reed, vice president of the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce, organizer of OgunquitFest.

The people who have what it takes to compete in bed racing say it’s fun, and they take pride in the show they put on for spectators, for whom the event is completely free.

The bed race is just one event during the three-day OgunquitFest on Main Street. Most events are free, but some cost money, such as the Halloween Fun House on Friday and Saturday night ($10 per family).

Other highlights of the festival include a car show on Saturday morning, the High Heel Dash and Walk Off race at 3 p.m. Saturday, and a costume parade at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. For a full schedule, go to visitogunquit.org.

For spectators, the bed race is not just people running while pushing a bed. The beds themselves can be entertaining, as they are often decked out like boats or parade floats with various themes. And the pushers are usually in costumes to match the theme of the bed.

Plus, halfway through the race, the team member riding on the bed is required to get off. A new team member has to become the rider, and has to change into the costume of the previous bed rider.

For instance, during last year’s race, the Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit entered a racing bed with a “Wizard of Oz” theme and Dorothy as the bed jockey. At the turnaround point, the Cowardly Lion had to shed his fur and change into Dorothy’s clothes, and visa versa, with as much speed as possible.

“It’s really a hoot to watch, and teams can be very competitive,” said Allyson Cavaretta, director of sales and marketing for Meadowmere Resort and coordinator of the resort’s bed team. “You need to be in pretty good shape to push a full mattress and box spring set. It’s got some weight, so it’s a challenge starting it, and also keeping up with it.”

But much less challenging to watch.

POSTED BY RAY ROUTHIER, PRESSHERALD.COM, OCTOBER 19, 2012

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Where to Stay in Ogunquit by Yankee Magazine

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YankeeMagazine.com| Friday, June 22, 2012

Yankee Magazine selects family owned Meadowmere Resort for Ogunquit Accommodations

Ogunquit, ME — June 22, 2012 — Yankee Magazine, the expert on all things New England, today selected the Meadowmere Resort as a Where to Stay pick in Ogunquit. This honor follows Yankee Magazine’s annoucement that Ogunquit is the Editor’s Pick for New England’s Best Beach Town.

The Meadowmere Resort receives this distinction for its attention to details and family friendly atmosphere.

“It is an honor to be named a top hotel choice by Yankee Magazine,” said Jill Hugger, General Manager for The Meadowmere Resort. “Even more thrilling to have Ogunquit receive the pick as the Best Beach Town. It is the daily efforts of our team that made the pick as a Where to Stay choice possible and the work of a whole community to make Ogunquit so special. We are honored to be recogtnized by Yankee Magazine and by our guests for offering a great cusomer experience at our independent hotel.”

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Discover Lobstering, Surfing, Cooking Adventures in Maine

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BostonHerald.com| Thursday, March 22, 2012

Maine is living up to its “Vacationland” moniker.

With spring vacations and summer just around the corner, the New England Inns & Resorts Association — a collection of more than 250 independently owned resorts — has put together a full roster of “INNrichment Packages.”

If reading a book by the pool or laying on the beach is your idea of a great vacation — look elsewhere. These trips get guests moving, learning and experiencing authentic New England traditions — hauling seafood, surfing, even discovering new cooking techniques.

 

Envision skimming across the top of a cresting wave as it builds to a curl hurtling toward shore. Maine isn’t just going upta camp, red hot dogs and Moxie — it’s also about some fine surfing. Yes, really. The Om & Foam Maine Surfing Escape at the Meadowmere Resort (74 Main St., Ogunquit) will have guests standing tall above the swelling waves just off Ogunquit beach — a 10-minute walk from the Meadowmere.

“The waves can get pretty substantial,” said Allyson Cavaretta, director of sales and marketing at the Meadowmere. “You can surf from June to September, and in September the waves can get to be pretty good size.”

The deeper into hurricane season, the larger the waves, thanks to storms off the southeastern United States. Cavaretta would know — she’s hopped up on a board herself.

“Longboarding is a little easier because of the nature of the shelf,” she said of the long, gentle slope of the Ogunquit shoreline. “It’s a great spot to learn. It’s very approachable.”

The pros will provide tips and instruction, and will also fit guests with a wet suit and the proper board.

Her best advice?

“Pick September if you want a challenge, and pick June if you’re just beginning.”

First things first, though: It all starts with a yoga lesson to limber up. Guests can take their yoga lesson on the beach — the instructor normally teaches Hatha yoga — or at the instructor’s studio just minutes away. Beginners can also opt for a simple stretching class.

The package includes accommodations for three nights, breakfast, the surf lesson, yoga lesson, Surf-rider Gift Bag and access to the resort’s health club, heated pool and Roman bath. Ogunquit is an hour-and-20-minute road trip from Boston up I-95 and the Maine Turnpike. Packages start at $249 per person and will be available June 1 to Sept. 30. (For more information. call 800-633-8718 or go to www.meadowmere.com.)

 

POSTED BY BILL BURKE, THE TRAVEL GUY, MARCH 22, 2012

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Ogle Ogunquit in the Off Season

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WickedLocal.com| Friday, November 4, 2011

As the guy at the Dairy King hands me my soft-serve ice cream cone (vanilla-chocolate swirl), I ask him if the beach is packed in the middle of the summer.

His eyes go wide as if he’s remembering an approaching tsunami he once saw, and he says, “You wouldn’t even want to be here.”

It’s probably not the answer the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce was hoping for, but it did validate our reason for visiting Ogunquit, Maine, in the off-season. The way-off season. We were at the popular New England tourist destination during the last week of October, utterly charmed by the town as it staged its humble OgunquitFest, perhaps marking the unofficial end of tourist season.I took my ice cream cone and we headed for the Ogunquit great expanse of beach. It was empty, save a handful of people and the world’s happiest dog.

The centerpiece of an Ogunquit visit is Marginal Way (note to town: change the name — there’s nothing “marginal” about it), a spectacular mile-long walk along Ogunquit’s dramatic oceanfront, where the Atlantic cuts crescents, curves and coves into the craggy coastline. It’s a five-foot wide paved path, better-suited, I’m sure, to October’s mild foot traffic than the summertime crowds that must swarm over it like preteens at the gate of a free Justin Bieber concert. The path rises and falls, twists and turns, providing elevated views one moment, a closer connection to the surf the next. Around each bend is a new, photo-ready vista.

Marginal Way, by itself, is worth a visit to Ogunquit, any time of year.

The dynamic surf and unique coastal light are probably two of the reasons that Ogunquit has always attracted artists, and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art captures some of that history. Opened in 1953 by founder Henry Strater, the museum itself is a work of art with large sections of glass on its front and back walls, allowing a dramatic view of the ocean even as you approach the entrance. When we visited, there was a terrific exhibit by the Aronson family, including David Aronson, professor emeritus at Boston University. The museum’s impressive permanent collection (about 1,600 works of art) includes pieces by Edward Hopper, Roy Lichtenstein and August Saint-Gaudens. This year, it closed for the season on Oct. 31.

For a different perspective on Ogunquit, take a boat tour. Tour operators such as Finest Kind, located in Ogunquit’s quaint Perkins Cove, were still operating while we were there, but they need a minimum number of patrons before they take the boat out. Tours vary, but they’re generally just over an hour long.

Based on the production we saw, a stop at the Ogunquit Playhouse should be part of any visit to the seaside town. Again, the theater season seems to run until late October. We headed off to “Miss Saigon” with limited expectations; tourist-town productions of Broadway musicals are a dicey proposition. But we were blown away. This show was first-class and beautifully executed: a huge cast, an orchestra, great costumes and two dynamite leads (Jennifer Paz and Gregg Goodbrod).

The town itself is very small, and although it bends to tourists who parade through it ever year, it doesn’t cater exclusively to them. In fact, based on what we saw, I wouldn’t really call it a shopping destination. (That’s why there’s the Kittery discount outlet stores, an easy stop on your way back to Massachusetts.)

But for a small town, it seems to have lots of great dining options. They do everything right at Jonathan’s, with its great combination of an old-inn feel and yet modern forward-thinking cuisine. I had a delicious seafood linguini, the bed of pasta topped with meaty portions of lobster, scallops and clams that never got lost in the sauce.

It may be a crime not to order seafood — lobster specifically — when on the Maine coast, but I risked prosecution and ordered the delicious, tender baby back ribs at the Surf Point Grill, right on the waterfront. They’re slow-cooked with an inspired apple cider broth, crispy on the outside, soft inside. My wife enjoyed her seafood alfredo, crimson chunks of lobster popping against the white sauce.

For breakfast, one of the locals suggested Eggs and I, but it was too much of a waffle house for us. We were happier the next morning at the upscale Wild Blueberry down by the waterfront.

It was definitely “layers” weather while we were there — turtleneck, down vest and windbreaker that you mixed and matched as needed. I’m sure the town still holds plenty of appeal with the approach of Thanksgiving and then the winter holidays, but we noticed that a bunch of the businesses were planning to close before November.

Our mid-fall visit to Ogunquit turned out to be a relaxing treat. These late off-season trips give you the cozy feeling that you’re stealing one last weekend before retreating home to start fortifying yourself against the coming winter.

If You Go…

The Meadowmere Resort provided a great home base for our visit. It’s not right on the waterfront — a fact that’s certainly reflected in friendlier prices — but it was just an easy 10-minute walk down a quiet road to both the town’s main streets and beaches. The resort’s amenities include a heated pool, outdoor hot tub and spa. Visitors seem to love Meadowmere; we left on a Saturday, and the parking lot suggested the resort was doing a robust business, even this late in the season. Call: 800-633-8718.www.meadowmere.com

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The Bucket List Vacation - These New England hotels can help fulfill your final wishes

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NYDailyNews.com| Saturday, April 23, 2011

The word “vacation,” for many conjures up images of a sunny Caribbean beach, a fruity drink and a deep tan. Others find the museums and antiquities of Europe irresistably interesting and beautiful.

 

There are other trips designed to satisfy any adventurous spirit – whether it be ice climbing or sampling the strange foods of foreign lands.

Now, just when you thought every travel option had been exhausted, comes the New England Inns & Resorts Association’s twist on getting away from your daily routine – the bucket list vacation.

It’s an in-your-face approach, urging people to live their dreams before they die.

Do you want to be a high-class chef for a day? Got it. Always wanted to milk a cow? Throw an ax? Catch a lobster? Got it, got it and got it.

If what you want to do isn’t immediately available, the resorts association will scour the region to put it together for you.

Association CEO Beth Steucek said, “The New England Inns & Resorts Association has something for almost every bucket list out there. If there were a wish that a traveler needed help fufilling, and it wasn’t on our website already, we could happily put a call out to our members to try and help make a dream come true.”

Here’s just a few of their off-the-shelf options.

Rock climbing: You can stay at the White Mountain Hotel in Conway, N.H. For one or two days, they’ll provide breakfast and either a half-day or full day of guided rock climbing and instruction.

If you want to soar even higher than the mountains, you can hop on a hot-air balloon. The Glynn House Inn in Ashland, N.H., will take you on a champagne picnic before sending you up for a bird’s eye view of the spectacular countryside. Go during leaf season and your eyes will thank you for the rest of your life.

Maybe the most unusal of the current pacakages: Om & Foam trip to theMeadowmere Resort in Maine. Visitors spend part of the day in yoga class, take a break and then a two-hour surfing lesson.

One of the best things about all of these trips is how easy they are for New Yorkers to get to. Even the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the coast of Maine are reachable by car in a few hours of mostly picturesque driving.

The inns range from the cozy to the luxurious and even the budget-conscience can find a comfortable place to stay at virtually any of the associations properties.

For more information go to www.newenglandinnsandresorts.com

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Wonderful - Every Season & Worth Repeating!

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Cool Moms Cool Tips | Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Recently, I had the best getaway I’ve had in my life! Somehow I felt like if I wrote about it I would break its spell, but this can’t be kept a secret!

The world constantly revolving around the sun delivers the beauty of seasonal changes. Fall was upon us and it become an incredible nature show in the Northern most part of the hemisphere. Yes, we really have kept this for ourselves, but now now that this little destination is absolutely fabulous all year round.

Well, we took a trip to Ogunquit, Maine to and unforgettable and breathtaking time off. They really nailed it when they the natives named it “A beautiful place by the sea”

OK so, if you have the pleasure of experiencing natures’ fall colors and life, what I am talking about is not going to make much of a difference, but I guarantee Ogunquit and the Meadowmere Resort will! Ogunquit and Meadowmere Resort have made such a deep and positive impression upon us that we keep checking in their websites to daydream from afar. We have to admit, we would love to enjoy a little snow with them!

Ogunquit is an adorable awe-inspiring town, an hour north of Boston, whose crime rates show that in 2009 only 2 offenders were reported for disorderly conduct. That was one of the most menacing violators of the police report…

Charming and inviting, Ogunquit is home to Meadowmere Resort which decisively contributes to seal the deal on making this town and idyllic and perfect place in a luxurious pampering way.

Even before getting to the Meadowmere Resort, the superb customer service helping a frantic client find the right room at a practically sold out weekend was phenomenal. They truly went far and beyond the call of duty in the most courteous and understanding way. There are no words to express our gratitude for their professionalism and willingness to take so many extra steps for us without having a reservation from us in place.

We drove excitedly to our destination resort. As we did, right before the GPS told us we were about to arrive, we passed by the most gorgeous two story building that just felt perfect to me. I did comment how I wished that would have been our hotel. A half a block later we arrived.

The entrance at the Meadowmere was magnificently decorated with the Halloween spirit and I was taken aback by the liberal use of pumpkins all over! It was simply a stimulating visual reception that was matched by a genuine, professional and warm welcome to the Meadowemere Resort. Giddy with excitement to finally be there, got the instructions to our room and to my delight it was just the building I had wished for! Now, the room was incredibly spacious, tastefully decorated and propped with all the plates, cups, lobster eating utensils and wine openers you can possibly need away from home. The beds are sooo comfortable we took down the mattress information to have the same experience at home. Closets and storage areas are roomy, and my personal favorite: the room has a double glass door which allows you to look out your room, if you are interested.

The amenities in the bathroom were little Swedish luxuries bottles full of pampering.

Besides the glory of our little room in paradise, the Meadowmere has an extensive list of facilities and services that guests can benefit from: Pool (heated for the sun birds from the tropics) Fitness Spa Roman bath Spa Tanning services Salon services

In the end, the combination of great experienced hoteliers, outstanding service, attention to detail, and their ability to take your vacation experience to a high level of comfort is way up there.

Better yet, it does not stop here, as the Meadowmere Resort is the re-known for their concern for the environment. They are at the forefront, and are Ogunquit’s first Certified Maine Environmental Leader Hotel.

We can’t say enough about this resort, and it feels like everything we can say just falls short. I must admit I felt like hugging in gratitude every staff member we came across. They all indisputably strive to exceed your every expectation effortlessly.

My bucket list now includes an annual visit to the Meadowmere, can’t wait to get to work on that list!!!

Right now they have several specials going on, and as parents we fell in love with this one: Make the Grade Getaway! Show us those Straight A’s – and Save! We know kids – and mom and dad – work hard to make the grade. Which makes school vacation all the more reason to have fun! Our hotel is rewarding homework, attendance and being the teacher’s pet with a school vacation special: Show us your current report card from any middle or grade school and your stay of three nights or more is 20% off during December, February, March or April school breaks. It’s time for a reward for all the hard work to make those Straight A’s!

There are more specials to discover including a Valentine’s package. In the wise words of kid, are we there yet?

POSTED BY COOL AND CHILL MOM! AT 7:35 PM

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Wedding Guest Accommodations | All the Answers

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Prepare to Wed | KateParker, Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Often times it’s questioned: what is the difference between reserving a handful of hotel rooms and a room block?

Actually there can be quite a difference and more often than not, room blocks provide a sense of easement to your wedding — for both the couple and guests — just as long as you look for the right information. And for several occasions, The Meadowmere Resort is one of our go-to’s for wedding blocks when we’re in the Ogunquit, Maine area and are excited to have Allyson Cavaretta, the director of sales and marketing, share with us her experience with couples and things to look for when deciding on room blocks.

Allyson: Planning a wedding involves many details — often a couple wonders why some items make the list. Everyone knows the dress, the cake, the music. However, an important part of planning your day is making sure that your guests have a memorable experience. Wedding day bliss comes from your attention to your guests ahead of the big day.

Once you have selected hotel or inn that appeals to you, contact them directly to see if the hotel offers room blocks. A room block can be important — especially during busy wedding weekends when many people are traveling to the area. A block of rooms will set aside a designated number of rooms for your guests to reserve, which gives them the flexibility to make plans when they can budget for it. There are benefits to you as the couple as well. A room block provides a central location for guests, saving time on delivering items such as gift bags and it could potentially save money on transportation. You also have the comfort of knowing guests will have a place to stay. Just having guests reserve a bunch of rooms individually can often backfire — they can be spread across many hotel properties, they will often not receive a special rate and the hotel cannot assist you with who has made a reservation for your event. A room block will typically offer a group rate, centralize your guests for any transportation and help you save time as the date gets closer.

Choosing a hotel is important — the service that the hotel provides will help your guests stay relaxed and comfortable. An inn’s level of service can even make the difference in getting the bride to the church on time! Be sure to ask for the following information:

Is there a group rate? Some hotels may offer this. Be aware that peak season dates may be excluded and minimum stays are typically expected and required. However, most hotels are happy to help you.

Will the rooms be together? This can be important if there are security deposits and is a nice feature for your guests. They will want to see each other during the weekend and may share transportation to the ceremony.

Are there noise/party polices that I should be aware of? You will want to know how any disturbances are addressed by the hotel staff and any potential penalties that may occur. You may want to encourage your late night crowd ahead of time to be mindful of certain behaviors — either through a second hotel option or entrusting friend or family member to work with the hotel staff directly.

How long will the block remain in place? Block policy will varies from hotel to hotel, however there are two common versions. One involves attrition whereby you will be responsible for a percentage of blocked should the rooms go unused. The other involves a block expiration date whereby the hold on the rooms releases. Be sure to have the dates and fees listed clearly in your contract so you can follow up as needed and avoid any unnecessary costs or worry. Important dates will depend on your wedding date. However a good tip is to tell guests to make arrangements by a week or so earlier than your contract’s action date. Everyone knows someone on the guest list who waits just a little too long and this will help keep your phone from ringing when your Maid of Honor can’t get a room.

What deposits/fees and potential costs are there to the couple for the block? The hotel that provides your block will be holding rooms aside for you. Be open and honest about your needs and concerns to avoid having to pay for unused rooms (the attrition version) or finding you block full with no more room at the inn! Your sales contact should want to know about your guest list to suggest a good block size and should keep you informed of how things are going when needed. It is reasonable to find that a security deposit is required — this is the hotel’s way of knowing that you are serious about referring your guests and that you and your guests will respect the facility. However, it is not uncommon that should the event go smoothly, the deposit is refundable.

Is there a special arrangement for a honeymoon suite? Special arrangements for the Honeymoon Suite are often possible. Whether it is a special rate or a complimentary night for your block filling, often hotels are willing to reward you for bringing so many customers to enjoy the weekend. Remember that this may vary with peak season and it is always best to see the suite before agreeing to rent the room. You will want ample room to get ready, a beautiful background for pictures and a cozy special retreat at the end of your wedding day.

What restrictions are there on gifts to my guests? A traditional way to welcome your guests is the wedding gift bag. However, you want to be sure what you include does not cause room damage (rose petals) or something worse (candles). A considerate gift bag has items such as water, crackers/pretzels, a welcome note and information on the wedding activities — directions, times and locations. Nice extra touches can be local guidebooks and local treats, such as cookies or candies. Often, hotels will charge a small fee for delivery of your gift bags — be certain you have this information up front to avoid any surprises. Remember, they are providing a service with this delivery and it is always best to alert your hotel that you will have gift bags. This means that the hotel can prepare and properly handle your gifts to your guests.

What restrictions are there on providing transportation for my guests? It is not uncommon for brides to arrange transportation for wedding guests to and from the hotel. Your hotel may have an area that makes the pickup and drop off go smoothly, including when weather does not cooperate. No one wants their guests to await a trolley in the rain! More importantly, you want to reach your ceremony and will want to know where to go on your day, stress free. Your hotel can help make sure these details are considered.

How does the hotel ensure that guests will have important questions about the wedding day answered? (i.e. will the staff have details on times, locations, directions and be comfortable attending to your guests) Much as you have shared each detail with your guests on Facebook, Twitter, The Knot, a personal wedding site, on invitations, save-the-dates and so much more, your guests will need guidance during the weekend. Often a knowledgeable hotel staff will mean helping a guest arrive on time to your rehearsal, welcome party and even the ceremony.

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