My boyfriend and I don’t talk about our future a lot. Not because we don’t see each other in the same future, quite the opposite actually. We know we have a long future ahead of us, what’s the sense in making grand plans? Plans can change in the blink of an eye, as we’ve learned over the years.
When I traveled to Maine solo I had time alone in a new place to think about where I might be going. I found myself face to face with a very likely possibility in the form of two innkeepers who have the same names that we do; Kate & Dave. Strangely ironic, I found.
Kate & Dave Parisi are the proprietors of The Inn at English Meadows, a fabulously chic Greek-Revival inn located in Kennebunk, Maine. This 1800s house has been functioning as an inn for the past 75 years, and when Kate & Dave took it over, they decided to shy away from the classical interior design that so many historic inns in the area have adopted. Instead, they modernized the inn in humble minimalism, with clean colors and lines, bright linens and chrome bathroom fixtures, while leaving the original plank floors and moldings. You feel completely pampered here, using Malin+Goetz toiletries and sleeping in Vera Wang beds with Frette linens and bathrobes, next to a cozy fireplace.
The main house includes guest rooms, a communal sitting area with flat screen TV and fire place, a large dining area as well as a smaller, bistro type area with small tables for groups of four or less. The kitchen is large and well outfitted for Kate’s elaborate, 5-star restaurant worthy cooking. Such gourmet, 3-course breakfasts have included blueberry lemon scones with cinnamon sugar butter, home made waffles with sriracha butter, and panna cotta with kiwi.
Connected to the main house and accessible through an outdoor patio is the former carriage house which now houses another communal area in addition to more rooms and the Carriage House Suite. This suite has it’s own private entrance disconnected from the communal area, and features beautiful amenities perfect for a long stay; refrigerator and toaster oven, a queen sized sleeper sofa, flat screen TV and fire place. Another room worthy of an extended stay with family is the Serenity Suite, the only suite in the inn with two bedrooms and two baths. It is decorated in muted greens and grays, staying true to it’s name.
Last but not in the least is the Private Bungalow set back from the main house, across a lawn perfectly manicured by Kate. This is the perfect place to spend a summer with your family and…the family pet! This is only pet-friendly suite at the Inn. It has a beautiful screened in porch, a queen bed and two twins, a kitchenette (although I don’t know why you wouldn’t eat everything Kate offers!) and most importantly, privacy from the main house.
But what is an Inn without the majesty of the place it calls home? Kennebunk and it’s close neighbor, Kennebunkport, are just minutes from the Inn at English Meadows. There are charming shops, summer vacation worthy beaches, antiquing opportunities, and fine dining. There is something timeless about Kennebunkport; there is no rush, no time limit, and no worries. It’s only fitting that a serene place like The Inn at English Meadows calls this town it’s home.
I had the pleasure of talking to Kate & Dave while I was touring Kennebunkport, Maine. The similarities between them and my boyfriend and I were uncanny. My Dave and I have spoken a few times about how we’d like to open up something one day; an antique store, a shop, etc. After visiting the Inn and seeing how beautiful a creation they made together, I started to think; maybe an inn is in our future, after we are done with our high-stress jobs in the big city and we are ready to invest in an old building, fix it up, decorate it, and open it. I’d love to spend my days cooking for people from all over the world, learning about them and their cultures, and giving them memories that we both would have forever.
I’m glad to have met them and quite possibly seen a glimpse of my own future.
The Inn at English Meadows is located at 141 Port Road Kennebunk, Maine 04043.
One of the best times to visit is Christmas Time during Kennebunks Annual Christmas Prelude. Summer is also a wonderful time to visit.