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4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Edgewater Inn

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The Edgewater Inn
Ranked #13 of 26 Kennebunkport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
W. Hartford, CT
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307 reviews
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“New owners, changes are underway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

This has been our place to stay for many years. It is now with new owners and updates are underway. There are many great improvements to the rooms, common areas, and outside. Breakfast is still served only to the guests and it is very good, down from outstanding. Future changes remain an unknown as there are plans to open to the public for both breakfast and bar. It may change the quiet, pleasant atmosphere. They also plan to be open year round. We'll have to see what the changes bring. The expectation is that prices will increase for next season by $20-30 per night.

Room Tip: Two rooms on the first floor have an outside patio. Rooms upstairs and out front are less expensive...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

We stayed at Green Heron Inn towards the end of July '12 for four nights - and wish it had been longer. The new owners are improving the property - which appeared in many areas to have been a little neglected over the years. There was little disruption for us considering new flooring was being laid etc.

It seemed to us (and having read one of the recent reviews) that a few longstanding "regulars" are not too much in favour of the changes - shame from what we could see and hear of the future plans - all will be great improvements - some people cannot deal with change to well unfortunately.

Breakfast to us was heaven - a good choice of savoury and well sampled blueberry pancakes. Every day there were specials that were always tempting with excellent flavours.

As far as location is concerned don't expect to "fall out of bed" and every restaurant/coffee shop/attraction to be on the doorstep - most times a walk or drive to Kennebunk is needed - it is just under a mile away and for us the walk was welcome.

When we are in this part of Maine again - the Inn will be our first choice of accommodation and that has got to be the best recommendation!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 49 - overlooked the small lake with semi private deck (shared with one other room...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Schenectady, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

I had been a regular guest at this inn for the past six years. In fact, I normally block my reservation for the following year as I am checking out, but not this year.

I had been looking forward to the warm greeting by Dan and the luscious choice of either a savory or sweet breakfast prepared by Tony every morning. Not this year.

Sadly, there has been a change of ownership, and while the physical updates to the property are nice, I was not happy to experience and hear of some of the other planned changes.

Instead of being a nice, quiet, relaxing, stress-free place to stay with many familiar faces year after year, plans are to "upscale".

I and many others I am sure prefer it low-key - the way it was. Kennebunkport and the vicinity are already over loaded with "upscale" places to avoid - or vacation at - if that happens to be your thing.

The Green Heron Inn (as I will always refer to it as) fulfilled a hard to find "niche" that the new owners seem bent on destroying, and probably never stopped to realize they held the market on. Now it will become just one more place that only the more "monied class" can afford. One more thing being taken from the simply "middle" class.

There used to be a TV in the living room, with movies to watch if you were feeling like an insomniac and didn't want to disturb others in your own room by turning on the TV. The TV and the movies are both gone.

There used to always be a jigsaw puzzle being worked on the table in there - you could stop and put in a few pieces at your leisure or sit down for a longer session - that's gone, replaced by a CHESS SET of all things! Even if I did play chess, that is a game for 2 people! That room was a social room for guests to sit and have friendly discussions - not anymore! I was there for 5 nights recently and the only people I ever saw in there appeared to be the owner's children, watching movies on a laptop on the floor.

The breakfasts have stopped being a choice of savory or sweet EVERY day. More often than not, they were both some sort of savory dish I had no taste for. To add to that, the new owners intend to open up the dining room to the public for breakfast, and even have a bar and serve dinners to the public as well. There goes the tranquility and sense of HOME I had felt there in the past.

The place simply isn't BIG enough for all of that, and quite frankly there are people that go there expressly FOR peace and relaxation with fellow vacationers staying there - I know I did.

One more thing changed as well - the afternoon treats were still out along with a delicious mint/cucumber water, coffee and tea. Coffee and tea were ALWAYS available prior, but now are removed completely sometime around 6 or so - another disappointment! Oh and I did not like the fact that no one seemed particularly concerned about the front door being left unlocked and sometimes not even completely SHUT at night.

Considering the planned changes I have no doubt that this place has become a vacation spot of my past, In essence ..."they paved paradise and put up a parking lot..."


PS the fact that the inn has no pool or fitness facilities are of little consequence to me - the beaches are the draw and it is a short, scenic walk into town.

Room Tip: upstairs rooms in front are best.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

My wife and I came up for the day to actually book for july 3and 4th then go home but decided to stay for the night because it was such a nice day outside . We were told of this place but a local who Ive been buying Lobster Rolls from for the last 10years , we inquired about vacancy which there was and the new innkeeper was so nice and accommodating we just had to stay. The inn has new owners as we discovered who could not have been more accommodating , clearly giving you that bed and breakfast charm that one looks for. Its in a great location, run by great people with a fantastic breakfast , what more could you ask for - definitely will be back - The OBriens.

Room Tip: ask for the room that faces the river with an area to sit outside , well worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2012

This may be our very favorite place of all. The hosts are warm and accommodating, the rooms are cozy and comfortable and the food is absolutely outstanding. It reminds us of a farm house and sitting on the front porch is very pleasant. It is convenient to the village and walking distance to the ocean.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Boston, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

My wife and I recently had a fantastic stay at the Green Heron Inn. Dan (one of the owners) was incredibly hospitable and accommodating, and really made us feel comfortable from the very beginning. Our room was clean and cosy, and had a great view over the water. Breakfast in the morning was particularly superb. All in all, highly recommended for a weekend away!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

We hit Kennebunk Port this October for some incredible Maine Fall Foliage!

I chose the Green Heron Inn because it looked very New-England-cute (!) was close to the village, and also close to the coast-line. I wanted to be able to easily go for a beautiful coastal walks.

Dan made the booking process a real delight - he was really friendly and accommodating, and even though they only had availability for one night, Dan readily recommended another hotel for the remainder of our visit.

When we arrived, he gave us a tour of their beautiful inn, and offered three restaurant recommendations - which we took! Coming back after the meal (incredible Maine lobster and delicious wine - mmm!), it was really nice to see that people use the house - guests were reading in the living room - very warm and welcoming.

The bedroom was super cute! Corner windows giving a stunning views of the lake, with herons and little ducks, bridges and trees. It was really special.

As everyone talks about we enjoyed the INCREDIBLE breakfast the next morning - four courses of smoothies, eggs, gourmet pancakes, coffees - fabulous personal service and really enjoyable.

I am docking a mark because we were woken up at 7am to a roaring sound that lasted an hour, and turned out to be the people next door showering. But it was unbelievably loud - not like the normal sound of people showering at home. My boyfriend lost his mind over it, as even with our 25db earplugs you could still hear it. I was well rested, so less angry about it!

Overall, this Inn gives you that wonderful New England getaway experience, it its a perfect base for the beautiful town of Kennebunk Port. We had so many beautiful drives around the surrounding area, through the leafy streets, beautiful clapboard houses, dawson's creek-esque sceenery, and unbelievably good lobster!


TIP: If you're looking for the BEST lobster in Kennebunk port hit the Clam Shack on Western Avenue. Not fancy - just great lobster!

Thanks Dan and Tony!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Edgewater Inn
Address: 126 Ocean Ave, PO Box 2578, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6302 (Formerly Green Heron Inn)
Region: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Edgewater Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Edgewater Inn, formerly known as The Green Heron Inn one of Kennebunkport's historic Inns, is located on Ocean Avenue, in one of the town's most charming neighborhoods. It sits adjacent to an estuarine cove, near the mouth of the Kennebunk river and just around the bend from President George Bush's vacation home on Walkers Point. Overnight stays include a 3-course breakfast, prepared by Chef Jason Grant in the "on the edge" restaurant from eight to noon.The Inn was built in the early 1900's as a boarding house that provided shelter and breakfast for weary travelers. Twelve guest rooms including a cove side cottage, thirty-two seat restaurant. Its location, which combines the beautiful surrounding of the Kennebunk River and the convenience of its proximity to all major Kennebunkport attractions, contributed to its popularity from its early days. That tradition continues today. While relaxation at The Edgewater Inn is an art in itself, activities abound in the surrounding area. Guests enjoy rejuvenating walks along the rocky shore, enjoy the sun on the sandy beach, explore the numerous galleries and shops in Dock Square, watch the wildlife and the birds as they gather near the water next to the inn, or spend a sunny day on one of the nearby golf courses. ... more   less 
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