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The White Barn Inn

By: Kellie K. Speed

From private boat charters, luxury spa services to dining at a   five diamond restaurant, what more could one ask for?  We couldn?t find a   single need that wasn?t graciously attended to when we stayed at The White   Barn Inn of Kennebunkport.  The property recently added three luxury cottages,   which sit prominently alongside the riverside marina, which offers some of the   most picturesque views in town.
Each waterfront cottage has its own private entrance,   spectacular river views and waterfront patios. Available nightly or by the   week, the cottages are equipped with coffee makers, wood burning fireplaces,   VCR and MP3 equipped DVD players and air conditioning for the summer and are   located just around the corner from the Main Inn.
One morning we enjoyed a breakfast basket delivered right to   our front door, including our hot fresh brewed coffee and teas, home-baked   pastries and croissants. The Friendship Cottage, which was located across the   street from the Loon Cottage where we stayed boasted a complimentary beverage   bar (of beer, wine and soft drinks) for the exclusive use of cottage guests.
The largest of The White Barn Inn Wharf Cottages, Loon Cottage   features two bedrooms, each with its own private entrance, two bathrooms with   showers, two wood-burning fireplaces, coffee espresso maker and cathedral   ceilings. The Cottage was beautifully appointed and although my husband and I   were the only ones staying in the cottage, it was certainly large enough to   accommodate four people. At the far ends of the cottage, each private water   view bedroom was furnished with a down topped queen sized bed..
We visited the Main Inn for afternoon tea and later had dinner   at the AAA Five Diamond White Barn Inn Restaurant. The Restaurant is   recognized as Maine's premier fine dining establishment and by Travel and   Leisure as one of the top Five Resort Restaurants in North America.
The White Barn Inn Restaurant has been honored with numerous   awards. The restaurant is the recipient of the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond   Award for the 11th consecutive year, the only restaurant in Maine and one of   only three restaurants in New England to earn this distinction. In addition,   it was also named to the Fine Dining Hall of Fame by Nation's Restaurant.
Built in two restored barns dating from 1860's, the   restaurant's rustic decor, candlelit white linen tables, and beautiful views   from its floor to ceiling picture window create the perfect stage for a   romantic retreat or special celebration. Proprietor Laurence Bongiorno has   masterfully transformed the 140 year old New England barn into an   internationally recognized fine dining restaurant seating 120. Exemplary   service creates an elegant yet relaxing dining experience.

Chef Jonathan Cartwright, continuing the restaurant's tradition   of serving the finest contemporary New England cuisine with a European flair,   changes the restaurant's menu weekly, highlighting seafood from the icy waters   off Kennebunkport as well as native game and poultry.
The White Barn Inn is ranked among the top 25 North American   small hotels. Last year, The White Barn Inn restaurant topped the ranking of   any restaurant in a resort worldwide in Conde Nast Traveler's Best of the Best   awards.`  
As a cottage guest, we were also permitted to enjoy all the   amenities the Main Inn has to offer, including heated outdoor brimming pool,   bicycles, canoes and ocean cruises aboard the True Blue during the summer   season. 
For more information or to make a reservation, call the White   Barn Inn directly at (207) 967-2321 or visit their website at

White Barn Inn
37 Beach Avenue
Kennebunkport, Maine

Phone:  207-967-2321

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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