A Birthday Escape - The Inn at English Meadows
Our family has been a whole lot of "all work, no play" over the past few years, to the point that my husband and I realized the last time we went away together was our wedding. Pal, we got married in 2010. And to my chagrin, we've never spent a night away together since our daughter's birth. (She'll be three in a few weeks, so yeah, it's been a while since Mommy and Daddy had an evening that didn't include tub time, bedtime battles, and falling into a heap on the couch after the kiddo finally goes down.)
So, when I was asked what I wanted for my birthday this year, I almost fell over myself shouting that I wanted an overnight away somewhere. Anywhere. After a little searching, I found someplace nearby, but a world away from our day to day life. A quick search and a few clicks had me gazing longingly at the suites at the Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunk, ME.
The suite included a separate sitting room, which was a bizarre experience to hang out in, as it was so strangely devoid of all of the toddler detritus we're accustomed to these days. There was not a single lego to step on, anywhere. CRAZY TOWN.
In the bathroom, to my snobbish delight, I was pampered with Malin + Goetz toiletries. And not a single one of them had Dora the Explorer plastered on the front. It was such a lovely reprieve for my eyes.
We checked in and hung out for a bit, enjoying our quiet time that was a little weird without the happy hijinks of our little minnow, and then we headed out for a drive around the coast of Kennebunkport before dinner at 50 Local in downtown Kennebunk. 50 Local was a treat - including the delightful surprise of beignets on the menu. My fave.
The whole experience was a treat from start to finish. We loved meeting the innkeepers, Eric and Liz Brodar - they are LOVELY. They took over ownership of the inn in 2010, and fully renovated it into a chic, modern retreat, complete with all the best amenities and luxury. And we had a delightful surprise in store for us the next morning. Aside from the uninterrupted conversations, eating a dinner at 8pm that didn't include a single child-friendly bite, sleeping in until 9am (whoa) and a shower that was blissfully free of a toddler interloper throwing the shower curtain wide open, shrieking with laughter and running away, the best part of our stay was, hand's down, the breakfast. Friends, Liz is a GENIUS in the kitchen and she makes breakfast for each and every guest. No kidding, pals - this is a breakfast you don't want to miss - for us, it was poached pears with espresso cream, a pumpkin latte muffin, and crab cakes benedict. Told ya.
It was the best treat we've had in quite a while, and I can't WAIT to do it again. Spending some time with my lovely, wonderful husband without our munchkin was so long overdue. Though we both admitted several times in those 48 hours that we missed her terribly, it was so nice to be together, giving each other the benefit of a full attention span. I'd forgotten how my man makes me laugh. For our hard working family, the old adage appears to be true: all work and no play makes a dull couple.
PS - this is not a sponsored post at all. I just wanted to pass along the gem we discovered in the Inn at English Meadows so all of you can plan your own getaways. Do it. I promise it's worth it. And a HUUUUGE thank you to my mom - Nana to the rescue. Again..