Posted by: nonantumresort | July 24, 2014

It’s National Blueberry Month!

Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month?

No summer vacation in New England would be complete without tasting the official fruit of Maine – the wild blueberry.

At The Nonantum Resort you can start your morning with traditional homemade blueberry pancakes. (Book your overnight reservations directly with us and buffet breakfast is included complimentary!)* What a tasty way to start your day. Then, head out to explore Kennebunkport’s beaches, waterways, shops and galleries.

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After a full day of fun, toast the evening with a tasty original blueberry cocktail *(our Ocean Avenue Spritzer was named Cocktail of the Week by Seacoast Media Group). Stop in to Heckman’s Pub just off our lobby where bar manager Mark Wozny will mix up some Don Q Limon and Honeymaker Blueberry Mead, topped with Green Bee Lemon Sting soda, a sprig of rosemary and fresh Maine blueberries. A truly refreshing summer drink!

For dinner, savor our Chef’s Blueberry Chipotle Ribs – tender, smoky, sweet and spicy ribs topped with blueberry maple chipotle BBQ sauce, and served with jalapeno polenta. It’s a unique twist on a down home favorite, and likely one of the reasons why our Chef Steve True was named “Maine Chef of the Year.” (Come to 95 Ocean restaurant on Monday evenings to enjoy our award winning ribs for just $20.14! Plus live entertainment. See all of our Dining Specials here).

Of course, we wouldn’t want to forget the kids. So be sure to end the evening with the perfect bedtime story – “Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey.

*(To receive complimentary breakfast included with your overnight reservations please call us directly at 207-967-4050 or 800-552-5651).

Posted by: nonantumresort | July 15, 2014

Nonantum Resort Welcomes New Director of Marketing

The Nonantum Resort is pleased to welcome Nicki Noble Bean as the new Director of Marketing. Bean brings a wealth of experience in the tourism industry, ranging from international travel to destination marketing to hotel sales.

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Bean is a native of the area, having grown up in Biddeford, and graduated from the Waynflete School in Portland. Her husband, Adam, graduated from Kennebunk High School. The couple met at Federal Jack’s and were married at South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport.

“We have always considered ourselves Mainers,” says Bean, even though she and her husband have spent the past decade in the Boston area. “Neither one of us ever got rid of our ‘207’ cell phone numbers, although we do have Mass. plates on our cars! We are looking forward to returning to Maine with our daughter, and to being closer to family and friends.”

Bean worked as Tourism Manager for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce in NH, where she oversaw the city’s destination marketing efforts, and co-founded Restaurant Week Portsmouth. When the city was named one of the globe’s top historic places by National Geographic, she brought the Geotourism Editor to Portsmouth to headline a Chamber Breakfast Forum.Bean holds a Masters Degree in Economic Development & Tourism Management from Boston University. She spent four years working in downtown Boston at the Omni Parker House, one of Top 10 Historic Hotels in America, where she was a member of Omni Hotels & Resorts’ Sales Team of the Year in 2012.

Bean has been involved with various regional Chambers, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, and Discover New England. She is currently a member of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Boston chapter. Bean joins The Nonantum Resort team to handle the property’s online, social media, and email marketing, PR, advertising, packages and promotions.

Posted by: nonantumresort | May 16, 2014

Top Three Reasons: Why Didn’t My Kid Get The Job?

The annual summer job shuffle has happened and the e-mails and phone calls have started arriving, demanding to know the answer to the question: Why Didn’t My Kid Get The Job?

 

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As the mother of three, I can certainly sympathize with how difficult it is when your child wants to do something, and it just isn’t possible. For many of today’s teens, this is the first time they have heard the word “no”! Very upsetting for all involved!
One reason that your child is not getting a job offer this summer may have to do with their appearance. While it is fine and dandy that your child wants to express themselves with ragged, dirty clothes I would respectfully suggest they would be far better served if they came to their interview wearing something a young professional would wear. If their clothes could be clean and pressed, that would be an extra plus!

In addition, we are still receiving applications by the gross. We finished hiring in March so no matter how qualified the applicant, training has long since started (and in some cases has been completed!) as we are open for the season 24 hours a day! Next year your child may want to look for a job during March break, not after school is over for the year!

 

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We employ a lot of students and I will tell you the number one biggest reason we do not hire these folks is because of their parents! Mom and Dad, your job is only to supply transportation to their interview. You should not be calling the business to inquire if they are hiring or to schedule an interview. The applicant needs to do this. Under no circumstance should you accompany them in to the business during their interview (or insist on staying in the room during the interview – seriously we have had parents do this!) or be calling to find out if they got the job. That is your child’s job. If they are old enough to work, they are old enough to make the call themselves and inquire as to the status of their application.

Summer jobs are hard to come by. There are far more applicants than there are jobs. To make sure your son or daughter gets the job of their dreams, you can help by making sure they look the part, apply early and often and have them take ownership of this process. It is, after all, their job!

Posted by: nonantumresort | May 1, 2014

Renovations, Construction, & Updates, Oh My!

Ariel, here! I started at the Nonantum in the Spring of 2012 as a Front Desk Agent and am now making the transition into the Sales & Marketing Office as the Group Sales Assistant. With this transition comes many new and exciting opportunities like coordinating events and assisting with the much anticipated Paddle Battle and Fire & Ice. Currently though, my duties include but are not limited to, painting, office design, and furniture assembly. Everyone at the Nonantum really does follow our mantra of “Whatever It Takes”!

It has been a long winter and an even longer start to Spring here at the Nonantum, but things are in full swing as we get ready to open our doors to our wonderful guests. We are bringing the resort back to its original glory complete with refurbished Victorian light fixtures throughout the lobby. For our returning guests, you are in for a tremendous surprise! For anyone who hasn’t been here before, the Nonantum will surely exceed your expectations. Don’t be surprised if it is love at first sight.

With several different crews hard at work, the Carriage House Inn is getting a much needed total makeover as we replace hallway carpets, refinish the hardwood, and bring in fresh furniture. I think we will be hosting plenty of events in our new ballroom!

 

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Next door, the Portside Lodge balconies are totally refreshed and it looks like a whole new building! Can’t you just imagine sipping a cool drink on a warm summer evening out on your own private balcony? Wait until you see 354, a room fit for a king!

 

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Along with all of the other projects, we have also made some changes to the administrative offices and we are so thrilled to have finally moved! Making the move to our new offices has helped us become more organized and efficient, which, in turn, gives us the tools to create an even more wonderful guest experience. We plan on keeping our spot as the #1 hotel in Kennebunkport on TripAdvisor!

I tried not to give away too much, so if you want to see more, you’ll just have to call our one of our reservationists at (888)205-1555 and come visit the Nonantum Family this season! We’re saving you a seat!

 

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Posted by: nonantumresort | April 16, 2014

Congratulations Chef True!

Recently the Maine Restaurant Association awarded our Executive Chef Steve True the coveted Maine Chef of the Year Award. It was a fantastic night for the 38 Nonantum staffers that attended the Awards Banquet at The Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland. An amazing video was shared. Take a look here! Steve has been at The Nonantum for 10 years. From the beginning, he has been an unusual Chef in that he is very low key and easy going, and his kitchen reflects his personality. There is no yelling or throwing of food, knives, or anything else like there is in so many kitchens. Instead, kitchen employees are expected to work hard but be respectful to each other as well as other Nonantum employees. Steve is always happy to lend a hand when life gets crazy. Last summer, one night we were having a Grand Opening of our new dining room and somehow no one was scheduled to pass hors d’oeuvres. Steve casually picked up a tray and started passing goodies among our gathered guests. He did so with a smile, and said it gave him a great excuse to talk about his food to everyone in the room.

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Steve is also a great contributor to his community. Every winter he donates time to a program known as Cooking Matters. In this program he goes in to school and shows kids (he has worked with kids as young as 8) how to cook nutritious food that is not expensive, easy to make and yummy to eat. He also assists the Chef and Cooks at Southern Maine Community College in training the Maine Chefs of tomorrow.

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When not at work or volunteering in the community, Steve can often be seen riding his motorcycle all around the countryside. He is married to Tina True and is the proud Dad of three young men (all of whom have worked at The Nonantum) and the very proud grandfather of Cameron (who will be gaining a sister very soon!)

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Steve True is a wonderful chef, a giving member of his community and a great family man. The Nonantum is extremely proud to have him as a member of our team!

Posted by: nonantumresort | March 25, 2014

Three Great Ways To Spend The Afternoon At The Nonantum Resort

One of the most common questions I get asked by our guests is “What Should We Do This Afternoon?” There are loads of fun things to do for every member of the family in Kennebunkport. Hit the beach, shop, go to museums, rent bikes or kayaks – the list is endless. However, something that is perfect for every member of your group and is uniquely “Maine” is heading out on one of the amazing boats that calls The Nonantum Docks home. There are three different choices and in this blog I will explain why one might be better than another for your family. Many people actually try out all three!

The most user friendly is the Rugosa. The Rugosa is a former lobster boat that has shaded seats. If you have never been on a boat, or if you are not super comfortable on the water, this is a great choice! Captain Bob Danzilo does an amazing job of explaining all about what is under the sea and even pulls a lobster trap so you can see exactly how lobsters are caught!

 

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The second option is the Pineapple Ketch. The Pineapple is a sailing vessel and is a more adventurous trip than the Rugosa. The tour can be as hands on or as laid back as you would like; haul lines, raise sail, take a turn at the helm or just sit back and take in the beautiful views and fresh ocean air. Captain Christo Calavis will treat you to a fascinating set of stories of other boats and a who’s who of residents of the beautiful homes dotting the shore.

 

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Captain Bruce Hebert is a U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain and a Registered Maine Guide and he is the Captain of the Libreti Rose II. He has over 40 years experience on the ocean. Captain Bruce is featured on the hit National Geographic Channel TV Series Wicked Tuna, a series focusing on bluefin tuna fisherman in Gloucester, Maine. He will use his knowledge of the area waters and to design a fishing trip to fit your needs. He will supply all the equipment and licenses. If you are lucky enough to catch something, the Nonantum kitchen can clean it and serve it to you for dinner!

 

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As you can see, there is truly something for everyone! If you have any questions or concerns please go to the three individual websites (linked above) or call The Nonantum Resort at 1-800-552-5651 and we will be happy to answer your questions and make recommendations as to which option would work best for you!

Posted by: nonantumresort | February 28, 2014

Save Money and Eat Great Food!

Did you know that March 1-10 is Maine Restaurant Week? What does that mean to me, you ask? It means you have the opportunity to eat in awesome Maine restaurants all across the state, and not break the bank in doing so!

 

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Maine Restaurant Week is a celebration of the culinary talents of area restaurants. During Restaurant Week, restaurants offer specially priced three-course meals. Chefs work hard year round to take care of their customers. During restaurant weeks, they go above and beyond. The first restaurant week concept originated in New York City in the early nineties and caught on in Maine in 2009. Here is a link to the list of all the restaurants that will be participating, as well as all the information you will need including menu options, location and whether or not you need a reservation. As far as pricing goes, depending on the restaurant, a three-course meal is either $25, $25, or $45. Also, some participating restaurants will serve prix fixe lunches for $15. You just cannot beat the prices! Why not choose a place you have always wanted to go and give it a try?

 

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Maine Restaurant Week celebrates the ingenuity and innovation of our favorite independent, locally-owned restaurants. It gives restaurants a much-needed boost during winter, when business often slows. The economic impact is also felt by industry suppliers who deliver goods and services to Maine’s vital restaurant industry; customers love it because dining on special three-course menus feels downright decadent. Also, through annual fundraising, local non-profit organizations benefit from Maine Restaurant Week. The 2014 non-profit beneficiaries are Big Brothers Big Sisters and Preble Street.

 

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In addition, Maine Restaurant Week has other events such as the Breakfast Cook-off, Bowling Tournament, Pancake Race and a Cocktail and Dessert event. All the details can be found right here. Shake off those winter doldrums and get a group of friends together and check out some of these great events. You do not want to miss this!

 

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Posted by: nonantumresort | February 21, 2014

Nonantum Resort Is Now Hiring Seasonal Staff Members!

Even though Winter is still very much in evidence here in Kennebunkport, The Nonantum Resort Management Team has been meeting and is starting to put their 2014 staffing together. Although 200 people work at The Nonantum in a given season, we have very few openings. Most people come back year after year, so sometimes getting your foot in the door can be a bit of a challenge. The early bird gets the worm, so if you are thinking this is the year you want to be wearing a Nonantum Blue Uniform, now is the time to fill out an application! All applications are taken online and are available here.

 

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At this point, we know we will have the following openings:

Front Desk

Bellmen

Activities

Dining Room Staff

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Strong preference will be given to those who can work the entire season (late April to Mid-December), but we do have limited openings for students and other Summer-only employees during peak periods.

 

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At The Nonantum, our Core Purpose is to exceed our guest’s expectations. As members of The Nonantum Family, we work as a team to insure our co-workers are supported in a manner that allows each one of us to deliver a level of hospitality we can each be proud of. We pledge to treat our guests and each other in an appropriate, sincere and professional manner at all times. We are committed to anticipating the needs of others, and insuring that those needs are met through consistent attention to detail, integrity, honesty and service excellence. You must be nice to work at The Nonantum, because we believe we can teach you any job we have here, but we cannot teach you to be nice. Frankly, that is the number one most important characteristic we are looking for.

 

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The Nonantum is known to have employees who are “The Best of The Best”, and in recent years General Manager Tina Hewett Gordon was presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Tourism, our Executive Chef Steve True is the Maine Restaurant Association 2014 Chef of the Year, and our Innkeeper Jean Ginn Marvin won the Maine Innkeeper of the Year award. In addition, according to TripAdvisor we are the Number 1 Hotel in Kennebunkport and have consistently been a Certificate of Excellence Award winner.

 

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If you believe that hospitality is endless, you possess excellent customer service and human relations skills, like to work and be fairly compensated, appreciated and rewarded, then The Nonantum may be the place for you. Fill out your application today, and we will take it from there!

Posted by: nonantumresort | February 12, 2014

What Are We Going To Do For Valentine’s Day?

It’s that time of year again where romance is in the air! Roses and chocolate certainly have their place in a Valentine’s Day celebration, but here are some more unique ideas that you may find to be just a little more fun!

How about a fun toy for your Valentine? When was the last time you went to Poofberry’s? They have lots of great gifts for kids of any age, ample parking and free gift wrapping!

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If your Valentine loves to cook (or eat!), a great new place you may want to pick up a little something special is Maine-ly Drizzle, located in Dock Square. Lots of fantastic oils and vinegars, as well as great recipes and suggestions for how to use their products.

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How about lunch or dinner at David’s KPT? They are open year round, seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Why not give them a try?

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I bet you are thinking that Dannah’s closed right after Christmas. Well, you are right, she did! However, she is open again and Dannah is the best shopping consultant ever! There is something for everyone at this wonderful shop!

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Or maybe a massage or other pampering at The Breakwater Spa is more your style! This pretty water view oasis is just the place to take care of that tired back after all of that shoveling!

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Of course my list would not be complete without the suggestion of a Gift Certificate at The Nonantum Resort!

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Click here for more information on Nonantum Resort Gift Cards!

Before we know it the snow will be gone (honest!), and we will be enjoying beautiful summer sunsets from our lovely lawn. Come and join us!

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Posted by: nonantumresort | February 6, 2014

It Must Be Nice To Have The Winters Off…

As I enter my 23rd season at The Nonantum Resort, I still get a chuckle when someone says to me, “The hotel is closed, it must be so nice to have the winters off!” Seemingly when the resort closes after the second weekend in December one would think we lock the doors, head South to a warmer climate and then return when the crocuses start breaking ground. That couldn’t be farther from the truth!! I compare our winter team to Santa’s elves – we’re both incredibly busy getting ready for the big day – only instead of December 25th, ours is at the end of April – Opening Day! (The exact day of our annual event varies based on what group our dynamic Director of Sales, Timothy Ames, has contracted.) While open, the resort employs over 150 employees. While we are closed in the Winter months, there are 12 of us!

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So what exactly do we do from mid-December until the end of April? First, I’ll introduce the team and then explain what happens when the snow flies…

Bill Martineau and Jeff Perry

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Bill and Jeff have been working together as the dynamic maintenance duo for over 10 years! The two men tend to each and every detail of maintaining a 130-year old property, always with a smile, good sense of humor, attention to detail, as well as always being cost conscious. For instance, upon closing last year we had planned to renovate some guest rooms requiring the debris from the third floor to efficiently get to the dumpster on the ground floor. They priced chutes, but they were cost prohibitive. Determination and ingenuity took over – after much research – the “Red Neck Chute” was born”.

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This Red Neck Chute has been the object of much admiration amongst local contractors – much like the movie Christmas Story as George and neighbors admire his “leg” lamp. When the resort is open, they have been known to play the role as a bellman, breakfast server, dishwasher, housekeeper, or receptionist when needed.

So what are they doing now? Renovating rooms and shoveling snow!

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Timothy Ames, Director of Sales

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Tim began his career at The Nonantum Resort working part time at the Front Desk for 15 years. He was promoted to Director of Sales 10 years ago and he’s been booking weddings, conferences, family reunions, social gatherings, etc. ever since. Tim is the best of the best – just ask any one of his past wedding families, co-workers, or community members. In addition to all of his responsibilities at The Nonantum Resort, Tim is a very active board member at the Kennebunkport Historical Society.

So what does he do in the Winter? Sell, Sell, Sell!!!! He’s booked 41 weddings for the 2014 Season and Valentine’s Day is still 8 days away!

Teresa Gamache, Office Manager

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Teresa’s title doesn’t exactly describe all that she does…Teresa is our Human Resource Manager, Revenue Manager, Office Manager, Purchasing Agent and Extraordinary Bartender when needed (she’s also a phenomenal baker when not on the clock!).

So what does she do in the Winter? Reconcile all of the 2013 numbers and – you guessed it, plan for the 2014 season!!!

Kyle Manning, Director of Marketing

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No longer the “new kid on the block” – now entering his 3rd season, Kyle has strong attributes in social media marketing and branding of The Nonantum Resort. Tweeting is his expertise! Kyle’s first season at The Nonantum Resort was as the Front Desk Manager – he quickly found his niche and is doing a superb job.

So what does he do in the Winter? Plan and execute our marketing budget, along with finding new growth opportunities for the property.

Sheila Matthews, Reservations Manager

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Sheila began working at The Nonantum Resort 12 years ago as a Front Desk Agent after working at The Breakwater Inn for years. Sheila’s natural attention to detail quickly rose her to the top of the pack, and although she was hesitant in “breaking” the computer – she has overcome that fear and now trains new employees in computer skills!

What does she do in the Winter? Reservations!!! The phone has been ringing off the hook with advance reservations, all those weddings bring in lots of advance room sales, not to mention our long list of repeat guests setting up their summer stays.

Michael LaRiviere, Guest Services Manager

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Michael began his career at The Nonantum Resort working in the landscaping department, then transferred to Housekeeping, and eventually landed at the Front Desk in his current position. Mike, in addition to speaking French, is about the nicest man I’ve ever met. He treats each and every guest with the Whatever It Takes philosophy.

What does he do in the Winter? Reservations, setting up guest profiles, and ensuring stellar guest experiences.

Mark Wozny, Bar Manager

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Woz has been our Bar Manager for the past four seasons. When he first arrived, we had one main bar, a service bar and very limited service at our pool. Once he arrived, he helped design and plan the building of Heckman’s Pub, 95 Ocean and Latitudes Bar and Grill - success!!!!

What does he do in the Winter? Paint and shovel snow!!!

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Steve True, Executive Chef

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Steve is entering his 11th season and has helped grow The Nonantum Resort’s food service operation to an award winning status. 95 Ocean is a Platinum Plate Winner and The Nonantum Resort’s reputation for superb weddings and banquets are easily attributed to his culinary creations. We are thrilled to announce that Steve has been named Maine Restaurant Association’s 2014 Chef of the Year! Who else could make Blueberry Chipotle Ribs a raging success where Lobster is known as King?! Steve also volunteers for Cooking Matters Good Shepherd Food Bank, Special Olympics of Maine, and Share our Strength.

What does he do in the Winter? Answer the phones! He also spends time at Southern Maine Community College, helping and observing Chef Boardman and Chef Levett in their Culinary program.

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John Hopkins, Overnight Innkeeper/IT

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John is entering his 19th season at The Nonantum Resort, and is an integral part of our operational success. In season, he is our Night Auditor, running daily reports and ensuring that all of our financial data is accurate. He also takes care of our vast IT problems as well!

What does he do in the Winter? John is a very well-rounded member of our team, and plays a vital role in contributing to our day to day operations. He can be found working on our computers, providing technical advice, or even shoveling.

Tina Hewett Gordon, General Manager

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Tina is going into her 23rd season as General Manager. While the property is open, she oversees all aspects of running The Nonantum Resort – Front Desk, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Activities, and Food & Beverage, as well as the personnel of each department.

What does she do in the Winter? General contractor for all of the renovations and plan for the upcoming season! Board obligations keep her busy with the Kennebunk Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Maine Restaurant Association. She loves to work out, and attends boot camp at the beach with Get Out There! Fitness, and has rediscovered skiing with her 5-year old daughter.

Jean Ginn Marvin, Innkeeper

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Jean is entering her 15th season as Innkeeper and her responsibilities cover a wide spectrum. She is an advisor to the management team and oversees the day to day operations of the property. Her attention to details keep us all on our toes! :) She responds to each and every TripAdvisor posting – we have 571 reviews to date and are ranked the #1 Hotel in Kennebunkport!

What does she do in the Winter? Jean sits on several Boards: the Maine Innkeepers and New England Innkeepers as well as being a member of the Maine Community College System Board, as well as strategic planning for the season. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends much time, snowshoeing, hiking and skiing.

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So yes, it might be nice to have the winter off, but much thoughtful planning goes into preparing for a fun, exciting, and successful season on the shores of the Kennebunk River at The Nonantum Resort! So for those of us here throughout the winter, we see it as an honor and a privilege. Come see us this Spring!

-Tina Hewett Gordon, General Manager

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