Posted by: nonantumresort | July 30, 2014

5 Tips For Traveling With Your Kids

1.) Keep your children entertained: DVDs and Barbies aren’t going to keep your kids busy for as long as you think. Make an effort to stay at a hotel that boasts an extensive kid’s program. The Nonantum has an action-packed schedule every day to keep everyone from toddlers to teens happy. Activities range from Parachute Party for Parents and Tots to pickup basketball. Twice a week, parents are invited to leave their kids in our hands for Princess and Pirate Night or Rodeo Night!                   

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2.) Don’t stress: If you accidentally leave something at home, don’t fret about it. If the service in your restaurant is a little slow, take a deep breath and remember that the kitchen is working as hard as they can. When you get stressed, your kids get overwhelmed, which could lead to bickering. You are on vacation! Let go of all of your worries and just relax. Appreciate the fact that you do not have to rush!

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3.) Dine at restaurants with kids’ menus: Hungry people are grumpy people (or maybe that’s just me!). Kids are creatures of habit, and most of the ones I know don’t like to try new foods. Check to see if the restaurants you’re going to have options for your kids so that they’re satisfied and energized for all the fun that you have planned!

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4.) Take lots of photos: Even a series of iPhone photos are sure to have you reminiscing on your vacation. Have the best photos printed at a local drug or department store so you have some great prints waiting when you return home. My husband and I cherish every memento from the family vacations we took years ago. Our three children are all in their 20s and living on their own, so it is nice to be able to look back on the amazing adventures we had together, especially since we are rarely all together anymore. When you get home, have scrapbook supplies ready to go with the photos you have had printed for instant memories builders!

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5.) Enjoy your time together: Kids grow up in a blink of an eye. Every moment spent with them is sacred, and togetherness should never be wasted. Arguing over what activity to do that day is sure to put a damper on your trip. Be open minded, and willing to do anything during the day, as long as you are all together. Let each child have a chance to pick out a special activity. At The Nonantum, we encourage families to spend as much time together as possible by hosting Family Movie night and Family Campfire/S’Mores Night multiple times per week. Nothing is better than kicking back with your family, under the Maine summer sky.

 

 

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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