Posted by: nonantumresort | May 22, 2015

NEW Progressive Dinner via Trolley Series!

Progressive Dinner via Trolley Series to Showcase Kennebunkport Area as a Top Dining Destination

Kennebunkport Trolley

Hop aboard the Kennebunkport trolley for a unique tasting tour!

The new Progressive Dinner via Trolley series will feature 5 tour dates from May through December (5/31, 6/21, 10/25, 11/15 & 12/6), with different dining venues for each date.

The first tour on Sunday, May 31st from 5:30-9:30pm, will include interactive visits to Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School; Old Vines Wine Bar, Craft Cocktails & Kitchen; Bandaloop farm-to-table restaurant; and 95 Ocean at The Nonantum Resort. Guests will enjoy one course and beverage at each stop, and unique culinary experiences beginning with a walk through Jillyanna’s vegetable and herb gardens and an introduction to her outdoor wood-fired oven, and ending with a hand-rolled truffle making demonstration with 95 Ocean’s pastry chef.

Future tours will include One Dock Prime (reopening in June as a steakhouse), Striper’s Waterside Restaurant, Salt + Honey (recently named one of Maine’s Best New Restaurants by Down East Magazine), Ocean at the Cape Arundel Inn, and more restaurants to be announced. Click here for details. The series is sponsored by Yelp Maine.

The first Progressive Dinner via Trolley took place last December during Christmas Prelude and included restaurants from Kennebunkport to Cape Porpoise to Lower Village, Kennebunk.

Tasting tour“This is a fabulous way for us to showcase area restaurants and culinary experiences,” said Tina Hewett-Gordon, General Manager of The Nonantum Resort, and Chair of Maine Restaurant Association. “Diners will get a taste for what each venue has to offer, and will hopefully return at a future date for more!”

Tours start and end at The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, with free parking on-site. Tickets include one course and beverage at each stop, and gratuity. Tickets must be purchased online. Events are 21+. Overnight rooms are also available for those who wish to make it an evening or weekend getaway. Check guestroom availability

The Progressive Dinner via Trolley series is being organized by Nicki Noble Bean, Director of Marketing at The Nonantum Resort. Bean is no stranger to promoting culinary tourism. In her former role as Tourism Manager at the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Bean co-founded Restaurant Week Portsmouth. She currently serves on the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s destination marketing and PR steering committee.

“We look forward to leveraging our partnerships to promote this series and the Kennebunkport area as a top dining destination,” Bean said.

Posted by: nonantumresort | March 13, 2015

How Do I Get to Walker’s Point?

Kennebunkport, Maine is the longtime summer retreat of George H.W. Bush and family. When the warm sun shines and the refreshing ocean breezes blow, the Bushes take up residence at Walker’s Point.

Visitors also flock to Kennebunkport in the summertime for the gorgeous water views and coastal charm. One of our most frequently asked questions is: how do I get to Walker’s Point?

No visit to Kennebunkport would be complete without a leisurely jaunt out Ocean Avenue to Walker’s Point – the Bush compound. It’s an easy drive, or half hour walk, or brisk morning jog, or bicycle ride, from The Nonantum Resort at 95 Ocean Avenue. Or you could hop aboard a narrated InTown Trolley tour, which departs hourly right from our doorstep! (Memorial Day to Columbus Day)

How do I get to Walker's Point

First, head in the opposite direction of Dock Square. And don’t forget your camera! Pass the picturesque Kennebunk River Club, a private social and boating club founded in 1889. Next, see if you can spot the little red lobster coop – where real Maine lobster men still haul in their fresh daily catch, which you can buy just across the street at Port Lobster Co. Next door to the fish market / take-out stand, Mabel’s Lobster Claw is a popular sit-down spot for tourists and a favorite haunt of George and Barbara, who all come to enjoy a traditional Maine lobster dinner and blueberry pie.

Continue past (or stop and take in the view at) Colony Beach and the breakwater, where the Kennebunk River meets the Atlantic Ocean. A few more windy turns along Ocean Avenue, past blooming beach roses and spouting ocean spray, you’ll spot the stone steeple of St. Ann’s Church, an historic seaside chapel where the former President and First Lady often attend Sunday service.

You’re almost there! Keep your eyes peeled to the right. (Though I’m sure you’re already gazing longingly at the crashing surf and rocky coastline of our beautiful stretch of Maine coastline). Suddenly, you’ll spot Walker’s Point – a peninsula which juts out into the ocean.

Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, Maine

Walker’s Point, Kennebunkport, Maine (photo from Panoramio / Google Maps)

Pull off to the right immediately following at the scenic overlook. Here you can stop, take in the view, and take some pictures. If you spot the Maine, Texas and U.S. flags flying, you’ll know the first family is in residence. (The Secret Service agents manning the gatehouse, and the black SUV’s and boats occasionally whizzing by, may also be telltale signs).

Smell the salty air, hear the surf crashing on the rocks and the seagulls cawing, and you’ll soon understand why the first family comes back year after year. Kennebunkport offers a relaxing and refreshing escape that feels a world away.

~Nicki Noble Bean

Anchor to Windward - tribute to 41 - overlooking Walker's Point, Kennebunkport

Anchor to Windward – a tribute to Bush 41 – overlooking Walker’s Point

For a more intimate look at the Bush family’s longtime love affair with Kennebunkport, as well as their influence on the area, be sure to visit the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s First Families Museum at White Columns. (

For more information on area attractions, trolley tours, bicycle rentals, and directions, contact our Guest Services Manager, Michael, at or 207-967-4050. We’re happy to help you plan your visit, and look forward to welcoming you to Kennebunkport!

Posted by: nonantumresort | March 9, 2015

Vacation like a President

Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, Maine

Walker’s Point, Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport, Maine is the longtime summer retreat of George H.W. Bush and family. It’s easy to understand why – with its refreshing ocean breezes, gorgeous water views, and coastal charm, Kennebunkport offers a relaxing escape that feels a world away.

It’s no wonder Kennebunkport is on the list of 18 Vacation Spots Frequented by US Presidents. “When the worries of Washington get to be too much, the presidents of our country head to their favorite hideaways to relax and refresh their minds. But where do you summer when you’re the most famous man in America?…The past presidents of our nation have vacationed in some of the most beautiful places that the world has to offer.”

Indeed, visitors also flock to Kennebunkport in the summertime to enjoy the sandy beaches and lovely scenery. No visit would be complete without a leisurely drive out Ocean Avenue, past Saint Ann’s Church, to the spot overlooking Walker’s Point – the Bush compound, a peninsula which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. If you spot the Maine, Texas and U.S. flags flying, you’ll know the first family is in residence. (The Secret Service agents manning the gatehouse, and the black SUV’s and boats occasionally whizzing by, may also be telltale signs).

Secret Service at Walker's Point

Secret Service boat off Walker’s Point

In the mornings, Barbara often walks the dog along Gooch’s Beach. (Though the famous Millie, the family’s springer spaniel who published a book with Barbara about life in the White House, has passed on, Barbara remains a dog lover). After their walk, she often stops for coffee at H.B. Provisions.

On Sundays, the former President and First Lady regularly attend the service at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church – an historic seaside stone chapel that is one of the most photographed spots in Kennebunkport.

One of George & Barbara’s favorite outings includes a traditional Maine lobster dinner and blueberry pie at Mabel’s Lobster Claw, though they also are known to enjoy the local and seasonal flavors at Bandaloop. They also attend every show at the nearby Arundel Barn Playhouse summer theatre.

In years past, George Sr. could often be spotted taking in a round of golf at the Cape Arundel Golf Course. (The George H.W. Bush Cape Arundel Celebrity Golf Classic is still held each year to benefit various non-profit organizations). H.W. was also a boating and fishing enthusiast, and could often be spotted casting a line along the coast, or motoring up the river with Secret Service boats in tow.

Bushes fishing & boating in Kennebunkport

“41” has even entertained world leaders in quaint Kennebunkport, Maine – like Vladimir Putin, who famously visited for talks in 2007. The Clam Shack, a favorite spot for tourists, garnered international attention by translating their menu into Russian for the occasion.

Most years, George and Barbara will sit with local dignitaries at the annual Memorial Day Parade through Dock Square. As the last living former President who is a veteran of WWII, H.W. often works to support fellow service members.

These days, George Sr. generally enjoys more relaxed pursuits – though he did show his adventurous side in 2014 by jumping out of an airplane for his 90th birthday! (He was a former Navy pilot, after all). Barbara will also celebrate her 90th in June 2015 (not by skydiving) but by toasting to the 25th anniversary of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Even if you don’t spot the Bushes during your vacation, you can visit the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s First Families Museum at White Columns for an intimate look at their love affair with the Maine coast and their influence on the area. ( You can even learn about George Sr.’s penchant for multi-colored and patterned socks.

When “Junior” George W. comes to town, he has been known to enjoy a ride on the Eastern Trail and the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust trails with friends at Kennebunkport Bicycle Company.

If Jeb Bush chooses to run for President in 2016, it will likely shine another national spotlight on Kennebunkport when the family returns for a reunion or celebration. Either way, Kennebunkport remains a timeless escape in our modern world.

~Nicki Noble Bean

Anchor to Windward - tribute to Bush 41 - overlooking Walker's Point, Kennebunkport

Anchor to Windward – tribute to Bush 41 – overlooking Walker’s Point, Kennebunkport

The Nonantum Resort has been happy to host the Bushes at various events over the years including family weddings, showers, book signings and meetings. 

The Bushes with Nonantum staff

The Bushes with Nonantum staff

Posted by: nonantumresort | March 2, 2015

“Life in the Slow Lane”

Model A Ford National Tour 2015 coming to the Maine Coast 

In June, 200 iconic classic cars will tour the coast of Maine, from Kennebunkport to Bar Harbor, to take in the lighthouses and lobster. Along the ride, the Model A Ford Club of Maine sightseers will likely become a sight of their own. Locals and tourists may spot the Model A Fords, built between 1928-31, at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, or the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum in Portland, or the Owls Head Transportation Museum near Rockland. Visitors may also spot the Model A’s in Portsmouth, NH on a day trip excursion to Strawbery Banke Museum.

Classic cars at Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk, Maine

Model A Fords at the Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk, Maine

David White, Chairman of the club, resident of Kennebunk, and Board member of the Seal Cove Auto Museum in Bar Harbor (another stop on the tour), is organizing the route for 400 friends and fellow vintage auto enthusiasts. “We have people driving from as far away as Colorado and Texas,” he said. “We even have a couple flying in from Australia to buy a Model A here, drive it on the tour, then bring it back with them.”

The week-long national tour is sponsored by the Model A Ford Club of America (MAFCA), a historical society dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the vehicles. “Model A’s are one of the most restored cars in America,” White says.

White started the Model A Ford Club of Maine in 2005 with just 13 couples. The club has since grown to a membership of 120 families.

In this fast-paced era, club members take the time to appreciate the simplicity of their vintage automobiles. “I call it life in the slow lane,” White said with a chuckle.

The tour will process up coastal Route 1, from Kennebunkport to Portland, Freeport, Camden, Rockland, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. Whether the cars will make it up the summit of Cadillac Mountain remains to be seen. Likely, though, the tour is just as much about the journey as it is the destination.

~Nicki Noble Bean

The Nonantum Resort and The Colony Hotel look forward to hosting the club in Kennebunkport, June 7-8, and anticipate some great photo opportunities! 

Model A Ford

Model A Ford (photo from Car and Driver)

Motorland classic car visit, summer 2014

Motorland classic car visit, summer 2014

This is not the first time The Nonantum has played host to a classic car club. Our friends at Motorland brought some of their vintage vehicles to our scenic back lawn last summer. The Mount Washington Valley Old Car Club has also made Kennebunkport a prime destination for their group event.

Interested in hosting your classic car club at the waterfront Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport? Contact our Director of Sales, Tim Ames, at or 207-967-4050.

Posted by: nonantumresort | February 23, 2015

Welcoming Non-Profit Partners for 2015 Benefit Breakfast Series

February 2015 — The Nonantum Resort is pleased to continue our Benefit Breakfast series in 2015. On select Saturdays in season, we will support local non-profits by hosting a Benefit Breakfast with a portion of the proceeds going to the designated organization. Past partners have included the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, Senior Center of Lower Village, Junior Achievement of Maine, Hospice of Southern Maine, Kennebunk Portside Rotary, International Women’s Club of New England, Marine Mammals of Maine, and more.

Dates are currently available for select Saturdays in May. Area non-profit organizations that wish to partner with The Nonantum are invited to submit a letter describing their organization’s charitable mission to Ariel Pelletier, Events Assistant, at PO Box 2626, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 or Organizations should be a 501c3 non-profit and located in the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel, Maine area.

“The Nonantum Resort is happy to continue our tradition of giving back to our local community,” said General Manager Tina Hewett-Gordon. “We welcome non-profit partners that will benefit from some fundraising efforts in the spring, and whose staff will assist in promoting the breakfasts via flyers and Facebook, as well as recruiting their network to come and support their organization.”

Buffet breakfast is served in season from 7:30-10:00 am and is open to the general public. Reservations are not required; walk-in’s are welcome. Breakfast is $15.95 per adult, $7.95 for children under 12, and free for kids under 2. A portion of the proceeds – $5 per adult and $2.50 per child – will be donated to the non-profit beneficiary of that date. (Note: overnight guests who book their rooms directly with resort receive complimentary breakfast included in their stay, but are welcome to donate to our non-profit partners). Partner organizations will given a table in our lobby where they may greet our guests and showcase their organization.

Benefit Breakfast dates will be first-come, first-serve for area non-profits. If we receive more requests than available dates, additional dates in November will be considered.

The Nonantum Resort will re-open for the season at the end of April. The sales office is open year-round Monday-Friday 9am-3pm and weekends by appointment for wedding and event tours and consultations.

Ariel Pelletier, Events Assistant
The Nonantum Resort
P.O. Box 2626
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

October 26, 2014: At the 107th Annual Meeting of the New England Inns and Resorts Association (NEIRA), Jean Ginn Marvin, Innkeeper at The Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, was elected President of the Board. Marvin commented, “It is such an honor to be chosen the leader of the most respected, influential hospitality organization in New England. I look forward to furthering NEIRA’s mission of driving awareness, increasing profitability and occupancy for independent properties throughout New England.”

Jean Ginn Marvin

Marvin’s career in hospitality began in 1999, when she was named Director of Sales at The Nonantum Resort. After 5 years in that position, she was promoted to her current job as Innkeeper. She is currently on the Executive Committee of the Maine Innkeepers Association, and on the Executive Committee of the Maine Community College System Board. Marvin is a former Representative to The Maine Legislature, a former Town Councilor in Cape Elizabeth and member of several town commissions.

Marvin has chaired the Southern Maine Community College Foundation Board; Portland Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees; South Portland Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees; Maine State Ethics Commission; Portland Conservatory of Music and The Maine Movers. She has also served as Treasurer on the Maine Heritage Policy Board (MHPC), as well as the Maine Educational Services Board (MES).

Marvin and her husband of over 30 years, Bob, are the proud parents of three and grandparents of one, with another grandchild arriving in January. In her spare time, Marvin enjoys training for triathlons and is a member of the Casco Bay Concert Band, where she plays the euphonium.

New England Inns & Resorts Association (NEIRA) is a collection of more than 275 of New England’s most distinctive independently owned and operated lodging properties. The association’s website ( is a rich resource for travelers to Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut, with area information and a quick reservations widget for one-stop comparison shopping and booking directly from the site.

Posted by: nonantumresort | October 24, 2014

Tina Hewett-Gordon Named Chair of Maine Restaurant Association

During its annual meeting on October 22, 2014, the board of the Maine Restaurant Association (MeRA) elected Tina Hewett-Gordon, General Manager of The Nonantum Resort, to a two year term as Chair of the Board.

Tina Hewett Gordon

“All of us here at The Nonantum Resort are so proud of Tina,” said Nonantum Innkeeper Jean Ginn Marvin. “We know she will be a successful Chair, as Tina brings a wealth of skills to Maine Restaurant Association. There is no doubt this is going to be a great year for all involved!”

The Nonantum Resort has a longstanding culinary tradition of excellence. Executive Chef, Steve True, was named Maine Chef of the Year 2014. He cooks up creative local cuisine, like his signature Blueberry Chipotle Ribs, and nightly specials featuring fresh seafood and ingredients like herbs from the resort’s organic gardens. The Nonantum’s 95 Ocean restaurant has received TV Diner’s Platinum Plate Award. The resort also offers two casual dining spots – Heckman’s Pub, located just off the lobby, and Latitudes Poolside Bar & Grill, open in season.

Hewett-Gordon has served on the MeRA Board since 2006. She takes the reigns from Past Chairman of the Board, Todd Maurer of King Eider’s Pub in Damariscotta who served from 2012-2014.

The MeRA board of directors also voted Michelle Corry of Portland’s Five Fifty-Five and Petite Jacqueline as Vice Chair and Laurie Palmer of Waterville Burger Corp. as Second Vice Chair.

“The election of these talented women marks an exciting era for the Maine Restaurant Association,” said the organization’s President & CEO Greg Dugal. The diversity of these officers is evident in the types of foodservice enterprises they represent including a seasonal resort on Maine’s southern coast, fine dining restaurants in the food-mecca of Portland, and a multi-unit fast food franchise in central Maine.

Additionally, Judy Forsley of Shipyard Brewing Company’s family of restaurants was appointed to an at-large seat on the executive committee and newly elected general board members include Lee Speronis of Husson University in Bangor, Patrick Quigg of Riverfront Barbeque and Grille in Augusta, Greg Goforth of Fireside Inn & Suites in Portland and Jim Largess of Sunday River Resort in Newry.

Maine Restaurant AssociationThe Maine Restaurant Association is a private, non-profit, membership organization whose mission is to represent, promote and educate the foodservice industry in Maine with a vision to enhance prosperity for Maine’s restaurants. The association is the leading voice advocating on behalf of restaurant entrepreneurs at the state, municipal and federal levels. Additionally, it produces the annual Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo, offers ServSafe food handling and alcohol service training, administers the high school culinary and restaurant management program – ProStart – in Maine and supports the childhood hunger relief charity Share Our Strength. (

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!

Ryan and Emma (2)

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!

Hux cake face

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!


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.

blueberry cocktail

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.


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.

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