Nonantum in the News

Tripology (a division of USA Today Travel) includes Kennebunkport, Maine on their list of "Unexpected Destinations for Family Vacations"

family-friendly Kennebunkport resort 

While we think our charming coastal town is less of an "unexpected" family getaway than a natural choice for family vacations, given all the fun area activities, we are happy to see Kennebunkport on the list of "family-friendly destinations with affordable and exciting points of interest for families to explore and enjoy." 

"With stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, hiking, beaches, deep sea fishing, whale watching and more, there's so much for families to do. ... For more fun, nearby Wells Reserve is a National Estuarine Research Reserve and offers guided wildlife tours, numerous trails and boardwalks, an ecology center, woodlands and wetlands, dunes and grasslands, plus flora and fauna."

Nonantum Resort Pleased to Participate in 12th Annual Hospitality for Habitat Save Big With Habitat for Humanity Spring Lodging Specials in Maine

Hospitality for HabitatSince its inception in 2004, the Maine Innkeepers Association's annual Hospitality for Habitat fundraiser has raised more than $130,000 to help build or winterize homes for local families in Maine. Celebrate spring's arrival and get a 50% discount off already low off-season rates, while enjoying a crowd-free escape. 

Book Now New England Travel - 10 Reasons to Visit Kennebunkport Right Now

(The Nonantum Resort is currently closed for the winter - reopening in the spring at the end of April - but there are still great reasons to visit our charming coastal town even in the offseason!)

Wedding Cake House, Kennebunkport, Maine

Nonantum named TheKnot Best of Weddings (again) AND wins WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award 2015! 

TheKnot Best of Weddings 2015   WeddingWire Couples Choice Award 2015

The reviews are in! The Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine has been named in the top 5% of wedding professionals & venues in the nation.

Boston Globe Travel: Progressive Dinner via Trolley in the Kennebunks

December 2014:

Trolley holiday

Nonantum Resort Wins Henkel's 'Go Green & Save' Contest

Hotel Management magazine - January 2015 - Only five hotels in the U.S. were recognized by Henkel for their green efforts, and the Nonantum Resort was the only hotel in New England to be in the running. The resort was voted the winner and has received $30,000 worth of Henkel products like Dial sustainable guestroom amenities to use in their 2015 season.

Go Green award winners

The Nonantum Resort, located on the beautiful coast of Maine, has sustainability at the core of the property's mission statement. Working hard to raise awareness of the environmental impact of everything they do around the resort, this property saves green by going green in everything they do. Certified by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Leader, The Nonantum implements programs to: save energy, conserve water, minimize/reduce waste, use environmentally preferable cleaners, purchase and prepare local foods, in addition to having 100% organic flower and herb gardens on the property. More specifically, they have recycled 1,308 lbs of soap and shampoo in 2013 by donating to Clean The World, and sent approximately 8 tons of kitchen waste to a local composting facility.

 Nonantum Named TripAdvisor GreenLeader Gold

November 2014 - The Nonantum Resort proudly announced it has been accepted as a Gold level property in the TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers around the world plan greener trips by highlighting hotels and B&Bs engaging in environmentally-friendly practices.

TripAdvisor properties have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the world's largest travel site for our sustainability efforts,” said General Manager Tina Hewett Gordon. “Gold is the second highest level that a property can achieve in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program. Our Green Team is already discussing what other sustainability initiatives we can implement in 2015 to get us to the highest level – Platinum!”

Travelers can search for accommodations that have TripAdvisor GreenLeaders status on, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.

“TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these hotels and B&Bs, and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online community of more than 260 million travelers who visit the site each month.”

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in consultation with the United Nations Environment Programme, the U.S. Green Building Council, ENERGY STAR®, and the International Center for Responsible Tourism Canada, among other leading environmental organizations. For more information, visit

Nonantum Innkeeper, Jean Ginn Marvin, Elected President of New England Inns & Resort Association 

October 2014: At the 107th Annual Meeting of the New England Inns and Resorts Association (NEIRA), Jean Ginn Marvin, Innkeeper at The Nonantum Resort, 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.”

New England Inns Resorts
New England Inns and Resorts Association 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 New England, with area information and a quick reservations widget for one-stop comparison shopping and booking directly from the site.

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Nonantum General Manager, Tina Hewett-Gordon, Named Chair of Maine Restaurant Association Board of Directors

October 2014: During its annual meeting, 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. Hewett-Gordon has served on the MeRA Board since 2006. 

“All of us here at The Nonantum Resort are so proud of Tina,” said 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 tradition of culinary excellence. Executive Chef, Steve True, was named Maine Chef of the Year 2014. Chef True 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 seasonally. 

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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. 

It's all about the food during Kennebunk Restaurant Week

October 4-10th, 2014: Kennebunkport shines as a top dining destination. Guests can enjoy lovely water views, colorful fall foliage, romantic getaways, and of course fabulous local food and drink. The Nonantum's 95 Ocean restaurant is pleased to offer our Chef's special 3-course dinner menu with wine pairings hand selected by our bar manager, all for $45 per person.
 Kennebunk Restaurant Week

95 Ocean Restaurant Participates in Share Our Strength's Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign

September 2014: Our restaurant was pleased to support the campaign to end childhood hunger by donating 25% of the proceeds from all of our Chef's Signature Blueberry Chipotle Ribs and Blueberry Crumb Pie sold each Monday night throughout the month of September - totaling $781.

Share Our Strength Dine Out

The Culture Mom - A Nautical Visit to Nonantum Resort

August 2014:

Zagat Boston - 10 Reasons to Drive to Kennebunkport

Come for the fabulous restaurants, food and wine. Stay for the lovely water views, boutique shopping, art gallery hopping, antiquing and more!

Boston Globe - New England Travel - The Kennebunks

Nonantum noted for its Family-Friendly Digs

Cocktail of the Week - The Ocean Avenue Spritzer

July 2014:  

Ocean Avenue Spritzer

Nonantum Welcomes New Marketing Director, Nicki Bean

July 2014: 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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Executive Chef Steve True Named Maine Chef of the Year 2014

Chef Steve True

The Nonantum Resort’s Executive Chef Steven True was named 2014 Chef of the Year by the Maine Restaurant Association. Chef True cooks up creative New England cuisine, like his Signature Blueberry Chipotle Ribs, Maine Lobster Stuffed Avocado, and nightly specials in 95 Ocean restaurant, using fresh and local ingredients like herbs from the resort’s gardens. Steve has been fulfilling his life-long passion as a chef for more than 30 years while living up and down the East Coast. He has been with the Nonantum for the past five years. Steve also volunteers his time in training up-and-coming culinary talent at Southern Maine Community College. 

"A Cut Above the Rest: 12 Questions for Maine's Chef of the Year":

Nonantum Participates in Taste of the Nation 

June 2014 - Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the country’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation's hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at our events to raise the critical funds needed to support the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger. 

Kennebunkport Food & Wine Festival Showcases Top Local Chefs

June 2014: The Nonantum Resort's culinary team was pleased to participate in Maine Magazine's annual food, wine and art festival, showcasing the finest Maine has to offer in the lovely coastal setting of Kennebunkport. Guests of the week-long event enjoyed grand parties and intimate tastings prepared by some of the best chefs in New England, plus local wines and beers, live music, and art.

Greater Portland CVB Meeting Planner Education Day 

May 2014 - The Nonantum Resort is pleased to host the Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau's third bi-annual day of continuing education for Maine and New England regional meeting planners. Join us for a day of learning, earn continuing education credits towards your CMP license and network with your peers.

Nonantum Resort Hosts "On the Road with Mainebiz - Kennebunks"

April 2014 - Join Mainebiz - Maine's Business News Source - at our second stop in the On the Road with Mainebiz reception series. Meet and mingle with other business executives in the Kennebunks region while enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery.

Yankee Magazine Best of New England 2013 Editors' Choice Award Winner 

The Nonantum Resort named Best Family Lodging in Maine

Yankee Magazine Editors Choice

Maine Innkeepers Association Honors Jean Ginn Marvin with 2011 Innkeeper of the Year

Freeport, Maine, November 2011……Jean Ginn Marvin, of the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, was honored with the 2011 Innkeeper of the Year Award by the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) at their 90th annual meeting. The award is presented annually to an active Innkeeper who has significantly contributed to the development of the Maine Innkeepers Association.   

Marvin’s career in hospitality began in 1999, when she was named Director of Sales at The Nonantum. After 5 years in that position she was promoted to her current job as Innkeeper. She has served on the executive committee of the Maine Innkeepers Association and on the board of New England Inns and Resorts (NEIRA). Marvin also serves on the President’s Advisory Council at SMCC, is a former Town Councilor in Cape Elizabeth, as well as a former Representative to The Maine Legislature, and has been a member of several Cape Elizabeth town commissions. 

Marvin credited much of the success the Nonantum Resort has achieved to the dedication of the hotel staff and her General Manger, Tina Hewitt.  



“While my name is the one on the plaque, the people who are responsible for the award are the men and women who come to work at The Nonantum each day with a smile and the belief that hospitality is indeed endless,” stated Marvin as she accepted the award.

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 Bob, of 29 years, are the proud parents of three.  


AOL Ranks Kennebunkport Top 10 Beach Town
Kennebunkport, Maine

The old-time fishing village of Kennebunkport is like a Currier and Ives print come to life (it's also the summer retreat of choice for George H.W. Bush). You can work on a lobster boat, fly-fish, or kayak past whimsical formations like Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock. Stroll by elaborate Federal and Victorian manses built by sea captains, many now housing inns, or experience history in motion at the Seashore Trolley Museum. Kennebunkport's riverside Dock Square teems with shops and galleries selling stoneware and watercolor seascapes, eco-chic boutiques stocking organic body gels, and of course purveyors of local blueberry jams. Old Orchard Beach features New England's only oceanfront amusement park where you can get your thrills on the Ferris wheel and roller coasters. 

Tip: Enjoy live jazz several nights a week in 95 Ocean restaurant at The Nonantum Resort, which also offers nightly specials.


Classic Getaways

Sun, 05/26/2013
Maine Sunday Telegram

"My sunny room has lovely touches including puffy duvet and oversized pillows. Two comfy old-fashioned wicker chairs sit by a gas fireplace. Large windows on one side and large sliders on the other offer soaring river views plus enough boats and changing Maine sky for the most demanding guest. With doors wide open to sailing clouds and riverbank, it is sparkling and serene."

2012 Bridal Issue - Maine Magazine

Wed, 02/01/2012
The Maine Magaizne - Bridal Issue 2012
Maine Magazine 2012 Bridal Issue

Having been married almost seven times, Joe Ricchio
considers himself “a bit of an aficionado” when it comes to
planning rehearsal dinners.  The Nonantum Resort is one of them!

NEW Bridal Suite - Designed to be Green

Tue, 03/15/2011

Nonantum’s Young Design Team – Green Indeed!
What do blushing brides, eighth grade middle school students, and a riverside resort in Kennebunkport have to do with one another?