Kennebunk Beaches featured in USA Today Travel
August 2015 – “Northeast Beaches: Savor the Last of Summer” – The summer’s coming to an end, but all’s not lost – the water’s finally warm enough to dive into in the Northeast. Two beaches in the Kennebunk area are certainly worth checking out on a warm late summer or early fall day – Kennebunk Beach, also known as Gooch’s Beach, and Mother’s Beach… See the Full Story
Nonantum Resort named one of the Best Places to Work in Maine
August 2015 – The statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Maine, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.
So what does a “best place to work” really look like?… Read More
‘Our weekend in Kennebunkport was almost presidential’
The Examiner – August 2015 – “We checked into the Nonantum Resort… overlooking the Kennebunk River. From there it’s a gorgeous two-mile walk or drive along the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean to the Bush compound. From the Nonantum’s dock, you can take kayaks out on the river, or join a lobsterman for an hour or so as he hauls in his traps from the Rugosa, a classic New England wooden lobster boat. We opted to join Captain Nick for a two-hour sail on the awesome “Downeast” 38-foot ketch “Pineapple,” as we knew he would take us out on the ocean for a sea view of the (Bush) compound, which he did. On the way back to the Nonantum he also took us a little further up the river to show us the famous motorboat that the First Families use on the water, along with the two Secret Service boats that always follow it.”
‘Exploring the summer charms of the Bush family’s coastal Maine getaway’
Houston Chronicle – July 2015 – “For centuries, ships sailing down the Kennebunk River on their way to sea passed this unhurried coastal community that now thrives as a resort destination and lobster mecca.
Maine represents an escape from the rat race, a place where a person can swap a messy life for a simpler, clearer existence…Nowhere does this fantasy seem more tangible than out on the water along the Kennebunkport coast, in the sun and bracing wind.
Passengers aboard the Rugosa, a classic New England wooden lobster boat, can take in the Bush family compound on Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine.”
Nonantum Resort Inducted into TripAdvisor Hall of Fame
June 2015 – The Nonantum Resort has earned TripAdvisor’s prestigious Certificate of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year and has been inducted into TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame.
“This is an amazing accolade that our team should be very proud of,” said Tina Hewett-Gordon, resort General Manager. “And every single member of our team in every department has contributed to our success by continually delivering a superior customer experience.” Read More
Paddle Battle featured in Sports Illustrated Kids’ summer fun issue!
The Nonantum Resort’s Paddle Battle was listed as a top family fun event in Sports Illustrated Kids’ summer fun issue (June 2015). The annual river race for kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and any non-motorized vessels also includes kid-friendly activities, a barbeque and live music on the resort’s back lawn.
The Best Fishing Hotels in America
No need to pack up all your gear – head to The Nonantum Resort’s on-site marina where Captain Bruce of the Libreti Rose II fishing charters will provide all the bait & tackle you need for your adventure and share his 40 years of experience on the water.
(Did we mention he was featured in National Geographic Channel’s ‘Wicked Tuna’?)
Nonantum Proud to Host ‘Fishing for Freedom’ event for Wounded Veterans
On June 17th, the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, Cabela’s, The Libreti Rose II fishing charters and 11 other boat tours will host a fishing tournament for 40 local veterans departing from The Nonantum’s marina. Veterans’ families can enjoy on-site activities at the resort, followed by a cookout on the back lawn.
The Culture Trip Names Kennebunkport in the ’10 Most Beautiful Towns in Maine’
“Famous as a playground for the rich, Maine boasts some of the most picturesque small coastal towns in the USA. …Kennebunkport has managed to retain its charm despite being a popular destination for travelers for well over a century.” Read the full story
Kennebunkport Food, Wine & Art Festival Named One of the Top ‘Summer Food Festivals Worth Traveling For’ by ABC News
“From June 8–13th, the impossibly charming town of Kennebunkport, Maine becomes a culinary mecca for New England-inspired cuisine and a temporary home to top chefs from the region.” http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/summer-food-festivals-worth-traveling/story?id=30083889
Nonantum Named to ‘America’s 10 Best Family-Friendly Resorts’
Mini Time and The Huffington Post shared “wonderful resorts for an unforgettable family vacation” including the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine!
“Ideal for a family trip, as (The Nonantum) offers a long list of kids’ activities (there’s a special tent dedicated to them – complete with a popcorn machine, movie screen, and arts and crafts), sports (everything from kayaking to shuffle boarding), a heated swimming pool, and biking.” http://www.minitime.com/trip-tips/Americas-10-Best-FamilyFriendly-Resorts-article
Leisure Group Travel magazine: 18 Renovated and New Hotels in the Northeast
Groups will enjoy The Nonantum’s historic ambiance with modern amenities and eco-conscious initiatives.
Tripology (a division of USA Today Travel) includes Kennebunkport, Maine on their list of “Unexpected Destinations for Family Vacations”
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
Since 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.
Boston.com New England Travel – 10 Reasons to Visit Kennebunkport Right Now
(The Nonantum Resort is closed in the winters from mid-December to the end of April, however there are still great reasons to visit our charming coastal town even in the off-season!)
Nonantum named TheKnot Best of Weddings (again) AND wins 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
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.
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.
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 TripAdvisor.com, 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 www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.
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 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 (www.newenglandinnsandresorts.com) 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
The Culture Mom – A Nautical Visit to Nonantum Resort
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
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.
Executive Chef Steve True Named Maine Chef of the Year 2014
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”: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140403-ENTERTAIN-404030357
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. http://ce.nokidhungry.org/portlandme
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. http://www.visitportland.com/education.aspx
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
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 Hewett.
“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.
95 Ocean restaurant at The Nonantum Resort Earns TV Diner’s Coveted Platinum Plate Award
July 2008 – 95 Ocean was visited but the popular TV Show “TV Diner” hosted by Billy Costa. TV Diner is noted for reviewing restaurants for NECN, New England Cable News, and giving them a culinary critic’s rating of Silver, Gold or Platinum. The Nonantum Resort received the highest Platinum Plate rating, a result of an incognito visit to the restaurant earlier this summer.
“We are so proud of our chef, Steve True, who has created some unique and delicious offerings for our menu, which were singled out in this review by TV Diner. Our culinary team and wait staff also deserves credit for this impressive award,” commented Innkeeper Jean Ginn-Marvin.
The show featuring 95 Ocean aired on NECN in July, with video of 95 Ocean and the Nonantum Resort Dining Room overlooking the Kennebunk River. Host Billy Costa said, “The Dining Room of 95 Ocean has a bright ambiance, a sea shore theme and large picture windows offering gorgeous views of the water.”
Among the numerous menu items sampled for the TV Diner Show were Chef True’s Signature Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Ribs, and the Lobster Stuffed Avocado. Costa said “Maine lobster never looked prettier or tasted better.”
Costa referred to The Nonantum’s entrees as stunning and sensational, the service as great, and prices as “appealing for quality and quantity.”
Costa described the Key Lime Pie as a “tantalizing tandem,” and the Blueberry Crumb Pie as “sweet perfection.”
Costa said in his TV Diner recommendation, “95 Ocean gives resort guests and the general public artfully presented dishes in a quiet, elegant atmosphere with wonderful service. 95 Ocean earns the Platinum Plate.”
Executive Chef Steve True said he is very proud that The Nonantum received the top honor bestowed by the TV Diner Show. “We work hard to create interesting and appetizing menu items, to be recognized by such a well-respected and recognized TV show is exciting.”
95 Ocean is open nightly for dinner, and also features live entertainment most nights in season.
AOL Ranks Kennebunkport Top 10 Beach Town
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.