the tides beach club

7.09.2013

Hello! I hope you all had a very happy Fourth of July!

I have been a bit out of blogging touch since last week, as my husband and I just came home from a long weekend celebrating a wonderful first year of marriage (I promise we don't typically travel this much!). We began our anniversary celebration in Quebec City, the site of our "mini-moon" immediately following our wedding, and of course we ended in Kennebunkport, Maine, where we were married one year ago...

Kennebunkport is a quintessential New England coastal summer community about an hour and a half north of Boston. Despite its small size, the bustling town has lots to offer in the form of beautiful beaches, luxury resorts, fine dining, shopping, and art galleries. Kennebunkport is the perfect place for a relaxing summer vacation, but bored is the last thing you will be!

Today I am writing a travel post of sorts, in which I will feature one of the town's many charming hotels where we were lucky enough to stay this past weekend. But first, some photos from our Kennebunkport wedding:

Maine Wedding
photo courtesy of our wedding guests

Stacey Kane
photo by Stacey Kane

Stacey Kane
photo by Stacey Kane

photo courtesy of our wedding guests

Maine Wedding
photo courtesy of our wedding guests

photo courtesy of our wedding guests

Maine Wedding
photo courtesy of our wedding guests

Stacey Kane
photo by Stacey Kane

I cannot believe we have been married for a year--I suppose time flies when you are having fun! The other day I was telling my friend Andrea over at The Glam Pad that the hardest part of this first year of marriage has been the fact that the wedding is over! I was definitely one of those girls who had been planning her wedding since the age of six, so I have been suffering from a severe case of wedding withdrawal. Maybe one of these days I will begin another blog dedicated entirely to weddings? We'll see... ;)

Anyway, I suppose I should change the subject before I get too sappy, so on we go to Kennebunkport! 

Deciding where to stay during our much-anticipated return to Kennebunkport was a difficult decision! With such an exceptional selection of resorts, hotels, B&Bs, inns, etc.--many of which hold sentimental value for us--the choice was overwhelming in the best of ways. Ultimately, we bypassed the resort which we frequented during our courtship, as well as the resort where our rehearsal dinner was held, and even the resort at which we hosted our wedding reception! Instead, we opted for an ocean-view room at The Tides Beach Club, where we had bought many a drink the bar, but never stayed the night before. 

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

Located just ten minutes north of town on Goose Rocks Beach, The Tides Beach Club is a small seaside hotel whose coastal decor offers big sophistication and style. The intimate property is comprised of 21 impeccably decorated guestrooms, including two suites furnished by Jonathan Adler! And you may remember a post from a few weeks ago in which I included an image of a Tides Beach Club guestroom featuring chairs upholstered in China Seas Java Java. With their refined furnishings and finishes, it is evident that each and every room at this luxury beachfront boutique hotel has been given the ultimate attention to detail:

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

And here are some photos I snapped our sophisticated coral room with coastal views!:

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine 

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

Upon our arrival, the friendly staff greeted us with complimentary glasses of sparkling wine--a much-needed refreshment after the long car ride from Quebec City! Once refreshed we retreated to our room, where we were flattered to find a note congratulating us on our anniversary and an accompanying voucher for celebratory cocktails at the bar! Check out how you can enhance your stay here!

We wasted no time returning downstairs to the hotel's beautiful bar, which spills out onto a large front porch and then a beachfront lawn. Because of the live music out on the porch, the plush rocking chairs (see above) were already occupied by patrons, but Brian and I were more than happy to take a stylish (Lucite!) seat inside at the bar.

Offering an impressive drink menu, The Tides Beach Club's chic and social bar is more than just a pretty face. The classics are complimented by specialty and signature cocktails, which often include infused spirits and muddled fruits. I ordered a mojito, while my husband opted for one of the signature cocktails--both were delicious ;)

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

Of course, as much as I love a good cocktail, the decor at The Tides Beach Club is worth the visit alone! Check out those Chippendale chairs (!!!) and notice how the the Lucite bar stools shine and show off the tufted leather below the bar. The walls of the bar area are covered in a natural grasscloth and punctuated with mirrors which reflect the glass bottles and the lights--so much shine makes for something of a jewel box out of the bar! The soft lighting creates a golden glow throughout the space, which is a perfect place to top-off a relaxing day at the beach. 

Adjoining the bar is a inviting lounge with a living room feel. Comfy chairs surround large round tables, while books and board games decorate built-in bookcases and provide for after-dinner activities. But Brian and I were happy to take our turn in the rocking chairs and watch a thunderstorm roll out over the water. Perfection doesn't begin to describe it...

I suppose I should also mention that The Tides Beach Club offers plenty of entertainment before happy hour begins! ;) In particular, beach picnics and even Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons!

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

When our wonderful stay came to an end, the staff sent us off with a goody bag of homemade chocolate-chip cookies and some bottled water, making the sad drive back to Boston a bit more bearable.

A few more personal pics from our stay:

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

The Tides Beach Club is just one of nine distinct luxury properties that make up the Kennebunkport Resort Collection. Be sure to explore the other eight properties online--and hopefully in person!--and check back here at shell & chinoiserie, as I will surely feature more soon!

Enjoy!

Emilie


8 comments:

liza said...

It sounds like it was a great anniversary trip, Em! I love your pictures. I'm so glad you were able to go back to both Quebec and Kennebunkport and relax. Happy Anniversary!

Andrea said...

What a fantastic post, Emilie!! Your wedding was absolutely GORGEOUS, I LOVE the pics!!! And your dress!!! So beautiful! You and your sweet hubby are just too adorable for words. I really need to get to New England for a visit soon... the Tides Beach Club looks fantastic! And thanks for the shout out! :)

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

emilie said...

Thank you so much, Andrea! It was such an amazing day! :)

And yes--you must get your pretty self up here! Definitely check out the other resorts in the Kennebunkport Resort Collection--they are all equally amazing!

emilie said...

Thank you, Liza! Very relaxing and sentimental! I hope we can go back again soon...

Michelle Woeller said...

Your wedding photos are beautiful! I love Kennebunkport! We're about 2 hours away, and I never need an excuse to head up there! Such a picturesque town! I've never stayed at the Tides Beach Club, but now it's on my list of places to stay. Elle

emilie at shell & chinoiserie said...

Thank you so much, Michelle! Kennebunkport is clearly one of our favorite places! Definitely check out all of the Resort Collection resorts--two of my other favorites are Hidden Pond Resort (where we had our rehearsal dinner) and Cottages at Cabot Cove (where we usually stay!), where each cottage is decorated by a different interior designer!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

What a fabulous place for a wedding or a vacation! Thank you so much for sharing this at my linking party!

emilie at shell & chinoiserie said...

Thank YOU for being the hostess with the mostess!!! ;-)

 
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