Tag: aboard

Enjoy Maine’s coastline from a historic grand hotel or aboard a sailboat

Enjoy Maine’s coastline from a historic grand hotel or aboard a sailboat

Always drawn to the water, Anthony Everett checks in at The Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, conveniently located near town shops and art galleries.


Hide Transcript
Show Transcript

ANTHON MAJESTIC IN THE MORNING LIGHT. A GRANDE DAME LOOKING OVER THE ATLANTIC. WITNESS AND HOST TO MORE THAN A CENTURY OF HISTORY. ♪ ANTHON IT WAS 1873 WHEN THE OCEAN BLUFF HOTEL WAS FIRS BUILT ON THIS PROMONTORY WHERE THE KENNEBUNK RIVER SPILLS TO THE SEA A QUARTER-CENTURY LATER, IT BURNED TO THE GROUND. IN 1914, THE BREAKWATER COURT ROSE FROM HER ASHES. AND THIS ATTRACTIV YANKEE SOON DREW THE ATTENTION OF A SOUTHERN BELLE. THE ICONIC COLONY HOTEL OF DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA. ABOUT 10 FAMILY, WHO OWNED THE COLONY, THOUGH THE BREAKWATER WOULD MAKE A PERFECT SUMME COMPANION TO THEIR WINTER RESORT. >> THEY NEED SOME — NEEDED SOMETHING TO O WITH THEIR STAFF IN T SUMMER. SO THEY PURCHASED A HOTEL HERE SO THEY COULD BRING THEIR STAFF NORTH AND SOUTH. ANTHONY: IN 1947, THE MARRIAGE WAS COMPLETE, AND THE BREAKWATER TOOK THE COLON NAME. THE TWO HOTELS HAVE REMAINED IN THE MOUNTAIN FAMILY EVER SINCE. THAD VISITED WITH JUSTINE ABOUT AN IN DEL RAY IN 2018 PARTNER JOHN MARTIN, WHO VALUES THE HISTORIC RELEVANCE O THIS 105-YEAR-OLD LANDMARK. >> WE ARE TRYING TO NOT PRESERVE HISTORY LIKE COLONIAL LOOMS NECESSARILY, BUT WE ARE TRYING TO STAY TRUE TO THE NATURE OF TH COLONY. . IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO GET YOUR ARMS WRAPPED AROUND THAT CONCEPT, AND THEN TRY TO STAY WITH IT. RENOVATED, MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL, BUT MAKE IT TRUE TO WHAT IT IS. ANTHON THAT MEANS SPENDING MORE THAN $1 MILLION EACH YEAR ON RENOVATIONS. >> WE TRY TO DO SOMETHING THAT IS KIND OF ATTRACTIVE TO THE FRONT OF HOUSE THAT PEOPLE WOULD NOTICE. CARPETING, FLOORING, DRAPES. DA OBVIOUSLY, THERE IS A BUNCH OF BORING THINGS LIKE FOUNDATIONS AND HEAT SYSTEMS AND OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE TO GO ON BEHIND THE SCENES. ANTHONY: AND O COURSE, IF YOU NEED A CHANGE OF SCENE, KENNEBUNK BOARD HAS PLENTY TO OFFER. SHOPPING, DINING, MORE SHOPPING, AND A VIBRANT ARTISTIC COMMUNITY. A GOOD DEAL OF THAT REPRESENTED AT MAINE ART HILL RIGHT DOWNTOWN. IF THE KINETIC SCULPTURES OF ARTISTS OUTSIDE DO NOT GRAB YOUR ATTENTION — >> A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. ANTHONY: THEN PERHAPS THE LIT — THE VIVID LANDSCAPE IS INSIDE WILL. >> I HOPE VISITORS MAIN ART HE’LL GET TO SEE THE MANY TALENTS THAT A LOT OF LOCAL ARTISTS HAVE FROM OIL PAINTINGS TO GLASSBLOWING. WE TRY TO SHOW A VARIETY OF MEDIUMS. ANTHONY: BETWEEN THE MAIN GALLERY EXHIBIT SPACE AT THE GRAND HOTEL, 70 MICRO GALLERIES AND REGULAR POP-UPS. THERE ARE DIVERSE AND EVER-CHANGING OFFERINGS. ABBY DAGGETT AND NATE BRETT ARE OUR GALLERY MANAGERS. >> WE REALLY WANT THEM TO SEE THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ARTISTS.

Continue reading