Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport

 Hello everyone,
  If some  of you may have noticed I have been a bit absent lately it is because my husband and I went away on a little trip for six days down to the Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport Maine. We have been to this charming little town a couple of times before, but never for the Christmas Prelude, and since I love Christmas  it was all very beautiful to me! 
  Come along and I will show you a little bit of this beautiful little town in all it's Christmas finery.Christmas Prelude was voted the number two best Christmas celebrations in the United States by HGTV. They have a website with beautiful photos if you would like to see more click here.
The Inn above was so breathtaking ,with thousands of mini lights on trees and shrubs and the wreaths on the windows etc. It is "The White Farm Inn".


This shop was absolutely beautiful with all the trees and colored hanging balls etc. I think the owner but so much work and creativity into this display. I think she thought of everything because she even had heaters out to warm you up and she serves nice delicious sweets and punch outside . Inside are all kinds of beautiful things to tempt you. I love how the ceiling was decorated inside too. You can click to enlarge for a better look.

These carolers outside a beautiful old inn are so charming. I was really hoping for a little snow to add to the beauty but, alas it was not to be.
I love walking around the town as nearly everyone has beautiful wreaths etc.

  Doorway to another Inn.

My photos don't do justice, to how beautiful the night time was here.

In Dock Square in the evening there were carolers singing as we waited for Former First Lady Laura Bush to light the tree. 
This is our charming room under the eaves in the lovely Harbour Inn.
This was the front porch. I loved coming back after the caroling etc. to sit by the fire with a hot cup of tea and some cranberry loaf with our friendly hostess.
 This was our cute little bathroom. My husband was glad we didn't have to wallpaper it with all those angles!
Even the bridge between Kennebunk and Kennebunkport was beautifully decorated with greenery and lights.
 more shops decorated.
 The tree in Dock Square with 13,000 lights on it!
 there was lots to see all around the town and surrounding areas.
There are lots of temptations for me as there are so many antique shops.

Well, we had a great time but now I am feeling a little behind in my own decorating ,visiting, baking etc. I am behind on checking in to see what all of you have been up to as well, so lots to see and do!

Thank you to all who have visited me and all who left kind words(I preposted a few posts before I left).

Hope you enjoyed a peek into the Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport, Maine- it is aprox. a ten hour drive from where we live.

Take care,


Raffaella said...

Wow! Amazing!

✿ Hélène Flont ✿ said...

I love christmas too and I have eyes sparkling with pleasure when I see your wonderful photos.
Thank you !!

Chaleureusement votre chère Carolyn !!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Bess said...

Oh, it all looks so inviting and warm. I can just picture myself strolling around there, taking in all the beauty. No doubt they'll be getting snow there any day now. Thanks for your wonderful photos! Bess

Georgianna said...

Welcome back, Carolyn! Pure magic that trip must have been. I think you captured it very well in your photos. You made me want to visit there and that's the best testament to a travel photographer! Wishing you a festive and merry week. – g

Rowan said...

I'd love to see the Christmas Prelude for real. When I visit the US I stay with friends in NH and we always drive up to Kennebunkport while I'm there, I love looking round all the little shops and the drive up the coast is lovely too.

A Garden of Threads said...

What a beautiful place to visit. The pictures you took were fantastic. Thank you for taking us on a tour. Take care and have a great week getting caught up.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Oh..I've always wanted to visit Maine...because I love the architecture of the homes there.. This was absolutely delightful...I actually was getting lost in the photos. The surrounding were so beautiful. The mini Christmas lights were lovely...:) :) : Oh, the antique shop looked delightful. I could see why you'd be tempted to spend money there. The inn with the nice long front porch..that is the best!!! I'm glad you and your hubby had a lovely time. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

agnicy said...

But where is snow?????

Mariette said...

Dearest Carolyn,

That was a lovely trip and the distance for you is like for us driving to Miami... about ten hours.

So romantic and colonial looking. The Christmas lights make it look like a fairytale town. Your Inn looked lovely inside, at least your bed- and bathroom.

Glad you both got to escape, you only can do that in wintertime when the garden is low maintenance!

Enjoy your decorating and baking now. Lots of love,

Mariette's Back to Basics

Denise said...

Christmas fun fun fun! your trip makes me excited for my own Christmas trip next week to the little town of Cambria in central Ca.They also go way out for the Christmas prelude in their little coastal village.Beautiful photos, thank you.

Maddy said...

Carolyn, non riesco a smettere di guardare e riguardare questo tuo post...
...è fantastico...
...quanto ti invidio...

Baci !!!!!!!


Janet said...

Thank you so much Carolyn for treating the stay-at-homes to so many lovely pictures. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are among my favourite destinations in Maine. I'm sure you had a wonderful time and brought home a few treasures we will see in upcoming posts. Enjoy the festive season and I look forward to seeing your decorating ideas.
Janet in
Nova Scotia

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Historical buildings always appear to me to more Christmassy somehow with all the lights and wreaths and special touches. Thanks for taking us on your visit.

La Table De Nana said...

I love that place! Have never been in winter..Thank you for sharing! Maybe one day..Your photos are glorious!!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi there, welcome home! What a fun trip you've been on. We have driven through there in the summer but I had no idea there was such a wonderful celebration at Christmas time. The homes are so lovely with all the greens and pretty lights. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Diane Drake said...

Your pictures are great; and that shop at night - magical! Merry Christmas! Diane

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh, Carolyn - your photos took me back to 15 years ago when hubby and I traveled to Kennebunkport (via the White Mts which were stunning!) for a friend's wedding in August. We stayed in a B&B on the water. We totally fell in LOVE with that little town!!! Seeing it all dressed for Christmas was just wonderful!!! We would love to live in Maine in the summer and Florida in the winter. THE perfect life! lol!

Yup...someday we WILL return...! Thanks for taking us along with you!

xoxo laurie

erin said...

it all looks so wonderful...lucky you to visit such a picturesque town. did you run into any old presidents? we will be celebrating a "dickens of a christmas" here in franklin, tennessee next weekend. i think you would love it too!
happy week to you,

milka said...

Thank you so much for all the beautiful photos! I love to see how other people celebrating the Christmas at the other side of the world. Thank you Carolyn!

Susan said...

Oooooo, Carolyn, what a wonderful tour. Thank you so much for showing us that beautiful town in Maine. I've never been to Kennebunkport....nearby but never there. Looks gorgeous. Susan

Liz@ said...

Oh boy that was great, thank-you for sharing those pictures! All I ever knew about Kennebunkport, was Ted Kennedy and his mysterious accident that a woman died in! Looks like a great place to visit. That antique shop sure had some goodies in it! The place you stayed at is so quaint and cozy! I love Christmas and all the beautiful decorating too! It's so nice to see how others do it!
Happy Holidays! Liz

Pétales de fées said...

Magnifique voyage et si dépaysant !
Belle journée à toi !
Kiss from France

Marica said...

Ciao Carolyn, immagini straordinarie!!! Il tuo blog è stupendo:)

Un bacione


Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Gorgeous! I will have to plan a trip next year if I can find a dog sitter. It looks so perfect, and your pictures were great.

Kathy said...

What a very lovely place! I'd love to visit and to see it shining in the night! I love it when a whole town gets into the joy of the season! Thank you for joining me this week at Christmas with Victoria - you made it all the more special,

Terri said...

What a lovely town, so very festive! Your B&B is beautiful as well. This must have been perfect to get in the Christmas mood.

Cindy said...

Hi Carolyn,
You must have had such a delightful time! Such beautiful photos, everything looks so magical in the dark! How I would love to visit this little town all decked out in it's Christmas lovelieness! Thanks for the chance to see a town so prettily done up. I loved it.
Hugs, Cindy

Jen said...

We have visited this place in the fall. I loved it then, but being that I just love Christmas so much I will certainly consider going again at this time of year. Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures.


Bernideen said...

What beautiiful and HUGE homes and the lovely carolers - those are awesome! Just lovely!

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Lounging with a Latte said...

Your accommodation looked beautiful. Always fun to get away and see new things.

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Absolutely, positively gorgeous. Kennebunkport has been one of the top New England destinations I'd like to go to for so long... and after seeing this post, my desire has naturally heightened!

Jean Tuthill said...

What a beautiful place to visit. I have been there many times, but never to the Christmas Prelude. I must do that soon. Your pictures and tour were so well done, that I must visit there. Have fun getting caught up and think of your beautiful memories that you now have. Thanks for sharing.

The Tablescaper said...

A Christmas Prelude is a wonderful idea. I can see why they've made it an event.What a magical place to visit, at a magical time of year. You certainly must be in the Christmas spirit.

- The Tablescaper

Sherry said...

The pictures of this lovely town are beautiful. It looks like a wonderful event to attend. I love staying in Inns like the one you stayed in. Just looking at your post made me think of simpler times. So thank you for sharing your trip.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a beautiful post this was! thanks so much for sharing your trip with us!!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for telling about this wonderland, Carolyn! I am a Christmas nut and don't think I'll be able to sleep tight tonight as I'll be dreaming of this place. I will be on a mission to convince our friends to take a trip there with us during a future Christmas...Absolutely lovely!