Inn Style

Kennebunkport has always had a curious allure for The Maven. In her youth, she worked summers at The Colony, a grand old hotel that was at once gracious and like something straight out of "The Shining." As a grownup, she returns from time to time, by turns captivated by the charm of the architecture and the old-school civility that seems to permeate the town and shocked that the traffic is still as bad as it used to be.

Even the worst traffic is worth fighting for the Arts in the Inns celebration. Now in its sixth year, the festivities have grown to include food, not just as an aside, but as a focal point. Yes, the visual arts are still there — this weekend's events include a plein air invitational and an artists-in-residence inn tour — but there is an equal emphasis on the culinary arts.

As foodies, we're tempted by the Taittinger champagne preview and drawn in by the grand tasting, but the real draw for us are the intimate artist-chef dinners, hosted in private homes, in which the chef draws inspiration for the meal from the work of a specific artist. Another highlight: the chef's gala, where award-winning chefs Steve Corry of 555 in Portland and Mark Militello of 1 Bleu in Miami will each present their take on Maine lobster.

Now that's the art of the meal.

For more information and a full, detailed schedule of events, click here.


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