The Edgewater Inn has long-been a favorite location for my family and I to eat breakfast in town. The inn, formerly called "The Green Heron" was a local wonder, with breakfast that were legendary. From the 1970's to the 1990's, the GH offered richly made, from-scratch breakfasts that were complimented by a towering daily fruit list. We marveled at how the waitresses had to memorize and recite the fresh fruit offerings.
The GH closed to transientsin the late 1990's and it was a true loss to the town and to our palates. We were so happy to see the new owners decide to reopen the breakfast restaurant under the new name with some new updates.
The Inn retains it shape with some much needed makeovers ie: removal of the old floral carpet and wallpaper.
The dining room has been updated with new paint, furniture and artwork that lends an open, airy elegance to the breakfast meal. The beauty of the interior matches the view of the saltwater cove, and takes full advantage of the wildlife outside.
The menu is prix-fixe, offering a main breakfast course, tea, coffee and juice, and a starter of freshly baked corn muffins with infused vanilla honey. If you are a local, you can take advantage of the breakfast club and sign up to get a "sea glass" key. This allows you to receive a discount on the cost of the meal.
The new chef, Brooks Roberts is a Memphis-to-Maine transplant and brings a no-nonsense sophistication to breakfast staples. Each plate if neatly presented with elegant flavor combinations. We tried the Edgewater Benedict: a poached egg atop a Maine crab cake. The crab cake was almost entirely meat and the sweetness of the crab was complimented by the chef's lemon Hollandaise sauce. The benedict was complimented by a side salad ( a great idea for breakfast) that was dressed with good quality olive oil and sea salt. It made a great foil for the richness to the egg dish.
We also tried the French Toast served with Chantilly butter. The Green Heron menu offered chantilly cream as part of menu and this seemed like a nice nod to the former restaurant's roots. The bread is a challah dipped in egg custard and fried, served with the house butter and maple syrup. It was heavenly delicious.
We were given a tour of the newly updated rooms that seemed lovely and a perfect way to enjoy Maine. We are so happy that the Inn has re-opened and have been back three times to eat breakfast. They plan on opening for cocktails and light fare in the evenings during the summer. We can't wait.
- Also Known As:
- The Edgewater Inn Kennebunkport, Maine
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Edgewater Inn, formally known as The Green Heron Inn one of Kennebunkport's historic Inns, is located on Ocean Avenue, in one of the town's most charming neighborhoods. It sits adjacent to an estuarine cove, near the mouth of the Kennebunk river and just around the bend from President George Bush's vacation home on Walkers Point. Overnight stays include a 3-course breakfast in the “on the edge” restaurant from eight to ten. Homemade cookies, cake, infused water, coffee and tea from two to four. Ice, bottle water and truffles for turn-down service nightly.The Inn was built in the early 1900's as a boarding house that provided shelter and breakfast for weary travelers. Twelve guest rooms including a cove side cottage, thirty-two seat restaurant. Its location, which combines the beautiful surrounding of the Kennebunk River and the convenience of its proximity to all major Kennebunkport attractions, contributed to its popularity from its early days. That tradition continues today. While relaxation at The Edgewater Inn is an art in itself, activities abound in the surrounding area. Guests enjoy rejuvenating walks along the rocky shore, enjoy the sun on the sandy beach, explore the numerous galleries and shops in Dock Square, watch the wildlife and the birds as they gather near the water next to the inn, or spend a sunny day on one of the nearby golf courses. ... more less
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