Posts Tagged ‘Cape Elizabeth’

Splurge and save at the Inn by the Sea

May 8, 2010

Through May 26, write a $35 check to Habitat for Humanity, and save 50 percent, Sundays through Thursdays, on a two-bedroom beach, cottage, or loft cottage at the chic, ultra-green, four-diamond, oceanfront Inn by the Sea, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. With the donation, rates range $134.50-$169.50. While you won’t see the special advertised on the site, the rate pops up when you click on reservations and enter potential dates for an overnight or two.

Act quickly, and apply your savings toward the Chef Tasting Menu, served through May 15, in the inn’s ocean-view Sea Glass Restaurant. Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich prepared this six-course New England with a Twist dinner at the James Beard House in New York in February 2010. The price is  $75 per person, or $110 with wine flight, and includes:

amuse bouche
• lobster and seafood ceviche
• roasted beet carpaccio
• pan-seared jumbo scallops
• Atlantic cod and lobster “chowder”
• red wine braised beef cheeks
• local apple crostata

Alternatively, you might splurge at the inn’s spa. Or just reap the savings and enjoy beach strolls, walking through inn’s certified butterfly and bird plantings, or simply plunking down in a lawn chair and enjoying the serenity of listening to waves rolling into shore and birds singing. A boardwalk above a marsh and path through the dunes connects the inn to Crescent Beach; really, it’s quite idyllic.

And here’s a tip: If you stay overnight, order the crab cakes Benedict for breakfast, then keep in the seafood mode with lunch at the nearby Lobster Shack at Two Lights.

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Dine and wine by the sea

January 15, 2010

The Inn by the Sea has a few wine (and one beer) dinners scheduled and has released its Restaurant Week menu. The special dinners do sell out, so it’s wise to make reservations well in advance.

• Feb. 18: A Five-course Argentine Harvest Dinner paired with wines from the Andeluna cellars. Stern Greenwood, from the San Francisco Wine Exchange will describe the wines chosen. It’s worth noting that Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich was reared in Argentina, so he knows the country’s flavors. The courses:

1. South American seafood and lobster ceviche with yuca chips paired with 2007 Torrontes

2. Slow-braised chicken embanadas dumplings paired with 2004 chardonnay reserve

3. Sweetbreads Milanese style, with balsamic glaze and mushroom escabeche, paired with 2004 Malbec limited reserve

4. Entree: grilled grass-fed steak medallion with chimichurri salsa verde and smoked twice-baked potato, paired with 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon reserve

5. aalfajores com dulce de leche.

• March 11: Terredora Winery Wine Dinner

• March 25: Gritty’s Beer Dinner

Restaurant Week, March 1-10: The three-course dinner menu will offer a choice of three appetizers (cream of celery root soup, citrus marinated beets, pan-seared jumbo scallop), three entrees (handmade ricotta gnocchi, gulf of Maine lobster & cod chowder, red wine-braised beef cheeks) and two dessrets (profiteroles, carrot cake). Price will be $30.10.

Foodie news: Inn by the Sea

January 14, 2010

Kudo to Mitchell Kaldrovich, executive chef at the Inn by the Sea, in Cape Elizabeth. He’ll be cooking at the James Beard House on Feb. 27.

In light of that, you might want to check out the inn’s  Inncredible Foodie package:

• two nights lodging

• chef’s choice welcome amenity upon arrival

• meet Kaldrovich in downtown Portland to create a customized lunch menu and tour area specialty purveyors for ingredients together; during the tour, you’ll learn about product selection and preparation techniques

• invitation to join the chef in the kitchen to help prepare the menu. Afterwards, enjoy it with wine parings in the Sea Glass restaurant

• five-course tasting menu with wine parings for two for dinner

Rates begin at $1,015, including everything but food and beverage gratuities.

Snowshoe splurge

January 7, 2010

Craving snowshoes? The Winter Escape package at The Inn by the Sea, an oceanfront boutique hotel in Cape Elizabeth, includes two pairs. Test them on snow-covered Crescent Beach.

Here’s the deal,  the package includes:

•  Two nights in a single bedroom accommodation

•  Two welcome spiked hot chocolates

•  Full gourmet breakfast for two each morning

•  Two pairs of L.L. Bean Winter Walker snowshoes (value around $100 each)

•  Two passes to an L.L. Bean snowshoeing outdoor activity in Freeport (weather dependent)

Rates range $336.45–$370.15 per night, depending upon type of room chose (traditional to spa).

Here’s the fine print: A two-night minimum is required, and packages must be booked at least three days in advance of arrival. Snowshoeing outdoor adventure takes place in Freeport, from 9:30 a.m. until noon and requires onsite registration after 8:30 AM on the activity day. Snowshoeing outdoor adventure is weather dependent and has no cash value if not consumed.

No familiar with the Inn by the Sea? Read my review in maine. magazine.