whitebarninnI travel a lot with my children.  But on occasion, my husband and I want to go somewhere alone, without the kids.  A few weekends ago, my mother-in-law came to stay at our house to watch the kids and dog, while my husband and I traveled to Kennebunk, Maine, to the White Barn Inn.

We’ve visited the White Barn Inn in the past, when they hosted me for a hotel review, but this time, we traveled on our own dime.  Although the inn is expensive, it’s also a fabulous splurge if you can afford it.  We chose to visit for one night, and booked the nine-course tasting menu with reserve wine pairing for dinner that night.

Upon arriving at the Inn, you can immediately tell that this place is a cut above most lodging options.  The service is absolutely amazing.  Although our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, we were guided to the Inn’s living room in the main building to sit by the fireplace and sip on the complimentary port wine.  Our room was available in just a few minutes, and we headed up.

There are several room options, both in the main lodge and in a separate annex.  All of them are nice, but if you want to save money, the standard room is totally fine.  It’s small, but has lots of great amenities, including iHome clock radio, comfy bed, television, glass shower, and fresh fruit in the room.

Rooms come with a complimentary continental breakfast, which is delicious, as well as a tea/coffee/dessert hour from 3-4pm.  Port wine is available all day.  Although the restaurant isn’t open for lunch, they do offer a small menu of items that are available, if you don’t want to venture out.

While the nine-course menu is pricey, it’s some of the best food I’ve ever had.  There’s also a standard four-course menu.

To learn more about the White Barn Inn, visit their website.