Paint the Town Red

This February, the Kennebunks transform into a romantic retreat for lovebirds.

The Kennebunks' will be decked out in red twinkly lights, while restaurants, hotels, galleries and shops in the area welcome sweethearts with a calendar of special events, romance hotel packages, red plate dining specials, and red tag sales.

JANUARY:

SATURDAY, Jan. 28

FROSTED ICE BAR: 7 p.m. at David’s KPT. Kick off the Kennebunks' Paint the Town Red with a "a freezing good time" at David's KPT Ice Bar. Custom ice bar with luge, light fare by Chef David Turin, s'mores and hot chocolate bars, and entertainment. Ticket includes two signature drinks. Cash bar available as well. Tickets are $50 in advance or $65 at the door. 

FEBRUARY

THURSDAY, Feb. 2

BISSELL BROTHERS TAP TAKEOVER: 5-9 p.m. at Alisson's. Don't miss this night - featuring live blues with Bread & Circus and some of Bissell Brothers finest brews: Substance, Swish, Industry vs. Inferiority, Reciprocal, and Bucolia.

SATURDAY, Feb. 4

BUBBLES & TRUFFLES WITH CHEF PIERRE GIGNAC OF OCEAN: 2 p.m., Kennebunkport Inn. Learn the technique and preparation of chocolate truffles from Ocean’s executive chef. The chocolate truffles tasting will be paired with a flight of delicious sparkling wines. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Inn.

SATURDAY, Feb. 11

SOUP & SNOW STROLL: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Boulangerie, a Proper Bakery, Kennebunk Land Trust and Ramblers Way are collaborating on a snow shoe/walk in the Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary followed by a warm drink, a cup of soup and a sweet at Boulangerie. The walk will take two hours with hour or so at the bakery; $15. Space is limited. Snow date: Feb. 18. Call Kennebunk Land Trust for reservations at (207) 985-8734.

WINES & VALENTINES: 3-4:30 p.m. at One Dock Prime, Kennebunkport. Wine tastings and education with small plates. $30 per person. Call (207) 967-1510 to purchase tickets.  

DATE SKATE: 4-6 p.m. at the Waterhouse Center, Kennebunk. Come ice skate with your sweetheart to the love songs of a live DJ. Free and open to the public. Next door, the Kennebunk Inn will offer special Paint the Town Red cocktails and a Date Skate Dinner.

DATE SKATE DINNER at The Kennebunk Inn: $45 per person, including a cocktail (but not including tax or tip). All items are also available a la carte. Signature Cocktail, Red Diamonds: Rosa Regal sparkling wine, raspberry vodka and garnished with cherry red “diamond” gelées,   $13. Red-inspired specials: first course: Beet Tartare, chilled roasted beet salad, which is vegan and gluten-free, $8.50; second course, Coq au Vin, red wine braised chicken, pearl onions, with local Maine mushrooms  and fried saffron arancini, $24; dessert, Red Velvet Milkshake with truffles to share, $9. To reserve, call (207) 985-3351. 

TUESDAY, Feb. 14

WONDERFULLY WARM VALENTINE’S DAY RED WINE DINNER: 6:30 p.m. at Salt & Honey. Erica Archer and Winewise Events are again teaming up with Salt and Honey to produce an epic four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. Tenderloin and chocolate three ways. Tickets are $125 and include tax and gratuity. Tickets are available on winewiseevents.com under the events page.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15

DIVA LOVE: 5-7 p.m. at the Kennebunk Inn. Cocktail party open to the public, plus their big raffle drawing at Downeast Divas.

SATURDAY, Feb. 18

EMOTIONAL MIXOLOGY WITH BEN LOHNES: 2 p.m. at the Kennebunkport Inn. Attendees are invited to spin the “Emotional Wheel” and learn how to prepare cocktails that enhance the good times, calm the bad times, and toast the future. $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the inn.

TUESDAY, Feb. 21

DAVID’S TEST KITCHEN: 5:30 p.m. at David’s KPT, 21 Ocean Ave. Join chef David Turin as he creates and tests recipes for the upcoming season at David’s KPT. Taking place on the third Tuesday of each month through May, David’s Test Kitchen will begin with a cocktail welcome at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. While Chef Turin mingles with diners, you will receive a tasting of six different recipes. Voting at the end of the evening determines if the dish will make it onto the menu. Cost is $45 per person; optional wine tastings for $25 per person.

ONGOING

ROMANCE PACKAGES

The 1802 House Bed and Breakfast: February Romance Package is available for any two night stay in February.  You will receive a complimentary box of Maine Gourmet Chocolates and a Rose in your room upon arrival.  In addition, we are offering a 15% discount off any of our Couples Spa Packages.  Just mention that you would like to add this Special Offer when making your reservation and we'll take care of the rest!  This special offer is not valid with any other discounts, promotions or gift certificates.

The Breakwater Inn & Spa: Romance package inclusive of hand-made sweet treats from our chef, sparkling water, and seasonal flower bouquet starting at $204/night, plus 9% tax, blackout dates may apply, based on availability from Jan. 28 to Feb. 28.

Captain Fairfield Inn: The Romance Package includes an artisan cheese and meat board, a bottle of wine, and a single red rose; the package can be added to bookings for $75; rates start at $159 per night.

Captain Jefferds Inn: With any twonight stay, our guest will find a ½ bottle of Prosecco, premium chocolates and a rose upon arrival. The package is available the whole month of February and must be mentioned the time of booking.  

Captain Lord Mansion: The “February is for Lovers” package includes reduced mid-week rates, romantic third night free package, split of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered popcorn and frequent visitor credits.  The third night free package is not valid Feb. 17 through 20 and cannot be combined with any other coupon, discount or third party gift certificate. Rates start at $199 per night. 

Haven By The Sea: Join Haven By The Sea as they celebrate "Lover's Month" with a special package through Feb. 28. Package includes: 'I Love You' roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, sparkling prosecco, daily ocean walks, happy hour with complimentary wine and appetizers at Temptations Bar, and gourmet breakfasts. Rates vary depending on room type, $165 - $275, per night, per couple.

King’s Port Inn: Mention LoveKPT when making the hotel reservation and receive a free gift upon arrival. To book, call (207) 967-4340.  

The Kennebunk Inn: The full service inn and restaurant located in the heart of Kennebunk is offering a discounted weekend package rate on February 10 and 11, 2017 for two nights (price excludes tax).  Rooms:  Adams, $160; Jefferson, $180; and Madison Suite, $200.

Kennebunkport Resort Collection: The “Love KPT” lodging package includes a two-night stay for two people at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel (starting at $373) or the Kennebunkport Inn (starting at $405), arrival goodies of red wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, a three course dinner for two, and a late check-out at noon. The package is available from now through March 30, 2017. To book, visit the individual property’s website.  To help curate the perfect romantic getaway, couples can call upon a Cupid Concierge, Tasha Harper. Services include creating customized music playlists for the room, delivering flowers, scheduling couple’s massages and arranging late check-out, dessert in bed, and much more. The Cupid Concierge can be reached at cupid@lovekpt.com or (207) 967-1517.   

Port Inn Kennebunk: Paint the Town Red with a Romantic Getaway package available the month of February. The package will include chocolate-covered strawberries and a single red rose in your room upon arrival, romantic cocktails for two at Striper's Waterfront Restaurant (open Wednesday through Sunday) overlooking the Kennebunk River, and a late 2 p.m. checkout. Starting at $145 per night.

RED PLATE SPECIALS

Alisson’s Restaurant: Will offer a changing Red Plate Special during weekend lunch and dinner throughout February.

Aroma Joe's: Enjoy the exclusive "Be Mine Mocha"; a 16 oz latte made with espresso, white chocolate and red raspberry. Buy one and get one free for your special someone during Paint the Town Red.

David’s KPT: $50 for one bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial.

Kennebunkport Inn: Choice of “dessert for two” for $12 (dessert options will vary throughout February).

Mornings in Paris: French hot cocoa, red velvet latte, pink passion mocha and a variety of treats with chocolate.

Ports of Italy: "Meet the Brewery & Pizza Making Class." Come in on any Saturday during February from 3-5 p.m. to learn about Beer 101 and make your own pizza. Hear from the breweries and taste different beers from down the road in Maine all the way over to Vermont. Learn to make authentic Italian Pizza in our Neapolitan Wood Fired Pizza Oven from Chef German Lucarelli and pizza cook Austen Taylor. Price: $15 per person. Call to book your day, (207) 204-0365.

Salt & Honey: Wonderfully Warm Dinner for Two: Pre-fixe three-course dinner including a bottle of wine, $89, throughout the month of February.

Striper’s Restaurant: Red Plate specials during February.

RED TAG SPECIALS, EXPERIENCES

Andrews Milligan Real Estate: Free market analysis and for a new listing during this time, we will contribute 5% of our commission to a non-profit of the seller's choice at the time of closing.

Beach Grass: "Seal it with a Kiss," a fundraiser for the Marine Mammals of Maine Triage Center. With an $8 donation you can select a hand-painted porcelain seal and know that you'll be helping a stranded seal. We'll also have many Red Tag specials throughout the shop. Open Thursday-Monday and all week during February vacation.

Benoits: 50% off store-wide until Valentine's Day.

Brick Store Museum: Free admission for the entire month of February to York County residents for our Free February campaign to celebrate how much we love the Kennebunks at the Museum.

Chris Becker Gallery: 30% off on any new limited edtion productions. 30%-70% off on in-stock prints and framed inventory during the Paint the Town Red. In addition, mimosas will be served on Valentine's Day weekend.

Cottage Breeze Day Spa & Boutique: Complimentary Seawicks Maine Candle with every couples massage for the month of February.

Daytrip Society & Daytrip Society Jr.: Mention LOVE KPT and receive 15% off storewide through Feb. 14. Open every day from 10 - 6 p.m.

Digs, Divots & Dogs: 50% off select notecards and magnetic paper pads for all your love note needs. 

Found: Select jewelry from Maine artisans will be on promotion for 20% off during the Paint The Town Red celebration. FOUND is open Thursday-Saturday.  

The Hut KPT: Red Tag on Devon Dowd Designs Jewelry (20% off). Open weekends only.

Maine Art: 25% off select custom framing from Feb. 2 through 28.

Maine-ly Drizzle: Dark Chocolate balsamic is a beautiful product to drizzle over strawberries, ice cream or salad with candied nuts. This product and other related items will be on special for 20% off during the Paint the Town Red celebration.

Make It KPT: "Make It In Maine" gift package includes an easy, romantic craft to create together, a two-player game for a cozy night in, and a Maine-made memento of your stay. $50 per couple.

Morph Gallery: If it's red, it's on sale! 15% off anything red. (Artist consignments excluded.)

PJ's Unique Peek: Red tag discounts on most items. Boutique will be open Thursday-Saturday from 10-4.

Remax Realty One: Open house from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 16. Wine, beer and light refreshments will be served. American Red Cross blood drive on February 7, 1-6 p.m. at Washington Hose Fire Station. 

River's Edge Spa & Salon: Spa Package offered the entire length of Paint the Town Red includes the Oligomer Spa Replenishing Scrub and Massage, Murad Method Facial, River's Edge Manicure and Pedicure. $291 (value of $323). No alterations to package.

Salty Girl Boutique: Special sample gift bags on all orders over $75 for all ONLINE orders only. In-store, beginning Feb. 11, free mini make overs with Aisling Organic Cosmetics from 1 to 4 p.m. Also 15% off all in-store orders Feb. 11-28.

Scalawags: During the month of February, our "dog scouts" will be holding a cookie drive. For every box of "GIVE" dog cookies sold, Scalawags will donate $1 to the Animal Welfare Society. Three flavors of heart-shaped cookies will be available.

Too Cool: 25% off any Life is Good merchandise that is red or has a heart on it.

Village Day Spa: Enjoy a soothing massage complemented with chilled champagne along with chocolate-covered strawberries from our local chocolate shop! Red Tag Special on Valentine's Day. Book two massages and get the second one 15% off.

...check back as we will be adding more each day!