Turning special places into radiant refuges requires more than understanding what creates welcome and peace, although the owners of the Bufflehead Cove Inn have supplied both in abundance. It requires sensitivity to the spirit of a place. In converting their family home on the tidal Kennebunk River into an inn, the owners made full use of generations of experience and memories. It is alive with what it means to be home, here in THIS place in a way that is at once now and timeless.
Like my tea garden and tea hut, the inside and the outside here are not a division but a collaboration. You can see the ducks gathering at dawn from the porch. There is the smell of wood burning in the fireplace in the evening. You hear the slight creak of the old steps as you climb up to your room to see reflections from the river dancing on the ceiling. Even the easy walk along the rustic road into town that goes by ponds in the woods seems just right.