What’s for Supper?

LionSomething new this season. We invite you to join us for supper on the day you arrive. We look forward to each and everyone who visits us and we’re letting them know that that we now offer light suppers with wine. They’re perfect for arrival days.  After a long journey we can offer a friendly welcome, of course. And then a comfortable spot at the inn or in the garden where you can unwind and prepare for your maritime adventures ahead. AperitifBegin with one of our own inventions…perhaps this chia aperitif.

We offer three light supper options.

 

Smoked SalmonSmoked Salmon Platter for Two–Includes two 75g portions of fine cold smoked Atlantic salmon, house crostini, capers, chopped onion and egg, cream cheese, lemon, seasonal fruits and salad picked from our garden.
IMG_0994Charcuterie Board for Two–A savory supper of smoked ham, hard salamis & rustic pate along with whole grain mustard, cured garnishes, crusty bread and garden greens.
CheesesFive Cheese Tastings for Two–Sample five generous slices of cheese accompanied by gourmet crisps, dried fruit medley, savory jams, grapes and our homegrown micro green garnish.

Light Supper and Wine for Two
Including a bottle from our Wine List
$75.00
Or a bottle from the Proprietor’s Collection
$115.00
Or buy a rare imported bottle of fine Cabernet and supper’s on us.
$300.00

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Tea and Madeleines

Baked goodsWhen’s tea time? Around Kingsbrae Arms it’s anytime…as long as you’re spelling it “tea”, not “tee”. And that includes coffee and all sorts of baked goods as well. We decided not to limit your moment of pleasure to a set time, so our refreshment station is ready to satisfy your needs 24 hours a day. Well, certain needs anyway. Mid-morning slump? Your cuppa Joe is waiting. Mid-afternoon or late night jolt. Choose your weapon with or without indulgence. IMG_0986Our daily bakes provide a wealth of options. Toasted coconut almond macaroons. Oatmeal raisin & chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Orange cranberry biscotti. Pepper Parmesan crostini. Then we have muffins. Rhubarb ginger. Honey crisp apple cinnamon. Strawberry coconut. Banana walnut. And wait for it. Cheddar bacon corn. [We’re working on the ice cream version.]Daily Muffins We’re thinking up new flavour combinations all the time. Let us know your favourite. And if you’re feeling particularly nostalgic, pick a fine and private place somewhere nearby to experience a deluge of memories with one of our almond Madeleines. Here’s a Proustian refresher of that famous Madeleine dipped in tea.

“No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me.”Madeliennes

We can’t guarantee seven volumes worth of memories, but whatever your experience, we hope it’s extraordinary during your stay with us.

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Just Now in the Garden

IMG_0979Magnolias aren’t known to thrive this far north, but this one didn’t get the memo. We’re thrilled to see her blossom every spring. After a rain or a light wind, the lawn underneath is carpeted with petals. For a while it was touch and go. We thought we’d lost her a few times after a harsh winter.

IMG_0982At the same time the crabapples are now flowering profusely in deep vermilion and the parade of spring colours continues all around. The whites of the Bradford pears, the pale pinks of the Arctic willows, the magentas of the lucky magnolia and the scarlet of the Japanese maple that once again survived the attention of our marauding deer population. IMG_0321 (2)As if not to be outdone, our feathery neighbour pays the occasional visit dressed in finery that challenges nature’s usual restraints while dazzling the eye hungry for change in this wintry clime.

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The Colors of Spring

SpringWe’ve been plotting and potting and preparing and planting throughout the last several weeks, eager to get the dark browns and greys out of our visual colour palette all the while searching for signs of life. In that way, the green house is the most promising place to be during the cruelest months…especially when the skies open up with torrential April showers. That’s when the green house roof plays a keyboard of percussive sounds all the while protecting plant and animal kingdom from the ravages of high winds and possibly hail. Now in this safe space there is evidence of somethings to eat and somethings to see. At this moment, the window box plantings are basking in warmth and light, and all manner of lettuces and herbs and greens and micro greens are developing their unique flavours each day… reassuring signs that spring can shove winter offstage every time.

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So You Want To Be An Innkeeper

Spring GardenHere is a rare career opportunity. Are you the right candidate?

Position:
Assistant Innkeeper
Seasonal:
Mid-June until late-September, 2017
Compensation:
Weekly salary pegged to experience & qualifications
Room and Partial Board
Earned Income Gratuities

This is a job for a highly motivated professional considering a career as an owner/operator of a fine intimate country inn serving a discriminating clientele. Growth & learning opportunities will include practicing the fine art of guest services, earned income development, marketing strategies, bar and light kitchen duties. Preference will be given to candidates who are either mature in years or temperament. The position is intended for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who wants to learn about being an owner, not an earner.

Parlor at Kingsbrae ArmsCandidate must be self-paced and willing to work to client demand. Work routines are responsive to the demands of guest needs on weekdays after business hours and all day weekends. Personable & gracious guest relations during these on-call hours include but are not limited to welcome & accueil, check-ins, guest room prep, development of welcome & farewell gift bags, concierge planning, preparing and serving breakfast. Candidate will have an opportunity to propose & develop streams of earned income for the inn incorporating such services as wine sales, bartending, light meal preparation for late arrivals and others. A pleasant demeanour through periods of calm and chaos is a must.

The right individual must be capable of performing a variety of duties at the front desk, in housekeeping & kitchen—multi-tasking with the ability to prioritize & complete each challenge with excellence; shouldering responsibility for the smooth operation of a charming inn; and adding value to the stays of each and every guest.

Late Arrival MealThis position requires a thorough knowledge and practice of wine service, bar tending, light meal prep, inventory control, maintenance of public areas, and all guest needs from check-in to checkout.

The successful candidate will possess a keen sense of detail, order, reliability, responsibility, and initiative. Superior appearance, grooming and manners are expected; excellent spoken and written English—bi-lingual French preferred. Competent computer skills, a laptop, and local cell phone are all job requirements as important as a suitable wardrobe. Your own vehicle is desirable since there is no public transportation in the area.

Please send CV, photo and cover letter detailing why this position is right for you to:

Pamela Rigby, Innkeeper & Reservation Manager
reservations@kingsbrae.com

Kingsbrae Foyer

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Throwback in Time

Glorious GardensYears back when this historic property was rescued from the passage of time, tangles of brambles & overgrown weeds, the original garden plat was discovered. The landscape design featured long perennial borders, knot garden parterres & terraced lawns for the enjoyment of the original owners at the turn of the 20th Century. Today, the garden is groomed once again and shared with our guests along with more recent additions of pergolas, fountains, herb gardens & a fanciful folly built to the proportions of Brunelleschi’s 14th C. cathedral dome in Florence. This dome has been the happy location for many garden weddings. 10-12 copyWith the passing years the garden stitches together the waxing and waning seasons of growth and respite adding another dimension to the inn’s throwback to another less hurried era.

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Suite Breakfast

One Bedroom SuiteThis leap year all throughout our 20th Anniversary Spring, we’re adding more than one extra day. We’re adding one extra perk. Book a cozy ground floor room any dates between April 8 and June 11. Or pamper yourself with a luxurious one bedroom suite. Continental BreakfastNot only will you enjoy our lowest pre-season rates, but we’ll include a delicious breakfast at no extra charge…buttery pastries, homemade jams, piping hot coffee, juice and more. Begin planning your spring days in our lovely resort town.

Area NSt. Andrews is a quiet place in spring, but always stunning surrounded by dazzling water, expansive parks, walking trails and a wealth of natural and social history.  We’ll be busy in the greenhouse and vegetable garden getting ready for the growing season. tender greensAnd just as our restaurant opens on June 11, we’ll be ready to provide tender early crops for the table. Booking is easy. Done in just four easy steps. Leap year comes but once every four years. You can start your leap year reservation here:

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You bring the wedding rings….

Here comes the brideYou bring the wedding rings, and we’ll provide the estate.

For the occasion of a lifetime, our entire one-acre estate with landscaped gardens is available exclusively for your wedding. The inn has been the site of many small-scale weddings over the years. We specialize in customized events. Wedding bouquetBooking the entire inn, dining room and grounds ensures that nothing interferes with your big day. All our attention is focused on the needs of you, your wedding party and guests. We have a range of luxury double occupancy accommodations for 28 adults plus space for added family up to 42.

Wedding DinnerFor 2016 our main dining room seats up to 30 for dinner and makes a perfect venue for gathering family and friends. Chef Ciaran Tierney serves an ever-changing menu featuring the freshest ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere each evening. It’s hard to beat the seasonal nature of Kingsbrae Arms cuisine. Our kitchen works with items just picked from our garden, and sourced from land and sea. Seasonal menus feature a Wedding appetizercornucopia of flavours. Chef is always pleased to meet with you to ensure that your favourite items are on the menu. And our Maitre d’ is on hand to suggest the perfect wine pairings. Let the toasts begin!

Wedding DayIf a small-scale, intimate wedding is what you envision, then Kingsbrae Arms is perfect for you.  Buy-outs include luxurious overnight accommodations, twice-daily housekeeping, sumptuous continental breakfast each morning, exceptional made-to-order dinners, and attentive service. Send us your details. Our prime wedding season from June through September is always just around the corner and the inn does book up early.

Honeymoon & Anniversary SuiteDo you have something a bit smaller in mind? In addition to exclusive all-inclusive estate bookings, we have also hosted a number of smaller wedding ceremonies in secluded spots on the property. A favourite is on the balcony of the honeymoon suite with views of the garden below and the sea beyond. Another spot is under our garden dome.Wedding Ceremony

Whether your plans include booking the entire estate, or gathering with a small group of friends, we can offer a variety of options. Let us consult with you to see if we can make your dream wedding come true at Kingsbrae Arms.

 

 

 

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What’s Gonna Be Growing

The winds may be howling and the snow may blow for several more weeks, but vegetable & produce seeds are in hand and plans for our 20th Anniversary Season garden are fully underway. We stare at this list and imagine the colors that will be treating our eyes when the inevitable change of season turns to spring. Then it’s just a daily harvest to our summertime dinner table.Seed Crops

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House Tour

IMG_7580The first Algonquin Hotel was built in 1889 and charged [fun fact] $3.00 to $5.00 per day. Eventually, guests started building their own summer “cottages” nearby. Sixty years ago, the St. Croix Courier [still publishing today] featured an article about a charity house tour of some of these cottages in St. Andrews. Here are excerpts with some misty Norma Desmond glimpses of the past:

“A tour of “the stately homes” of this summer resort by-the-sea will be held Tuesday, August 2, 1955, from 2-6 p.m. The tour will take in 14 houses and gardens. Many of these homes contain valuable antiques and painting by well known artists while others are famous for the original design and furnishings.

“The tour’s attractions:

IMG_7573“Les Goelands, [now Kingsbrae Garden Cafe & Gift Shop], built by the late Fred H. Markey in 1912 and remodelled in 1951 by the present owners.

 

 

 

IMG_7572“Next will be Kingsbrae [now sadly torn down]. Sir Donald Walker built this house in 1900.

 

IMG_7574“Topside is next on the program. This house was built in 1897 by Thomas R. Wheelock of Boston [now Kingsbrae Arms Relais & Chateaux].

 

 

 

IMG_7577“Pansy Patch, built over 40 years ago, features a carved fireplace with inscriptions.

IMG_7578“Bellenden, was built in 1897 by Rev. Robert Bowser of Boston. The house has been redecorated within the past year and the gardens are described as “beautiful.”

 

 

 

IMG_7579“Penryn [now Tara Manor] will complete the tour. Last year over 300 people viewed leading homes and gardens here.”

Note: Thanks to ongoing preservation efforts, many of the homes on tour back then can still be seen in St. Andrews. When visiting us, we can steer you along a house tour path that is so much a part of the history of this seaside resort.

And finally, we can’t pass up the opportunity to quote this “Summer People” comment about the man who built what is now Kingsbrae Arms, published by the Beacon in 1901:

“Mr. T. R. Wheelock, who has a delightfully situated summer residence here, has extensive business interests in China. When not giving them his personal attention, he makes his home in Boston. He is a man of bright, active disposition, a keen golfer, wheelman and yachtsman. His son Geoffrey and Gordon Wheelock have his love for outdoor sport, they are recognized as two of the steadiest golfers this side of the Atlantic.”

Well, there is it.

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