Sunday April 20th 2014

DUAL (AND DINE) WITH SPIRTS

By: jfinch

This fall, the Kennebunk Inn is celebrating its haunted heritage with a special harvest dinner and overnight stay to experience the paranormal activity of one of Maine’s most historic inns.

On the evenings of Saturday, Oct. 27 and Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, guests are invited to attend ‘A Spirited Evening Harvest Dinner’ with internationally renowned psychic, Vicki Monroe. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a three-course dinner with an appetizer, choice of three entrées and dessert for $68 per person.

The paranormal program will begin during the “Dueling Spirit” dessert created by Chef Shanna O’Hea, featuring a Devil dog ice cream sandwich and angel food cake with strawberry balsamic compote. Monroe will act as the spiritual messenger for the evening, revealing The Inn’s source of paranormal activity and sharing insights from her years of interacting with those on the other side.

The 200-year old Kennebunk Inn has two former employees that continue to haunt The Inn’s grounds. Cyrus, one of The Inn’s clerks who passed away in the mid-twentieth century, continues to inhabit his place of former employment—his presence made visible by flying or falling wine glasses and other objects. Another clearly documented ghostly spirit, Silas Perkins, was a night watchman and published poet and continues his job of watching over the Inn. Both ghosts made themselves known to guests and owners during Inn renovations and a change in ownership. A third spirit, Sara Emily, identified by Monroe, typically inhabits the main stairwell and waves to guests as they enter the building. Most do not see her but she is quite playful and enjoys knocking on guest room doors. The Inn’s Room 17 is said to have the most paranormal activity.

A few select dinner guests whose spirits connect with Vicki will receive a personal reading during the program and all are welcome to stay for a “Meet and Greet” with Vicki in the lounge after dinner. For guests wanting to enjoy Academe’s award winning cocktails and enhance their paranormal activity sightings, the Inn is offering 25 percent off room rates in the Adams, Jefferson and Madison suites and prices start as low as $79 per night (not including the dinner). Reservations must be booked by phone only, please call 207-985-3351.