Kennebunk’s White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection Unveils Resort-wide Reimagination and Introduces A New Casual Dining Venue

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Coastal Maine’s Landmark Inn Completes A Makeover and Introduces Little Barn, A Relaxed Complement to the Forbes Five Star White Barn Inn Restaurant

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White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection, the renowned inn located in the charming coastal town of Kennebunk, Maine, today unveils a comprehensive redesign. The 27-room inn, repeatedly honored as one of one of New England’s most stylish escapes, has undergone a property-wide reimagination under the guidance of New York-based Jenny Wolf Interiors. In addition to unveiling a new look, White Barn Inn debuts Little Barn, a lively and casually elegant new restaurant that brings local Maine farmstead and fisheries right to the table.

“It was an honor to work with Jenny Wolf to completely reimagine the guest experience for our passionate loyal customers, as well as a new generation of guests that we look forward to welcoming at White Barn Inn,” said Daniel Braun, general manager, White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Beloved as the quintessential Maine getaway, White Barn Inn is the perfect destination to disconnect, reconnect and create meaningful new memories this summer and beyond. We are also delighted with the addition of our new restaurant, Little Barn, which offers guests a more relaxed and contemporary dining experience.”

Modern Country on the Maine Coast

Acclaimed for her diverse portfolio of interior design work, from prominent residences to her interior furnishings shop, The Huntress, in Pound Ridge, N.Y., designer Jenny Wolf has mastered the art of balancing the rustic with the modern. At White Barn Inn, Jenny embraced the property’s farmhouse history and introduced playful contemporary touches, utilizing both new and vintage, high and low, rough and polished to create inviting and cozy interiors with a unique Maine sensibility. Refreshed guest rooms feature spindle beds, Chelsea Textiles furniture, Sister Parish wallpaper, Fermoie lampshades, antiques and traditional English and Gustavian-style pieces mixed with modern touches. Rooms also feature elements from local Maine purveyors, such as cozy throw blankets from Evangeline in Portland and Adirondack chairs from Chairman of the Board.

“It has been a joy to work alongside the Auberge family at White Barn Inn to bring a new point of view to the property and create a welcoming home-away-from-home for guests,” said Jenny Wolf. “Playing with texture and contemporary finishes, the interiors have a fresh and lighter European feel, while retaining the traditional New England ambiance that guests and locals have come to love.”

Casual Dining at Little Barn

Since it launched as a pioneering fine-dining establishment in 1973, White Barn Inn has been one of the most sought-after culinary destinations in New England with its AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star White Barn Inn Restaurant. With the launch of Little Barn, Executive Chef Matthew Padilla introduces a forward-thinking menu of approachable, Maine-inspired bistro classics, served in the small 1860s-era barn next door to the eponymous restaurant. Simply executed, yet expertly prepared, dishes at Little Barn are both flavorful and approachable. Signature dishes such as the Maine Lobster Roll with Shoestring Fries and Little Barn Herb Roasted Half Chicken with mustard greens and toasted sourdough croutons are complimented by a robust menu of local, seasonal specials that change daily. Little Barn also boasts seasonal hand-crafted cocktails, an extensive selection of beer sourced from local microbreweries and wines from New England and all over the country.

The new restaurant, also designed by Jenny Wolf, echoes the Inn’s modern farmhouse feel with hand-built Windsor chairs from O&G Studio in Rhode Island, Urban Electric sconces and comfortable plaids that add warmth and texture. An interior focal point is the 60-foot mural painted by acclaimed Maine artist Dean Barger whose works appear in many top New York City hot spots. Inspired by his deep admiration of Maine’s misty and mysterious coastal landscapes, his signature dreamscape style of painting is inspired by 19th century Barbizon painters from France and the Hudson Valley. Guests are able to dine in at the Little Barn dining room or al fresco on the deck.

Reimagined Guest Experiences

This summer, guests can soak up the sun poolside at White Barn Inn’s revitalized outdoor social spaces. Nestled into the landscape of birch and pine, the shimmering negative-edge swimming pool features new furniture and cabanas, creating a more accessible and family-friendly outdoor lounge experience. Poolside, guests can enjoy hourly treats, such as iced coffee shots, mint popsicles, ice cream sandwiches and frozen Muscat grapes. Beachgoers will delight in the White Barn tricycle cart, offering beach amenities and pre-ordered artisanal picnic baskets. On balmy summer evenings, guests can savor s’mores by the new fire pit as the sun sets over another special day spent on the scenic Maine coast.

Arriving guests are welcomed at check-in with a refreshing Blueberry Mead Thyme Lemonade featuring local tastes from Maine Meadworks. The heart of the Inn, The Living Room, serves as an all-day “Barn Pantry,” offering homemade spiced nuts and granola by day before transforming into a tea salon each afternoon.

This summer also marks the introduction of White Barn Inn’s new immersive guest programming featuring chocolate making and ice cream churning classes, excursions to a local apple orchard, morning artisanal coffee deliveries and more. Chef Padilla and his culinary team will also host bi-weekly poolside lobster bakes, family-style feasts of local seafood, fresh vegetables and Maine blueberry crumble.

About White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection
A beloved local landmark for over 150 years, White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection is synonymous with warm New England hospitality, rustic charm and uncompromising attention to detail. Just a 90-minute drive north of Boston in the charming coastal town of Kennebunk, Maine, the 27-room property is renowned as one of the country’s most distinctive getaways offering supreme levels of quality, luxury, and gracious service. Amenities include an outdoor infinity pool, coastal views and access to White Barn Marina, expansive gardens, waterfront cottages, award-winning spa, and convenient access to fine shopping and art galleries in Kennebunkport. In summer 2020, White Barn Inn unveiled a property-wide design reimagination under the guidance of New York-based Jenny Wolf Interiors. The White Barn Restaurant, a culinary legacy and Forbes Five Star fine dining destination offers seasonal, contemporary New England cuisine and recently added Little Barn, a casual eatery where Chef Matthew Padilla brings the local Maine farmstead and fisheries to the table in flavorful, approachable dishes.

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About Auberge Resorts Collection
Auberge Resorts Collection is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each property is unique, all share a crafted approach to luxury and bring the soul of the locale to life through captivating design, exceptional cuisine, innovative spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. With 19 hotels and resorts across three continents, Auberge invites guests to create unforgettable stories in some of the world’s most desirable destinations.

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About The Friedkin Group
The Friedkin Group is a privately-held consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GSM, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, NEON, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Expeditions. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit http://www.friedkin.com.

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