Last updated on September 12, 2020
Leave it to White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection to find a way. The renowned inn located in the coastal town of Kennebunk, Maine recently revealed a totally updated look and new restaurant. The 27-room inn, repeatedly honored as one of one of New England’s most stylish escapes, has undergone design updates property-wide under the guidance of New York-based Jenny Wolf Interiors. Additionally, it recently opened its second restaurant, Little Barn, a casual eatery next door to its luxury dining outpost, the White Barn Inn Restaurant.
Known for her diverse portfolio of interior design work – from prominent residences to her interior furnishings shop, The Huntress in Pound Ridge, New York – Ms. Wolf finds her sweet spot in balancing the rustic with the modern. At White Barn Inn, she embraced the property’s farmhouse history and introduced playful contemporary touches to create inviting and cozy interiors with a unique Maine sensibility. Refreshed guestrooms and cottages feature spindle beds, Chelsea Textiles furniture, Sister Parish wallpaper, Fermoie lampshades, antiques and traditional English and Gustavian-style pieces mixed with modern touches. Select rooms feature elements from local Maine purveyors, such as cozy throw blankets from Evangeline in Portland and Adirondack chairs from Chairman of the Board.
“I’m honored to work alongside the Auberge family at White Barn Inn to bring in a new point of view and create a welcoming Texture Spray Machine home-away-from-home for guests,” said Ms. Wolf. “In 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.”
Outside of the rooms, the property recently opened a relaxed restaurant that celebrates the vibrant, seafaring cuisine of coastal Maine. With the new Little Barn Restaurant, executive chef Matthew Padilla introduced a modern menu of approachable bistro classics served in the small barn next to the restaurant. Seasonal dishes such as a lobster roll with shoestring fries, White Barn Wagyu or an Impossible burger are featured on a wooden board made from cherry trees. The Little Barn showcases seasonal hand-crafted cocktails in addition to offering beer from local microbreweries and New England wines.
But if you’re seeking a more celebratory experience, head next door. Since launching as a pioneering fine-dining establishment in 1973, White Barn Inn Restaurant has been one of the most sought-after culinary destinations in New England. Housed in a restored 1860s-era barn, the restaurant juxtaposes refined cuisine with a soaring rustic setting and has earned consecutive awards year after year. Whatever you do, you’re likely to be pleased with the additions at this iconic property.