Valentines – Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine

The Mysterious “Saint of Love”

Patron St. ValentineThe Catholic Church celebrates three saints with the name Valentine that were martyred on February 14th. One man was a priest in Rome. Another was a Bishop in Interamna (today’s Ternin in Italy) and the third was a priest that died in Africa. The first two men are often believed to be the same person while nothing more is known of the third except that he died among a group of men. Ask us about Maine or share your Maine comments. To feature your Maine business in Maine’s Internet Magazine, contact us.

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kennebunk inn
The Kennebunk Inn, 45 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 | 207-985-3351
If you are searching for an historic inn with affordable class and fabulous food in southern coastal Maine - The Kennebunk Inn is the place. Beautiful beaches, nature preserves, museums, galleries, antique shops, and more. We look forward to sharing our special place in the land of the pointed firs.
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DiMillos Restaurant on the Water
DiMillo's on the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland, ME 04101 | 207-772-2216
DiMillo's is where you'll dine on lobster, clams, shrimp, scallops and fish that are absolutely the freshest on the waterfront and prepared with ingredients that enhance rather than disguise their flavors. The perfect place for dinner, weddings, parties and office functions. Simplicity, freshness and quality are the recipe for DiMillo's amazing menu choices since 1954.
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Maine Diner Wells Maine
Maine Diner, 2265 Post Road (US Route 1),Wells, ME 04090 | 207-646-4441
Featured on "The Today Show", Phantom Gourmet, Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and others. Maine blueberry pancakes, pies, lunch and dinner specials and more. World Famous Food Like Grandma Used To Make. Try Maine Diner's famous Lobster Pie, Seafood Chowder, Codfish Cakes. Breakfast anytime. Remember the Maine Gift Shoppe, Maine Products. Open Daily at 7AM..
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Beachmere Inn Ogunquit Maine
Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place, Ogunquit, ME 03907 | 207-646-2021
Ocean front accommodations in the heart of Ogunquit on the Marginal Way with breathtaking ocean views. Luxury suites and unique rooms, fireplaces, kitchenettes, private balconies or patios. Enjoy an on-site spa, exercise room and hot tub. Reception rooms for weddings, meetings and events. Beachmere Inn is a leader in guest services, event coordination and hospitality. A stunning location perfect for weddings, elopements, vow renewals, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and even bachelor - bachelorette weekend getaways. Open year round. Walk to everything in town or enjoy drinks from our ocean view Blue Bistro.
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Stones Throw Hotel York Beach Maine
Stones Throw Hotel, 123 Long Beach Ave, York ME 03909 | 207-361-3116
Stones Throw offers the perfect Maine beach vacation. Located on Long Sands Beach in York Maine. Stones is your one stop Maine coast vacation destination. Oceanfront rooms. Maine Lodging and Casual Dining - with a luxurious view and scrumptious food! Specialty cocktails, Serving Breakfast and Lunch. Open 7 Days a Week - Hours Subject to Change.
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The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn
The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 800-248-2621
The Burleigh – Kennebunkport’s hottest new restaurant. The Burleigh Menu features the freshest Maine seafood including signature dishes, blue cheese Maine mussels, garlic shrimp, bourbon roasted half chicken, and bacon-creamed corn. With its lively bar, spacious outdoor deck and cozy fireplace, The Burleigh is one of Kennebunkport’s premier nightspots, drawing in diners seeking creative cocktails, live music, and a social, energetic vibe.
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The Boathouse Kennebunkport
The Boathouse, 21 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 207-967-8223
The Boathouse Restaurant has a “classic Maine” menu that focuses on fresh seafood with a sprinkling of Asian influences. Signature dishes such as Seared Shrimp and Scallops with Lobster Fried Rice and Lobster Spring Rolls are on the menu. The waterfront restaurant, located on the Kennebunk River just steps from Dock Square, features both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Reservations are accepted for indoor dining room seating. Outside seating is on a first come, first serve basis only. Serving Lunch and Dinner daily.
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Ocean Restaurant at The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort
Ocean Restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, 208 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 855-346-5700
Aptly named, Ocean is located within the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport’s beautiful oceanfront inn, with panoramic windows offering 180 degree views of the Atlantic. Ocean is the ideal venue to enjoy a memorable meal or cocktails and bites at the bar. Ocean’s menu features ocean inspired fine cuisine, beautifully presented and enhanced by the fresh sea air and stunning scenery.
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Earth Restaurant at Hidden Pond Maine
Hidden Pond, 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 207-967-6550
The cuisine at Earth takes advantage of the bounty of the property’s 800 square-foot organic farm, where herbs, flowers, and heirloom vegetables are picked daily. Earth’s “farm-to-fork” menu is comprised of house-made pastas, cheeses, breads, charcuterie and desserts with locally sourced meats and seafood.
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The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn
The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 800-248-2621
The Burleigh – Kennebunkport’s hottest new restaurant. The Burleigh Menu features the freshest Maine seafood including signature dishes, blue cheese Maine mussels, garlic shrimp, bourbon roasted half chicken, and bacon-creamed corn. With its lively bar, spacious outdoor deck and cozy fireplace, The Burleigh is one of Kennebunkport’s premier nightspots, drawing in diners seeking creative cocktails, live music, and a social, energetic vibe.
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Tides Beach Club Resort
The Tides Beach Club, 254 Kings Highway, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 855-632-3224
Just steps away from Goose Rocks Beach, Local seafood is the focal point of the menu at the Tides Beach Club with native Maine classics getting top billing. Stop in to try the pan-seared salmon with red quinoa, Maine crab cakes, and lobster rolls served either hot with lemon butter or chilled with garlic aioli. Or slide up to the bar to partake in specialty cocktails infused with fresh juices, fruits and herbs, New England artisanal beers and an extensive wine list.
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Ocean Restaurant at The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort
Ocean Restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, 208 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 855-346-5700
Aptly named, Ocean is located within the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport’s beautiful oceanfront inn, with panoramic windows offering 180 degree views of the Atlantic. Ocean is the ideal venue to enjoy a memorable meal or cocktails and bites at the bar. Ocean’s menu features ocean inspired fine cuisine, beautifully presented and enhanced by the fresh sea air and stunning scenery.
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Valentines Day in MaineThere are many legends surrounding Saint Valentine. The most popular makes him the saint of marriage. It is said that Valentine was a Roman Priest during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II. Claudius decided that single men made the best soldiers because they did not have families, so he canceled all engagements and forbid marriage in Rome. Valentine disagreed with Claudius and continued to perform marriages in secret. He was discovered, imprisoned and sentenced to death around 270 AD.

Another legend claims that Saint Valentine was a strict follower of his faith. Although practicing Christianity was a death sentence under Claudius II’s rule, Valentine refused to worship Roman Gods. He helped free other Christians that were imprisoned under Roman law. When he was captured he was sent to prison. While in prison he healed the jailer’s daughter of blindness. He fell in love with her and before his death sent her a letter signed “Your Valentine” and so the tradition of Valentine’s began.

Shrine to St. ValentineA third legend claims that saint Valentine was well loved by children. When he was arrested for practicing Christianity he was missed by the children. They began sending him loving letters and flowers through the bars on his cell window. This is also claimed to be the origin of gifts, cards and flowers on Valentine’s Day.

It is believed that Saint Valentine was beheaded on February 14th. It was made a feast day by the Church in 498 AD. The remains of the saint were given to an Irish priest after a passionate sermon given in Rome by Pope Gregory XVI. These remains can be seen every Valentine’s Day in Dublin, Ireland. Because of the confusion about who Saint Valentine really was, the Catholic Church dropped the feast day from the official Roman Catholic calendar in 1969.

Although Valentine’s day is no longer recognized religiously, it has continued to gain popularity throughout the years. Cards, flowers and candy continue to be the favored gifts exchanged on Valentine’s Day. But in more recent years, romantic dinners and weekend getaways have become more popular.

By Tabitha Fitzgerald


 

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