During the early years of house building, Rachel attended Southern Maine Technical College to study Nutrition and Food Management. Upon graduation, Rachel and the family moved to Connecticut where she served as Food Service Supervisor and Consultant for Health Care Associates of Connecticut. While there, she managed a fantastic team that was able to creatively provide her clients outstanding food quality while adhering to strict guidelines for therapeutic diets. After working with this great company for eight years, Rachel and her family moved back to Maine.
Upon returning to Maine, Rachel held a position for the next seven years as the Director of Food and Dining Services at the Highlands Retirement Community in Topsham, Maine. As Director, Rachel led the operations of two large kitchens, three dining rooms and a staff of thirty five. Leveraging years of experience, a great executive chef, several other chefs and a dedicated staff, Rachel and her team prepared and served over two hundred meals daily, as well as all food and dining related marketing events for upward of three hundred guests at times.
After the kids left the nest, Rachel retired from the culinary profession and her and Ken decided to venture out in a new direction. They wanted to combine their love for Maine, architecture, hospitality and fine food by opening a Bed and Breakfast. Ken and Rachel sold their residential home in pursuit of an old house with history and restoration needs.
After much work, their Bed and Breakfast—the former home of one of Bath’s most prominent shipbuilders—opened its doors to their first guest in 1997. Welcome to the W.T. Donnell House! Rachel and Ken’s hard work paid off as they were awarded the Sagadahoc Preservation Certificate of Excellence for making a significant contribution to historic preservation to the City of Bath. After several years of helping guests enjoy the beautiful state of Maine, Ken and Rachel sold the Bed and Breakfast to one of their former guest and friend who purchased it as his private residence.
Again, hungry to tackle a new project, Ken and Rachel ventured out in pursuit of another old house in Bath destined to become their Bed and Breakfast. They landed just a mile up the street to what is now known as the Kennebec Inn. They purchased the old Captain Perkin’s home and started massive restoration in January 2005. By October, after investing heavily into restoration efforts, they opened their doors to their first guest. Since then, they have continued their restoration of the carriage house with the latest completion of two lovely guest rooms. Still going strong, Ken and Rachel enjoy every day they get to open their doors to greet a new guest, or say hello to old friends, and share with them a love for Maine while they relax…at the Kennebec Inn.