Captain Jefferds Inn
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Truly "Your Very Special Place." The Captain Jefferds Inn Bed & Breakfast in Kennebunkport, Maine is a warm and inviting 1804 sea captain's home. From the time you enter through this Maine inn's red front door you will experience the charm, comfort and exceptional hospitality provided by these Kennebunkport innkeepers and their dedicated staff.
Located in the quiet historic residential district, this Kennebunkport inn is surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns and gardens and is a quick stroll to 'Dock Square,' the village center of Kennebunkport. There you'll enjoy specialty boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and a full range of restaurants from casual to five diamond rated.
The Captain Jefferds Inn Bed & Breakfast is just a 1/2 block from the Kennebunk River where you can sail on a traditional gaff rigged schooner, kayak and canoe or venture further out in the Atlantic ocean to see our annual migrating whales.
So, if you're looking for a romantic bed and breakfast, relaxing getaway, or an activity and fun-filled vacation, Kennebunkport and The Captain Jefferds Inn Bed and Breakfast should be your first stop.
This magnificent building that now houses this Kennebunkport Maine inn, was originally built in 1804 by Daniel Walker. Upon completion in 1805, it was given as a wedding present to his daughter Mary and her new husband Captain William Jefferds. Mr. Jefferds was a seafaring captain and it is said that his wife Mary would stand on top of the still present “widows walk,” to watch for her husband’s ship to return from sea.
The mansion stayed in the Jefferds family until 1884 when it was purchased by the Agnew family. The second and third floors of the house were remodeled by the Agnews in 1888. In 1944 the home was purchased by the Doughterty family. The Doughertys converted what is the present day carriage house suites, to apartments which were rented seasonally. The next owner, Mrs. Willy, bought the property in 1963 and lived here until selling to Mr. Warren Fitzsimmons, who was the first to convert it into a bed and breakfast in 1980. In September of 1996, the inn was purchased by Pat, Dick, and Jane Bartholomew who renovated and restored this beautiful captain’s home.
Breakfast is indeed a special time at The Captain Jefferds Inn. Our fully served breakfast is entirely homemade and prepared fresh daily in our kitchens. The presentation is distinctive with plates garnished with fresh flowers and enhanced by the candlelit dining room and warm fireplace in the cooler months. Our breakfasts may include peach shortcake, fresh berry muffins, Maine blueberry stuffed French toast with blueberry sauce, fresh in-season vegetable strata and many more delicious recipes.
Afternoon Tea and other amenities at this Kennebunkport bed and breakfast
Each afternoon guests are treated to a wonderful assortment of home baked goods and light hors d'oeuvres served in our garden room. A selection of specialty loose-leaf teas are offered along with home baked cookies, cheese and spreads, fresh squeezed lemonade and iced tea in the summer months and hot mulled cider in the winter. Tea time is available from mid-afternoon through the evening and is the perfect time to browse through local restaurant menus, gather brochures and information about the town, or chat with other guests.
We are also now offering 4 beach cruiser bicycles! Our guests can enjoy 4-hour blocks exploring all Kennebunk and Kennebunkport has to offer!
Just a glimpse at some of our other amenities:
- Wireless Internet: Never skip a beat with our complimentary wireless internet! Wi-fi is available throughout the Inn.
- Guest Computer and Printer: For those who prefer to leave their laptop at home.
- European Luxury Towels: These towels combine the absorbency of cotton, the beauty of silk and the softness of modal to produce the ultimate luxury towels.
- Captain Jefferds Inn Luxury Beds: We guarantee a pleasant night's sleep with our 600 thread count sheets, soft featherbeds, and plush pillows and comforters.
- Air Conditioning: All rooms have individual air conditioners during warmer months.
- Gas/wood burning fireplaces: Many of our rooms have fireplaces (seasonal) to create the perfect romantic setting.
- iPod Docking Stations: All rooms have a clock radio that includes an iPod docking station. Bring your tunes with you!
- To enhance your relaxation: Some of the rooms have whirlpool tubs, claw foot soaking tubs, and double headed showers!
The Captain Jefferds Inn welcomes guests to sixteen uniquely appointed and individually decorated rooms and suites. There are ten guest quarters in the main house, and an additional five in the attached carriage house. All rooms and suites have been renovated with the discerning traveler in mind while preserving the original splendor and architecture of the federal style home. Each of our air-conditioned rooms (in the summer months) feature Queen or King size beds topped with featherbeds and superior quality bed linens, comforters and pillows. All rooms have a private bath with plush terry robes and towels, luxury bath amenities, hair dryers, and makeup mirrors.
Fresh flowers, daily housekeeping services, clock radios with iPod docking stations, flat screen televisions (some with DVD player), free wireless internet access throughout the property, and optional turn-down service are included to help make your stay more enjoyable. Some of our rooms have additional amenities, that are detailed in our room descriptions.
Our rates range from mid-week peaceful season to weekend premier season.
- Premier Season rates- are valid Memorial day through Halloween and all holidays and special events through out the year. Rates range from $199 to $389 per evening.
- Peaceful Season rates- are offered November 1st through the end of May, excluding holidays and special events. Rates range from $149 to $339 per evening.
- We are pleased to offer active members of our military a 10% discount on reservations. Please call and mention this discount at the time you make your reservation.
- Each room has midweek and weekend rates. Weekend rates apply to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. The room rate is for two people per room and includes our fully served gourmet breakfast from a set menu each morning as well as afternoon tea that includes an extensive selection of loose-leaf teas, fresh baked cookies, light hors d'oeuvres, as well as hot mulled cider in cooler months and freshly squeezed lemonade in warmer months.
- A limited number of rooms will accommodate a third guest at an additional $50 per night. The inn is not appropriate for children under 10.
- Our five outside accessed Carriage House rooms are pet friendly. There is an additional $30 per day, per pet charge and we offer excellent in-house pet-sitting. Please refer to our policies pages for additional information.
Weddings & Special Events
Have your Maine wedding in Kennebunkport
" I chose the Captain Jefferds Inn because the building is classic, the grounds are naturally beautiful, and I could not think of a more perfect place to get married."
We welcome the opportunity to host small weddings at the Captain Jefferds Inn. For more information please contact the inn directly: 207-967-2311.
Meet Your Innkeepers
Twenty-five years prior to buying the Captain Jefferds Inn, Erik and I took our first innkeeping course and afterward proceeded to look on and off for the “perfect inn" on the coast of Maine. The moment we stepped through the front door we knew that we had finally found it, and purchased this quintessential Kennebunkport bed and breakfast in April 2005.
It is a pleasure for us to have this chance to say "hello" and to tell you why we love our inn, our work and Kennebunkport. This will be our seventh season and we have welcomed the return of many guests who share our love for the seacoast, the historic homes, the magnificent scenery, and the fine dining that the Kennebunks offer.
-Erik and Sarah Lindblom ~ The Keepers of the Captain Jefferds Inn
Kennebunkport Area Activities
Kennebunkport is one of 5 villages known as ‘The Kennebunks.’ Located about 90 minutes north of Boston’s Logan airport and 30 minutes south of Portland Maine’s Jetport, the Kennebunks are comprised of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise, Goose Rocks Beach and Arundel.
Kennebunkport - Kennebunkport is known as a year round tourist destination and one of the liveliest summer spots on the New England Coast. Its central village area located on a picturesque harbor features many marinas, fine shops, restaurants, art galleries and a plethora of activities. On the outskirts of busy ‘Dock Square’, you’ll find beautiful historic homes and tree lined streets.
Images of Kennebunkport: www.portimages.com
Kennebunk – Downtown Kennebunk is the kind of town that invites a leisurely stroll, a bit of shopping, a stop for lunch and a look back at history at The Brick Store Museum. A walking tour is a must for anyone with an interest in architecture or history. There are more than two dozen sites all within Kennebunk’s National Register Historic District.
Cape Porpoise – Located 3 miles east of Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise is an authentic working fishing village. Virtually untouched by time, it is a traditional “old Maine” port with its pier, lighthouse and fishing fleet.
Goose Rocks Beach – A quiet village at waters edge with a long sweep of beautiful white sandy beach, just east of Cape Porpoise
Arundel – Located just north of Kennebunk, Arundel is known for its beautiful back roads and country drives. If you care to stop along the way there are many antique shops, an antique trolley museum and it is home to a wonderful summer playhouse. In the wintertime, visit Arundel for your ride through the snow on a horse drawn sleigh.
Concierge services at this Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast
Our Kennebunkport is Your Kennebunkport . . . At Your Service
How can we help you enjoy seacoast Maine, fine dining, a romantic evening, or your summer vacation? The Innkeepers and Staff of the Captain Jefferds Inn are dedicated to sharing our Kennebunkport with you. We will listen to your questions, your ideas, and your desires for how you would like to enjoy your time here and respond with suggestions that are specific to you.
We can make dinner reservations for you. We can arrange for flowers, chocolates, and wine to greet you upon your arrival. We can set up spa services, a kayak expedition, a bike excursion, or a trip on a tour boat.
Do you want to explore the southern seacoast or the midcoast or are you looking to wander up to Portland or Freeport? We will gladly assist you with all of your trip-planning needs!
Local Links of Interest
The Kennebunks are home to five public beaches.
The Colony Beach – 150 foot sandy beach located at the southern tip of the coast, by the mouth of the Kennebunk River.
Goose Rocks Beach – A large 10,000-foot white sandy beach at the northern tip of the coast.
Gooch’s Beach – Located on Beach Avenue, this beach has plenty of room for jogging, sunning and sandcastle building.
Middle Beach – This beach, also located on Beach Avenue has an abundance of small stones, pebbles and shells perfect for collecting.
Kennebunk Beach – The third beach on Beach Avenue is a large sandy beach with a playground and restrooms. It’s also called Mother’s Beach.
The Captain Jefferds Inn is walking distance to The Colony Beach, and a very short drive to the other beaches. Ask your innkeepers for parking permits.
Spas and Salons
Fringe - One block away from the Captain Jefferds Inn, (207) 967-8551
Spa at Rivers Edge - 83 Portland Road, Kennebunk, Maine (207) 985-6855. Full service spa and salon located on the picturesque Kennebunk River.
All Seasons Day Spa - 155 Port Road, Kennebunk, Maine (207) 967-1300 Full service Spa.
Cottage Breeze Day Spa & Boutique - 31 Western Ave., Kennebunk, Maine (207) 967-2259, A full service day spa including hair removal, personal care massage, manicures, & waxing.
Charter Fishing Trips
Steve Brettell's Little River Decoys and Striper Fishing - Captain Steve Brettell, located at the Arundel Wharf (207) 468-1015
Cast-Away Fishing Charters - Captain Niels Jacob, located in lower village Kennebunk (207) 284-1740
Sight Seeing and Charter Fishing - Captain Greg Metcalf - Kennebunkport (401) 617-9265
Catering & Event Planning
Azalea Events - Event planning with Audrey Zahares right in the center of Kennebunkport
Kitchen Chicks - 41 Water Street, Kennebunk (207) 985-0252
Blue Elephant - Saco (207) 281-3070
Destination Catering - Kennebunk (207) 285-7333
The First Chance Whale Watch (207) 967-5507
Lobster Boat Cruises and Scenic Cruises:
The Rugosa - Located at the Nonantum Resort (207) 967-5595
The Schooner Eleanor - Just one block away from the Captain Jefferds Inn (207) 967-8809
The Pineapple Ketch (207) 468-7262
Kayaking & Rafting:
Coastal Maine Kayak - located in lower village (207) 967-6065
Harris Farm, Dayton (207) 499-2678
Rockin' Horse Stable, Kennebunkport (207) 967-4288
Theatres and Museums
The Arundel Barn Playhouse – (207) 985-5552
River Tree Arts - (207) 985-4343
Ogunquit Playhouse - (207) 646-5511
Portland Stage Company - (207) 774-0465
Kennebunkport Maritime Museum - (207) 967-4195
Brick Store Museum – Kennebunk (207) 985-4802
Antique Auto Museum – Wells (207) 985-4802
Seashore Trolley Museum – Arundel (207) 967-2712
The Nott House Kennebunkport - (207) 967-2751
Portland Museum of Art - (207) 773-2787
Farnsworth Museum - Rockland (207) 596-6457
Nature Preserves, Hiking & Biking
Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve, Wells (207) 646-2678
The Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells (207) 646-1555
Goat Island Light, Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport (207) 205-2362 - Step aboard the Porpus for a comfortable cruise down the Kennebunk River, past Walker’s Point, to the pristine island of Cape Porpoise. Your captain will guide you ashore Goat Island and present the history of the 150 year old light and keeper’s house. In addition to your tour, climb the circular stairs to the tower for the ultimate lighthouse experience. Spend time absorbing tranquil island life and enjoying the best views in town.
Wood Island Light, Biddeford Pool (207) 200-4552 - A tour to Wood Island Lighthouse is run by the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse, an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The lighthouse is located off the coast of Biddeford Maine and tours leave from Vine's Landing in Biddeford Pool. The guided tour takes about 1 1/2 hours and is subject to Mother Nature and her weather and sea conditions. The tower is open to those who wish to make the climb to the top. The tower received a set of double handrails in 2008, making the journey to the top safe for lighthouse guests.
Cape Arundel Golf Club, Kennebunkport (207) 967-3494
Webhannet Golf Club, Kennebunk (207) 967-2061
Dutch Elm Golf, Arundel (207) 282-9850
Hillcrest Pitch n’ Putt, Kennebunk (207) 967-4661
Freeport – 45 minutes North, home of LL Bean.
Kittery – 35 minutes South, outlet stores
Ogunquit – 20 minutes South, coastal town, Ogunquit playhouse
Portland – 35 minutes north. Portland Jetport, Museum of Art, waterfront.
Portsmouth, NH – 35 minutes south. Boutique shopping, Strawberry bank museum.
York, Maine – 25 minutes south. Cape Neddick lighthouse, York’s Wild Kingdom Animal Park.
Cape Elizabeth – 30 minutes north, Two-Lights lighthouse and state park.
Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. Approx 2 hours.
How To Find Us
Address: 5 Pearl St. P.O. Box 691, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
From the South:
Drive North on I-95 to the Maine Turnpike. After passing through the toll booth entrance to the Maine Turnpike, take Exit #19 -Wells. Turn left off the exit onto Route 9 East. Turn left again at the stop light at Route 1 North. Continue for approximately 2 miles. Just beyond the Maine Diner, bear right to follow Route 9 East. Stay on Route 9 East approximately 4 miles, through two lights, into Kennebunkport. Continue through the village to the stop sign at Maine Street. Turn right onto Maine Street. Take the 3rd right hand turn onto Pearl Street. The inn is located one block down on the corner of Pearl and Pleasant Streets. The parking lot is located on Pearl Street, just past our red front door.
From the North:
Drive South on I-95/Maine turnpike to Exit 32 –Biddeford. As you exit the toll booth, continue straight to your second set of lights. Turn right at the second light onto Route 1 South. Stay on Route 1 for approximately 3 miles to the next stop light, and turn left onto Log Cabin Road. Follow Log Cabin Road which becomes North Street and then Maine Street. Once on Maine Street, make your 4th right turn onto Pearl Street. The inn is located one block down on the corner of Pearl and Pleasant Streets. The parking lot is located on Pearl Street, just past our red front door.