Captain Lord Mansion
Back to the Kennebunks with Captain Lord Mansion 8 Jul 2016, 9:17 am
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Does Your “Bucket List” include Kennebunkport? 28 Jun 2016, 2:31 am
Kennebunkport, The Bucket List Place
Kennebunkport River Scene
Does Your “Bucket List” include Kennebunkport? If it doesn’t, perhaps it should!
Kennebunkport has long been a destination resort. In the late 1800’s there were 37 grand hotels facing the sandy beaches which stretch from Kennebunk to Kennebunkport. A few years ago the Brick Store Museum did an exhibit titled “A Summer Watering Hole”. It recounted those early tourist days. There were 7 trains a day depositing passengers at the train station which today is a restaurant called the Pilot House. It is located on the river between the two towns. Re-purposed “Concord Coaches” awaited summer visitors to ferry them and their luggage to their hotels. Of course, many of the hotels offered only small rooms, baths down the hall and no amenities such as air conditioning. Those that remain, such as the Colony Hotel pictured here, have been modernized.
The Colony Hotel
Imagine the types of clothes worn by folks in those days; even with the cool ocean breezes, I believe it could be very uncomfortable in the hotels of the day. After the Depression and two World Wars, Kennebunkport sort of went to sleep. Vacationing habits changed and folks no longer came to the shore for the “season”. Travel by private auto replaced travel by train. Many of the old hotels had burned or been torn down. There were few places to stay in the Village. The tourist season was short and quiet.
Romantic carriage ride in Historic Kennebunkport
All that changed with the “back to our roots” emphasis during the USA’s Bicentennial in the 1970’s. Folks began to return to New England seeking their early history. About the same time, small bed and breakfasts and country inns began to spring up in the great old homes of the region. Many of those homes offered authentic New England experiences in colonial era buildings of interesting architectural form. One of those is our romantic bed and breakfast inn, the Captain Lord Mansion. Although it was built between 1812 and 1814, it has been thoroughly updated and offers large luxurious guest rooms with all the latest amenities travelers have come to expect from a 4 Diamond rated, AAA lodging facility. Kennebunkport prospered during the economic growth of the 1980’s. Many bed and breakfast inns opened and new lodging facilities also were built.
Louis Norton Pastel of Captain Lord Mansion
Side View of Captain Lord Mansion
Meanwhile, many of the old commercial buildings in Kennebunkport were renovated and opened as gift shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Today, Kennebunkport is a thriving year round community offering an excellent variety of lodging choices, restaurants with fine dining, quality gift shops, art galleries and wide choice of tourist activities.
Additionally, Kennebunkport has long been home to the Bush family. It was the summer White house during G.H.W. Bush’s presidency from 1988 to 1992. Many guests like to stop along Ocean Ave to view and take pictures of his compound. Here’s a picture of it. We hope you’ll add Kennebunkport to your “Bucket List” and join us at our destination Kennebunkport inn. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield
Walker’s Point, The Bush Compound
Captain Lord Mansion, Create Unforgettable Memories Here! 21 Jun 2016, 8:40 am
The Captain Lord Mansion is an intimate Maine Coast Bed and Breakfast Inn located in the historic village of Kennebunkport. Create unforgettable memories at this romantic Kennebunkport inn. The large guest rooms offer luxurious amenities as well as lots of small details that will enhance your Kennebunkport escape, no matter the season you choose for your getaway.
Memorable summer vacation activities include sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, golf, tennis, whale watches, carriage rides, beaches, walking, hiking, bicycling and more. For those who desire to just relax, there are the extensive lawns and gardens at the Captain Lord Mansion. The Mansion is secluded away from the hustle and bustle of tourist traffic. The inn’s gardens offer a quiet place to sit and enjoy where you can sip a glass of wine while listening to the gurgling waterfalls and fountains. The Adirondack-style lawn chairs are extremely comfortable; you won’t want to leave the shaded lawn. So come in summer or in fall to refresh, relax and unwind.
The summer adventures described above continue into the fall, concluding about mid-October. Of course Maine’s fall foliage is an event not to be missed. The colors begin to be bold and vibrant about the last week in September and are spectacular until mid October.
Fall Picture of River Green in Front of Mansion
Winter is another special time here in Kennebunkport. Festivities begin with the Thanksgiving Holiday, continue through the two weekends of Christmas Prelude and on into Christmas and New Years. When snow begins we offer complimentary snowshoes. As well, there are romantic sleigh rides and cross country skiing trails are available close to the inn. Imagine snuggling together under a pile of blankets as large draft horses pull your sleigh across the snowy fields. After the sleigh ride, enjoy a cup of steaming hot chocolate to warm yourselves by the stove at the horse barn. There are many sunny days during the winter when a brisk walk along one of the area beaches is a terrific way to spend an hour or two. Another memorable thing to do is slip up to the Captain Lord Mansion’s Cupola and there split a bottle of wine with your loved one. Choose to do that at sunset which happens about 4:00 pm during the winter. Or just stay in your guest room in front of the warmth of the gas fireplace and let your toes enjoy the heated bathroom floors which are in each guestroom. Winter is an economical time to visit the captain Lord Mansion because we offer a “3 nights for the price of 2” package beginning in January. That package runs through mid-May, so you can plan an early spring getaway too.
Winter is beautiful at the Captain Lord Mansion
Memories definitely are made at the Captain Lord Mansion where you’ll find deliciously-decorated guest rooms, friendly people, warm hospitality, good food, enticing season packages, destination activities and a definite place to relax and unwind. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield
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Romantic Summer Adventure in Kennebunkport 20 Jun 2016, 12:41 pm
Summertime in New England is magical. Warm sun shines, breezes blow gently throughout the day, sunsets are breathtaking, and summer evenings are romantic. Get away and experience moonlit walks along the beach, lavish lodging at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, fun and free amenities, outdoor adventure, and so much more. We have a full and fun itinerary ready for you. All you need to do is choose your favorite room and book your stay.
Take a Romantic Walk Down the Beach
There’s no better place than Maine to enjoy a romantic walk along the beach. Feel the sand between your toes and take in stunning views of the ocean. We recommend checking out Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport’s most famous beach located a few miles from the inn. Its long and curved stretch of white sand is perfect for long walks. Find more beaches to check out here.
Clink to Good Times
Does it get any better than sipping fine wine on the beach on a
romantic summer night? Treat yourself to something simple and
festive for summer, like Summer Breeze, a delicious wine from
Brazil. Enjoy talking and sipping wine in Adirondack chairs,
perfect for good conversations and clinking to warm summer
See the Sites on a Bike
Take in the gorgeous Maine summer sites as you bike your way through Kennebunkport. Take a leisurely ride or get some refreshing exercise in the fresh sea air. Bike along Ocean Avenue to tour the gorgeous stone edifice of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. We have complimentary bicycles for guest use. For an even more special bike ride, bring along a picnic to enjoy in the park.
Take On a Kayaking Adventure
Get outside and get active with your other half this summer. The Maine waters are ideal for a gorgeous paddling afternoons in the warm New England sun. Let go and have the time of your lives on your Maine getaway! We recommend Goose Rocks Beach for kayaking. Get more information here.
Experience a Lobster Cruise & Dinner
To experience authentic Maine, take an adventurous cruise on the Lobster Boat Rugosa, learn about lobster harvesting, see the scenic coastline and then enjoy a lobster dinner at one of the Port’s most famous restaurants, Mabel’s Lobster Claw!
- Experience a 1 ½ hour cruise on Rugosa, a working lobster boat
- Learn during an on-board demonstration of lobster harvesting
- Receive a complimentary Rugosa cap or t-shirt
- See Maine’s rocky coast, harbor seals, summer “cottages” and the Bush 41 summer White House
- Enjoy a “Lobster Shore Dinner” at President Bush’s favorite
- 2 salads, 2 – 1 ½ pound lobsters, choice of potatoes and a non-alcoholic beverage
$199 (Tax & Gratuity Included) (Available until Columbus Day, weather permitting, requires a 24 hour reservation.)
Adventure and fun is waiting! All you need to do is choose your favorite room and book your stay!
Vinegar Hill Music Theater: It’s New! 14 Jun 2016, 1:48 am
Vinegar Hill Music Theater
Vinegar Hill Music Theater is opening this June in the former beloved Arundel Barn Playhouse. After many years offering entertaining summer stock theater, the Arundel Barn Playhouse completed its final season last. This historic property was sold to new owners Tim Harrington and Deb Lennon in December 2015. After spending the past several months having a large crew of workmen doing a host of renovations and additions, including new balcony seating boxes, a full service bar and upgraded acoustics and sound systems, the new Vinegar Hill Music Theater will bring top-flight musical entertainment to the Kennebunks throughout the summer.
Vinegar Hill Music Theater is southern Maine’s newest live arts entertainment venue. Its very first season will kick-off on June 24 with a gala event benefitting “Music on Main”, a Kennebunk non-profit community organization dedicated to bringing the Portland Symphony Orchestra to the Kennebunks each summer.
“We’re really excited to be able to bring a variety of musicians, authors and entertainers to the Kennebunks, and in such a unique and intimate setting,” said George Dvorsky, creative director of Vinegar Hill Music Theater. “We want Vinegar Hill to be a place for the community to gather, socialize, enjoy the gardens and watch some great performances.”
This historic barn and it’s adjoining farm were originally known as The Smith Sisters’ Farm. The barn was built in the late 1800’s and the property is still referred to by that name by many locals. However, the new name, Vinegar Hill, refers to traditional lore about the part of Arundel in which the farm and barn are located. It seems the place name is derived from Gaelic for “hill of the wood with the berries”.
We are excited to have this new entertainment venue available to our guests this summer and early fall. We too are looking forward to spending a few summer evenings at the Vinegar Hill Music Theater. These are recent pictures of the theater taken by Rick. They show the landscaping under way. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield
Vinegar Hill Music Theater