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Top 10 Secret Places :: Explore Kennebunkport 20 Sep 2016, 11:46 am
There is no shortage of Kennebunkport area activities to discover. Peruse our top 10 list of must see and do activities and make note of the ones that interest you. On your next trip north you will have all the items you need for the best, most unique Kennebunkport vacation of all time! Check it out, we’re spilling all of our secrets…
Belted Galloways: These are the “Oreo cookie” cows; black with a white band around their middle. Most days, they can be seen grazing in a field at a near-by farm. In the early Spring you can even see newborn claves. Seek out one of these amazing creatures and make a great picture memory of Kennebunkport.
The Seashore Trolley Museum: This nearby transportation museum has the largest collection of functioning old trolleys in the world. Take a ride back in time and discover it for yourself!
The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm: The Wells Reserve is a national treasure. It is 2,250 acres of protected land, a restored saltwater farm called Laudholm and a natural haven for wildlife. It is open to the public every day and offers beautiful trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Be sure to use bug spray on your shoes and pants! Remember this little tip and you will have a great time!
The Brick Store Museum: This Maine Museum was founded in 1936 and today it is the focal point for the history of the area. The museum features five historical buildings with 70,000 artifacts and archival materials relating to the heritage of the Kennebunks. It’s a perfect activity for history enthusiasts and regulars who want to learn more about their favorite vacation spot!
Parson’s Beach: Travel from Route 9 along the winding road lined with ancient maple trees to one of the prettiest and most secluded Maine beaches. Bring a book and a beach towel and spend all day soaking up the warm sun rays or stop by for a picturesque walk any time of the year. It’s always a gorgeous place to see Maine.
Cape Porpoise Harbor: This picturesque working harbor is quintessential old-time Maine; see lobster boats lined up like sentinels in the harbor. Have a lobster lunch at the pier and watch the seagulls swoop over the fish pier trying to snatch a morsel of fish-bait. It will give you the best little snapchat of our gorgeous ocean town.
Spouting Rock & Blowing Cave: Two natural rock formations on Ocean Avenue where the rising tides create spectacular water shows. Take in the stunning views on a romantic night out or on your own to enjoy a peaceful time outside in Maine’s beauty.
Franciscan Monastery: A secluded spot for quiet contemplation amid rolling lawns, shrines and wooded paths along the Kennebunk River. This is the location for Candlelight Caroling at the Christmas Prelude. If your holiday break is bringing you to Kennebunkport this year, take note!
Old Trolley Line Bicycling Path: Looking for an off-road bicycling path? This is it; this rugged path runs from North Street to Cape Porpoise. Be sure to use bug spray!
Eastern Trail Bicycle Path: This is an easy bicycling trail which runs through the woods from Kennebunk to Biddeford, a distance of about 6 miles.
Want even more ideas of local destinations and places to check out? Ask your Captain Lord Mansion staff!
3 Perfect Days in Maine 20 Sep 2016, 11:23 am
September offers the best weather of the year with its warm days and cool crisp nights. The crowds are gone and what is left is solitude, wonderful Kennebunkport adventures, beauty and romance. View 3 perfect days in Maine and join us.
- Arrive at the inn and enjoy refreshments in our Adirondack-style chairs.
- Dine out at one of Kennebunkport’s many fine restaurants. (Ask us about our favorites!)
- Come back to the inn and enjoy our Chocolate Dessert Wine.
- Settle into your room for a restful night’s sleep.
- Devour a family-style breakfast.
- Ride bikes along Ocean Avenue.
- Watch the lobster boats at Colony Beach.
- Tour St. Anne’s, a beautiful stone Episcopal chapel.
- View “Spouting Rock” and “Blowing Cave”, both natural ocean-side rock formations.
- Try kayaking, paddle boarding, or canoeing.
- Tour Kennebunkport Historical Society‘s “White Columns.”
- Visit Cape Porpoise, a quintessential local fishing village.
- Have lunch at The Ramp or Cape Pier Chowder House.
- Go on a relaxing sailing cruise on the Schooner Eleanor or the Pineapple Ketch.
- Return to the inn for some wine outside in the crisp, fall air.
- Savor dinner and chocolate dessert wine.
Enjoy a narrated 45 minute Intown Trolley Tour to explore the area. The tour leaves from Dock Square, every hour on the hour.Book Now
Fall Foliage Season
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Back to the Kennebunks with Captain Lord Mansion 8 Jul 2016, 9:17 am
View some of the top things to do in the Kennebunks!
Enjoy many wonderful activities around the Kennebunks!
- Free bikes at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast
- Beach going
- And more!
Embark on an adventure. View our many different specials and packages and book your getaway today.
View our sailing adventure package here.
Great Kennebunkport Restaurants
View some of the best restaurants Kennebunkport has to offer.
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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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