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Captain Lord Mansion

6 Pleasant Street P.O. Box 800, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
Innkeeper(s): Rick Litchfield & Bev Davis

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.

Relaxing Memories

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.

Peaceful Setting

 

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 nights!

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 seafood restaurant
    • 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!

Find More Things to Do in Kennebunkport

 

 

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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

 

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The Captain Lord Mansion Has Beautiful Gardens 7 Jun 2016, 6:51 am

Come experience the beautiful gardens at the Captain Lord Mansion, a luxurious Maine Coast Bed and Breakfast Inn located in the charming village of Kennebunkport.  The inn is set in the midst of the quiet and historic residential neighborhood and is surrounded by equally distinctive homes. However, none offers you the extensive gardens found on the grounds of this romantic bed and breakfast.  Bev begins planning the gardens in the early spring.  In mid-May, with her long list in hand, she ventures forth to the Wenworth Greenhouses in Rollingsford, New Hampshire to purchase over $2,500 worth of plants.  In addition to filling the back of the company pickup truck with plants, she fills Rick’s snowmobile trailer, minus the snowmobiles of course!  Planting always begins the week before the week leading to Memorial Day weekend.  This year, with Bev and David doing the planting and Rick digging up tulip bulbs and preparing the many beds ahead of them, planting went smoothly.  Bev planted over 1,000 tulips last fall.  Because they rot if left in the ground, we always dig and dry the bulbs in order to replant in the fall.  This year, the only remaining things to be planted are Bev’s fantastic dahlias which were started in our greenhouse at the Captain’s Garden House.  Here are some pictures from previous years to give you an idea of what to expect when you visit our intimate Kennebunkport inn. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield

Walkway between Mansion and Garden House

Garden at Entrance to Mansion Parking Lot

Planter at Guest Entrance

Minature Pansies at Guest Entrance

Marigolds at Guest Entrance Walkway

The Famous “Memory Garden”

Guest Walkway to front of Mansion

Planter at Captain’s Garden House

Lupines and Bearded Iris in bloom

 

 

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Unique Destinations! Discover Kennebunkport Maine! 29 May 2016, 10:19 pm

Looking for unique destinations for your summer or fall vacation?

Searching for unique destinations for your summer or fall vacation?  We invite you to discover Kennebunkport, a truly unique destination.  There are few towns in America that retain as much of their original historic character and small town charm, much of that history dating from Revolutionary War times.  Kennebunkport was a prosperous shipbuilding town and still has its most of the commercial buildings and homes many of which were built in the 18th and 19th century.  For example, the Captain Lord Mansion was built by a wealthy shipbuilder in 1812-1814 and is located in the residential historic district surrounded by structures of the same vintage.  They are architectural treasures.

Another fine example is a private home less than a block from the inn which dates to 1784 and is called the “Cup & Saucer” house because it has custom wood trim over the windows that resembles a teacup in a saucer!  Can you see it?

The buildings in the downtown area of the Port is called “Dock Square”.  It is comprised of many re-purposed former warehouses from Kennebunkport’s shipbuilding time.  Those structures now house fine shops, boutiques, restaurants and art galleries.  Kennebunkport’s shopping area is authentic and charming!

The beautifully-preserved antique homes in the residential neighborhood once belonged to the ship captains, merchants and shipbuilders.  Many are now operated similar to the Captain Lord Mansion, as freshly updated Bed & Breakfast Inns.   There is a seasonally-operated carriage ride through the historic area which gives you a narrated history of many of these architectural masterpieces and the families that built them or later lived in them.

One of Kennebunkport’s most prominent homes is “White Columns” owned and operated for tours in season by the Kennebunkport Historical Society.

Additionally, during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Kennebunkport was a summer destination for city folk.  There were 37 grand hotels which lined the beaches and 7 trains a day bringing tourists from Boston and other Northeast cities.  Of those many hotels, only the Colony and the Nonantum remain.  One called the Narragansett is still located on Kennebunk beach and is now condominiums.  Of course, the two still operating as hotels have been modernized!

So, if you are searching to have a vacation experience in an authentic New England seaside village with lots of character, charm and lots to do, may we suggest Kennebunkport.  It’s Authentic New England!  Call today to plan your unique escape; we’ll help with special packages and surprise enhancements.  Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield

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