Captain Fairfield Inn

8 Pleasant Street P. O. Box 3089, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
Innkeeper(s): Jed Thomas and Alana Buie
  • The fun and unique vineyard vines room at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.

    The fun and unique vineyard vines room at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.

  • The bright and cheery Sweet Liberty room at Captain Fairfield inn, a Kennebunkport luxury inn.

    The bright and cheery Sweet Liberty room at Captain Fairfield inn, a Kennebunkport luxury inn.

  • Our Kennebunkport inn features this serene and lovely suite with an amazing bath and fireplace.

    Our Kennebunkport inn features this serene and lovely suite with an amazing bath and fireplace.

  • Our Kennebunkport inn's namesake room is sexy and stylish.

    Our Kennebunkport inn's namesake room is sexy and stylish.

  • Rachel - Room 6

    Rachel - Room 6

  • A creative gourmet breakfast each morning

    A creative gourmet breakfast each morning

  • The Lounge

    The Lounge

  • Parsons - Room 8

    Parsons - Room 8

  • Maine Fall Foliage

    Maine Fall Foliage

  • James - Room 9

    James - Room 9

  • Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon

    Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon

  • Quiet Season Escape

    Quiet Season Escape

  • Parsons Beach

    Parsons Beach

 

Our Kennebunkport Inn’s Famous Cookies 19 Jan 2015, 11:07 am

Our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast’s famous sea salt chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven.

With many parts of the country firmly in the grip of winter, the aroma of freshly baked cookies is just the thing to warm up your house and spirits. Our Kennebunkport inn’s sweet treats took home top honors in the 2014 Christmas Prelude Cookie Crawl, a holiday stroll through historic Kennebunkport, Maine, and have received as many accolades on TripAdvisor as the inn’s cozy central lounge and fireplace.

Visitors to our hotel can look forward to enjoying homemade delights every afternoon, and now you can whip up a batch of their signature Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies in your own kitchen. Sure to please kids, adults, and snowmen alike!

Captain Fairfield Inn’s Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Sea salt

Directions

  1. Position a rack in middle of oven, and preheat to 350 Fahrenheit. Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar, whisk until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla then whisk until well blended. Slowly add the dry ingredients and stir just until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoons on to the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake the cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until the bottoms and edges are lightly browned and the tops feel firm when lightly touched, 10-13 minutes.
  6. Rotate halfway through cooking. Let cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, and then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.

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A Mystery of the Seas 1 Jan 2015, 4:36 am

by Martha Gandy Fales

In 1884 the Boston Globe carried an article entitled “A Mystery of the Seas.” It told of a portrait with a very strange history. “Looking at it closely,” said the reporter, “you can see that it is very rough and creased, the effect of salt water.” The portrait was of a sea captain named James Fairfield of Kennebunk, Maine and its mysterious history is linked with that of Captain Daniel Nason whom Kenneth Roberts immortalized in his novel The Lively Lady. It makes a fascinating tale

A good-looking, self-assured man, Fairfield was dark and handsome, if not tall. Five and a half feet tall and stocky, he had curly sable-brown hair and long sideburns. His eyes too were dark brown and direct as well. Only a few years younger than Nason, James Fairfield was born in Arundel in the district of Maine in 1784, the son of William and Sarah (Burnham) Fairfield. His father, a ship captain (or sailing master as they were called then), was the grandson of John Fairfield who had come to Kennebunk from Worcester, Massachusetts, about 1725. James Fairfield had numerous brothers and sisters but was especially close to his sister Mary, familiarly known as Polly, who was just a few years younger and who married Joseph Lord in 1805.

Like his father, James Fairfield sailed ship owned by Tobias Lord, Jr. In 1806 the newly-built brig Somers was put under his command when it was launched. The following year on November 12, James was married to Lois Walker, daughter of Daniel Walker. Shortly thereafter he and his brother-in-law Joseph Lord bought a house and six acres of land on South Maine Street in Kennebunkport from John Perkins. Since both men were mariners and much of their time was spent at sea, their joint ownership of property had several advantages not the least of which was that their wives were not left entirely alone when one or both of their husbands were away.

According to family tradition, it was on a voyage shortly after his marriage that Captain Fairfield decided to have his portrait painted at one of the first ports he visited on his trading mission. Being in the cotton trade he frequently sailed to Charleston, South Carolina, or New Orleans,then to southwestern Europe, on to England and then back to New England.

Since he was not coming directly home, he sent the portrait to Lois by another ship. Imagine his surprise and disappointment when he arrived back in Maine months later and he discovered that not only had his portrait not yet arrived, but that the ship by which it was sent had been lost at sea!In 1810 the command of another newly-launched, two-masted square-rigger, the Adrastus, was given to Fairfield. Letters that he wrote to his wife have been preserved at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk. One was written to Lois from Charleston in 1811 where he had put in for provisions after an unusually long coastal passage lasting sixty-three days. He hoped to get freight for either Spain or Portugal.

“My voyage will be much longer than I expected when I left home but after going to Europe I Shall Come home if my life is Spared,” he promised her.

Fairfield’s life was spared; but, with the coming of President Jefferson’s hated embargo and the War of 1812, both he and his brother-in-law Joseph Lord felt called upon to enter into a privateering venture with Captain Daniel Nason and two other sailing masters, Joseph Perkins and Abner Stone. No sooner had they successfully made their way out of Kennebunkport on their brig Macdonough, which had been named for the stunning victory on Lake Champlain two months earlier, than they were captured on November 1, 1814, by the British frigate Bacchante and taken into Halifax.

In a letter written on November 17th, James related the story of their capture to his wife Lois:

. . . the next morning after leaving home we fell in with the Frigate Bacchante which gave Us Chase at 2 PM Both of Our Topmasts wint Over the Side which Made Us a Compleet Wreck but by heving our guns Over Board and other articles to lighten our Vessel She did not Make us her prize before 7 in the Evening.

Fairfield and Lord were both put on board the British ship Penelope and in a few days were being transported to England with 250 other American prisoners in their ship and another accompanying frigate full of prisoners. James was most concerned for his wife and wrote to tell her to turn to Captain Tobias Lord for help if she needed anything.

I think he wont let you Suffer,” he said.

On another occasion he assured her that they were all well and in good spirits considering their situation. He suggested that she sell her horse to cut down on expenses and to sell anything else she might need to, rather than suffer any deprivation.

“I don’t know what Part of England we Shall go to but Shall write Every oppartunity. Could you find out where I am Nothing but my Liberty would give me more Pleasure than a line from you.”

Perhaps Captain Fairfield and his friends would not have been in such good spirits had they known that their destination was the dreaded Dartmoor Prison. It was the day before Christmas when James Fairfield, Joseph Lord and the rest of the Arundel crew were checked into this formidable compound and issued only a hammock, bedding and blanket.

Four months later the men were still at Dartmoor when the bloody massacre of prisoners took place there on April 6, 1815. James described it to Lois,

“the Ridiculous and Infamous Conduct of our Commander in this place Barbarously and cruelly fireing upon us . . . and killing 8 and wounding 45 of the poor Innocent and defenceless prisoners.” “Fortunately” he said, “none of our Kennebunkers fell Victim to British cruelties on that never to be forgoten day.”

The days in prison following the massacre must have been the worst of all. From the beginning, Fairfield realized that he would be imprisoned
“Untill peace which god Send may be soon.”

The day that he was incarcerated at Dartmoor, the Treaty of Ghent had been signed, but news of the signing did not reach this country until February and peace was not proclaimed by President Madison until February 17, 1815. From that time on, the men expected to be released from prison. As Fairfield wrote to Lois,

“I soon did expect to be clear from this prison but our expectations have failed owing the negligence of our agent. … My anxiety to get home is beyond description,” he told her in a letter sent by the cartel ship on which Captain Nason had been allowed to return to Kennebunkport.

Fairfield had hoped himself to be in that first draft of 250 men who boarded the cartel ship in Plymouth on April 20th. He had, in fact, bought another man’s place on that ship, but to his bitter dismay, when the prison authorities called out the name of the prisoners, the man he had given the money took his own turn and left Fairfield to wait for his.

While he did not have much money, he still had a little cash, “thank god and good friends,” but the conditions were very disagreeable, “being confined within the dismal walls of a prison deprived of all the comforts of life and the agreeable and pleasing company of a wife and friends.”

At length, James Fairfield’s name was called, he and his brother-in-law were released, transported by a cartel ship, and ultimately discharged by the British on July 3, 1815, in time to celebrate their own independence day on American soil.

The year after their return they were living in a new double house on the corner of Green and Pleasant Streets in Kennebunkport. Lois’ father had given to her and her husband six acres of land here in 1813 as a measure of his affection and appreciation of their many kindnesses to him.

There were no houses on the land then, but about the time Nathaniel Lord built his mansion on the opposite corner, the Fairfields completed their big house, and in September of 1816 they sold half of the house and land to Joseph Lord so that he and Polly could continue to live under the same roof. Neither James Fairfield nor Joseph Lord, unfortunately, were destined to live long in the house. The ship Joseph was commanding in 1817 in the cotton trade to Europe was lost at sea. His widow Polly soon married again. Her husband’s brother Captain John Lord was the groom, and they continued to live in the house conjoined to the Fairfields’ home.

Early in the summer of 1820, James Fairfield became mortally ill and on July 23rd he died at the age of thirty-six. Lois sold their part of the house on Green Street to his privateering associate Abner Stone and probably lived with Polly and Joseph until her death the following year. It was two years after Fairfield’s death that the unusual event occurred. Word was sent to Tobias Lord from a Swedish bark that had come into Portland that his presence was requested on board their ship. There on the Swedish ship was the life-like painting of Captain James Fairfield. In the background of the portrait was a ship under sail and flying an American flag. Furthermore Fairfield was shown holding a letter in his right hand to Messieurs Tobias Lord and Co., Kennebunk, Maine, his employers at the time.

It was the letter in his hand that made it possible for the painting to be delivered to Kennebunk at last. Apparently the portrait had been rolled up and put in a tin case when Fairfield sent it home from the port where it had been painted. After the ship in which it was conveyed went down, the encased portrait was buoyant enough to make its way to the surface of the water and travel many miles away where it was spotted and retrieved by the men on the Swedish ship.

So it was that Polly Lord received the portrait of her brother after his death. The painting and the story of its history were cherished by her descendents and one hundred and seventy-five years later the address on the later shown in his hand prompted the inheritor of the portrait to make it possible for it to be returned once again to Kennebunk, where it can now be enjoyed by all who visit the Brick Store Museum.

The Captain Fairfield Inn is proud to welcome an authentic reproduction, painted by a well-known local artist, of this famous portrait of Captain James Fairfield to grace our living room mantel. We’d like to Thank the Brick Store Museum for their generous cooperation and Martha Gandy Fales for her marvelous sleuthing to unravel The Mystery of the Seas.

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The winning Kennebunkport inn “cookie crawl” cookie – 2014! 19 Dec 2014, 11:50 am

Our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast has come to the rescue — just in time for fabulous holiday parties and family get-togethers — with this unique holiday cookie recipe: Fried Sage Chocolate Shortbread.  

Our Kennebunkport boutique inn’s winning Christmas Prelude cookies!

Because this brand new treat was crafted in boutique bed and breakfast Captain Fairfield Inn’s kitchen, we’re sure you’ll be the only one on the guest list to bring it. The best part?  We can even guarantee they taste amazing.  

Captain Fairfield Inn won Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude‘s Cookie Crawl contest by baking this crowd-pleaser.  As a Lark Hotel, we love to create just the right amount of mischief in our guests’ vacation experience.  We hope this Fried Sage Chocolate Shortbread will do the same for your holiday.

Fried Sage Chocolate Shortbread from Captain Fairfield Inn

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp crumbled, salted fried sage
  • (1 bunch fresh sage, 1/4 cup olive oil, coarse salt)

Optional chocolate drizzle: 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300*F
  2. Prepare the fried sage:  Pinch the leaves off your bunch of fresh sage.  Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Once hot, fry a few leaves at a time for about 5 seconds.  Transfer to paper towels and sprinkle generously with salt. Once cool, crush or chop your fried sage to be incorporated into the shortbread dough.  OR If you prefer to simply use fresh sage, we recommend adding a bit of extra salt to the dough as well.
  3. Make the shortbread dough:  Sift together flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Combine butter and sugar in large bowl.  Beat until smooth and light in color, about 3 minutes.  Mix in vanilla and fried sage, then add the dry ingredients.  Stir until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Using an offset spatula, spread dough evenly into a 9 1/2 inch tart pan with a removable bottom (note:  if you don’t have a tart pan, try using a regular pie or brownie pan.  It just might make the removal of your shortbread pieces a bit more challenging).  Smooth the top with spatula.  Prick lightly all over with a fork, and use a knife to make shallow cuts marking 12 equal wedges (or whatever pattern you’re using to define your separate shortbread pieces).
  6. Bake about 55-65 minutes until the top is evenly a muted brown color.  Remove from oven. Using the cuts you already marked as a guideline, cut the warm shortbread into 12 wedges.  Let shortbread cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.  Remove side section of the pan then slide cookies off the bottom.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Take things over the top: Heat heavy cream in a sauce pan until just boiling.  Turn off heat and add chocolate chips.  Whisk until melted.  If you have some fried sage left over, sprinkle up to 1/2 tablespoon into your melted chocolate and mix.  Drizzle over the top of your fried sage chocolate shortbread.  Enjoy!

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The Wells Reserve – A Great Kennebunkport Destination 30 Sep 2014, 8:26 am

In terms of famous coastlines in Southern Maine, the Kennebunks boast some of the best (and still public) sandy beaches for miles. But funnily enough, one of the most beautiful tucked-away natural places to visit hides just out of sight—and notice—of most visitors to our colonial port town.

Approaching Kennebunkport from the south, you’ll find yourself winding along route 1 in Wells, past well-loved ice cream shops and old clapboard antique shops proudly spilling their collections out onto their lawns.

But if you’re not paying attention, you’ll easily miss the right-hand turn for Laudholm Road, home of one of the best-kept “secrets” in the area: The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.

Transformed and preserved by local community efforts in 1982 from the lapsed Laudholm Farms into the non-profit Laudholm Trust, the Wells Reserve now offers its rolling hills, beautifully preserved working farm buildings, winding trails and miles of coastal estuarine habitat for public visits, events and education.

Whether it’s cross-country skiing in January, an evening lecture by a well-known author in May, a summer trail run in August, or an autumn craft fair and pumpkin festival in September, there’s beauty, education and natural splendor to be found on these 2000 acres of protected wilderness all year round.

Visiting the reserve, you can enjoy beautifully maintained trails rich with informative wildlife and ecological information that wind down to a beautiful and secluded corner of sandy beach and crashing surf. Visiting the Kennebunks for the summer? The little people in your family can enjoy summer science camps and workshops, too.

With its ongoing residential estuarine research activities, The Wells Reserve brings together an inspiring array of community events with an ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.

And what’s more, (for the soon-to-be brides who might be reading) it’s large and roomy barn offers a glamorous and down-to-earth A-list wedding and event destination that books up over a year in advance!

No matter when your next visit happens to be, be sure to bring your camera, and your sense of wonder and make sure this charming and oh-so-beautiful hidden gem is at the top of your must-visit list.

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2014 Kennebunkport Summer Photo Contest 29 Jun 2014, 10:34 am

Share your Kennebunkport photos with us!

How much do you love Kennebunkport? We’re looking for photographic proof. 

Lobster & Fish House

Share your shots of the landscape, town, beach, sunsets, views, or folks just generally having a blast in our amazing Southern Maine town. Tag Captain Fairfield Inn and upload to our Facebook page (or — if social media is not your bag —  email it to us at stay@captainfairfield.com ) 

What’s in it for you? 

You just might win a prize! 

First prize: Perfect Picnic in Kennebunkport 

  •  A vineyard vines large canvas tote with built-in pocket and red, white, and blue ‘starfish and stripes’ lining
  • 2 vineyard vines adjustable cotton whale logo baseball caps – you choose red with blue whale and/or blue with pink whale 
  • *$50 gift certificate to Down East Wine Imports, the sommelier-owned and operated shop just over the bridge in Kennebunk.  Peruse their wide selection or ask the experts to help you pick a special wine that exactly suits your tastes and/or meal.
  • 2 entrees (winner’s choice!) with hand cut fries from Salt & Honey, the brand new chef-owned Kennebunkport restaurant in our neighborhood.  Personally, we love the sandwiches and crab stack salad!
  • Basket of gourmet goodies from the new Ocean Avenue store, Maine-ly Drizzle, including an artisanal oil and vinegar as well as coastal decorative items
  • Local cheeses and accoutrement
  • Lark Fine Foods savory Olive Scourtins (perfect to pair with cheese)
  • Lark Fine Foods sweet “cookies for grown-ups” Salted Rosemary Shortbread
  • 2 Spindrift natural sodas or lemonades

$380 value

Take your picnic anywhere you like, or you’re welcome to enjoy it in our outdoor lounge or borrow one of our season passes to Kennebunk Beach.

Runner up prize: A Taste of Maine Decor & Nibble

  • Coastal Maine centerpiece curated and provided by Abode of the Kennebunks, a new, locally owned Lower Village Kennebunk home decor shop that carries great offbeat items.  Includes mirrored tray, starfish, “the amazing flameless candle”, and glass “Buddy Vase” made from reclaimed materials.
  •  A baker’s dozen of Captain Fairfield Inn’s famous chocolate chip cookies with Maine sea salt.

$50 value

Contest details and rules

  1. Submit your photo(s) via our Facebook page (be sure to “like” our page while you are there!) or through the email stay@captainfairfield.com 
  2. Photos must be of Kennebunkport scenery or of you or your family and friends in Kennebunkport. Please don’t submit photos of folks you don’t know!
  3. Winners will be chosen in September 2014 
  4. Winners will be notified via Facebook or email and must contact Captain Fairfield Inn to redeem prize.

 

The small print

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Winner to be chosen in early September 2014. Captain Fairfield Inn and Lark Hotels or its agent or assign is the sole judge of eligibility and reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason. No cash substitutions or alternate prizes. Prize value determined by actual purchase cost. By accepting the prize, winner agrees to permanently release Captain Fairfield Inn and Lark Hotels of any and all claims or liabilities resulting from the acceptance, use or ownership of the prize. All entrants into the contest agree to the use of his or her name and chosen photo in print, on display at the inn and in email marketing for the purpose of promoting Captain Fairfield Inn and Lark Hotels now and at any time in the future without further notice or release. Entrants personal information such as address, e-mail or phone number, will not be shared or made public by Captain Fairfield Inn and Lark Hotels. 

 

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A Maine Vacation for your Bucket List 27 May 2014, 5:09 pm

Now that Captain Fairfield Inn’s unbelievably luxurious Lark Suite is complete, we find ourselves pondering the nature of a truly exceptional getaway.  The spacious suite itself has charming historic details like centuries-old hardwood floors as well as contemporary touches like stylish, comfortable furnishings and a 40 inch LED Smart TV.  Such unique accommodations deserve better than a generic agenda – perhaps something special and memorable for 2014 that does not necessarily make your trip itinerary every year.  

The Lark Suite at our Kennebunkport boutique inn.

Our boutique bed & breakfast hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine is surrounded by iconic New England attractions.  Within easy walking distance you can shop local artisans’ wares, enjoy water views, eat amazing food, and climb aboard a sailboat on its way out to sea.  Driving distance things to do in Coastal Maine are too numerous to count, but top sights are outlets, downtown areas, lobster shacks, hiking trails, sandy beaches, museums, and lighthouses.

A few offbeat or uncommon activities can transform a great trip into an unforgettable escape.   These items on our concierge staff’s bucket list might give you some inspiration.

1)  Go horseback riding on the beach.  How many of us consider this a perfect romantic date?  And how many of us have actually done it?  Riverhurst Farm, which is just over 5 minutes from Captain Fairfield Inn, offers guided horseback beach rides.

2)  If the sky’s the limit, then take a scenic biplane tour with Atlas Aero.  The plane takes off from Sanford Seacoast Airport, less than half an hour from Captain Fairfield Inn.  It’s a pretty drive, plus you can stop on the way in Downtown Kennebunk and/or the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area former blueberry barrens. Once you take to the skies you’ll fly to see everything from Biddeford Pool to Portsmouth, NH.  

3)  Our favorite sommelier, Erica Archer of Wine Wise, often hosts wine tasting events in Southern Maine cities.  It is now our dream to catch the brand new HydiWave Water Taxi service that would carry us over the ocean out of Dock Square to and from one of Erica’s wine walks in Ogunquit.

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Introducing the Lark Suite! 4 Feb 2014, 8:39 am

Our very popular garden suite, The Library just completed an upgrade and we are loving the new look. Until we can get professional photos taken we are offering a sneak peek with a few Instagram shots. Check out photos here.

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A Late Fall “Staycation” in Kennebunkport 11 Nov 2013, 5:55 am

Captain Fairfield Inn guests come from all over the globe, so it surprised resident managers Jed and Alana to encounter guests who live very close to our Kennebunkport boutique inn.  Several residents of the southern Maine coast have elected to stay with us for a while.  We think being the boutique choice of those familiar with the area is quite an honor! Especially as the holiday season begins.

Popcorn from H.B. Provisions.

For some, a staycation in their home can actually seem difficult and stressful. If they do manage to dodge the neighbor who “spotted” them and wants to chat and they do keep that fervent promise not to run an errand or pick up the phone, it is still a challenge to shake routine.  Such a struggle does not automatically encourage rest and relaxation.  

You can more easily change your mental mode in a different environment.  Staying with us creates the opportunity to limit locals’ expenses and travel time while still allowing them to enjoy attractions just a short walk from our prime location in Kennebunkport.

Guests from far away also hunker down for a staycation experience.  We deliver breakfast baskets–our version of room service–so you can enjoy plenty of food, coffee, and juice outside our dining room.  Whether you rise early or sleep in, you can choose breakfast in bed. You could even access your own Netflix and iTunes through the room’s AppleTV, pick up some movie-style popcorn from H.B. Provisions, and curl up in bed to watch a show or three.

 

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Late October in Kennebunkport 5 Oct 2013, 11:47 am

One thing we’re sure about is that there are always things to do in Kennebunkport. Each time of year has its own special draw, but Halloween is a personal favorite of our resident managers Jed and Alana.

A spooky Kennebunkport in the fall

Each October, the southern coast of Maine boasts harvest festivals and holiday happenings aplenty.  Every garden overflows with mums; every stoop with pumpkins.  Some visitors survey the Fall foliage between apple-picking and antiquing.  Others try free samples of small-batch mead before hitting a farmer’s market or craft fair.  The shoulder season means no worries about crowds whether you roam the day away or spend it fireside with a good book and mug of spiced tea.

Last year our Kennebunkport boutique hotel introduced a BYOP pumpkin carving contest with some sweet rewards.  Every entrant received a bottle of local craft beer perfect for a fall night as well as a bag full of homemade candies fresh from our kitchen.  The contest winner—who had never before carved a jack-o-lantern—wine a future free night’s stay.  We are thrilled to resurrect this Halloween event for 2013!  Click here for details.

 Guests less than enthralled by All Hallow’s Eve are not out of place if they visit in late October.  They can still sample decadent seasonal specialties at breakfast, like caramel apple scones and Brazilian pumpkin rabanada (think hearty, fried French toast!), but each guest celebrates or doesn’t on their own terms. Foodie festival Harvest on the Harbor  in Portland and wine tastings at Kennebunk’s Bel Cibo da Cherie and Downeast Wine Imports are among the events appealing to any traveler.

 Those reveling in all things scary, silly, and spooky have almost too much to choose from.  The Brick Store Museum will celebrate area history on Halloween weekend with their 10th annual All Souls Walk through Hope Cemetery. Plus, this year clothing from the Brick Store’s collection of 19th and 20th century costume pieces will be on exhibit through November 15th. Bentley’s Saloon always hosts a costume party with live music and plenty of raucous fun — this year on the 26th.  All of Dock Square comes alive with decorations, sales, and trick-or-treaters on October 31st. Neighborhood brewpub Federal Jack’s will host a Haunted House for charity on the big night, which might be the perfect excuse to stop by for a harvest ale or two.  

We’re so looking forward to Halloween!

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Day Trip to the South from Kennebunkport 19 Sep 2013, 6:44 am

Fall is the perfect time for a slow, meandering drive — whether it is to peep at the leaves, or simply enjoy the golden Autumn light over the ocean. We offer turn by turn directions (just ask!) for a variety of drives from here at our boutique Kennebunkport inn. One of our most popular unique driving routes follows the Coast to the South. The expedition begins at the Captain Fairfield Inn and ends in Portsmouth, NH, and includes the ‘Maine Beaches’ region towns of Wells, Ogunquit, York, and Kittery.   

Yummy salad at Beach Pea in Kittery.

It is a nice way to enjoy a few more hours of vacation for those who have checked out and are traveling toward Boston, just an hour and a half away from our design-driven Kennebunkport lodging.  Of course, you can easily take one day (or even two!) during your stay at the Captain Fairfield Inn to fully explore some of the many fantastic coastal towns less than 45 minutes south.

Even travelers who have utilized our instructions before or who are familiar with the area will always find something different to see near the Southern Maine shore.  Perhaps you’d like to head to the summit of Mount Aguamenticus and feel like the ruler of all you survey.  Captain Fairfield Inn guests have raved about their experiences taking an entertaining and informative class from the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School in York.  Or maybe you’d like to see the port city just over the border in New Hampshire.  Portsmouth’s Strawberry Banke Museum is always a favorite historic site.

We understand, though, if you’ve finished with the outdoorsy, edifying, and/or historical part of your vacation and instead you’re after some retail therapy.  When headed to Kittery, ME for shopping at the Kittery Outlets and Kittery Premium Outlets, we like to grab a nice lunch first at an all natural bakery and cafe called the Beach Pea. If you linger until late afternoon or dinnertime, there’s no better choice than The Black Birch for a refined take on classic comfort food.

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