Thursday night, May 30, 2007, in a ceremony at The Ivy Manor Inn in Bar Harbor, my wife, Bev Davis and I were pleased and honored to accept our 28th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award for The Captain Lord Mansion.
The AAA Diamond rating system was first adopted by the Auto Club in 1977. Maine held its first Four Diamond Award ceremony in 1987 at the Black Point Inn in Scarborough. The 1988 award winners were all lodging properties.
The property with the longest history of winning the prestigious Four Diamond Award is the Stage Neck Inn in York Harbor, being awarded the honor for 31 consecutive years. The 28 consecutive years for the Captain Lord Mansion is the second longest period for AAA establishments in Maine.
Also, only about 3% of lodging properties and restaurants in the United States rated by AAA receive the Four Diamond Award. As the rating criteria have strengthened over the years, we've made many many improvements to the inn which help maintain the Captain Lord Mansion in that top 3%.
Two other lodging properties in Kennebunkport received the AAA Four Diamond Award at Thursday night's ceremony; the Yachtsman Lodge & Marina and the White Barn Inn, which also received a Five Diamond Award for its restaurant.
I was thrilled and honored not only to receive this prestigeous award, but to be in such august company. Thank you guests and friends for your loyalty over the years. Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper