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June 2008

June 26, 2008

Need a little help from our friends...the winner receives a $100 gift certificate.

Bev and I are having a "ruf" time with something here at the Captain Lord Mansion and we are hoping you can help.

Outside on our grounds, just beyond the side entrance, are two sentinels that we have loved for several years. If you are a returning guest, you probably know of whom I speak: The two bronze dogs who stand ever vigilant by our Memory Garden.

The dogs have a rich history. Bev and I discovered them about five years ago at the Englishman's Interiors booth at the January Atlanta Gift Mart. Bev loved them instantly, but we decided at the time they were too expensive.

However, Bev just couldn't stop thinking about them.

And so, a year later when we returned to the annual show, the first thing she asked the salesman at Englishman's was "Where are the dogs?" Lucky for us, they were still available and stored in a nearby warehouse. The salesman graciously offered to bring them to the showroom.  He knew a sale when he saw one!

Upon seeing them again, Bev said: "It doesn't matter how much they cost! This time, we're buying them for the inn."

So we did. But the trouble is: WE NEVER GAVE THEM NAMES!

Here's where you come in. Bev and I have decided it is time to finally name the dogs, who are always the subject of conversation among our guests. And whoever submits the most creative names for the dogs will received a $100 gift certificate towards a stay at our inn. (The names Bev and Rick, just so you know, are already taken).  We'll make a decision from all submissions made by Labor Day Weekend, 2008.  Be sure to include your name, address and either email or phone number on your email submission to

Here are some facts about the statues:

1) They are hand-cast in bronze.
2) They both stand about 3 feet tall.
3) They each weigh about 70 pounds
4) We have no idea what kind of dogs they are supposed to be, but they both appear to be males.

So, there you have it. The inside scoop on our pooches. Now, what should we call them...

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

June 22, 2008

Where can you enjoy Summer Stock Theater in Kennebunkport?

The answer to that puzzling question is the Arundel Barn PlayhouseArundel_barn_playhouse This wonderful iconic piece of Maine culture is located on the Kennebunkport-Arundel border, just a five minute drive from the inn.  It is an original Maine barn which has been converted to a summer playhouse.  The seats are quite comfortable and none are too far from the stage, which makes for an engaging and up-close evening of theater.  Bev and I have attended plays there almost every summer since it opened 11 years ago.  We just went to see "Babes in Hollywood", a musical tribute to the lives of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Of course, we are old enough to remember some of their great tunes such as "You Made Me Love You" and "That's Entertainment", but everyone knows the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz" movie.  It was Judy's signature song.  The engaging cast, though very youthful, gave an energetic and heartfelt performance.  Babesinhollywood If you are coming to join us at the Captain Lord Mansion for a summer visit, we can secure great seats for you.  Rick Litchfield, Your innkeeper

June 17, 2008

30th Anniversary Brings in the New!

It's been 30 years since Bev and I took the keys to the Captain Lord Mansion and called it ours.Thirty years of greeting our wonderful guests, watching the snow melt around the gables and seeing the green bloom around our yellow inn.

Certainly, it is our anniversary, but the gift is for you.

We celebrate this grand event with a new water feature, a glorious cascading fountain, a place of peace and Fountaintranquility in the corner of our grounds near the carriage house.

Here, where flowers bloom and water falls, we've also added a granite place for wine tastings, hors d'ouerves and outside gathering.

Also new on our grounds in honor of our anniversary is a teak table with seating for as many as you need. Of course, we selected only the finest Benchsmith product from Pennsylvania and made in America.Table_2

And, since we're always glad to see you, we would love you to come by for a visit and sit a spell with us by the water.

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

June 11, 2008

Rick's Gas-Saving Tips #2

5 Scenic Bike Trips - ZERO Gas!

3_bikersPedal past the pumps! Enjoy scenery you won't see from a car, and get some great exercise at the same time. Bring your own, use one of our complimentary 18-speed bikes, or rent one from the friendly folks at Cape-Able Bikes on Arundel Road. Bev and I bike whenever we can, and here are a few of our favorite trips.

Cape Porpoise
From the Captain Lord Mansion, head north on Ocean Avenue, past former President Bush's Walker's Point estate, on out to the tiny seaside village of Cape Porpoise. Stop for an overstuffed lobster roll at The Ramp, at the very end of Pier Road, then continue on to Goose Rocks Beach, past a sheep farm with great views over the pasture to the ocean. circle back into town along Rte. 9 (School Street).

Franciscan Monastery
Cross the bridge at Dock Square and head south on Beach Avenue to the beautiful and expansive grounds of the St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery. Bike along paths with scenic views of where the Kennebunk River meets the ocean. Be sure to wear good walking shoes, as there are several wooded trails to follow. From the Monastery, it's an easy ride down to Gooches Beach and Mother's Beach.

Laudholm_farm_2Laudholm Farm
Follow Rte. 9 west from Kennebunkport about 3 miles to Laudholm Farm, part of the Wells National Estuarine Preserve, a haven for land and marine life, as well as native birds and plants. Here you'll find extensive biking and hiking trails in a peaceful setting.

Old Trolley Line
In the good old gaslight days, a trolley took travelers from Arundel to Cape Porpoise. Now, a section of the old line is a secluded, wooded path, running from the intersection of North Street and Log Cabin Road — just a short distance from the Mansion — into Cape Porpoise.

Bridle Path
Bikers, hikers, and (in winter) cross-country skiers have replaced the horses that used to follow this trail from just outside Kennebunk, along the Mousam River, down to Kennebunk Beach. When our girls Dana and Stacia were young, this was a favorite family outing, usually ending with a picnic on the beach!

So, do something good for the environment, the economy — and yourself! Leave the car behind and see the sights from a bicycle instead. You'll work up a great appetite for one of Kennebunkport's outstanding restaurants! See any of us in the office for all the detailed maps and directions you'll need for a fun, healthful and zero-gas day! And if you want, we can even arrange a delicious picnic lunch for you to take with you!

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

Rick's Gas-Saving Tips #1

5 Unique Destinations On Two Gallons of Gas

Don't let pain at the pump put a crimp in your vacation fun! There are plenty of interesting places to visit and fun things to do within 2 gallons of gas, roundtrip, from the Captain Lord Mansion. Here are a few out-of-the-ordinary suggestions for "daytripping."

The City of Portland
Just 30 minutes north of Kennebunkport, this bustling seaside city offers so much to see and do. Stroll the streets of the wonderfully restored Old Port, with its eclectic selection of shops, galleries and restaurants. Perhaps take a short boat cruise out to Peak's Island. Visit the Victoria Mansion, one of the finest restored Victorian House Museums in New England. Visit the Portland Museum of Art — its main building was designed by I.M. Pei — and the McClelland House annex, a fabulous Federal Mansion that has all of its beautiful, original architectural interiors.

About 20 minutes south of Kennebunkport. Park your car at the entrance to Perkins Cove and lunch at the legendary Barnicle Billy's, while watching the boats come in and out of the Marginal_wayCove. Then take a leisurely walk along the Marginal Way ocean-side walking trail. On your way back, stop in town and explore the many unique shops that vie for your business!

Biddeford Pool
Ten miles north of Kennebunkport is a large tidal pool, as well as the scenic village that surrounds it. Site of Maine's first recorded permanent settlement (1616), it hosts both resident lobstermen and summer The East Point Sanctuary (Audubon Society) is one of the premier birding spots on the northeast coast. Bev and I enjoy hiking in the Sanctuary because it borders a beautiful golf course and wanders along the rocky shore. Historic Wood Island Light is clearly visible just off shore.

Cape Neddick Light
Better known as the Nubble Light, it is just a few Nubble_light_2minutes south of Ogunquit, off beautiful York Beach, on a rocky island or "nubble." It is considered one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. First lit in 1897, it continues to guide mariners today. It is one lighthouse that you can see up close; it is only a stone's throw off shore across a narrow channel of water.

Kittery Shopping Outlets
If your idea of a fun vacation day is shop 'til you drop," then head south on Rte. 1 or the Maine Turnpike about a half hour, to the famed Kittery Outlets. In about a two-mile stretch of Rte. 1, you'll find everything from Crate & Barrel, Liz Claiborne and Brooks Brothers, to Bass Shoe, Lenox China and dozens more. Why, you could get all your holiday shopping done in just one visit to Kittery!

Although Bev and I are "transplants" from "away," we have lived in this part of New England for 30 years, and never cease to be enchanted by its many charms. Let us help you plan an enchanting day of your own, all on just 2 gallons of gas! We'll provide maps and explicit driving instructions!

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

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