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January 2009

January 26, 2009

Sleigh bells ring. Are you listening?

Sure, the winter is cold here in Maine. The golf courses and beaches are frozen solid.  But it doesn't mean the fun has to end!

Not at Rockin Horse Stables, here in Kennebunkport, where Susan and Vince hitch up their beautiful draft horses to an old fashioned sleigh and take visitors on a ride through a vast and beautiful field of white.


Sleigh rides are scheduled by reservation, which we would be happy to arrange for you at the front desk of the Captain Lord Mansion.  The ride lasts about 30 minutes and is finished with hot chocolate next to the fireplace in the reception room of the 100 year old barn.

The rides can accommodate from two passengers (for a romantic time) up to a large group of 18 adults. And the prices could not be more reasonable.  An adult ticket costs only $10.

The stable is located very near our inn. We would be happy to get everything arranged for you at Rockin Horse, and give you the quickest directions there. Charlie and Red (the horses) and Vince and Susan (their humans) are those kind of Mainers who believe the more snow, the better.

Your Innkeeper -- Rick Litchfield

January 23, 2009


The season of love is upon us here at the Captain Lord Mansion.  True it is cold outside. But our Valentine's Day special should warm the heart.

Did you know we offer a special package just for couples for this heartwarming holiday?Images

How does a warm room, bubbly whirlpool tub, chocolates, champagne and romantic music sound?  Wouldn't you like to treat your sweetie to a night or two free of stress, full of relaxation and a morning breakfast served in a welcoming dining room (one she didn't have to cook or clean up after)?

We'll help you with that.  You can view the package in detail on our getaway specials page.  Basically, for just $187 a night (plus taxes), you can treat your sweetie to the ultimate in luxury. And love. 

And, should you be considering popping that all important question, or have a special sentiment in mind, let us know. We will do everything we can to make your special idea a splendid success. A diamond ring precariously placed in a champagne glass? You bettcha!  A poem read for her out loud the fire light in the gathering room? Done!
Your innkeeper -- Rick Litchfield

January 21, 2009

A wicked winter thus far...

As I write this, we are recovering from a day when the mercury actually reached -19 degrees.  That's NEGATIVE 19 degrees. Without a windchill.

It is just another blast of the worst winter has to offer. 

We got our first real winter wickedness just before Christmas, right in the middle of Prelude.  A storm that was predicting a half inch of ice or so, whalloped us at the Captain Lord Mansion and the rest of York County. Power was out in some places for nearly 8 days.  We lost power at the inn for five of those days. And although there was a generator to keep our critical electrical appliances running, we were certainly crippled for a time.

The one who suffered the worst however, was our beautiful buckeye in the lawn, which lost a major limb. Cl1 We do believe the tree will recover, but it was a massive undertaking cleaning up the debris.  As you can see from the photo at right, nearly a month later there is still much to be done.

  Shortly after the ice storm, pile and piles of snow dumped on us. Fourteen inches here at the inn. It was certainly a white Christmas at the inn. A white Christmas that keeps on going as you can see below.  The poor Christ child is still stuck under a pile of it in the front lawn.

And now we are trying to stay warm and keep the pipes from freezing under this arctic blast.

BUT I always like to look at the positive.  Our rooms are all equipped with warm gas fireplaces, which are perfect for snuggling up to on days like the ones we've had. Our coffee and hot cocoa maker is always ready to go (as long as we have power) and only takes a few seconds to brew a winter warm up.

Our beds are soft, our comforters fluffy and warm.  And, this time of year, you have the sweet town of Kennebunkport nearly all to yourself! There's no fighting for parking places in January.

Whether you are coming to see us now, or staying put where you are until summer, we are sending warm and comfortable thoughts your way.

Winter can be brutal.  But also beautiful in it's own way.

Your innkeeper -- Rick Litchfield

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