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March 2009

March 31, 2009

What is Your Lobster IQ?

Everything you ever wanted to know about lobster! (Or almost everything!)Lobster_dinner

Today, many people consider lobster a delicacy.  In fact, you have to pay dearly for a really good lobster feast.  However, lobsters were once so plentiful that Native Americans used them as fertilizer and fish bait!  Also, in Colonial times they were considered poverty food and served to children and indentured servants.  Stories have been told that children who brought lobster sandwiches to school were considered the poor kids.

Lobsters are not fish, nor mammal, but rather they are arthropods, closely related to insects! Lobsters, like insects, belong to the invertebrate family.  These two-clawed marine creatures have one claw that  is called the pincer and the other is called the crusher.  An interesting fact about claws: lobsters, like humans, can be right or left handed, depending on whether its crusher claw is on the right or left side of its body. Most live lobsters are greenish.  Lobsters are not red until cooked. All pigment that make up a lobster shell are destroyed by the heat when cooked, except the red.   

Lobster is healthy for you.  it contains iron, zinc, calcium and iodine, as well as vitamins A, B and B6.  It has no saturated fat and is low in cholesterol and calories.  Now that you know lobsters are good for you, call the Captain Lord Mansion to make an early spring reservation and plan a lobster feast vacation!  With winter over and lobster prices coming down, Bev and I are looking forward to sampling some of this delicacy real soon!  Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper  P.S. The Lobster Logo below is used courtesy of Maine Lobster Direct.

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March 25, 2009

March in Maine is Sweet!

Did you know that this is a busy time of year for our state's maple trees?  Even in the dregs of Girlwinter, Maine has something sweet to offer, as the maple sugaring season gets underway.

It starts usually in late February when the sap, called "sweetwater" flows through the trees.  The trees are tapped, and in a good year, one large tree may effortlessly pour out of that tap as much as 60 gallons of sap.

Sounds like a lot right? But it takes 40 quarts of the sweetwater to get one quart of the golden sweetness you find beside your pancakes.

If you were around last Sunday, you could have learned abut it in detail, as many farms located within a short drive from The Captain Lord Mansion host Maine Maple Sunday (March 22).  However, the farms are still open the rest of the month of March!

Evap For a full list,  visit the state's list of syrup producers or come see us at the main office and we can give you directions to some of our farms nearby.

At many of these farms you can go into the sugaring shack, watch the sweetwater boil, and learn more about how it goes from what looks like nothing more than water, to one of the sweetest things Maine has to offer.

But don't worry, if you couldn't make it to one of these farms last Sunday, you can always enjoy the delicious flavor of real maple syrup in our kitchen at breakfast.  Because what would a real Maine breakfast be without the real thing.

Your Innkeeper -- Rick Litchfield.

(Photos courtesy of the Maine Maple Producers Association. This link will take you to their home page, where you can learn all you've ever wanted to know about maple syrup making )

March 24, 2009

Three Reasons to Take A Southern Maine Coast Lighthouse Tour!

A Southern Maine Coast Lighthouse Tour!

The Captain Lord Mansion of Kennebunkport, which is located on the southern coast of Maine has several itineraries to assist you with a self-guided tour of lighthouses located from Nubble Light Nubblelighthouse in York to Portland Head Light in Portland. 

The first reason is that these historical buildings are situated along the coast only a short drive from our B&B. 

Second, they offer you a great opportunity to tour the picturesque rocky southern coast of Maine for terrific sight-seeing and picture-taking.  Pictured here is the famous Nubble light located in York, ME. 

Third, we offer a picnic lunch package to accompany your tour.  Bev and I enjoy visiting these lighthouses and their adjacent parks ourselves.  Last fall we had  delightful day exploring Fort Williams Park where Portland Head light is located.  There were many families enjoying picnicking, relaxing, and flying kites in the brisk breezes flowing off Casco Bay

 When you come to Maine, we encourage you to avail yourself of one of these tours.  Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper. Goat-island-lighthouse Goat Island LIght

March 19, 2009

Antiquing In and Around the Kennebunks

Where Can You Find the Best Antiques at a 10% Saving?Excelsior1_3

If antiquing is your idea of a great way to spend a balmy Spring day, then our special "April Is For Antique Lovers" promotion is perfect for you! Bev and I have personally selected the best antique dealers in this area to participate, and they are offering our guests a 10% discount from their listed prices, providing you pay by cash or check (the cost of processing credit cards is so high!).

We have tried to offer you a wide selection — from group shops, collectable dealers and fine period dealers, to one of the largest antique dealerships in New England. You'll find furniture, lighting, glass, china, paintings, toys, tools, and so much more. Whether you're interested in country Colonial, fine French, Victorian, or other periods, you're sure to find plenty to interest you in these establishments.

All of these dealers are either right on Rte. 1, or just off the highway in one of the nearby towns. And all are within a 1/2 - 3/4 hour drive from the Mansion, making this a perfect way to spend a leisurely day. Don't forget to complete the experience by stopping along the way to enjoy a genuine Maine lobster roll and perhaps a glass of one of our delicious, locally-brewed Maine beers.

Over the years, as Bev and I have continually upgraded and redecorated the Mansion's rooms, we have relied on several of these dealers to supply us with many of the handsome antiques you find in your room, and throughout the inn. The photo you see here is Excelsior, just one of our beautifully-appointed rooms. Call for our special April antiquing rates, and — happy hunting!

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

March 17, 2009

The ABCs of a Summer Vacation in Kennebunkport

Summer Vacation in Kennebunkport offers you activities to entertain, educate and expand your horizons!

Activities include Art Galleries, Beaches, Bicycling, Canoeing, Carriage Rides, Day Trips, Fishing, Food, Golf, History, Kyaking, Lighthouses, Lobsters, Museums, Sailing, Shopping, Spas, Summer White House (Bush 41), Theater and Whale Watches. Schooner_eleanor_001

Bev and I enjoy summer in Maine and especially Kennebunkport because there is so much to do.  There is hardly time to fit it all in!  Call the Captain Lord Mansion today to discuss your vacation plans and how we may assist you in planning the perfect vacation.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield.

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March 10, 2009

What is better than free?

I know it is on the homepage of our Captain Lord Mansion website, but I just can't talk about it enough: 

Come for any two nights in March and get the third night for FREE! 17

And I'm not talking some obscure weeknight that is inconvenient.

This special applies to weekends, too. Basically, rates start at $177 a night mid-week and $228 on weekends.  Why not just go ahead and add another night to your stay on us?

This special involves a little human contact, however.  In order to get the free night, you must make reservations by calling our toll-free line, 800-522-3141.  Reservations for our specials cannot be made online. 

True, it is still a little snowy. But, think about this: This past Sunday, temperatures reached the mid-50s with blue sparkling skies. And there were PLENTY of parking spaces available at the beach. Sometimes, Maine is just as lovely in spring as she is in summer.

Oh, and if you need more incentive, think about this: On Saturday, March 14, we'll be offering our guests a complimentary tour of The Landing Boat School (clickable link) which I blogged about sometime ago. And, guests will also get reduced price tickets to the Maine Boat Show, going on that weekend in Portland (our big city to the north).

A great time for boat enthusiasts to vacation, learn and save some money!

Your Innkeeper - Rick Litchfield

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