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April 2009

April 28, 2009

What Do You Know About The Amtrak Downeaster?

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The Amtrak Downeaster is one way to get from Boston to Kennebunkport. The Downeaster is a fast easy way to get from there to here!  Their trains offer many amenities for your comfort and convenience including reclining seats with plenty of legroom, fold-down trays, overhead reading lights and picture windows. Most window seats feature 110-volt outlets for plugging in laptops. There are plenty of restrooms, luggage racks above the seats and even a few spaces for un-boxed bicycles.


The trains offer many amenities for your comfort and convenience including reclining seats with plenty of legroom, fold-down trays, overhead reading lights and picture windows. Most window seats feature 110-volt outlets for plugging in laptops. There are plenty of restrooms, luggage racks above the seats and even a few spaces for un-boxed bicycles.

The Downeaster operates seven days a week, 365 days a year. Check their scheduleand make reservations on line.

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There are some excellent promotions on fares for the summer. You may go to this link to view current offerings.  The best news is that we at the Captain Lord Mansionwill pick you up at the train station which is located in Wells

April 23, 2009

3 Spots for a Romantic Picnic in Kennebunkport!

3 Places for Quiet Picnicing Along the WaterGeorgegardner

Just imagine strolling hand-in-hand with your loved one, finding a peaceful spot, spreading a blanket, and sharing a delicious picnic together in the fresh air. If this is your idea of "romantic," let the Captain Lord Mansion help!

Let us know the day before, and we'll prepare a gourmet basket of luscious goodies, including fine products made right here in Maine. Then, whether you drive, bike or walk, you can set out on a private and special occasion for just the two of you.

Here are three places very close to the Mansion that can provide the setting for creating romantic memories you'll look back on fondly for years to come:

Silas Perkins Park
At the foot of the Village Green, just across Ocean Avenue from the Mansion, this small gem of a park borders the Arundel River. It's a great place to watch the boats going to and from the ocean which is just a short distance away. There are benches to use, or spread a blanket on the lawn.Silasperkinspark

Across from the Colony Hotel
About a mile out Ocean Avenue, a charming little mini-park called Parsons Way sits overlooking the spot where the river meets the ocean. Great water views make this a very special spot to relax and linger over your alfresco meal!

KennebunkportThe Franciscan Monastery
On Beach Street, a short walk from Dock Square, is the Franciscan Monastery — 60 acres of secluded, wooded land near the mouth of the Arundel River. The serenity of the Monastery provides you an exceptionally peaceful retreat from the bustle of downtown Kennebunkport.

Every once in a while (tho' not often enough!), Bev and I will leave the Mansion in very capable hands, grab a picnic lunch, and head out for some quiet time together. It's extremely therapeutic, relaxing, and yes  very romantic. Try it!

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

April 17, 2009

We Honored One Mom with a Kennebunkport Vacation! And The Winner Is!

We Honored One Mom This Past Mother's Day With Her Own Customized Bail-out Package!

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We received 55 nominations for moms for Captain Lord Mansion’s “Mother of the Year” award!  We were blessed with all these entries to review and over which to agonize.  We certainly have been made aware of many equally-deserving mothers, most who have made life-altering sacrifices for their children and grandchildren.  It is obvious that mothers generally will give up their own comfort and security to serve in a wide variety of self-sacrificing circumstances so that sons and daughters might learn life skills or have the opportunity to serve their own children.  Our decision was very difficult and made with much prayer.  We wish we could recognize all the nominees in some fitting manner.

However, we are pleased to tell you that Leticia Gomez is our “Mother of the Year”.  Leticia is from Texas. The reason we chose Leticia is that she showed extraordinary grace and unconditional love in dealing with her step children during your early years.  Leticia's step-daughter Cassandra nominated her with a terrifically loving and moving essay. Not every mother can withstand the hurts caused by difficult step-children.  Leticia’s actions, love and forgiveness were modeled 2,000 years ago by Jesus.  Although many people strive to model our lives after His, it is not easy to put into practice what He taught. She is like Him in her actions! Praise God for her.

April 13, 2009

The Captain Lord Mansion Cupboards are not only empty, but gone!

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Where are the cupboards?  Where is the stove, the microwave, the sink, the refrigerators and the dishwasher?  All gone to equipment heaven!


The big black stove from the 1880's remains and will remain!





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The windows will be rehung with care, including new ropes!

The ceiling will be repainted a bright white.  Bev has chosen a lighter shade of grey for the woodwork to compliment the new cupboards.

The work is on schedule to be finished by Friday, April 24th.  We seem to be okay to meet that date.

Meanwhile, guests are enjoying dining at the Captain's Garden House.

Sincerely, Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper

April 07, 2009

6 Ways to Enjoy a Rainy Day in and Around Kennebunkport!

Rainy Day Fun Close By the Kennebunks:Trolley

Yes, it DOES occasionally rain in Southern Maine. But don't let a few showers dampen your vacation fun. There's plenty to do when the sun's too shy to shine. Here are five places that will entertain, educate, and generally help you enjoy the day, whatever Mother Nature has in mind.

1. The Seashore Trolley Museum, just a few minuted from downtown Kennebunkport, offers an exciting and unique experience as you ride beautifully restored, antique trolley cars from around the world, on tracks that take you back in time. Founded in 1939 with just one car, its collection now includes more than 250 fascinating vehicles. Most cars are completely enclosed, letting you enjoy the ride while keeping the sprinkles out.Brick_store_museum

2. The Brick Store Museum in the center of Kennebunk is a real treasure, preserving the rich heritage of this part of the coast of Southern Maine. The original brick structure was built in 1825, by William Lord (of Capt. Lord Mansion fame). The Museum began on the second floor in 1938 and has expanded several times since then. Bev and I particularly enjoy finding unique and "just perfect" gifts in the Museum Store.

3. The Kennebunkport Historical Society is headquartered in the magnificent 1853 Greek Revival Nott House, complete with original furnishings, in a lovely Victorian garden setting. It is open June 3 through October 6, providing an authentic glimpse of life in Kennebunkport in the mid-1800s.Goatislandlighthouse

4. The Lighthouse Depot on Rte. 1 in nearby Wells is a mecca for all lighthouse enthusiasts! Its extensive offerings include everything "lighthouse" — from books, CDs, paintings, and miniature reproductions, to the more whimsical snowglobes, suncatchers, even lighthouse boxer shorts! A fabulous place to spend a few thoroughly enjoyable shopping hours.


5. The Portland Museum of Art is only 30 miles north of Kennebunkport and certainly worth a visit on a rainy day.  The Museum's collection contains more than 18,000 fine and decorative works of art dating from the 18th century to the present. The collection includes paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, glass and ceramics, artists' books, furniture, and much more. Works by artists such as Frederic Edwin Church, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Louise Nevelson, John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, and Marguerite Zorach showcase the unique artistic heritage of the United States and Maine.  Pma_logo_home

6. Prefer to just kick back and relax until the clouds roll by? Why not get comfy in the Captain Lord Mansion's warm and welcoming Gathering Room? Grab a cup of coffee or tea (always available) and bring a good book, or go downstairs and test your skills at the inn's challenging jigsaw puzzle. And if either Bev or I are around, we'd love to stop by for a chat!

Before you know it, the sun's out — and so are you!

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

April 03, 2009

What is happening in the Captain Lord Mansion Kitchen?

The answer to that question is "a total redo"!  On Monday, April 6th we start renovation of the Captain Lord Mansion kitchen.  The present kitchen cabinets are over 40 years old and the appliances are also quite old.  New cabinets, new energy saving appliances, fresh paint and new wallpaper as well as new window treatments will give the kitchen a totally new look.  Despite the economic climate, we couldn't postpone renovations because of the condition of most of the appliances.  So, we are helping the economy with our own "stimulus spending".  We are excited to begin the renovations, not excited about the expense and hopeful that the guests will better enjoy a brighter fresher kitchen.  We know that our kitchen staff will be thrilled with a clean updated working environment.  We'll post blogs each week to keep you informed of the progress.  Attached are two photos of how the old looks.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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