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June 2009

June 30, 2009

The Only B&B in Kennebunkport to Offer You 4 Diamonds!

A Four Diamond Tradition continues!

Who wouldn't want Four Diamonds?

Here at the Captain Lord Mansion, we believe it is an extraordinary accomplishment.  To travelers, Four Diamonds means AAA (the leader in travel standards with over 50 million members) considers us a lodging establishment that is "upscale in all areas."

What's more the the Four Diamond Award tells the world that our "accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish.  The physical attributes of the inn reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail."
Bev and I are exceptionally proud of this level of excellence and we've maintained those standards over the past 30 years.  Our inn is one of only a handful in Maine to receive the award. The 2009 AAA plaque, seen here, hangs in our foyer, just inside the main entrance.

Just so you know, this is not an award that comes easily. It cannot be bought. It cannot be influenced by a free night's stay or an expensive dinner.  It takes hard work to get there.

The inspectors come without notice.  They conduct a white-glove inspection and are brutally particular.  They are not beholden to anyone except the standard.  How you did the year prior does not matter.  They expect improvements every year in service, hospitality, cleanliness, decor, gardens, room enhancements.  AAA's 50 million members know they can rely on the gradings.

By the way, losing that award would probably be more devastating to Bev and I than losing four ACTUAL diamonds. (Not really!)  Meeting this standard of excellence is that important to us!  And, we hope, to you also.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

June 24, 2009

Rainy Day Activities from Kennebunkport to Portland!

Edward Hooper

With all the rain that we have had this June, we thought we would offer a fine rainy day activity that is located only about 30 miles north of Kennebunkport.

The Portland Museum of Art has an exceptional summer exhibit titled "The Call of The Coast, Art Colonies of New England".  Their brochure says "Art Colonies in the early 20th century in Cos Cob and Old Lyme, Connecticut and Ogunquit and Monhegan, Maine were inspiration for nationally recognized artists including Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, and George Bellows.  This exhibition chronicles the development of impressionist Connecticut art and modernist Maine art and features 74 works drawn from the collections of the Portland Museum of Art and the Florence Griswold Museum, Old lyme, Connecticut."  The picture shown above is Edward Hopper's, “Monhegan Houses, Maine,” circa 1916–1919, oil on panel, 9 x 13 inches.

PMAThe second painting is by George Bellows, United States, 1882-1925
Green Breaker Monhegan

Can't you feel the power of the ocean in this painting?

The exhibit opens to the public on June 25th and runs through Oct. 12, 2009.  You can be assured that Bev and I will find the time to escape from the Captain Lord Mansion to see this exhibit.  We love paintings of the New England coast, especially Maine!

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

P.S. We have discount tickets to the Museum!

June 23, 2009

Jim Flynn's "Best Weekends" Gives Captain Lord Mansion Kudos

In his recent Best Weekends e-Newsletter, Jim Flynn says "It had been some time since I was on the Coast of Maine, but our June trip brought back memories of its beautiful rocky coastline, the friendly people and of course. the lobstah....

The first three days we spent in Kennebunkport, then drove up the coast, had lunch in Camden and spent the night in Southwest Harbor, the "Quietside" of Mount Desert Island.

First up was the Captain Lord Mansion, one of the best B&B's we have encountered in our travels. But don't let the term "B&B" dissuade you, because this place is much more than that. Owned by the same people, Rick and Bev, for over 30 years, this is a labor of love that is evident everywhere. Bev handles the gardens and the decorating and her talents are equal to any professional. The large rooms are wonderfully decorated, comfortable and filled with thoughtful amenities. Rick is the marketing guy and he never stops thinking about how to make the Inn better and more customer friendly. One visit here and it will become an annual event."

I thank Jim for his warm and insightful coverage of our inn, especially the hard work performed by Bev this spring (and every spring) to make the gardens beautiful.  She works many long days and comes home extremely tired.  I help her when I can escape from the office.  If it ever stops raining, we'll have gorgeous gardens for you to enjoy!  See you soon.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Jim Flynn

June 18, 2009

Where Can You Ride The Rails Back in Time in Kennebunkport?


Trolley 100th

Would you like to go back in time to a quieter and gentler era?  Then step back into the time of Electric Trolleys at the Seashore Trolley Museum.  This is unlike any dry museum of history.  It is a vibrant place of trolley restoration, trolley tracks, old trolleys and rides through the Maine countryside.  The museum is located just a short drive from Kennebunkport's Dock Square and is close to the Captain Lord Mansion. The museum houses a world-famous international collection of trolleys.  Through the displays and living history, you can learn how electric street railways helped transfom 20th century America and many major cities of the world.  The Seashore Trolley Museum is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this summer. Hop aboard for an exciting ride into history!  I'll see you there!

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

June 16, 2009

Can You Sail a Traditional Schooner from Kennebunkport?

Schooner Eleanor Take a 2 Hour sail from Kennebunkport aboard a traditional, gaff rigged, 55' schooner, The Schooner Eleanor. The trip starts from the Arundel Wharf dock which is located at the foot of the hill below the Captain Lord Mansion.  The Schooner Eleanor's brochure says "Your trip begins with a short motor out the historic Kennebunk River, passing lobster boats and luxury yachts.  Once clear of the river, the sails are set and the wind takes charge.  A typical course takes the boat along the scenic coastline from Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise.  Watch lobstermen work and seabirds glide by.  Learn a little local history.  Help work the sails or sit back and relax and enjoy the fresh salt air.  The peace and quiet of cruising under sail will put a smile on your face."  Bev and I always enjoy our sailing adventures on this beautiful schooner.  It is relaxing to the max!

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

June 11, 2009

Where Can You See Lobsters Being Harvested in Kennebunkport?

Rugosa Lobster Boat

 This handsome lobster boat, The Rugosa, offers tourists the opportunity to see lobsters being harvested as well as to see the beautiful rocky coast here in Kennebunkport.  This educational trip includes seeing the tour leader haul traps, checking the size of lobsters caught and hearing lobster facts and lore!  For example, do you know how many years it takes a lobster to grow to a sufficient size to be kept?  This and other interesting facts will be shared on this tour.  Bev and I always enjoy one trip per year just to get away from the inn for a relaxing sightseeing trip along the coast.  The Rugosa docks close to the Captain Lord Mansion, so it is another vacation activity that is convenient for our guests. In fact, we offer a Lobster Lovers Package whereby you can take the Lobster Boat Cruise and then have a Lobster dinner at nearby Mabel's LObster Claw Restaurant.  The package is just $119 per couple. See you on board!

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

June 09, 2009

Not All Pineapples are Fruit, Especially in Kennebunkport!

Pineapple_Port_Tack-242x334 The Pineapple Ketch is beautiful sailboat that offers sailing trips along the rocky coast off Kennebunkport, Maine.  Their guests can enjoy the Pineapple hospitality while they soak up the sun and salt air.  Relax and unwind from your stress and enjoy almost total silence as the Pineapple quietly slices through the waves.  The only noise you'll hear is the occasional lobster boat hauling traps or the squawk of seagulls flying overhead. I so totally relax on these trips that I almost fall asleep!  The Pineapple is docked only a short walk for the Captain Lord Mansion, so it is a convenient vacation activity for our guests. See you on board!

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

June 04, 2009

What is the Best Way to Tour Kennebunkport?

Trolley Tour

The Intown Trolley offers tourists and locals alike a 45 minute narrated sightseeing tour.  This tour offers an interesting and informative orientation to the Kennebunkport area.  The points of interest the trolley will take you by include President Bush's (41) Estate, the Franciscan Monastery, the beaches, Dock Square, the rocky coast, the large summer "cottages" along Cape Arundel.  Guests may find the Trolley Stop only a few short steps from the Captain Lord Mansion.  Bev and I have enjoyed this tour even though we have been residents of the area for over 30 years.  The drivers all have a great sense of humor and tell some local gossip and stories!  All Aboard! 

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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