We are thrilled with the recent announcement that the Captain Lord Mansion has been named a Fodor's Choice 2009 establishment by the leading publisher of guidebooks for American Travelers.
For over 70 years, Fodor's has been publishing a range of premium travel guides for travelers to both domestic and international destinations. Each year their expert team of writers around the world selects an exclusive list of restaurants, hotels, and attractions in their area to represent the best places to visit when traveling the region. Our inn was chosen as one of these top establishments and is being noted with the *FODOR'S CHOICE distinction in the guidebooks, as well as being recognized with special placement on Fodor's.com, where 1.5 million unique users access travel information each month.
Bev and I and our staff work very hard to make sure that your visit will be everything you anticipate. We hope that you believe that our inn deserves this honor. Looking forward to your visit, Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper.
The Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America is the premier guide to exceptional travel and lodging and has been a useful tool for travelers for 21 years. Before it's incarnation as "The Select Registry", it was a wonderful travel guidebook called "Country Inns & Back Roads" written by Norman Simpson. Norman began traveling New England in the mid-1960's and wrote a little booklet about his favorite small, owner-operated lodging establishments. Norman was the "father" of the bed & breakfast business. During the United States bicentennial in 1976 there was a renewed interest in New England travel and the country inn lodging. Additionally, a few folks were starting bed & breakfast inns in areas such as Kennebunkport that were well-served by restaurants. The Captain Lord Mansion actually was put into "Country Inns & Back Roads" in 1975! That was long before computers, cell phones, fax machines and credit cards. Wow! Bev and I remember those days when we took only cash and personal checks! Also, we sent you a post card confirmation. How times have changed! The Select Registry now has an excellent website where you can find inns all over the US and Canada. Also, there are interesting travel itineraries available, as well as other benefits such as the "Golden Quill Club" which is a frequent stay rewards program. Bev and I purchased the Captain Lord Mansion in June of 1978 and we are thrilled to share stories about the early years of inn keeping! Looking forward to stamping your book! Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield
Frommer's Online guide to Kennebunkport says "The Captain Lord Mansion is one of the best B&Bs in Kennebunkport. You'll transcend the 'wanna B&Bs' at this genuine place, with grandfather clocks, Chippendale highboys, and other wonderful antiques. This uncommonly handsome Mansion is right in the Village of Kennebunkport, perfectly situated for relaxing strolls." Arthur Frommer is now blogging. This is the link to his blog. We sincerely appreciate these unbiased 3rd party referrals to the inn. Thank you Arthur Frommer for your sincere and recommendation of the Captain Lord Mansion. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield
The lovely village of Ogunquit (o-gun-quit) is a short drive south of Kennebunkport along coastal Route 1. It offers a terrific place to make a day-trip excursion from the Captain Lord Mansion. There is a beautiful cliff walk called "Marginal Way" that begins in picturesque Perkins Cove. The path is paved and meanders up and down along the jagged coast with wonderful views of the ocean. It is almost mesmerizing watching the waves surge again and again over the steep rocks. Perkins Cove is home to several fine restaurants including world famous "Barnacle Billy's". You can watch lobster boats coming and going from the secluded harbor and view the boats in the harbor from the scenic footbridge (drawbridge). You'll also find small boutiques and galleries hidden at the end of the Cove. Traffic is congested, so park outside of the Cove and take the short walk into the bustling area of shops, restaurants and artist booths. You'll find the entrance to Marginal Way directly across the street from Barnacle Billy's.
Perkins Cove and View of Footbridge
Perkins Cove and View of Lobster Boats