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September 2009

September 29, 2009

What is The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm?

Wells NERR aerial-hq

The Wells Reserve is a 2,250-acre research, education, and recreation facility, a public-private partnership within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.  Wells Reserve facilities are located at historic Laudholm Farm in Wells, Maine.  The Mission of The Wells Reserve is dedicated to protecting and restoring coastal ecosystems of the Gulf of Maine through integrated research, stewardship, environmental learning, and community partnerships.  Many years ago, Bev and I made a financial contribution for the purchase and protection of this land.

Bev and I enjoy walking the extensive trail system at the Reserve; one trail takes you to a beautiful white sandy beach.  Another meanders through the woods along well-worn paths and along boardwalks over the protected wetlands.  Often, during your walks, you'll see deer grazing in the fields adjacent to the reserve headquarters.  In the winter we also enjoy cross-country skiing at the Reserve. 

When you visit the Captain Lord Mansion, we'll provide directions and detailed trail maps for your enjoyment of this local attraction. The Reserve is located only a few miles from the inn and makes a great short day-trip this Fall.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield 

September 24, 2009

What is a Maise Maze near Kennebunkport?




Aerial View of a Corn Maze. 





Recently Bev and I took our grandson to Hershey, PA and visited a corn maze near there.  Upon entering the maze, they gave us a flag on a tall pole so they could follow everyone's progres through the maze.  Our grandson had great fun charging ahead of us while holding the flag high in the air!

Well, it was “a-mazing” how challenging and disorienting (but fun!) a corn maze can be.  We were supposed to collect pieces of the map of PA. in order to learn more about the history of the state.  Well, we missed several geographic areas in the state!   That is how challenging and disorientating the maze was.  I think it took us about two hours to find our way out.  But we had a lot of laughs along the way.  It was so much fun watching the flags go by in adjoining paths and not be able to see the other players!

These corn labyrinths are great fun and each are unique – some have treasure hunt games (which provide guideposts) to help you find your way through, and most are now professionally designed by corn maze artists.  

If you’re going to visit a corn maze, be prepared with plenty of water and even some snacks and give it at least a couple of hours to go through the entire maze (most mazes do have “escape routes”).

Here is a link to Pumpkin Valley Farm Corn Maze which is located in Dayton, Maine about a 30 minute drive from Kennebunkportand the Captain Lord Mansion. The farm is affiliated with "The Maize", the world's largest corn maze company.  This year's theme is "Under the Sea".  Here is a aerial shot of the maze. If this sort of adventure tickles your fancy, we can give you explicit driving directions to find Pumpkin Valley Farm.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


September 22, 2009

What Does the Kennebunk River Look Like From the Air?

The Kennebunk River from the Air!

Arundel Wharf Restaurant

The Captain Lord Mansion is conveniently located overlooking the Kennebunk River just three short blocks from the Dock Square center of Kennebunkport.  The view from the cupola at the Mansion gives an excellent view of the village neighborhood of historic homes as well as a small glimpse of the river, but not this good!   This aerial photograph shows The Arundel Wharf Restaurant which is located at the foot of the hill from the Mansion.  Also, it is where the Schooner Eleanor is berthed.  Many of our guests at the Captain Lord Mansion just walk the block from the inn to the restaurant to enjoy its great food and views.  I thought this was an interesting picture that you bloggers would enjoy.   Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield  

September 15, 2009

Fall is Coming to Kennebunkport!

The Carriage House at the Captain Lord Mansion35875473610_0_BG Caprriage House 319775168110_0_BGBoats on River

These pictures give you a sense of the fabulous color to be found here in the Kennebunkport area.  You don't have to travel too far from the Captain Lord Mansion to take such terrific pictures yourself.  We can help plan your day-trips to see beautiful scenic parts of Southern Maine. You may go to the following website to get color updates for the State of Maine. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

September 10, 2009

What is Kennebunkport's 2010 Pairing of Palates & Palettes?

The 6th Annual Arts in the Inns Festival: June 2 - 6, 2010

The Festival has been renamed Kennebunkport Fine Living Festival

  Wind Sculpture

For five days in June, chefs, artists, and winemakers from around the country will come together in Kennebunkport, Maine to celebrate and share their passions.  We'd like to invite you to join us as we celebrate a pairing of palates and palettes in our coastal village.  The 2010 Festival will feature chef/artists dinners in private homes, the Twilight Soiree, Artists in Residence at local inns, the Grand Tasting and many other culinary and fine art events.  If you enjoy fine food, fine wine, fine art and fine living, please join us this June in Kennebunkport.  Call today for Captain Lord Mansion reservations for that weekend. Our toll-free number is 800-522-3141. We'll also have some exciting things going on at the inn.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Wine Tasting    Foodies_pagepic

What Famous Lighthouse Is This?


The Captain Lord Mansion is located only a few miles from this historic and much-photographed lighthouse.  In fact many of our guests take a day-trip and to visit this lighthouse and include one of our Deluxe Picnics.  A self-guided lighthouse tour is one of the many year-round activities visitors to Kennebunkport may enjoy while visiting the Southern Maine Coast.  If you are a guest, just stop by the office here at the Mansion to secure your driving intructions and order a picnic.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield 

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