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May 2010

May 25, 2010

Captain Lord Mansion Receives 31 Years of Diamonds and Is Still Counting! And Still Upgrading!

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Who wouldn't want Four Diamonds?  We love our Four Diamond Award!

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 the fact that we've maintained those standards over the past 31 years.  Our inn is one of only a handful in Maine to receive the award. The 2010 AAA plaque 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 AAA's strict standards.  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. 

Our maintenance and upgrades are never-ending!  This spring our contractor is painting another section of the exterior of the inn.  We can no longer afford to paint the whole inn at one time.  Also, we had masons repair the crumbling bulkhead at the rear of the inn, as well as build a new retaining wall of granite stones for the garden area at the CLM parking lot entrance and along the garden bordering Green Street that runs between the Mansion and The Captain's Garden House. Additionally, we are having the severely storm-damaged roof of the Mansion's Carriage House replaced. Then our propane supplier installed an underground 1,000 gallon propane tank by the Carriage House.  The old tanks which were up against the Mansion did not meet current Fire Codes. 

Meeting this standard of excellence is that important to us!  And, we hope, to you also.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

May 18, 2010

The New ABCs of A Kennebunkport Summer Vacation! And New Links!

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Summer Vacation in Kennebunkport offers you a plethora of activities to entertain, educate and expand your horizons!  And to just have fun and relax!

Activities include

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.

 

 

May 11, 2010

4 Enjoyable Memorial Day Adventures in Kennebunkport

Flag-l-sm 2nd picture Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start to the tourist season and there are several activities that begin this weekend which offer you different experiences to enhance your enjoyment of Kennebunkport.

Rugosa Lobster Boat The Lobster Boat Rugosa begins giving scenic cruises along the beautiful and rugged coast.  See lobster harvesting up close and personal!  This weekend, the Captain Lord Mansion begins offering a special package whereby you may take this interesting cruise and then enjoy a "Lobster Shore Dinner" at Mabel's Lobster Claw restaurant. 

Trolley Ride the Rails at The Seashore Trolley Museum.  Just minutes from Dock Square, Kennebunkport's shopping district, the museum is a world apart, a place where history comes alive.  Enjoy the sights and sounds of a bygone era as you ride restored historic electric railway vehicles and explore the world-famous international transportation collection and beautiful grounds.



Schooner Eleanor 003 Step aboard the Schooner Eleanor at the docks of the Arundel Wharf. Your trip begins with a short ride down the historic Kennebunk River, passing lobster boats and luxury yachts. Once clear of the harbor, the sails are set and the wind takes charge. A typical course will take you along the scenic coastline from Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise. Watch lobstermen at work and seabirds glide by. Learn a little local history. Help work the sails or sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh salt air. The peace and quiet of cruising under sail will put a smile on your face.

Kennebunkport celebrates Memorial Day on Monday, May 31st with an old-fashioned parade of military veterans and the high school marching band.  You might see George H. W. Bush (#41) giving an address at the ceremonies.  Finish your weekend by viewing this solemn celebration of the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

We always look forward to Memorial Day as an unofficial start to the tourist season.  Even though the real rush begins about mid-June, we want our gardens and rooms to be in tip-top shape.  During April and May our housekeeping satff is completing a thorough "spring cleaning" of each guest room. Bev is planting the gardens; this process takes about two weks of hard labor.  Our maintenance man David Hutchins and I will help her complete the task by Memorial Day weekend.

May 03, 2010

What Are the Top 5 Myths About Staying at a Bed and Breakfast Inn?

Bev & Rick Top 5 myths about staying at a bed and breakfast inn

Apr 12, 2010  (Source: cabbi.com)

When travelers were asked by the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns if they had ever stayed at a bed and breakfast, some of their answers led to the discovery of interesting myths surrounding B&Bs.

B&B decor is limited to lace doilies, paisley wallpaper, antiques, and patchwork quilts!
The decor of some inns recall earlier eras, but increasingly, more inns are trending toward clean, sophisticated decor with modern furnishings and amenities.  Even many Victorians feature individually decorated rooms to appeal to a variety of tastes.

Bev and I believe you will find the decor at the Captain Lord Mansion and our Captain's Garden House to be uncluttered with lots of modern amenities, with special attention to comfortable beds, chairs and couches.  Bev hates lace doilies!

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You have to share a bathroom with other guests!
The majority of inns offer private bathrooms.  For those that don't, most have policies of only renting rooms with shared bathrooms to families and couples traveling together to ensure the safety and comfort of guests.

Each bath the Captain Lord Mansion is totally private and has been modernized with heated marble floors, tiled showers, large vanities and many baths have jet tubs and jetted showers. 

You have to eat breakfast with total strangers and eat whatever the innkeeper prepares that morning!
Many inns offers guests a variety of choices for breakfast and pride themselves on accommodating guests with special diets or food allergies. Some offer brunch featuring lots of items.

Yes, the Captain Lord Mansion serves a "family-style" breakfast where you dine with "strangers"; however, the majority of our guests enjoy meeting and sharing with new-found friends.  Also, we cheerfully accommodate special diets and food allergies.

You have to abide by a curfew set by the innkeeper!    Curfews are one of the most common myths. Guests usually are given keys to the main house and guest room doors, providing them with the flexibility to come and go as they please.

God forbid a curfew at the Captain Lord Mansion!  We give you a key to your room and a combination to our guest entry so you may come and go at your leisure. 

B&Bs are only for couples and strictly prohibit children and pets!
Many inns offer family units with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, and a number of inns offer pet-friendly rooms as well. These pet-friendly inns are also a good resource for pet-friendly restaurants and activities.

Although the Captain Lord Mansion is geared to adults, we have flexibility to serve children in a few of our guest rooms.

Bev and I thought you would enjoy seeing this information.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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