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June 2011

June 28, 2011

Did You Know that The Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunkport Has Beautiful Grounds for Walking?

Franciscan guest house 
This is an aerial view of the Franciscan Monastery grounds.  From the spring through the fall, there are some easy walking trails that border the Kennebunk River and provide nice scenic views of the river.  Also, the sloping lawns and gardens around the monastery building itself are quite nice for ambling and relaxing.  The monastery is open for services and they have a small gift shop too.  Additionally, the grounds feature several places to sit and meditate.  Here is a picture of the grotto where Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude's Candle-light Caroling Service is held.  Imagine 2,000 to 3,000 people with lighted candles standing crowded together (for warmth) singing carols.  Many years we have snow on the ground and it is magical!  When you visit the Captain Lord Mansion, we suggest that you borrow bicycles from us and bike over to the Monastery.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Grotto at Monastery 

June 21, 2011

Have You Seen The Gardens at The Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport?

Johnny Jump-ups 

Bev has been planting, weeding and mulching the gardens at the Captain Lord Mansion for several weeks.  The recent rain has been a blessing; it allowed the newly palnted flowers to take root and get really settled into the flower beds.  Everything is looking colorful in the inn's many flower beds which border the Mansion's lush green lawns.  Last Fall we hired "Chem Lawn" to treat our grass and for the first time ever we have a thick green lawn with no weeds or witch grass.  Wow!  Our guests really appreciate the inn's many comfortable Adirondak lawn chairs which are scattered throughout the lawn areas.  Also, the lawn swing, the new hammock, the Memory Garden Fountain and the new Waterfall Fountain each provide a place for respite and retreat.  We look forward to our summer Saturday night Garden Parties which will start 4th of July weekend.  Hope to see you all soon.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield 

Garden Fountain 

June 14, 2011

Have you seen the "Wedding Cake" House in Kennebunk on the Way to Kennebunkport?

Wedding cake house 
The Wedding Cake House located in Kennebunk, Maine 

The "Wedding Cake" name was applied to the house due to its wedding cake-like appearance. Legend developed that the busy Bourne, a sea captain, had done the carpentry work to atone for not having taken his bride, Jane, on a proper honeymoon. This was not the case.

Called the "most photographed house in the state" of Maine, the Wedding Cake House, known formally as the George W. Bourne House, is an historic house located at 104 Summer Street in Kennebunk, Maine. The home was built in 1825 by shipbuilder George W. Bourne (1801–1856), who later built a frame barn which he connected to the main house with a carriage house. In 1852, the barn caught fire and the carriage house was demolished to keep the fire from spreading to the house. Bourne, who during a European tour had been impressed by the Gothic beauty of the cathedral at Milan, rebuilt the carriage house and barn in what later came to be known as Carpenter Gothicstyle. Using hand tools, he crafted five buttresses with pinnacles on top of each. Then in order to tie the new structures in with the existing house, he added six buttresses with pinnacles to the house and then joined them together with intricate woodwork. His only help in doing this was Thomas Durrell, an apprentice ship's carpenter. Bourne spent the rest of his life adding to these embellishments.

So this is the true story of the Wedding Cake House.  When you visit the Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport, we can direct you to view this magnificent architectural gem.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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