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June 28, 2011

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

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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 14, 2011

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

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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

May 17, 2011

What Are the ABCs of a 2011 Kennebunkport Summer Vacation?

Robert Dennis 

A 2011 Summer Vacation in Kennebunkport and our Bed and Breakfast offers you even more activities to entertain, educate and expand your horizons!  Or to just have fun and relax!

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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, a luxurious Maine Coast bed and breakfast inn, today to discuss your vacation plans and how we may assist you in planning the perfect vacation, including romantic sunsets!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield.

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May 10, 2011

Did You Know That Kennebunkport Ranked 9th in The U.S. For Summer Vacations?

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The Kennebunks made number 9!

 10. Huntington Beach, California
9. Kennebunkport, Maine
The old-time fishing village of Kennebunkport is like a Currier and Ives print come to life (it's also the summer retreat of choice for George H.W. Bush). You can work on a lobster boat, fly-fish, or kayak past whimsical formations like Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock. Stroll by elaborate Federal and Victorian manses built by sea captains, many now housing inns, or experience history in motion at the Seashore Trolley Museum. Kennebunkport's riverside Dock Square teems with shops and galleries selling stoneware and watercolor seascapes, eco-chic boutiques stocking organic body gels, and of course purveyors of local blueberry jams. Old Orchard Beach features New England's only oceanfront amusement park where you can get your thrills on the Ferris wheel and roller coasters.  Tip: Enjoy live jazz several nights weekly at 95 Ocean, which also offers a great prix fixe pre-theater dinner.

You may actually stay in one of the old sea captain's mansions; the Captain Lord Mansion was built in 1812. It is a luxurious Kennebunport bed and breakfast inn which is open year round. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


8. Traverse City, Michigan
7. Cape May, New Jersey
6. Boca Grande, Florida
5. Cannon Beach, Oregon
4. Pismo Beach, California
3. Provincetown, Massachusetts
2. Rockport, Texas
1. Chincoteague Island, Virginia

http://news.travel.aol.com/2010/06/18/americas-best-beach-towns/

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March 29, 2011

Have You Opened Today's Email Newsletter from The Captain's Bed & Breakfast Inn in Kennebunkport?

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Today is the day we reveal Captain Lord Mansion Specials and Packages for the month of May!  If you are not on our mailing list, email me at innkeeper@captainlord.com to have us send you the latest newsletter.  With warmer weather and more things to do in Kennebunkport, it is a perfect time to visit before the crowds of summer arrive.  We are offering a Mother's Day Package, a mid-week 50% discount package which is a tie-in with Habitat for Humanity and a terrific Memorial Day package.We hope to see you in May. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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November 23, 2010

Christmas Prelude is coming to Kennebunkport Again! When?

Carolers in Snow 
Wow!  It is getting to be that time of year again.  Time changed from Daylight Savings Time; it is getting dark about 4:30pm and Bev and I will very soon begin decorating for the Christmas holidays.  The first two weekends in December will herald the annual Kennebunkport Christmas Festival, called Christmas Prelude.  It hardly seems possible that this will be the 29th annual Prelude.  I was among the group that conceived, planned and executed the first one 29 years ago! 

 Christmasprelude3                                                  The first Christmas Prelude was a modest affair that included a tree lighting ceremony, a River Tree Arts concert, a chowder luncheon, candlelight caroling and Santa’s arrival by lobster boat. We now have three tree-lighting ceremonies – Dock Square in Kennebunkport, Lower Village of Kennebunk and the lobster trap tree in Cape Porpoise; about a dozen Art and Craft Fairs; approximately 12 venues serving either breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner; programs sponsored by the Historical Society; and 12 programs of music celebrating the season. Santa still arrives by lobster boat escorted by two very special “lobster elves”. The Kennebunkport Business Association’s Christmas Prelude is now in its 29th year. For each of these years, business people have worked with the Kennebunkport community to recreate the spirit and joy of the Christmas season. This link will take you to this year's Christmas Prelude schedule of events

Prelude TreeBev and I are grateful that the Captain Lord Mansion is fully booked this year.  We have many couples and individuals that come back to stay with us year after year.  However, there are always cancellations; so give us a call if you would like to be considered for a room for 2011; that will be the 30th Anniversary and there should be several new wrinkles added to that significant celebration.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

October 17, 2010

October Food Festivals are Near Kennebunkport, Maine!

Foodies_pagepic October is Maine Lobster Month: Maine lobster (is any other kind half as good?) is the starring item on menus at sophisticated restaurants throughout the state, as well as at rough-hewn shanties with picnic tables set along the coast. To many people, it just isn’t summer without a trip to a lobster shack and a casual meal outside overlooking the sea. To sample a local favorite, ask for the lobster “shore dinner,” which usually includes at least red potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, boiled in the same salty water as your lobster and embellished with even more melted butter. Visitors and Mainers alike can visit the Maine Lobster Promotion Council for information about the local lobster industry, lobster history, recipes, purchasing a certified Maine lobster or to report a lobster “sighting.”

Harvest on the Harbor Food Harvest On The Harbor:The Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to present the third annual Harvest on the Harbor, Maine's premier food and wine experience, a three-day gourmet getaway where you can experience the flavors of Maine, all on the magnificent coast during the beautiful harvest season. Don't miss the Grand Tasting on the Harbor, The Ultimate Seafood Splash, Perfect Pairing: Presenting Maine's Own James Beard Award Winners, Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition and the new and expanded Savory Samplings at The Marketplace! Please visit www.harvestontheharbor.com for more details and to purchase tickets!

Maine Restaurant Week is a statewide promotional dining event from October 24th through the 31st where participating restaurants create and feature special three-course prix-fixe dinner menus -- priced at $20, $30 or $40.  The Kennebunkport area restaurants that are participating are One Dock Square and Federal Jacks.  Bev and I highly recommend both restaurants. Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

August 24, 2010

Kennebunkport Residents Recently Honored Bush 41 With "An Anchor to Windward"!

From Wikianswers.com comes this definition of "An Anchor to Windward"; "During a storm, if a ship is being blown toward a hazard, the crew can drop the anchors on the windward side of the ship (the side facing the wind) in order to stop the ship from running aground or wrecking. Such an "anchor to windward" is a final effort, when the hope of forward progress has been abandoned, and danger or disaster is at hand."

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Kennebunkport has always been "an anchor to windward" for President George H. W. Bush.  It is a place where he has come each summer to refresh, relax, unwind and to find friends.  His family has owned "Walker's Point" since the early 1900's.  He came here as a child, as a college man and lastly, he brought his family each summer for vacations. Now he and Barbara entertain grandchildren here.  It certainly has been and continues to be a refuge from the storms he has faced in his many years of public service.  We at the Captain Lord Mansion are proud of his service to our country and our community.

Last September a group of local citizens honored President Bush by purchasing and dedicating a real anchor memorial which is located on the edge of Ocean Ave. directly opposite the Bush family compound.  It is from a World War II era ship and is a fitting memorial for a man most folks in the Kennebunks call a friend.  Your Innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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August 17, 2010

What is "The Kennebunkport River Green" and Who Owns It?

Dp_rivergreen The "River Green" sits directly in front of the Captain Lord Mansion and stretches between Pleasant Street and Ocean Avenue.  Today, the sloping lawn is well manicured and is home to various summer events such as art shows, craft fairs and band concerts.  There is quite an interesting story of how the green came to be preserved as an open space for the benefit of tourists and townspeople alike!

Originally, in the 1800's there were 3 houses on the land.  Charles P. Clark was the owner of the Lord Mansion at the turn of the century (1899-1900) and he had the houses removed so that there was an unobstructed view of the Kennebunk River.  Charles was the grandson of Nathaniel Lord, builder of the Mansion.  He was also president of the New York - New Haven railroad and quite a wealthy individual.  His purchase of the land and his removal of the houses created an open space that continues to be enjoyed by many today.

The Lord Mansion, including the green, remained in the Lord family for 7 generations until 1972 when it was sold out of the family to a James Throumoulos.  That sale generated awareness amongst some townspeople that the green might be in jeopardy of being developed; thus it was the catalyst for the formation of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.  They raised sufficient money to purchase the green from Jim and thereby preserve it. The stone memorial shown in the foreground of this photograph celebrates the preservation of the green by the Trust.  As of today, the Trust has received as donations or purchased a tremendous amount of land throughout Kennebunkport that otherwise might have seen unwise development.  We are grateful for this organization and its foresight to preserve parts of our town for the enjoyment of future generations.

The first Robert Dennis photo catches the "Village Green" in early May before the leaves totally obscure the Captain Lord Mansion.  The second Dennis photo shows the green with a coat of winter white.DSC_4069_1

Your Innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

June 07, 2010

Where Can You Rent Scooters in Kennebunkport?

This is not Bermuda!

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You now can rent scooters from Harbor Village Scooters which is located at Coopers Corner (the junction of Routes 9 & 35) in Kennebunk’s Lower Villageat the Sunoco Station.  The Kennebunkport area has miles of flat roads and lots of beautiful scenery.  Don’t struggle finding a parking space at the beaches; tour the Franciscan Monastery grounds, or scoot out to Cape Porpoise to see the lobster fishermen bring in their daily catch of lobsters. Doing this by scooter is so much more refreshing; you are in the open air and out of your car.    There is a per hour charge with a 2 hour minimum.  Also, you may rent by the day or by the week.  Whether your are an experienced rider or novice, Harbor Village Scooters will do all they can to make sure you're comfortable and confident before heading out for a fun time on your scooter. Our staff members at the Captain Lord Mansion are pleased to reserve your scooter for you. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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