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October 31, 2010

Where Can You Find "An Illustrated Guide to Kennebunk's Architectural Heritage"?

WindowsOnThePast_sm The Brick Store Museum, a local Kennebunk art and history museum recently published "Windows on the Past: An Illustrated Guide to Kennebunk's History through Architecture".  This beautiful four-color, 62 page booklet was written by Rosalind Magnuson and edited by Tracy Baetz. 

Quoting from the foreword; "This publication represents the first to combine color photography, a time line, a locator map, a glossary, an index, a bibliography of additional resources, architectural details, the sociocultural context of the properties and images of related collections from the Brick Store Museum." 

Bev and I have purchased a number of these books for use by guests at the Captain Lord Mansion.  They may borrow a booklet from our office in order to do a walking tour of Summer Street, Kennebunk.  There are 42 buildings described in the book, so in addition to a walking tour, there is also the possibility to drive-by some of the outlying structures.

If you wish to take home a copy of the book, we have them for sale in our gift shop at $14.95. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


August 31, 2010

First a Wine Nook, Now A Book Nook! Always A Little More Nooky at The Captain Lord Mansion!

2010 Garden Pictures 020    What happens when your wife tells you that you have cluttered up the guest rooms with too many books placed on shelves and mantels?  The short answer is you have the housekeeping staff remove as much of the clutter as possible.  The question I had was "Where do we put books that will be convenient for the guests?"  Well, we had a useless etagere (a stand with a series of open shelves for small objects, bric-a-brac, etc) on the third floor which was located in the hallway.  It was neat looking, but fragile; it only could handle a few dust collecting decorative items.  Therefore, by removing that etagere and placing a tall bookcase there, we created a lending library "Book Nook".  Feel free to borrow books from our new library or leave ones that you may have finished reading while on vacation.  There is no charge to take a book; enjoy!

Wine Nook 001 Also, please remember that we have a nice offering of wines and champagne available for purchase from our "Wine Nook".  We give you the works; attractive wine glasses, corkscrews, marble coolers for white wine and what we believe is a good selection of fairly priced wines to enjoy while you are with us.  So, pick out a bottle and settle into one of our very comfortable lawn chairs and relax in the shade of our huge chestnut trees.  Bev and I enjoy sitting by the waterfall listening to the soothing sounds of the water gurgling over the rocks.  We also enjoy being on the garden swing for a few romantic moments of rest before charging on to the rest of a day's activities.  This really is a nice place to visit!

Your Innkeeper, Rick Litchfield 

July 20, 2010

Where Can You Find The Books in Kennebunkport?

Kennebooks 1Bev and I are pleased to announce the arrival of Kennebooks, a brand new bookstore which is located on Route 35 on the approach to Kennebunkport.  It was not delivered by the seagull sitting on the roof, but rather by a swarm of construction workers who transformed the building which formerly housed Greg Alexander Gifts.  After Greg closed his business and sold the building, it went through a series of owners, each deepening the gloom of that part of town!  Now the Kennebunk area has a completely renovated and restored building which is brightly painted and offers a welcoming entree to Kennebunkport.  I love the atmosphere of this new bookstore.  It is warm, welcoming, cheerful and well-stocked.  I also love the fact that they have been aggressively promoting different authors with many personal appearances.  There is an event this Thursday, July 22nd for The Fairy Houses of the Maine Coast.  Bev and I need to attend; maybe we could get some ideas about adding a fairy house to one of our many gardens here at the Captain Lord Mansion!  When you are visiting us, please pick up a discount coupon to help with your shopping at this welcome addition to the shops in the Kennebunks.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

November 12, 2009

New Bookstore Opens In Kennebunk Near Kennebunkport!



Kennebooks is a brand new, year round, full service store designed to serve residents and tourists alike who are living and traveling in this area of Maine.  Located in Kennebunk’s Lower Village, it’s a quick stroll from downtown Kennebunkport, on the way to all the beaches, and provides plenty of parking.  With more than 11,000 books, Kennebooks also carries a variety of unique gifts for young and old — gifts that can be paired perfectly with a book, or stand alone.

I recently visited this new business and was thoroughly entranced by the coziness of the store and the wide selection of books.  I don't want to denigrate the big-box bookstores, they serve a purpose; however, this is the type of bookstore you would imagine being located in a town like Kennebunkport.  When you visit us at the Captain Lord Mansion, I heartily encourage you to visit Kennebooks!  This weekend they are having an open house and several authors will be there to sign their books.  Your Innkeeper, Rick Litchfield



21st November

OPEN HOUSE at Kennebooks


10:30 AM Signings


Matt Tavares

Gingerbread Pirates


1:00 PM Signings


Carol Lambert

Sea Glass Chronicle and Passion for Sea Glass


Mimi Carpenter

Women and the Sea and What the Sea Left Behind

Giclée reproductions

Offset Lithograph Reproductions


Beth Alison Maloney

Saving Sammy

July 21, 2009

What Is The Select Registry and Where Do You Find It In Kennebunkport?

Select Registry

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


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