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April 12, 2011

The Captain Lord Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn Asks: "What is the Kennebunkport Festival? And When Is It Scheduled?"

Kport Festival logo The Kennebunkport Festival began six years ago as a modest event called "Arts in the Inns".  It was held the first weekend in June and featured local artists personally showing their work in the various area bed and breakfast inns.  The last several years the event grew into the Kennebunkport Fine Living Festival with an additional emphasis on fine food and wine being paired with the art.  The food and wine events became paramount with tented, open air venues of wine/food tastings, art shows and also there were extraordinary culinary dinners by renowed local chefs and these dinners were hosted at private homes.  Also, there were very special dinners held at the world famous White Barn Inn.  This year the Festival will again be the first weekend in June and the events have been expanded to appeal to even more visitors to Kennebunkport.  We at the Captain Lord Mansion can assist you in planning which events might be of interest to you.  Also, as part of our memebrship in the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, we are sponsoring the "Brews and Tunes" event to be held at the Pilot House Boat Yard, from 3pm to 6pm, Saturday, June 4th.  We'll have discount tickets to that event for our guests.  Check out the Festival Website for a detailed calender of events and make your plans now to be in Kennebunkport that weekend!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


October 03, 2010

When Will The Foliage Peak in Kennebunkport?

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This is a photo of the Kennebunk River at peak foliage time which is now through the middle of October.  Also, we've included a photo of The Captain Lord Mansion Carriage House surrounded by color and the River Green framed with color!  We thought that if you are unable to visit us this year, we would share some great photos from past years.  Also, we thought that the hot, dry summer would result in mediocre colors this fall; however, that is not the case!   Bev and I have been driving around the area and the colors are quite brilliant.  We hope you have a wonderful fall and those of you in areas with beautiful color, that you'll be able to get out for a drive to see and enjoy!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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September 26, 2010

Are You Interested in Coming to Kennebunkport by Boat?

Focus on: Kennebunkport Harbor

August 24, 2010

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

From 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 03, 2010

Wow! The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor are Superb!

Although we have been very busy maintaining the gardens at the Captain Lord Mansion and the Captain's Garden House, we took time last weekend to visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens with our daughter and grandson.  We traveled early in the day and missed most of the traffic going north.  The weather was sunny and warm, with hardly a cloud in the sky.

Coastal Gardens 1 At the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which are located in Boothbay, we discovered a terrific children's garden area that welcomed touching and doing.  There were rock fountains, a waterfall, a grass and stone maze, a pond with frogs and tadpoles, a tree house with a rope bridge and also there was a bear cave that the children could climb around in and on!  Additionally, kids could pump water from a handpump into watering cans and water the various flowers and plants in that garden area.  Our grandson did it all!


Coastal Gardens 2 Also, there were stunning meditation areas, many beautiful sculptures, various ornamental gardens including a large rhododendron garden which would be beautiful to visit in the spring when the plants are in full bloom.   Miles of trails allowed us to experience both waterfront and woodlands that really are quintessentially Maine.  There was even a "fairyland" wooded area where you could build your own "fairy house".  It was delightful to see the many different houses that almost covered the woodland floor.  Of course, we added two structures to the forest!

For lunch, we found the seasonal Kitchen Garden Café offered delightful – and delicious – selections.  We had chicken salad and fresh field greens with a balsamic dressing.

If you have an interest in gardening or gardens,  we highly recommend you make a side trip to Boothbay to visit this attraction.  Not only do we have tickets, but also we can give you explicit driving directions.  Just stop by the office and iquire about the tickets.

These pictures are courtesy of Robert Mitchell who has many photographs linked to the Gardens website.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


July 22, 2010

What Are The Names of The Children In The New Captain Lord Mansion Garden Sculpture?

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Thank all of you who submitted suggestions of names for the children depicted in our new garden sculpture.  We had 99 entries with many folks offering unusual and different names, as well as interesting reasons for each suggestion.  Names people suggested included names of their children, their grandchildren, names of Captain Lord’s family members and other thoughtful ideas such as commemorating famous citizens of K'port.  Of course we had several suggestions of Kenny, Bunky and Portia!  Just a little too cute!

 Originally, we had hoped to choose the names for the 4th of July weekend.   Bev and I apologize for the delay in making the decision; however, I was away in Oxford, UKfor a seminar from July 2nd until the 11th.  We just couldn’t make the decision until I returned because we were still receiving suggestion right up until the 4th.   


The winning names are Caleb, Lily and Molly.  We thought that these were sort of old-fashioned names which would be appropriate for the age of the inn, 1812!  Additionally, we had a suggestion of “Snickers” for the bird.  Although naming the bird was not part of our contest, we thought that was a splendid name!  There were 2 submissions for Caleb; 6 submissions for Lily and 5 submissions for Molly.  Each winner has been sent a $100 Gift Certificate to be used at a future stay at the Mansion. 


It was a fun contest and we certainly appreciate everyone who took the time to participate.

Sincerely, Rick & Bev, Your innkeepers

June 30, 2010

Wow! A Fodor's Choice Award to a Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast Inn!

Fodor's Choice 2010We are thrilled to announce that The Captain Lord Mansion has been named a Fodor's Choice establishment for 2010.  This is the second consecutive year we have been the recepient of this prestigeous award. 

Fodor's is a leading publisher of guidebooks for American travelers. 

Travelers love to share their favorite discoveries, and so does the Fodor's team. From hidden-away restaurants to can't-miss museums, Fodor's Choice selections recognize the top sights, properties, and experiences that we've found while traveling the world. These places are the "best of the best," providing remarkable experiences in their price range, destination, or category.

With the collective expertise of our Fodor's team, including travel editors, more than 700 professional writers, and opinionated travelers like you in our robust community, we are the globe-trotting friend you can always rely on for top-notch travel advice.

For an unforgettable experience every time you travel, look for the orange stars that indicate Fodor's Choice recommendations. You'll find them throughout and the entire range of Fodor's travel guides.

"Thank you" Fodor's editors and our guests for believing in us and giving us this award.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

June 22, 2010

What is Playing at The Arundel Barn Playhouse This Summer ?

The Arundel Barn Playhouse offers live, professional, musical theater productions, each running  from June to Labor Day.  The Playhouse enjoys an enthusiastic and loyal audience of Maine year-round and summer residents.  Tourists visiting the southeastern Maine area find an evening of old time summer theater in a barn irresistible.  Adrienne Grant, Producing Artistic Director, describes the experience of the Arundel Barn Playhouse as ‘an evening in the Mickey Rooney / Judy Garland tradition providing the best professional entertainment in a beautiful New England environment with old-fashioned hospitality'.

Playhouse Interior

Bev and I enjoy the plays and the atmosphere at the Arundel Barn Playhouse.  Adrienne Grant always secures young, talented and enthusiastic performers for the plays she produces.  Many summer evenings we come away from a play wondering where the performers get such energy and enthusiasm.  If you could bottle that energy, you could make millions!   Also, we totally enjoy the old-barn atmosphere; it really is like stepping back in time.

Playhouse Interior 


The next two shows (The Producers and then Annie) are sure to please any theater-goer.  Let us at the Captain Lord Mansion make your ticket reservations for you.  You might even see Bev and I in the audience! 

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

June 10, 2010

Do You Know Who Abbott Graves Was and His Relationship to Kennebunkport?

Abbott Graves was an American artist who lived and painted in Kennebunkport during the early 20th Century.  The Kennebunkport Historical Society just opened an exhibit of his paintings.  The show runs from early June through Aug 30th, 2010.  Graves was a prolific painter of buildings; he loved New England's old homes.  However, he also loved painting flowers and gardens.  This exhibit features examples of both types of his work.  Here is a link that will take you to a press release and descriptive write-up about the current exhibit; it is featured at

Abbott Graves

Bev and I learned about Abbott Graves when we first came to Kennebunkport and The Captain Lord Mansion32 years ago.  We had a neighbor, Janet Gould, who lived in the 1799 home which is located next door to the Mansion's Carriage House.  Janet was a gracious, friendly neighbor; Bev used to take her fresh vegetables from our garden.  On several occasions Janet gave us a tour of her home where we saw a large (approximate 30" x 40") Abbott Graves painting of two women on a summer day in a small row boat.  The painting was rich in color and light.  You could almost believe you were there in the painting experiencing that long-ago day as you looked at the painting.  It was mesmerizing!  Such was the talent and God-given ability of Graves.  Janet claimed to know the women in the painting; Bev and I often wondered if one of the women was Janet herself!  I took this image off the Internet and believe this is a copy of Mrs Gould's painting.  It was sold at auction after her death. 

Bev and I know that you'll enjoy spending a couple of hours visiting the Historical Society and seeing this exhibit.  Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper

December 15, 2009

Did You Know the Nutcracker will be in Portland this December?


The Victorian Nutcracker

Join Portland Ballet, Portland's resident professional dance company, for a magical journey through Victorian Portland to the enchanted Kingdom of the Sweets!  This classical Nutcracker story is set in beautiful Victorian Portland, with sets and costumes inspired by the Victoria Mansion. PBC dancers bring this tale to life accompanied by the Portland Ballet Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Golan and the Victorian Festival Singers under the direction of Mark Nordli. A grand holiday tradition for all ages! Portland Ballet Company is heralded for its talented dancers, exciting choreography and innovative collaborations. PBC is known for performances such as Carmina Burana, Giselle and Bolero.

Bev and I believe the cultural offerings of Portland rival those of other much larger cities.  If you are visiting the Captain Lord Mansion this holiday season, we highly recommend the Porltand Ballet for an evening of wonderful entertainment. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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