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May 03, 2011

What Was The Menu at Kennebunkport's Captain Lord Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn Last New Year's Eve?

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CAPTAIN LORD MANSION 

A Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Inn

 NEW YEARS

2010 Menu

 

 

 

PASSED TAPAS PORTIONS

  • Lobster Bisque in Demi Tasse cups
  • Hand Crafted Caesar Salad
  •  Port flavored Thai Spring Rolls in Rice Paper
  •  Tenderloin of Beef with Wild Mushrooms
  •  Broiled New Zeeland Rack of Lamb
  •  Broiled Scallop on a bed of peppers & celery
  •  Southern Pecan Pie with French Vanilla Ice Cream

 BUFFET

  • Vegetable platter,  fruit platter , crackers and selection of cheeses
  •  Tex Mex platter
  •  Hot Artichoke and cheese dip
  •  Deviled eggs
  •  Spinach dip with Italian bread
  •  Fresh Oysters on the half shell
  •  Fresh Shrimp platter

 BEVERAGES

  •  Unlimited Red and White Wine from our wine list
  •  Homemade “spiked”  eggnog
  •  Shipyard Ale 
  •  Soft drinks and sparkling cranberry juice
  • Champagne Toast at Mid-Night!

Why would you care about last New Year's Eve as we approach summer 2011?  Because this year will feature even more wonderful selections eminating from Bev's kitchen.  She personally prepares each item served at the Captain Lord Mansion New Year's Party.  It is a blessing to be married to such a terrific cook!  And there are still rooms available for this year's party!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

 

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

 

July 06, 2010

What Is One of Rick's Kennebunk Area Restaurant Raves for 2010?

Bev and I recently ate at a new restaurant named "Local 50" located in downtown Kennebunk, Maine.  It is a refreshing change from the "dimly-lit, romantic, barn-type establishments throughout the Kennebunks.  It is bright and cheerily decorated in shades of grey and silver with chrome chairs and tables.  The food is as refreshing too.  Owners, Merrilee and her husband Chef David have created a menu that is filled with items from local farms.  In fact, they feature a chalk board listing the various items of produce used in the preparation of dinners each evening, as well as the name of supplying farm.  That certainly is taking "locally supplied ingredients" to the max. We were impressed with their commitment to their name "Local 50"!  A local restaurant will not succeed unless the local residents support it.  It is a long winter without many tourists!

We started our dinner with the fried calamari which was lightly breaded, very tender and quite delicious.  It was some of the best calamari we've ever had; we order it often, as it is one of Bev's favorite dishes. After freshly-prepared salads, we truly enjoyed our maine courses.  Bev had chicken and I had the pork chop. It was an inch thick chop that was grilled perfectly; it was tender and juicy and was placed neatly on a bed of mashed potatoes and that was topped with baby asparagus and balsamic grilled onions. Not only was my meal great tasting, but it was beautifully presented. It was served on a large white square dinner plate including a spiral bead of balsamic sauce.  I personally loved the balsamic flavoring.  Bev's half a chicken was properly roasted to be tender and flavorful and it was situated on a bed of field greens.  No dried out chicken here!  We skipped dessert because we enjoyed a bottle of wine.  Their wines are fairly- priced and there is a good selection of popular choices.   Actually, the restaurant is a good value with modestly priced entrees.  Our dinner including a bottle of wine, one appetizer, two salads and two entrees with tax was just over $80.00. 

Merrilee told us they plan to be open year round; that is excellent news for fall and winter when there is less dining selections in the Kennebunks for our guests.  Next time you are here at the Captain Lord Mansion as our guest, let us make you a reservation at Local 50, you won't be disappointed!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

March 16, 2010

What is The Kennebunkport "Fine Living Festival" and When Is It Scheduled?

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The 6th Annual Arts in the Inns Festival is scheduled for June 2 - 6, 2010 and it has been renamed The Kennebunkport Fine Living Festival!

For five days in June, chefs, artists, and wine makers from around the country will come together in Kennebunkport, Maine to celebrate and share their passions.  We'd like to invite you to join us as we celebrate a pairing of palates and palettes in our coastal village.  The 2010 Festival will feature chef/artists dinners in private homes, the Twilight Soiree, Artists in Residence at local inns, the Grand Tasting and many other culinary and fine art events.  If you enjoy fine food, fine wine, fine art and fine living, please join us this June in Kennebunkport.  Call today for Captain Lord Mansion or Captain's Garden House reservations for that weekend. Our toll-free number is 800-522-3141.  Our artist in residence will be the well-known and highly-regarded Don Stone.  He shows his work at Mast Cove Gallerywhich is located only three short blocks from the Mansion. You'll have a chance to view his work at the  inn; as well as having a chance to meet Don and his wife at breakfast. We look forward to having you with us this year!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield



March 01, 2010

When Is Maine Restaurant Week?

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Maine Restaurant Week is Monday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 10 

This is the second year for the statewide event, offering all of us an affordable and fun reason to explore new restaurants and visit old favorites during March, traditionally one of the quietest months of the year for Maine restaurants.

Participating restaurants will once again showcase their signature dishes on specially priced, prix fixe menus. For 2010, restaurants will serve three-course meals priced at 20.10, 30.10 or 40.10. Also some restaurants are serving $15.10 lunches.

A broad range of Maine's finest restaurants have committed to the second annual Maine Restaurant Week. Total participation is about 35% more  than in 2009.  Another addition this year: select inns, hotels and B&Bs will be offering special lodging rates (a great excuse to visit a distant restaurant and take a mini-vacation).  The Captain Lord Mansion is offering 3 nights for the price of 2.  This package is avialable all month.

Get in on the delicious fun of Restaurant Week. Start now by taking a few minutes to discover participating restaurants and their menus, lodging partners, and special event information.

Also we invite you to join our email group. You'll receive only useful information like Restaurant Week news and special restaurant and bar offers. Your email address will never be shared.

Dine Out More, March 1-10, 2010. Statewide. Maine Restaurant Week. Your Innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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February 01, 2010

Complimentary Wine Tastings at The Captain Lord Mansion!

Wine Tasting What is Wine Time?  Join Bev and I one scheduled Saturday evening each month throughout the winter for our Captain Lord Mansion complimentary innkeeper's "Wine Time".  The next wine tasting is scheduled for Saturday, February 6th from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm. We have a young gentleman with exceptional knowledge and experience who will present the evening's wines and give a thorough explanation of each.  This will be a great time to meet other guests, as well as share some time with your innkeepers.  We usually get into some interesting stories from the 30 plus years we've been keepers of this wonderful old inn!  Hope you can join us; if not for this one, the next ones are scheduled for Saturday, March 6th and the final one on Saturday, April 3rd.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield.  

September 22, 2009

What Does the Kennebunk River Look Like From the Air?

The Kennebunk River from the Air!

Arundel Wharf Restaurant

The Captain Lord Mansion is conveniently located overlooking the Kennebunk River just three short blocks from the Dock Square center of Kennebunkport.  The view from the cupola at the Mansion gives an excellent view of the village neighborhood of historic homes as well as a small glimpse of the river, but not this good!   This aerial photograph shows The Arundel Wharf Restaurant which is located at the foot of the hill from the Mansion.  Also, it is where the Schooner Eleanor is berthed.  Many of our guests at the Captain Lord Mansion just walk the block from the inn to the restaurant to enjoy its great food and views.  I thought this was an interesting picture that you bloggers would enjoy.   Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield  

September 10, 2009

What is Kennebunkport's 2010 Pairing of Palates & Palettes?

The 6th Annual Arts in the Inns Festival: June 2 - 6, 2010

The Festival has been renamed Kennebunkport Fine Living Festival

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For five days in June, chefs, artists, and winemakers from around the country will come together in Kennebunkport, Maine to celebrate and share their passions.  We'd like to invite you to join us as we celebrate a pairing of palates and palettes in our coastal village.  The 2010 Festival will feature chef/artists dinners in private homes, the Twilight Soiree, Artists in Residence at local inns, the Grand Tasting and many other culinary and fine art events.  If you enjoy fine food, fine wine, fine art and fine living, please join us this June in Kennebunkport.  Call today for Captain Lord Mansion reservations for that weekend. Our toll-free number is 800-522-3141. We'll also have some exciting things going on at the inn.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield



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March 31, 2009

What is Your Lobster IQ?

Everything you ever wanted to know about lobster! (Or almost everything!)Lobster_dinner

Today, many people consider lobster a delicacy.  In fact, you have to pay dearly for a really good lobster feast.  However, lobsters were once so plentiful that Native Americans used them as fertilizer and fish bait!  Also, in Colonial times they were considered poverty food and served to children and indentured servants.  Stories have been told that children who brought lobster sandwiches to school were considered the poor kids.

Lobsters are not fish, nor mammal, but rather they are arthropods, closely related to insects! Lobsters, like insects, belong to the invertebrate family.  These two-clawed marine creatures have one claw that  is called the pincer and the other is called the crusher.  An interesting fact about claws: lobsters, like humans, can be right or left handed, depending on whether its crusher claw is on the right or left side of its body. Most live lobsters are greenish.  Lobsters are not red until cooked. All pigment that make up a lobster shell are destroyed by the heat when cooked, except the red.   

Lobster is healthy for you.  it contains iron, zinc, calcium and iodine, as well as vitamins A, B and B6.  It has no saturated fat and is low in cholesterol and calories.  Now that you know lobsters are good for you, call the Captain Lord Mansion to make an early spring reservation and plan a lobster feast vacation!  With winter over and lobster prices coming down, Bev and I are looking forward to sampling some of this delicacy real soon!  Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper  P.S. The Lobster Logo below is used courtesy of Maine Lobster Direct.

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September 18, 2008

Where in the World is 'Taint Town"?

Here's a hint: It ain't Kennebunk. And it ain't Kennebunkport.

But you won't find 'Taint Town on a map anywhere. The only way to find it is to ask a local how to get there.

Those who've been arTaintown_2ound a while will tell you ''Taint Town is the place where the lines of the two Kennebunks blur. The town line, literally, is at the bridge on Route 9. The Clam Shack for example, technically is in Kennebunk, not Kennebunkport. Alisson's Restaurant, a stone's throw away, is in the 'Port.

But, over the years, as the whole the Dock Square community  became one, the area where the Clam Shack, Federal Jacks, and even the Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Chamber of Commerce reside, became known as 'Taint Town. As in: 'Taint Kennebunk. 'Taint Kennebunk-pawht neetha." (My best interpretation of a Maine accent.)

Lately, though, if you Google "'Taint Town" you'll come up with a lot of what you see on the left: A beer brewed locally, at Federal Jacks Restaurant, one of the few true residents of 'Taint Town.  Federal Jacks offers tours of their brew facility where "Taint Town Pale Ale", as well as nationally renowned "Shipyard Ale", is brewed.  At the Captain Lord Mansion we can arrange tours of this facility for our guests.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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