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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 

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


November 30, 2010

Have You Seen Portland Maine's Victoria Mansion Decorated for Christmas 2010?

Victoria Mansion 

Christmas at Victoria Mansion
November 27, 2010 through
January 8, 2011.
Daily 11-5.
Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Victoria Mansion is lavishly decorated for the holidays by professional designers, decorators, and florists, making this a festive time of year to plan a tour. Visitors go through the house at their own pace, on self-guided tours using a printed program. Room stewards are available to answer questions. Guided tours are available for groups of ten or more, and can be arranged by calling the office.

During the holidays, Victoria Mansion is transformed into a spectacular holiday wonderland by local designers and florists. This year's holiday theme is "The Twelve days of Christmas".

Bev and I visited the Victoria Mansion again last Christmas.  The theme was "Celebrating 25 Years" and we were entranced by the many beautiful decorations.  The Victoria Mansion's elaborate interior decor and magnificent woodwork is only enhanced by the Christmas decorations.  We plan on making a repeat trip to see this year's decorations sometime before Christmas.  If you are visiting The Captain Lord Mansion in the next couple of weeks, we encourage you to add the Victoria Mansion in Portland to your "must see" list.  Downtown Portland, where the Mansion is located, is only about a 45 minute drive from Kennebunkport.  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 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

October 10, 2010

Do You Know The Artist Dennis Perrin & His Relationship to Kennebunkport?

Dennis Perrin has become a good friend of ours here at the Captain Lord Mansion.  We love his paintings so much that we have three of them displayed in our reception office. One of them we call "Treasured Memories". 

We commissioned Dennis to paint "Treasured Memories' in 2002 to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in 2003 as innkeepers of the Mansion.  We gave him free reign with the composition; he devised the scene of the beautiful woman in a long white dress looking longingly back at the inn Lg Treasured Memoriesas if she were remembering wonderful and romantic visits to the inn.  We were delighted with the subject and have limited edition Giclee prints on canvas available for purchase in our gift shop. 

Dennis shows his work at Mast Cove Gallery which is located just a few blocks from the Mansion.  We love the wide variety of  Dennis' work.  From lovely still life florals to romatic depictions of his wife in garden scenes or wistfully looking out to sea, his paintings evoke the sense of an earlier era.   His use of colors and impressionistic scenes also evoke other artists, but with a beauty and pallette totally his own.  He has a masterful ability to convey a sense of bright sunshine, shadows and temperature.   

Here is some biographical data on Dennis.

Dennis Perrin studied with Dell Weller and Auzeklis Ozols at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, where he won the 1984 Landscape Painting Award. He began painting professionally in 1985, exhibiting his work widely and receiving numerous awards and purchase prizes. Perrin’s work has been collected throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Australia. Among his many collectors are the Zigler Museum, The Maier Museum of Art, The Morris Museum of Art, City National Bank of Louisiana, The Entergy Corporation, and Dale Brown, former head basketball coach, Louisiana State University.

The trademark and signature of Perrin’s work is a masterful treatment of light. Whether the subject is a lithe figure clad in white, a sumptuous floral still life, a moody interior, or a quiet pond dotted with water lilies, light is the dominant feature of a Dennis Perrin painting. In this he follows the great tradition of the Boston School of Painting - that of Edmund Tarbell, Frank Benson and John Singer Sargent. Other favorite influences include Jan Vermeer, Thomas Dewing and Maxfield Parrish.

By marrying sound academic principles of drawing and design with brilliant color and dazzling light, Dennis Perrin creates beautiful and memorable images that both complement and transcend the high velocity, high-tech whirl of the modern age.

Bev and I love the fact that Kennebunkport has become a rather well respected art colony with so many fine art galleries and resident artists.  When you visit the Mansion we can direct you to several excellent art galleries so that you might take home a little bit of Kennebunkport to remind you of your vacation.  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 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

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


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