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February 15, 2011

The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Donate $1350 to Local Food Pantry!

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Innkeeper Rick Litchfield of the Captain Lord Mansion, and Hillary Hamilton and Nate Korniotes, innkeepers from the Captain Fairfield Inn presenting $1350 to Beth Jones, from the Church Community Outreach Services, Inc.,the local food pantry provider.  The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, which also includes the 1802 House B&B, the English Meadows Inn and the Captain Jefferds Inn, conducted a historic inn tour the second weekend of Christmas Prelude.  The $1350 was raised from admissions to the tour and was a record total raised from this annual event.  Every cent collected from the admissions is turned over to the food pantry.  Beth Jones said "this donation comes at a good time because this has been an extremely harsh winter and many folks are in real need because of the extra heating and snow removal costs they have endured."  We innkeepers are proud to be able to give back to the community in which we live and do business.  Since 2011 will be the 30th Anniversary of Christmas Prelude, we are adding some new features for the 2011 Christmas Prelude Historic Inns Tour which will be Saturday, December 10, 2011.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

December 14, 2010

Where can you find Leonard's Antique beds at a Bed & Breakfast Inn in Kennebunkport?

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Why, the Captain Lord Mansion of course!  Bev and I made our first visit to Leonard's Antiques in March of 1979.  CLM guests from Seekonk, MA introduced us to Leonard's; we had never heard of the place!  What a fortuitous visit; our first purchase was the beautiful highboy that presently sits in the Mansion's main hallway by the office door.  That purchase was financed by an income tax refund check we received that year.  However, the most important part of our visit to Leonard's was meeting the owners, Jeff Jenkins and his dad.  That began a 30 year relationship with Leonards and we have purchased almost all of the Mansion's and Captain's Garden House's four-poster beds from them.  Jeff's dad has retired, but Jeff now has his sons in the business.  We long ago furnished all of the guestrooms at the Captain Lord Mansion with magnificent beds; however, we often will visit Leonard's when we are looking for small decorative pieces to add to rooms.  Leonard's made national news when they supplied a bed to President and First Lady Obama!  Above is a picture of our guestroom Hesper and one of Leonard's beds.  Leonard's recently appraised our 20 beds for over $250,000.  We are grateful that we are not purchasing the beds today!  However, if you are searching for just that right Christmas gift for your loved one, I am sure that Jeff Jenkins could find a bed for you.  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

February 28, 2008

Three Reasons to Take A Southern Maine Coast Lighthouse Tour!

The Captain Lord Mansion of Kennebunkport, which is located on the southern coast of Maine has several itineraries to assist you with a self-guided tour of lighthouses located from Nubble Light Nubblelighthouse in York to Portland Head Light in Portland.  The first reason is that these historical buildings are situated along the coast only a short drive from our B&B.  Second, they offer you a great opportunity to tour the picturesque rocky southern coast of Maine for terrific sight-seeing and picture-taking.  Pictured here is the famous Nubble light located in York, ME.  Third, we offer a picnic lunch package to accompany your tour.  Bev and I enjoy visiting these lighthouses and their adjacent parks ourselves.  Last fall we had  delightful day exploring Fort Williams Park where Portland Head light is located.  There were many families enjoying picnicking, relaxing, and flying kites in the brisk breezes flowing off Casco Bay.  When you come to Maine, we encourage you to avail yourself of one of these tours.  Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper.

July 24, 2007

Where Can You Rent Kayaks in Kennebunkport?

Captain Lord Mansion staff goes for a "Sunset Paddle" at Goose Rocks Beach!Robert_dennis

Sunday evening, July 22, 2007 several of our staff together with Bev and I gathered on the beautiful white sands of Goose Rocks Beach.  We felt excited and eagerly anticipated our "Sunset Paddle" with Seth Kenneway, the owner of a new business in Kennebunkport, "Port Paddle", which is associated with Cape Able Bike Shop.

Seth was accompanied by his wife Alison and their two young children.  They were responsible for making the campfire we were to enjoy after our kayaking tour of the harbor.

Seth is a registered Maine Guide who has worked for the famous Maine outdoor outfitter, L.L. Bean.  Seth brought us his brand new sea kayaks together with carbon fiber paddles, as in very light!  There were seven of us sharing two double and three single craft.  Bev and I do not paddle together, so she paddled with someone else, while I had a single kayak!  Double kayaks are known as divorce boats!

Before dragging each of our kayaks into the water to begin our paddle, Seth spent time instructing us in the fine points of kayak paddling.  Our actual 2 hour kayaking tour followed the curved lines of the beach about 200 to 300 yards off-shore.  Before completing our trip, we paddled into the "Little" river which flows into the harbor on the north end of the beach.  It was fun sort of surfing the swells into the river!  As we headed back to our take-out point opposite the Tides Inn, we marveled at the beautiful sunset of pinks, roses and purples.Robert_dennis_001  The photos accompanying this blog are by Robert Dennis.

At the completion of our paddle tour, we dragged the kayaks up the beach and gathered around the campfire for fellowship, fruit shortcake, smores and sharing stories about our adventure.  As darkness descended, we headed home feeling tired, but refreshed and  grateful for having had the opportunity for such an enjoyable adventure.

If you are coming to Kennebunkport, we sincerely recommend taking this sunset tour with Seth.  Rick Litchfield, you innkeeper

June 11, 2007

Captain Lord Mansion goes Green! What does that mean?

For some time we at The Captain Lord Mansion and our companion property, The Captain's Garden House, have been very concerned about the chemicals we use for cleaning.  This month, after thoughtful research, we switched to "Green Cleaning".  The term "Green Cleaning" is often misunderstood.  Our effort is composed of environmentally-preferable or reduced risk products combined with our regular, exacting cleaning and maintenance schedule.  We believe that we have implemented a properly designed "green" cleaning program and that it will have a positive impact on the health of the employees and guests. The "green" products we are using have the following characteristics:

  • No persistent, bioaccummulative or toxic chemicals
  • No ozone-depleting compounds
  • No or low volatile organic compound content
  • No hazardous waste characteristics
  • No phosphate or phosphates
  • No carcinogens, mutagens or antigens

The benefits of our "Green Cleaning" program using chemicals from the Spartan Chemical Company:

  • Improved air quality
  • Healthier inn for employees and guests
  • Minimized exposure to adverse chemicals
  • Reduced water and air pollution
  • Reduced packaging waste

Also, we've had an extensive recycling program in effect at the inn for many years.  There are small refrigerators in each guest room with complimentary bottled water, sodas and juices. Additionally, we sell wine and champagne.  We encourage guests to recycle bottles and cans by placing small, blue recycling containers in each guest room.  In addition to material from guest rooms, we collect plastic, glass, cardboard and newspapers from other inn operations for weekly disposal at our local recycling center in Kennebunk.  We seem to grow cardboard and newspapers like they were grass!  I am amazed at how much waste we produce and recycle each week and the effort required by staff to sort the various materials and haul them to the recycle center.  Then, I think positively about how much waste we prevent from being dumped into landfill or being burned!

Additionally, we have converted to low energy use fluorescent light bulbs throughout the inn. However, low energy does not mean you don't have decent light to read by.  Every room has plenty of lights and adequate wattage too!

June 01, 2007

28 Reasons to Trust Reservations at The Captain Lord Mansion

Thursday night, May 30, 2007, in a ceremony at The Ivy Manor Inn in Bar Harbor, my wife, Bev Davis and I were pleased and honored to accept our 28th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award for The Captain Lord MansionAaa

The AAA Diamond rating system was first adopted by the Auto Club in 1977.  Maine held its first Four Diamond Award ceremony in 1987 at the Black Point Inn in Scarborough.  The 1988 award winners were all lodging properties. 

The property with the longest history of winning the prestigious Four Diamond Award is the Stage Neck Inn in York Harbor, being awarded the honor for 31 consecutive years.  The 28 consecutive years for the Captain Lord Mansion is the second longest period for AAA establishments in Maine

Also, only about 3% of lodging properties and restaurants in the United States rated by AAA receive the Four Diamond Award.  As the rating criteria have strengthened over the years, we've made many many improvements to the inn which help maintain the Captain Lord Mansion in that top 3%. 

Two other lodging properties in Kennebunkport received the AAA Four Diamond Award at Thursday night's ceremony; the Yachtsman Lodge & Marina and the White Barn Inn, which also received a Five Diamond Award for its restaurant.

I was thrilled and honored not only to receive this prestigeous award, but to be in such august company.  Thank you guests and friends for your loyalty over the years.  Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper

May 29, 2007

Kennebunkport Trivia!

What President has his summer home in Kennebunkport?  (The home was built by his maternal grandfather in the early 1900s.)

  1. George Washington
  2. George H. W. Bush (#41)
  3. George Clooney

How many beaches are in the Kennebunk's?

  1. None
  2. 4 (Goose Rocks Beach, Colony Beach, Gooches Beach, Mother's Beach)
  3. 5 (Plus Parsons Beach)

How many museums are in the Kennebunks?

  1. None
  2. 2 (Brick Store Museum, Kennebunkport Historical Society)
  3. 3 (Also the Seashore Trolley Museum)

What was the economic activity that made Kennebunkport prosperous before tourism?

  1. Whaling
  2. Fishing
  3. Shipbuilding

How many trains per day brought tourists to Kennebunkport from New York and Boston before World War Two?

  1. Seven
  2. Five
  3. Two

How many large hotels existed in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport to serve the tourists during the years before World War Two?

  1. 27
  2. 15
  3. 8

Kennebunkport has many distiquished restaurants; what is the name of the celebrated restaurant honored with the AAA 5 Diamond Award?

  1. The Cape Arundel Inn
  2. The White Barn Inn
  3. On The Marsh

What is the name of the summer stock playhouse in the area?

  1. The Arundel Barn Playhouse
  2. The Gorge Bush Memorial Playhouse
  3. The Port Playhouse

What is the only Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Inn honored with the AAA 4 Diamond Award?

  1. The Kennebunkport Inn
  2. The Captain Lord Mansion
  3. The Captain's Garden House

What famous authors lived and wrote in the area?

  1. Booth Tarkenton
  2. Rachel Carson
  3. Kenneth Roberts
  4. All of these

Answers: 2,3,3,3,1,1,2,1,2,4  I hope you have some fun with this post!  Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

May 25, 2007

Five Ways to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend in Kennebunkport

Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start to the tourist season and there are several activities that begin this weekend which offer you different experiences to enhance your enjoyment of Kennebunkport.

  1. The Lobster Boat Rugosa begins giving scenic cruises along the beautiful and rugged coast.  See lobster harvesting up close and personal!  This weekend, the Captain Lord Mansion begins offering a special package whereby you may take this interesting cruise and then enjoy a "Lobster Shore Dinner" at Mabel's Lobster Claw restaurant. 
  2. The Whale Watch boat Nick's Chance offers you an opportunity to visit Jeffery's Ledge which is a feeding area for whales.  It is located 20 miles from shore in the gulf of Maine.  Several species of whales are resident throughout the summer, feeding primarily on herring.  The twin, high output, diesel engines with a cruising speed in excess of 20 knots, allows the boat to reach the feeding grounds in about one hour.
  3. Ride the Rails at The Seashore Trolley Museum.  Just minutes from Dock Square, Kennebunkport's shopping district, the museum is a world apart, a place where history comes alive.  Enjoy the sights and sounds of a bygone era as you ride restored historic electric railway vehicles and explore the world-famous international transportation collection and beautiful grounds.
  4. Step aboard the Schooner Eleanor at the docks of the Arundel Wharf. Your trip begins with a short ride down the historic Kennebunk River, passing lobster boats and luxury yachts. Once clear of the harbor, the sails are set and the wind takes charge. A typical course will take you along the scenic coastline from Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise. Watch lobstermen at work and seabirds glide by. Learn a little local history. Help work the sails or sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh salt air. The peace and quiet of cruising under sail will put a smile on your face.
  5. Kennebunkport celebrates Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th with an old-fashioned parade of veterans and the high school marching band.  You might see George H. W. Bush (#41) giving an address at the ceremonies.  Finish your weekend with this solemn celebration of the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

We always look forward to Memorial Day as an unofficial start to the tourist season.  Even though the real rush begins about mid-June, we want our gardens and rooms to be ready by the holiday.  Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper