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July 05, 2011

Did You Know That the Captain Lord Mansion, A Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast Inn was built 197 Years Ago in 1814?

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The Captain Lord Mansion: The beginning of the story!

Fear gripped the entire New England coastline during the War of 1812. The British had marched on Washington and loosened their anger at having lost the previous war with the colonies, the American Revolution!  The angry British soldiers looted and burned.  Additionally, there was a British blockade of all commerce, plus their very meaningful threats to burn any coastal towns that continued to engage in commerce.  Enterprising citizens in seaports from Virginia to Massachusetts believed their cities and towns could be next to bear the wrath of English man-o-wars.  It was in this atmosphere of restricted mercantile activity that Nathaniel Lord, a wealthy Kennebunkport merchant and shipbuilder, decided to build his beautiful “Mansion”.  After all, what was he to do with his idle shipwrights?

Twenty-one year-old Nathaniel Lord married sixteen-year-old Phebe Walker on July 2, 1797.  Phebe was the daughter of another wealthy citizen, Daniel Walker.  Daniel gave the young couple a dowry of land that encompasses the area between Pleasant, Pearl and Maine Streets, where they built their first home in 1799.  Still standing, it is a white clapboard Colonial home of modest proportions.  That parcel of land also provided enough space where Nathaniel & Phebe would build their “Mansion” thirteen years later.

York County court papers provide documentation that distinguished Maine house-wright, Thomas Eaton was involved with the design and construction of the Captain Lord Mansion.  Nathaniel Lord’s estate papers include among the administrator’s expenses, several payments to a “T. Eaton. Today, Thomas Eaton is widely recognized for the excellence of his Federal buildings which include Kennebunk landmarks such as the Taylor Barry House, the Unitarian Church and Wallingford Hall.  Unfortunately, Nathaniel died of influenza at the age of 39 in 1815 and really didn't live long enough to enjoy his "mansion".

As I researched new information for this history, I have encountered new evidence and better documentation that the Captain Lord Mansion was actually built in 1814, not 1812.  I guess we'll have to postpone the celebration for a couple of years.  However, I'll continue my blogs this year with the history and it will become the basis of a booklet we'll publish in 1814. This blog covers the beginning of the facinating history for the Captain Lord Mansion.  I'll continue the saga in future posts and on our Facebook account.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

May 17, 2011

What Are the ABCs of a 2011 Kennebunkport Summer Vacation?

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A 2011 Summer Vacation in Kennebunkport and our Bed and Breakfast offers you even more activities to entertain, educate and expand your horizons!  Or to just have fun and relax!

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Bev and I enjoy summer in Maine and especially Kennebunkport because there is so much to do.  There is hardly time to fit it all in!  Call the Captain Lord Mansion, a luxurious Maine Coast bed and breakfast inn, today to discuss your vacation plans and how we may assist you in planning the perfect vacation, including romantic sunsets!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield.

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May 10, 2011

Did You Know That Kennebunkport Ranked 9th in The U.S. For Summer Vacations?

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The Kennebunks made number 9!

 10. Huntington Beach, California
9. Kennebunkport, Maine
The old-time fishing village of Kennebunkport is like a Currier and Ives print come to life (it's also the summer retreat of choice for George H.W. Bush). You can work on a lobster boat, fly-fish, or kayak past whimsical formations like Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock. Stroll by elaborate Federal and Victorian manses built by sea captains, many now housing inns, or experience history in motion at the Seashore Trolley Museum. Kennebunkport's riverside Dock Square teems with shops and galleries selling stoneware and watercolor seascapes, eco-chic boutiques stocking organic body gels, and of course purveyors of local blueberry jams. Old Orchard Beach features New England's only oceanfront amusement park where you can get your thrills on the Ferris wheel and roller coasters.  Tip: Enjoy live jazz several nights weekly at 95 Ocean, which also offers a great prix fixe pre-theater dinner.

You may actually stay in one of the old sea captain's mansions; the Captain Lord Mansion was built in 1812. It is a luxurious Kennebunport bed and breakfast inn which is open year round. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


8. Traverse City, Michigan
7. Cape May, New Jersey
6. Boca Grande, Florida
5. Cannon Beach, Oregon
4. Pismo Beach, California
3. Provincetown, Massachusetts
2. Rockport, Texas
1. Chincoteague Island, Virginia

http://news.travel.aol.com/2010/06/18/americas-best-beach-towns/

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April 26, 2011

Where Can You Get a 50% Discount on Bed & Breakfast Rooms, Mid-week in May in Kennebunkport?

Habitat for Humanity 50% Off Package
Mid-Week, May 1 to May 26.
 
Save 50% on Mid-Week May reservations and  help raise funds for Habitat for Humanity!

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This package is for one night reservations only and for our deluxe rooms only.  When you book a one-night reservation in one of our deluxe rooms,  mid-week in May, pay 50% of the posted rate; however, you must make a $35.00 contribution to Habitat for Humanity.  This offer cannot be combined with any other coupons, discounts or special offers.  You may combine this offer with a multiple night reservation when you pay for the other nights at the regular nightly rate.  This offer is valid May 1, 2011 to May 26, 2011.  Help us help Habitat!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

 

April 19, 2011

Where Can You Stay for Free at a Bed & Breakfast Inn On Mother's Day in Kennebunkport?

Mother's Day Weekend Package
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Spring at the Mansion

Bring your favorite lady away for this holiday weekend.   When you stay and pay for Friday and Saturday, May 6th and 7th, stay Sunday, May 8th as our guest.  We'll add sparkling wine and chocolates to make you both feel welcome!

 

We are still in "Serenity Season" rates in May.  Weekend rates start at $239 per room, per night, per couple.

 

This package cannot be combined with any other coupon, discount or special offer.

 

Call today for reservations: 800-522-3141.  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

 

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 07, 2010

What Are The Serenity Season "3 for 2" Packages at the Captain Lord Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn in Kennebunkport?

Save 33% With the CLM Serenity Season 3rd Night Free Package!

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January - March and April

These are our quiet months in Kennebunkport, our truly serene season. Join us for a relaxing retreat in one of our cozy rooms. Cuddle up in front of a warm fireplace beneath a soft comforter. Frosty nights outside make for warm intimate nights at the Mansion!

Come any 3 nights in January, March or April, pay the regular “Serenity Season” rate for 2 nights and the 3rd night is Free! This package is for both mid-week and weekends!

  • Rates start at $189 mid-week and $229 weekends.
  • 33% Savings is based on 3 nights for the price of 2!
  • If 3 nights are combined over a weekend, the free night is the mid-week night.

Call our office toll-free at 800-522-3141 to check on these special package.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

November 16, 2010

Are You Planning a Trip to Maine for Holiday Shopping? Consider Kennebunkport and The Captain Lord Mansion's Shopper's Survival Package!

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“Wrap Up” Your Holiday Shopping

 
The Captain Lord Mansion
“Shopping Survival” Getaway Package

Escape to Maine with your best girlfriend for a different kind of holiday shopping experience! Find those one-of-a-kind gifts in Kennebunkport’s many boutique shops. Then, after a day of shopping, imagine returning to one of the Captain Lord Mansion’s delectable guest rooms; there you’ll find a cozy fire, a complimentary wrapping area as well as complimentary chilled bubbly to help you relax! Sip, wrap and relax in front of the fire in our cozy living room. Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

Package includes:

  • Select rooms at reduced rates ($159 per night) mid-week only until December 22,2010
    There is a small block of great fireplace rooms set aside at $159 per night for this mid-week package only.
  • Complimentary “Shopping Assistance Kit”
    (Note Pad, Pen, Kleenex, Aspirin)
  • Discount Shopping Coupons
    (To nearby Factory Outlets as well as Kennebunkport’s Boutique Shops For Those “One-of-a-Kind” Gifts)
  • Complimentary Gift Wrap Station
    (Wrap your own presents with our wrapping paper, scissors, tissue, tape & tags)
  • Complimentary Afternoon Bubbly to aid Relaxation!
    (Sip, wrap and relax in front of the fire in our cozy living room)

Call the Captain Lord Mansion today at 800-522-3141 to reserve your shopping getaway. This Captain Lord Mansion offer is for mid-week only until December 22, 2010


This offer cannot be combined with any other coupon, courtesy discount or reduced rate package.

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
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