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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 

June 21, 2011

Have You Seen The Gardens at The Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport?

Johnny Jump-ups 

Bev has been planting, weeding and mulching the gardens at the Captain Lord Mansion for several weeks.  The recent rain has been a blessing; it allowed the newly palnted flowers to take root and get really settled into the flower beds.  Everything is looking colorful in the inn's many flower beds which border the Mansion's lush green lawns.  Last Fall we hired "Chem Lawn" to treat our grass and for the first time ever we have a thick green lawn with no weeds or witch grass.  Wow!  Our guests really appreciate the inn's many comfortable Adirondak lawn chairs which are scattered throughout the lawn areas.  Also, the lawn swing, the new hammock, the Memory Garden Fountain and the new Waterfall Fountain each provide a place for respite and retreat.  We look forward to our summer Saturday night Garden Parties which will start 4th of July weekend.  Hope to see you all soon.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield 

Garden Fountain 

May 17, 2011

What Are the ABCs of a 2011 Kennebunkport Summer Vacation?

Robert Dennis 

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!

Activities include

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?

Kennebunkport Harbor 
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/

Kennebunkport river 

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

 

December 21, 2010

Is There Snowshoeing In Kennebunkport? How About The Availability of Snowshoes?

Snowshoeing Pic 
We are pleased to announce the availability of complimentary use of snowshoes here at the Captain Lord Mansion.  This young lady seems to be making a snow angel; you can do the same!  The Kennebunkport area is blessed to have several areas close to the inn where you may do snowshoeing.  The expansive rolling fields at Laudholm Farm, otherwise known as the Wells National Estuarine Research Preserve, provides a beautiful place to enjoy a winter snowshoe trip. 

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Additionally, there is the Cape Arundel Golf Course which borders the Kennebunk River and the course offers a fairly flat terrain for an afternoon outing.  The winter views from the links overlooking the river are quite picturesque, so take your camera or I-phone along to capture some great pictures.  Now we only need some snow!  See you soon.  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 31, 2010

Where Can You Find "An Illustrated Guide to Kennebunk's Architectural Heritage"?

WindowsOnThePast_sm The Brick Store Museum, a local Kennebunk art and history museum recently published "Windows on the Past: An Illustrated Guide to Kennebunk's History through Architecture".  This beautiful four-color, 62 page booklet was written by Rosalind Magnuson and edited by Tracy Baetz. 

Quoting from the foreword; "This publication represents the first to combine color photography, a time line, a locator map, a glossary, an index, a bibliography of additional resources, architectural details, the sociocultural context of the properties and images of related collections from the Brick Store Museum." 

Bev and I have purchased a number of these books for use by guests at the Captain Lord Mansion.  They may borrow a booklet from our office in order to do a walking tour of Summer Street, Kennebunk.  There are 42 buildings described in the book, so in addition to a walking tour, there is also the possibility to drive-by some of the outlying structures.

If you wish to take home a copy of the book, we have them for sale in our gift shop at $14.95. 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 www.harvestontheharbor.com 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

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