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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!

Habitat for Humanity

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


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 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