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June 28, 2011

Did You Know that The Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunkport Has Beautiful Grounds for Walking?

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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?

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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 

June 14, 2011

Have you seen the "Wedding Cake" House in Kennebunk on the Way to Kennebunkport?

Wedding cake house 
The Wedding Cake House located in Kennebunk, Maine 

The "Wedding Cake" name was applied to the house due to its wedding cake-like appearance. Legend developed that the busy Bourne, a sea captain, had done the carpentry work to atone for not having taken his bride, Jane, on a proper honeymoon. This was not the case.

Called the "most photographed house in the state" of Maine, the Wedding Cake House, known formally as the George W. Bourne House, is an historic house located at 104 Summer Street in Kennebunk, Maine. The home was built in 1825 by shipbuilder George W. Bourne (1801–1856), who later built a frame barn which he connected to the main house with a carriage house. In 1852, the barn caught fire and the carriage house was demolished to keep the fire from spreading to the house. Bourne, who during a European tour had been impressed by the Gothic beauty of the cathedral at Milan, rebuilt the carriage house and barn in what later came to be known as Carpenter Gothicstyle. Using hand tools, he crafted five buttresses with pinnacles on top of each. Then in order to tie the new structures in with the existing house, he added six buttresses with pinnacles to the house and then joined them together with intricate woodwork. His only help in doing this was Thomas Durrell, an apprentice ship's carpenter. Bourne spent the rest of his life adding to these embellishments.

So this is the true story of the Wedding Cake House.  When you visit the Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport, we can direct you to view this magnificent architectural gem.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

May 24, 2011

Have You Had Your Picture taken with the Captain Lord Mansion's Dogs, Nate and Toby?

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Nate and Toby wait patiently on the side lawn of the Captain Lord Mansion to warmly greet you upon your arrival at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast inn.  We thought it would be a neat idea to have guests this season take their picture with these two fellows and then we'll put the pictures on our company "Facebook" Page.  We like the idea that these sentinels don't require feeding or cleaning up after!  They are an undetermined breed and somewhat fierce looking; however, looks are deceiving because they are gentle as lambs.  None-the-less, they do stand guard over the inn's famous "Memory Garden" making sure that no one moves their engraved stones!  We look forward to receiving (or taking) your picture, your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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!

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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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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

 

February 22, 2011

Did You Receive the Captain Lord Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn Newsletter Mailing from Kennebunkport?

The Captain Lord Mansion 2011 Newsletter!

Get One Now! 

It has been 11 years since we’ve sent a newsletter by mail; however, as we approach 2012 which will be our 35th year as owners of the inn, we want to communicate with those of you who are either overwhelmed by emails or don’t do email!  2012 also will clock the 200th Anniversary of the construction of the Mansion by Nathaniel Lord.  Therefore, we thought it would be appropriate in a “snail-mail” newsletter to bring you up-to-date on family matters, CLM ongoing renovations and upgrades, breakfast changes as well as plans for celebrating the 200th!  If you haven't received the mailing, please drop us a note, email us or phone us and we'll gladly mail you a copy.  Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield

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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

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