Have you ever wondered what coffee the Captain Lord Mansion and the Captain’s Garden House serve for breakfast and why? For many years we served Victor Coffee which was acquired by S&D Coffee in May of 2000. So, for over 14 years S&D has been our principal supplier of coffee products. We receive many compliments on the quality of our coffee; so, that is why we continue to serve S&D products.
However, upon researching information about S&D Coffee to write this blog, I was pleased to learn that they have a corporate culture focused on sustainability and good business practices. Here is a quote from the S&D website: “Now, as we start the next phase of our journey, S&D has joined the ranks of industry leaders who are committing themselves to a new goal: delivering great-tasting products in the most responsible way possible. That means offering sustainably-sourced beverages, reducing our carbon footprint, scaling back our overall energy use, expanding our employee health and wellness programs, and rededicating ourselves to serving our community“.
Last year we consumed over 500 pounds of coffee at the Captain Lord Mansion. That does not include the individual pods we have available at the Captain’s Garden House or special pods used with the N’espresso coffee/cappuccino machine at the Mansion.
We appreciate our guest feedback and will continue to serve the best breakfast products we can find.
Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield
During the 37 years we have been owners and innkeepers here at the Captain Lord Mansion, we have commissioned several paintings of the inn which we have on display in the Mansion office. Additionally, recently we were able to secure a rather valuable painting of the inn which was done in the early 20th century by noted Kennebunkport artist Louis Norton. The Mansion’s 200th Anniversary celebration was held in June; for that occasion we had a limited number of beautiful prints of the Norton painting created by Hunter Editions. These are available in our gift shop for $99 and are mounted on artist board in a protective plastic sleeve. Thus, guests of our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast have the prints framed to match their home decor.
Hunter Editions also created the prints on canvas of Cissy Buchanan’s “Anniversary Celebration” painting (pictured below) which we commissioned for our 10th Anniversary in 1988 and Dennis Perrin’s “Treasured Memories” painting (pictured below) which we commissioned for our 25th Anniversary in 2003. Both those works of art are on display in our office and framed prints on canvas are available in Bev’s Gift Shop, so you can own a little piece of Kennebunkport history!
We are aware of several other paintings of the Captain Lord Mansion which are in currently residing in museums. One, by Abbott Graves, titled “New England Doorway” is located in the offices of the Kennebunkport Historical Society. It is pictured above. If you are visiting the inn in season, we can schedule a private showing of the painting for you. A second work by the very well-known artist Willard Metcalf is located in the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT.
I have personally visited this museum and was impressed with the bright colors in his work which features a front view of the building and depicts the extravagant gardens which, in the early part of the 20th century, the Lord family maintained on the land in front of the Mansion. Today, that land is called the “River Green” and is part of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and there is a beautiful garden at the end of the green. Also, Bev has transformed the gardens around the inn into beautiful oases of fragrance and color.
If you are an art lover, you too can take home a modest remembrance of your visit with us!
Your innkeepers, Bev Davis Rick Litchfield
2014 Bed and Breakfast Stays for Vets Each year, the Captain Lord Mansion celebrates the sacrifices offered by our courageous vets by offering free rooms on or around Veteran’s Day. We are excited to honor men and women, either active or retired, to our Annual “B&B’s for Vets” celebration. This is our Bed and Breakfast Stays for Vets package! The Captain Lord Mansion will open its doors on Sunday, November 9th and Monday, November 10th, 2014. To thank veterans for their service we have reserved a number of rooms which a free to veterans on those dates on a “first call” basis. Looking forward to serving you! Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield
What is the “Dime for Time” Program?
Beginning in January 2014, we again pledged a multiple of dimes per each guest visit to benefit the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research. We multiply the number of initial guest visits by five and previous guest visits by a factor of ten! With about 75% of our Captain Lord Mansion guests being repeat visitors, the amount we donate adds up! Between 2010 and 2013 we raised and donated over $17,000 for breast cancer research. Thus, we offer many dimes for breast cancer research to give women more time!
This original breast cancer fundraising event was created five years ago to honor Bev’s sister, Lois Ann Fincher, who passed away in 2003 after a ten-year long battle with breast cancer!
The “Dime for Time” Campaign culminates each year on the last Sunday and Monday of November (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2014) when selected New England area breast cancer survivors receive a complimentary two-night stay (A Breast Cancer Survivor Escape) at our intimate Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast. We provide the ladies and their husbands or close friends with 2 nights of complimentary lodging, 2 delicious breakfasts, a reduced price dinner at On the Marsh, a local fine-dining restaurant as well as surprise gifts. One of those gifts is a “HugWrap.” We discovered this remarkable item and its creator Brenda Jones when she was invited to the very first survivor weekend. I recommend that you click to her link and read her remarkable story.
We are building to a 5th year of fundraising success in 2014!
Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield
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Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield