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26 Reasons to Visit Kennebunkport this Summer and Fall!

Visit our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast and check out LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival.

We are giving you 26 Reasons to visit Kennebunkport this Summer or Fall.  This blog contains a myriad of links to the many varied activities available for you to enjoy during a vacation in our Maine Coast Village.  Whether you like adventure and excitement or a more sedate, relaxed vacation, Kennebunkport offers choices for exactly the kind of getaway you desire.  There’s nice adventure on the whale watch cruises, but relaxing fun on the carriage rides.  There’s challenge in kayaking on the ocean or you may opt for more peaceful canoeing on the Kennebunk River.  It’s all here for your enjoyment. Check out the activity you want and call us to make reservations today!


Bev and I truly enjoy summer and fall in Maine and especially Kennebunkport because there is so much to do. Often, we find there is more to do than time to do it!  If you would like to discuss your vacation plans and how we may assist you in planning the perfect vacation, including romantic sunsets, please call (207-967-3141) the Captain Lord Mansion, a luxurious Maine Coast bed and breakfast inn, today!

Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield.

Kick Off Summer in Kennebunkport with LAUNCH! Maritime Festival

Visit our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast and check out LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival.

Planning a Kennebunkport, Maine getaway? Getting ready to book a stay at our Kennebunkport inn? Plan a trip for late June and mark your calendars for Kennebunkport’s brand new LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival, June 17-19. There’s no shortage of things to look forward to; including fresh seafood, lobstering, shipbuilding, boating, a scavenger hunt and so much more. Soak up the sun and New England culture with this three-day festival jammed pack with fun for the whole family, you and your special someone, or a group of friends.

Here are just a few events you can catch during those three days of fun to help you anticipate the big event:

Captain Lord Mansion LAUNCH Dinner Package:

Book 2 nights during the LAUNCH Festival – June 17-19, 2016 and you will receive $50 dining coupon redeemable at one of the top restaurants in Kennebunkport.

Redeem the coupon at one of the following: Kennebunkport Top Restaurants


Clam Jam: Come out with your family or date and enjoy a Friday night of face painting, bouncy house-jumping, and delicious seafood!

Visit Kennebunkport this summer and go sailing.

Captain’s Cook-Off: Local Maine chefs will be cooking gourmet seafood dishes chopped-style with one crowned winner. Amateurs, professionals and even kids can enter their own cooking contest, with great prizes for best “chowdah”, best blueberry dessert and more. Spectators will get to taste the food and enjoy the food truck court featuring local food trucks, 11-2 Saturday.

Enjoy a lobster bake in Kennebunkport, Maine this June.

Lobster Bake: Enjoy a classic New England favorite on the waterfront with a delicious lobster dinner. Bring the whole family! 4-7 p.m. Saturday.

VIP Boat Party: Get fancy at this VIP after-party with live music, a champagne toast, cocktails and delectable food on board a local vessel. It’s the perfect way to end Saturday night and have a front-row seat for the boat parade! 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

Enjoy the waterfront scenery in Kennebunkport this summer at LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival.

Boat Parade: Take in the gorgeous lights and fun decorations with an original LAUNCH! boat parade at sunset on Saturday.

Scavenger Hunt: LAUNCH! has taken a whole new approach to sight-seeing with A Kennebunkport Scavenger Hunt. Find 10 different Kennebunkport landmarks, take pictures of each landmark, and be entered to win one of three $100 gift certificates to The Select Registry. Then enjoy a cocktail reception at White Columns where the winners will be announced.

During this jammed pack three-day event there will also be opportunities for historic walking tours, brewery tours and tastings, buoy decorating, homemade ice-cream eating, shopping and even more activities and family fun that highlight the culture and community that Kennebunkport offers to locals and guests alike.

Check here for even more information on Maine’s hot new festival and  book your stay with us today. We look forward to kicking off summer with you at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast and the LAUNCH! festival soon!


The Captain Lord Mansion Winter Renovations

The Captain Lord Mansion Winter renovations were extensive and expensive! However, everything done since last fall should enhance the overall guest enjoyment of our romantic Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast inn.

Chimney Repairs on Kennebunkport inn

We are excited to announce the completion of winter renovations here at the Captain Lord Mansion and to show you pictures of some of the work done. Work actually began in the fall of 2015, when workmen begin demolition work on the main chimney ; think Gathering Room Fireplace. Workers had to tear the chimney down to the roof and rebuild it completely. While working on that chimney, they discovered a second chimney needed re-pointing.  So, that work was added to the cost of the job!

New AC units in Kennebunkport bed and breakfast

Then, in the fall, other workmen began installing whisper-quiet wall air conditioning units in each Captain Lord Mansion guest room.  Hooray, no more noisy window A/C units!   And there’s no more lugging the old window units back and forth to the Carriage House for winter storage.

Tree Removal in Kennebunkport
Buckeyes gone

Unfortunately, in early February, 2016 we had to have the two Buckeye Trees removed on the side yard of the inn.  They were severely diseased and posed a safety hazard to guests and to the inn.  We can only imagine if one of those giant trees had fallen in a windstorm; either personal injury or property damage would have been severe.  The side lawn at the Captain Lord Mansion looks quite barren.

Stacia in Regulator room

Our daughter Stacia was home over the New Years holiday. She was a great help at the Captain Lord Mansion holiday dinner; then, in January she helped Bev wallpaper the Union room. Also, she painted the Regulator room ceiling.  She’s shown here pointing to her work!  We are very grateful for her help.

Bev wallpapering the Hesper room

In early February, we began the major undertaking of completely redoing the Hesper room.  Rick spent a whole week sanding the woodwork in preparation for fresh paint.  After the painting was completed, Bev and Rick wallpapered the room.  Rick always does the cutting and pasting, while Bev does the important part; hanging the paper.  Here is a picture of the completed room.

Renovated room at Kennbunkport bed and breakfast

Additionally, we had new, plush, wall-to-wall carpet installed in the Dana, Union, Ophelia and Excelsior Captain Lord Mansion guestrooms.  Here is a picture of the Excelsior room with the new carpet.  The installers told us that the carpet in Excelsior is the best money can buy!

Excelsior carpet

For a final Captain Lord Mansion winter renovation, Bev just completed freshening the bath in the Callender room.  She tiled the wall behind the vanity and painted the walls and woodwork.  Also, we replaced the vanity which had some damage.

Finally, we added new comfortable chairs to Dana, Ophelia, Union and Excelsior Captain Lord Mansion guestrooms.

Hesper Chairs

Another behind the scenes repair was replacing the main hot water boiler, not an inexpensive maintenance issue, but certainly necessary when providing hot water to sixteen Captain Lord Mansion guest rooms, laundry and kitchen!  To end on a positive note, here is a picture showing the serenity and beauty of Bev’s decorating, a main theme of Captain Lord Mansion winter renovations.


Well, there you have it; a winter’s worth of expensive repairs and maintenance designed to enhance your visit to our romantic bed & breakfast inn. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield


March Into Kennebunkport – Events & Activities

Events in Maine

Visit Kennebunkport and the Captain Lord Mansion in March and discover a plethora of events and activities to keep you entertained.  Don’t let the variable March weather keep you from experiencing unique Maine activities such as Maple Sugaring and Foodie-Tours. Call today to book a room at our romantic Maine coast bed and breakfast inn and then plan to adventure out to participate in one of these weekend activities.

Portland Happy 2-Hour Tour: March 1 – 31, 2016: The creativity of Portland’s renowned culinary scene is rivaled only by the breadth of the city’s locally crafted libations! Craft beer, distilled spirits, wine and mead grace the glasses of Portland patrons at every turn. With Maine Foodie Tours, you’ll visit four distinctly different imbibing establishments for our Happy 2-Hour Tour that showcase these delicious drinks, with accompanying appetizers.

The Portland Maine Boat Show: This venue will feature plenty of free on-site parking and the largest display area of any of the local boat shows, with exhibits including center console & walk-around fishing boats, bow-riders, cuddy cabins, cruisers, pontoon boats, wake-board boats, and tournament ski boats.

Maine Boatbuilders ShowLocated at the same place, 58 FORE STREET, Portland ME 04101. A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast.

Maine Maple Syrup Sunday: We encourage you to check out the many different pages of our website.  Look up a sugarhouse in a town near you.  Find a recipe on our recipe page or learn where to buy our cookbook- Beyond Pancakes.  Learn about syrup grading and how to properly store Pure Maine Maple Syrup.  You will find our website easy to use and full of valuable information.

We look forward to seeing you in March. Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield, your innkeepers


Celebrate A Romantic February Escape in Kennebunkport

Romantic Getaway in Maine – February Special

Romantic getaway in Maine

Celebrate A Romantic February Escape in Kennebunkport.  Many people choose a romantic bed & breakfast to celebrate the romance surrounding Valentine’s day. Well, the whole month of February is for lovers at our Kennebunkport inn.  The Captain Lord Mansion is offering a Romantic February Escape package that extends for the entire month.  So, you ask, “What are the details of our Romantic February Escape package?”

First, the Captain Lord Mansion offers you the opportunity to extend any 2 night stay to a 3rd night for free.  Our “3rd Night Free” Package is valid the entire month of February, excluding Valentine’s weekend, which is also the President’s Day holiday.  Thus, during the month of February we offer you a good value for any other weekend stay, plus all mid-week periods.

Couples Massage in Kennebunkport, Maine

Then, our Captain Lord Mansion February Package  includes several treats which are included in the rates.  Upon arrival, each couple will find a chilled split of Prosecco in their room together with a small bag of delicious chocolate-covered popcorn.  Our luxurious guest rooms offer jetted tubs, jetted showers as well as heated bath floors.  Thickly-padded king and queen beds covered in lush linens make for a perfect place for snuggling with your lover.  A highlight of a stay at our Kennebunkport Bed & breakfast is a couple’s massage at our intimate day spa.  Couple’s 60 minute traditional Swedish treatments start at $239 per couple.  What a delightful way to enjoy a Kennebunkport Romantic February Escape!

In addition to the romantic aspects of a visit to the Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport offers several winter vacation activities.  Regarding dining, there are several fine restaurants open throughout the winter.  Also, there is cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and sleigh rides nearby our romantic Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  Also, the shops and restaurants are each offering special deals and packages to enhance your February romantic getaway.  Call today to reserve your Romantic February Escape.  Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Ltichfield

Winter Activities in Maine

Are you considering a winter getaway in Kennbunkport, Maine?  We encourage you to consider our beautiful town because there are lots of “Maine Winter Activities” to enjoy.

First, if you are notRomantic Kennbunkport Inn - Great for a Winter Getaway an outdoors type of person, the Captain Lord Mansion, a romantic Kennbunkport bed and breakfast offers a quiet place to just relax and to unwind from your stressful life.  Our large rooms offer plenty of space to spread out, to lounge in comfortable chairs or to nap the day away in plush oversize beds.  Each guestroom features a gas fireplace which creates warm atmosphere for the whole room.  This is a relaxing Kennebunkport winter activity.

If you are an outdoor person, the Captain Lord Mansion offers complimentary snow-shoes and poles for use by our guests.  The Cape Arundel Golf Course and Wells Reserve both offer excellent snow-shoeing as well as cross-country ski trails, if you bring your own skis. Both are located only a short drive from the inn.  Bev and I enjoy going to both places to snow-shoe.  The Wells Reserve has wooded and open field trails.  The golf course runs along the river and offers spectacular views.  These are active Maine winter activities.

Snowshoeing in Maine - a Fun Activity in New England

Some guests even enjoy walking the beaches.  However, it is advisable to dress warmly because the winds off the water can be quite brisk!  I personally think this is an insane winter activity!



Rockin Horse Stables offer sleigh rides through beautiful snow-covered fields near the Captain Lord Mansion, our intimate Maine Coast Inn.  Look at this picture of a white sleigh sliding through the snow.  Imagine you and a loved one snuggling beneath fur blankets enjoying the scenery.  It is especially nice on a beautiful sunny winter day.

Sleigh Ride in Kennbunkport

So, call today to schedule your winter getaway and take advantage of The Captain Lord Mansion 3rd night free package.  Then extend your weekend to a 3rd night for free on any winter weekend except Valentine’s weekend.  Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield

Back to the Kennebunks with Captain Lord – Episode 4

Merry Christmas! In this episode, Captain Nathaniel Lord goes Christmas shopping for just the right gift for his wife Phoebe during Kennebunks’ biggest joint holiday event – Christmas Prelude! Coastal Jewelers, the Compliments Gallery, Seas the Day and Dock Square Clothiers are a few of the boutiques highlighted in this shopping adventure. Will he find the right gift? Watch and see!

Missed any previous episodes? Then you’ll want to uncover this treasure of local history with Captain Nathaniel Lord as he hosts the monthly “Back to The Kennebunks.” YouTube series. Follow our channel for future updates, and come experience our luxurious Kennebunkport bed and breakfast for yourself!

Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens



Come to Maine this winter to enjoy Gardens Aglow, the biggest light display in Maine as they light up the night at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

What is Gardens Aglow? It is tens of thousands of lights strung in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; the night will come alive with color as CMBG has created the largest light display in Maine.  Festively lit holiday creations will adorn the roughly 14 acres of central gardens on the CMBG campus. Visitors will explore the area on foot and the experience will be wheelchair accessible.  Come experience the magic of the extensive light display.

In addition to dramatic lighting of Gardens Aglow, visitors will enjoy music, special food and beverage options in the café, and holiday shopping in the CMBG gift shop. Bring your friends and experience an enchanting evening of festive lights and displays.  Bev and I are booking our tickets.

Join us at Captain Lord Mansion and snuggle up in one of our cozy suites after you enjoy this festive evening. We’d love to have you!

Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield, Your innkeepers.

November 21 – December 31
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, 4-8 p.m.
(Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve)

It’s Christmas Prelude! Captain Lord Is Planning to Visit His Mansion!

Captain LordIt’s Christmas Prelude! Captain Lord Is Planning to Visit His Mansion!

Announcing the arrival of Captain Nathaniel Lord for Christmas Prelude, 2015. Captain Lord is planning to visit his Mansion for the first weekend of Christmas Prelude on Sunday, December 6, 2016 between 1;00 pm and 3:30 pm.

Come meet Captain Nathaniel Lord and see his Captain Lord Mansion decked out for Christmas.  The inn’s halls are hung with evergreen boughs, berries and ribbons and the staircases too. Come see the fantastic collection of Santas; there are antique ones, hand-carved ones, collectible ones and just plain delightful ones!  Also, there is a miniature Christmas Village located on an antique coal stove in the Mansion’s kitchen; it is brimming with activity and pictures of it may be seen on the inn’s Instagram site.

Additionally, see the life size carolers at the guest entrance and have your picture taken with them and our bronze dogs.  Drive by the Mansion in the evening and see the exterior aglow with thousands of miniature, twinkling white lights.  The Captain Lord Mansion is a definite “must -see” during Christmas Prelude.

Additionally, the 5 Historic Inns of Kennebunkport will each be open for tours that day.  Donations of $10 per person are required and all proceeds will be given to the local food bank. So, Sunday, December 6,  between 1:00 and 3:30 pm come see how each inn has decorated for Christmas Prelude.  Refreshments will be served at each inn.  The Captain Lord Mansion will be serving cookies and “Swedish Glogg”, a delightfully tasting brew of cran-apple juice warmed in a large crock-pot with spices.

We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to Captain Lord.  Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield, Innkeepers

Top 11 Reasons to Book Direct at the Captain Lord Mansion!

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Allow us to share with you the top 11 reasons to book direct at the Captain Lord Mansion. When coming to Kennebunkport, visit, call us directly and we promise to provide an engaging and rewarding booking process.

  1. You definitely have a better understanding of the inn’s character when you book direct.
  2. When you book direct, you get the best choice of rooms and will get exactly what you desire. Every room at Captain Lord Mansion is unique. OTAs (online travel agencies) are fine for big hotels with cookie-cutter rooms.
  3. You are informed about any special packages not available on OTA Booking sites.
  4. We want the best possible experience for you; that only happens when we talk directly to guests during the reservation process.
  5. You will get an email directly from us covering many aspects of your stay.
  6. When you book with OTA you can get moved around to whatever room that generally meets your requirements. However, book direct and get the specific room and amenities you want. We only list a restricted type and number of rooms on OTAs
  7. With booking direct  you get to talk to a real person, who will be pleasant and provide expert advice on area, local attractions, it is the best possible customer service.
  8. When you book direct, we begin providing personal service immediately; we help with room selection, itineraries, other travel plans, food preferences or allergies and recommended restaurants, etc.
  9. When you book direct, there is no problems with cancellations and reservation mix-ups.
  10. AAA and AARP discounts are only offered if you book direct.
  11. Book direct, meet one of our staff on the phone who will help personalize your stay with us .

We look forward to serving you, so book direct at the Captain Lord Mansion. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield