Maine Maple Sunday 2015 :: Maine Maple Syrup

Maple Trees in Maine

The staff at the Captain Lord Mansion will be serving (as we always do) authentic Maine Maple syrup this weekend.  We’ll have pancakes or Belgian waffles smothered in the deliciously-flavored syrup as well as having maple sugar candy snacks available in the afternoon.  Since we are offering the 3rd night free, you can stay with us for free and spend the day visiting several “Sugar Houses” to see the syrup being made.  It should be a “sweet getaway” with your sweetheart!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

We Recommend the Maine Boatbuilders Show!

Maine Boat Show

Bev and I are eagerly anticipating the annual Maine Boatbuilders Show which is scheduled for March 20, 21 and 22.  Bev and I always enjoy this show because it is a gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast.  Numerous manufacturers of boating equipment will also be exhibiting at this excellent show. See Maine-built sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats. Many of the actual builders will be at the show to discuss and sell their work.  We always find the wooden built boats to be quite beautiful.  Admission to the show is $15 per person and the hours are 10 am to 6 pm Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday March 22, 2015. Stay at the Captain Lord Mansion and attend the Maine Boat Builders show!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

11th Annual Portland Boat Show 2015 :: Kennebunkport Inn

Boat Show in Maine

The Captain Lord Mansion is excited to announce the dates of the 11th annual Portland Boat Show.  “THE PORTLAND BOAT SHOW” will be held at the Portland Sports Complex between March 5th through March 8th, 2015.  This large capacity facility is conveniently located at 512 Warren Avenue, just off exit 48 of the Maine Turnpike.  This venue for the Portland Boat Show 2015 has plenty of free, on-site parking and includes the largest display show area of any of the local boat shows.  If you are looking for a new boat, this is the place to see exhibits including center console & walk-around fishing boats, family-type bow-riders, cuddy cabins, larger cruisers, party-pontoon boats, wake-board boats, and also tournament ski boats.  The show is open until 8 pm every night except Sunday, when it is open until 5 pm.  Admission is $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.  Though we are not in the market to purchase a boat, Bev and I are anticipating a fun afternoon seeing the new offerings. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Winter Renovations at Our Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast

Kennebunkport Inn

The Captain Lord Mansion is similar to a bridge, it is never completely renovated.  Each year we schedule redecorating and maintenance in specific rooms in order to keep each guest room feeling freshly decorated and welcoming.  We have scheduled some winter renovations to include: The Captain’s Suite (Merchant) and the Lincoln rooms in the Mansion to be extensively redecorated as well planning a freshening of the Daniel room in the Captain’s Garden House.  Merchant and Daniel will receive new wall-to wall carpets; additionally, Merchant and Lincoln will be enhanced with new window treatments and beautifully classic wall-papers.  Here are “before” pictures of both Merchant and Lincoln.  We’ll post the new photos upon completion of the redecorating which is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.   Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield

Inn in Kenebunkport

Kennebunkport Photographer for Maine Bed & Breakfast

Winter in Maine

Our friend Robert A. Dennis lives in nearby Cape Porpoise and loves photographing the many scenic vistas found abundantly in this beautiful area.  We are the beneficiary of his work because he has taken fantastic pictures of the Captain Lord Mansion in every season and allows us to use them on our website and in our marketing materials.  Above is a photo from last winter when we had so much snow.  We love the perspective of the expanse of the River Green which beautifully frames the inn season after season.  Bob’s website is Port Images and you may peruse the wonderful variety of images available there and also purchase them.  He is our favorite Kennebunkport Photographer!  We hope you enjoy his work as much as we do. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield

River Green - Kennebunkport

Captain Lord Mansion - Kennebunkport

Captain Lord in Kennebunkport

New Stud Finder Tool – Kennebunk Area

Stud Finder - New Tool

Bev and I would like to introduce you to Studpop, a new stud finder gadget invented by a friend of ours, John Blake.  Not only does it work, but it is cute too!  It has received rave reviews from the DIY Network, This Old House Magazine, Tool-Rank.com, The Tool Review Guy and more.  It is available directly from Amazon for only $9.95 and not available in the big box stores.  You may see a review on YouTubeStudpop is manufactured right here in the Kennebunk area, so it carries the “Made in USA” label!  Happy Popping!

 

Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield,  Your Innkeepers

100 Reasons to Visit Kennebunkport

 

Kennebunkport Maine Boutique Hotel

100 Reasons to Visit Kennebunkport

To Celebrate the 100th visit to the Captain Lord Mansion by one couple in October 2014, we have compiled 100 reasons to visit our romantic Maine Coast Inn. Enjoy the many reasons you have for loving Kennebunkport and the Mansion!

1. One couple, The Nelsons, have visited Captain Lord Mansion 100 times (Oct 2014 – 100th visit) they have been visiting several times a year since 1983. We must be doing something right!

2. Captain Lord Mansion has been chosen by Select Registry to be included among 400 Distinguished Country Inns of North America.

3. Captain Lord Mansion has been an AAA Four Diamond rated B&B for over 35 years.

4. If Maine is Vacationland, guests say the Captain Lord Mansion is romanceland!

5. Meet two of the longest serving innkeepers in the biz, Rick and Bev, your hosts at Captain Lord Mansion since 1978!

6. Captain Lord Mansion includes the Captain’s Garden House, an 1807, 5,000 sq. ft. building adjacent to the main inn. It has four guest rooms decorated similar to the Mansion.

7. Captain Lord Mansion just celebrated the building’s 200 anniversary; 1814-2014!

8. Kennebunkport is the only town in the world so named, so it should be on your “bucket” list.

Kennebunkport Maine

9. From Captain Lord Mansion take the easy walk to Dock Square’s shops and restaurants.

10. On your 10th Visit to the Captain Lord Mansion you will get your name engraved on a stone which is placed in the inn’s “Memory Garden”.  The “Memory Garden” is where you become part of the inn’s celebrated history with your own engraved stone.

11. Lobster is always on the menu in Kennebunkport, see Rick & Bev’s favorite spots for Lobster. http://www.captainlord.com/2014/04/top-5-kennebunkport-maine-lobster-pounds/

12. Captain Lord Mansion has been a Yankee Magazine “Editor’s Pick”.

13. Captain Lord Mansion has been selected to be included in the new and exclusive Forbes Magazine Travelguide.

14. Captain Lord Mansion was named “Top 50 Small Hotels in the US” by Conde Nast Traveler.

15. Captain Lord Mansion offers you restful luxury after visiting nearby lighthouses.

16. Captain Lord Mansion offers couples massages in the Mansion’s on-premise Day Spa.

Kennebunkport Spa

17. Captain Lord Mansion offers you celebratory upgrades of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and cheese platters; they can be waiting in your room upon arrival.

18. At the Captain Lord Mansion awake to freshly-brewed coffee from a Nespresso machine.

19. Return from your day of exploring Maine to find gourmet cheese, crackers, fresh fruit and sweets served in Captain Lord Mansion’s country kitchen.

20. Captain Lord Mansion was voted “Most Romantic Bed & Breakfast” by the readers of the York County Coast Star for 4 consecutive years!

21. Captain Lord Mansion innkeepers are pleased to share their favorite Kennebunkport area restaurants with “foodies”

22. Captain Lord Mansion three-course breakfast menu changes daily – strawberry filled French toast, farm-fresh egg soufflé or Mansion “Stackers” – a potato pancake layered with smoked ham and scrambled eggs covered with a melted cheddar cheese sauce…yum!

23. Captain Lord Mansion’s beautiful gardens offer guests a great place to relax and unwind.

24. Captain Lord Mansion is just a short walk from your lobster boat tour on the Rugosa.

25. Stay at Captain Lord Mansion overlooking the Kennebunk River where you can hoist a sail aboard “The Schooner Eleanor” or “Pineapple Ketch”, two beautiful sailboats offering coastal excursions.

26.”Christmas Prelude” at Captain Lord Mansion is the merriest time of year… the inn is always decked with festive holiday decor and full of good cheer.

27. Bike along beautiful Ocean Avenue on a Captain Lord Mansion bicycle.

28. Why go to Asia when you can stay in the “Oriental” deluxe room at Captain Lord Mansion?

29. Be a champion in Captain Lord Mansion’s “Champion”, a deluxe room with a great bath.

30. Captain Lord Mansion honeymooners may enjoy the “Merchant” Captain’s Suite, a very special 3-room suite with incredible bath amenities such as a double body-jet shower, a jetted double-size tub in front of a fireplace, double vanities and heated marble floor.

31. At Captain Lord Mansion celebrate Maine’s bountiful harvest in the “Harvest” Room.

32. Captain Lord Mansion’s front lawn is a beautiful park owned by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and known as the “River Green”.

33. A short walk from Captain Lord Mansion is where you can cast a line and fish from the “Breakwater” or you may also charter a deep sea fishing trip.

Maine Deep Sea Fishing

34. From Captain Lord Mansion you can walk to “Blowing Cave” and watch the ocean make a spectacular spray as it crashes into an eroded rock cave .

35. From Captain Lord Mansion take another walk along Ocean Ave and have your photo taken at “Spouting Rock” where the ocean spouts high through a rock cleft.

36. Visit Captain Lord Mansion’s recommended “Top 7″ art galleries in Kennebunkport Maine

37. At Captain Lord Mansion’s Day Spa savor the scent of the sea with a Salt Glow Body Treatment.

38. In front of the Captain Lord Mansion tour “Ganny’s Garden”, a beautiful garden tribute to former First Lady, Barbara Bush.

39. Captain Lord Mansion offers you comfortable Adirondak-style lawn chairs and cooling shade under grand maple and chestnut trees which grace the inn’s lawn.

40. Captain Lord Mansion’s Gathering Room is where you’ll meet interesting guests from all over the globe.

41Lord Mansion is a registered State of Maine “Eco-Friendly” Lodging Property, so Go Green!

42. Captain Lord Mansion was recently named a “Most Romantic Inn” by BedandBreakfast.com

43. Captain Lord Mansion, during the past 5 years, has raised over $25,000 for breast cancer research with its annual “Dime for Time” program.

44. Captain Lord Mansion in 2014 is hosting its 5th annual “Breast Cancer Survivor Weekend” a free -of-charge getaway to some of those women bravely battling breast cancer.

45. Captain Lord Mansion is a “Top 10 Inn of North America” awarded by Country Inns Bed & Breakfast Magazine!

46. Captain Lord Mansion improves your odds of receiving a “Yes” when proposing to your loved one!  Many successful proposals have occurred at the inn!

47. Celebrating anniversaries at Captain Lord Mansion are a smart “happy-marriage” move!

48. At Captain Lord Mansion bathrooms matter; enjoy luxurious marble baths with heated floors, Hydro-massage body-jet showers, and double jacuzzi-style tubs.

49. At Captain Lord Mansion you will sleep in tremendous comfort on “Comfy” brand sheets and posturepedic mattresses with memory-foam toppers.

50. At Captain Lord Mansion you will love the luxurious bathrobes and large thick towels.

51. Captain Lord Mansion provides hairdryers and European-style lighted makeup mirrors, so leave yours at home!

52. Captain Lord Mansion is switching to guest amenities from William Roam, the only products made in the US.

53. At Captain Lord Mansion enjoy fresh flowers and a convenient small refrigerator in your room.

54. At Captain Lord Mansion enjoy Kennebunkport’s annual “February is for Lovers” month-long celebration of romance; there isn’t a more romantic B&B in Maine!

55. From Captain Lord Mansion you can walk to a dozen art galleries; Kennebunkport is an acclaimed artist enclave.

56. Motivated by Captain Lord Mansion’s tasteful antique furnishing, you can shop for your own treasures at several nearby fine antique shops

57. From Captain Lord Mansion find sea-glass jewelry, Maine crafts and cool clothing which are displayed in nearby Dock Square shops

58. Captain Lord Mansion can create a picnic for your day at the beach, touring the coast or sitting on their scenic lawn.

59. Captain Lord Mansion is in a quiet, classic residential neighborhood of beautiful 17th and 18th century Colonial and Federal period homes.

60. At Captain Lord Mansion you can stay in the Deluxe Excelsior room with its fine furniture, spaciousness, high ceilings and marble bath all of which evokes the feeling of a true mansion.

61. Captain Lord Mansion is one of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport.

62. From Captain Lord Mansion walk to most of the annual “Kennebunkport Festival” events, a town wide celebration of fine food, wine, art and music.

63. Captain Lord Mansion received the “Super Star” Hotel Award by Reed Travel Group.

64. Frommer’s Guidebooks named Captain Lord Mansion a  “Star Select” property.

65. Captain Lord Mansion received the “Millennium International Award of Excellence” as one of America’s Top 100 Country Inns.

66. Captain Lord offers a Happy Feet foot massage package… ooh la la!

67. Beach chairs and towels are available to Captain Lord Mansion guests, free.

68. Captain Lord Mansion was awarded with the esteemed Fodor’s Choice Award.

69. Captain Lord Mansion has received the TripAdvisor 2014 “Certificate of Excellence”.

70. Captain Lord Mansion is on Facebook so you can check in!

71. Captain Lord Mansion is on Twitter so you can tweet.

72. Captain Lord Mansion is on Pinterest and our rooms are so pin worthy.

73. Captain Lord Mansion is on Google+ so follow us and or write a review.

74. Captain Lord Mansion has its own Captain’s Blog.

75. Captain Lord Mansion homemade breakfasts are a delicious beginning to any day.

76. As part of your Captain Lord Mansion breakfast, savor Maine Maple syrup and Maine blueberries

77. Captain Lord Mansion’s Gift Shop is the “Inn” place which offers jewelry, gift items, CLM memorabilia, collectibles and small Maine-made gift items.

78. From Captain Lord Mansion it’s a short walk to Colony Beach, a perfectly picturesque spot for sunbathing.

79. Captain Lord Mansion rooms all have private baths, so no trekking down the hall!

80. Captain Lord Mansion Guests enjoy complimentary WiFi, so keep in touch, or unplug!

81. Captain Lord Mansion rooms have gas-burning fireplaces, romance with a click, no log lugging, no pollution.

82. Captain Lord Mansion has an emergency back-up generator for the rare power outage.

83. Captain Lord Mansion offers complimentary snowshoes which are a great way to tour local nature preserves in the winter.

84. Captain Lord Mansion offers birding backpacks for guests so ornithologists are welcome!

85. Captain Lord Mansion offers complimentary wine tastings, the first Saturday of each winter month.

86 Captain Lord Mansion hosts complimentary summertime “Wine Time” garden parties.

87. Captain Lord pours freshy-brewed iced-tea or lemonade on summer afternoons.

88. Captain Lord Mansion offers a winter afternoon guest treat called “Swedish Glogg”, a mulled cider and cranberry juice served from a simmering crock-pot found on the antique stove in the Mansion’s kitchen.

89. At Captain Lord Mansion breakfast is home-style cooking, so you awaken to the smell of sizzling apple-wood smoked bacon or maple sausage.

90. Captain Lord Mansion’s public “Gathering” room has a gorgeous huge fireplace which is found blazing nine months of the year

91. At Captain Lord Mansion breakfast may include Petite Belgian waffles or Maine blueberry pancakes with Maine maple syrup

92. Nearby Captain Lord Mansion explore on foot or bicycle the “Eastern Trail”, a 6.2 mile pathway through the peaceful Maine woods

93. Take another short walk from Captain Lord Mansion to visit the “First Family Museum” at the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s “White Columns” to see lots of Bush memorabilia, as well as take an historic house tour.

94. From Captain Lord Mansion walk to Walkers Point and get that Presidential point photo!

95. In the Captain Lord Mansion “Memory Garden”, have your picture taken with our dogs, Nate and Toby…they don’t bite – they’re bronze!

96.On the Captain Lord Mansion front lawn, take in summer theater, call it “stay and play”; MaineStage Shakespeare produces plays summer evenings on the River Green, or

97. From Captain Lord Mansion take in a Broadway-style show at nearby Arundel Barn Playhouse or Ogunquit Playhouse.

98. From Captain Lord Mansion follow the Maine Art Museum Trail along the scenic Maine coast to visit seven unique art museums showcasing 53,000 works of art.

99. Visit Captain Lord Mansion 100 times, like Hal & Kathi Nelson, and you could be honored by having a “Memory Garden” Fountain named for you!

100. If you don’t visit Captain Lord Mansion this year, you’ll be another year older before you do.

Captain Lord Mansion Announces Its 2015 Bed & Breakfast Wine Tastings Schedule

Wine Tasting

We are pleased to announce the Captain Lord Mansion 2015 Winter Wine Tasting Schedule.

And Added Incentives!

Beginning Saturday, January 3, 2015 our romantic Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast will again host complimentary travels around the globe tasting superb vintages from selected vintners.  We are continuing with several added incentives to attend; each couple who attends one of our Winter Wine Tastings will receive a complimentary gift of a customized Captain Lord Mansion “Drop Stop” wine pourer.  Additionally, each couple will be entered into a drawing to return to the Captain Lord Mansion for a free night at the inn combined with joining Bev and Rick in attending one of the Mansion wine suppliers spring “Grand Tastings”.  Finally, the winning couple will accompany Bev and Rick for a complimentary dinner at one of Portland’s fine restaurants.

Scheduled Dates:

  • Saturday, January 3, 2015  (Bev & Rick – Sparkling/Champagne/Specialty)
  • Saturday, January 31, 2015  (Bev & Rick – CLM  Wine Cellar Specialties)
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015  (Dick Varano – More Great Italian Wines)
  • Saturday, April 4, 2015  (Bev & Rick – More CLM  Wine Cellar Specialties)
  • Saturday, May 9, 2015  (Bev & Rick – New Springtime Favorites)
  • Saturday, June 6, 2015 (Kennebunkport Festival Garden Party)

These tastings are a time to learn more about specific wines from a region or a type of wine; we will provide you tasting notes and other informative handouts.  We start the events at 5:30 pm and go to about 6:30 pm; that allows you plenty of time to plan a romantic dinner after the tasting.  We hope you will plan to attend one of our complimentary Bed & Breakfast Wine Tastings.

The Captain Lord Mansion wine tastings are complimentary; they are included in the room rates for the weekend.  Weekend Rates at our intimate Maine Coast Inn start at $249 per night. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis & Rick Litchfield

Drop Stop                                                                                          “Drop Stop”

 

Kennebunkport’s “Five Shades of Red” February Promotion

valentines-day

Come celebrate Kennebunkport, New England’s Most Romantic Town where “Romance” is in the air during the entire month of February!

Come experience Captain Lord Mansion’s “February is For Lovers”, “Five Shades of Red” Package!

Captain Lord Mansion’s “Five Shades of Red” Package includes:

  1. Special Reduced Mid-week “Serenity Season” Rates
  2. Winter Weekender 10% Off Packages (Not valid over Valentine’s Weekend 2/13 – 2/16)
  3. Romantic “3rd Night Free” Package* (Not valid over Valentine’s Weekend 2/13 – 2/16)
  4. Split of Sparkling Wine
  5. Plate of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies
  6. Package of delicious chocolate covered cherries
  7. $20.00 Dining Coupons and Frequent Visitor Credits

Our complimentary gifts are designed to enhance your special getaway and help you to make enduring romantic memories.

* The “3rd Night Free” Package may not be combined with any other coupon, discount or 3rd party gift certificate.

Captain Lord Mansion Conducts 6th Annual “Dime for Time” Breast Cancer Fundraiser

 

thought my cancer support

Celebrate with us as The Captain Lord Mansion conducts its 6th Annual “Dime for Time” Breast Cancer Fundraiser in 2015!

Owners of this romantic Kennebunkport inn, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield invite you to participate in their Lois Ann Fincher Memorial  “Dime for Time” Fundraising Campaign.  This original campaign was begun in 2010 to honor Bev’s sister, Lois Ann Fincher who passed away in 2003 after a long and heroic battle with breast cancer. This is the “Signature Charity” for our Maine Coast bed & breakfast inn.

For each guest stay at our Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast throughout the year, we pledge a donation to this fund. Donations are calculated as a multiple of dimes based on frequency of guest visits.  In October of 2014 one couple made their 100th visit to the inn!  Thus, with such a large number of  frequent visitors, we have donated over $20,000 to the American Cancer Society from the past five year’s fundraising efforts.

In 2015 we are choosing to make our donation to “My Breast Cancer Support”, an organization located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This 501C-3 Charitable organization provides household assistance, family support, living expenses, travel scholarships and complimentary wellness programs to deserving women from Portsmouth, NH to Sanford, Maine.  We decided to support this organization because it directly and positively impacts lives of women from the local seacoast area.

The Captain Lord Mansion “Dime for Time” Breast Cancer Fundraiser culminates each year on the last Sunday and Monday of November when selected New England area breast cancer survivors receive a complimentary two-night stay at the Inn and a short reception is held when a check for money raised is presented to the receiving organization. 

If you desire to nominate someone for this complimentary stay at the inn, please send Bev and Rick an email at innkeeper@captainlord.com.  Due to winter travel considerations, we usually accept nominations only for women from the six New England states.  The email nomination should be about 250 words in length and should give us an idea of why that person should be chosen, as well as giving us the contact information (phone number, mailing address and email address) for the nominee.

Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield