Back to the Kennebunks with Captain Lord – Episode 1

On an ordinary day in summer 2015, innkeepers Rick & Bev stop at Kennebunk’s Ace Hardware to pick up garden supplies. What happens next is anything but ordinary… View a piece of Kennebunkport history as Captain Nathaniel Lord returns! Follow our YouTube channel for future updates.

Come experience our historic and luxurious Kennebunkport bed and breakfast for yourself!

AAA Four Diamond Award 2015 – 35th Consecutive Year

We are delighted to announce receipt of the AAA Four Diamond Award again for 2015!

AAA 4 Diamond Award

Here at the Captain Lord Mansion, we believe it is an extraordinary accomplishment. To travelers, Four Diamonds means AAA (the leader in travel standards with over 55 million members) considers us a lodging establishment that is “upscale in all areas.”

What’s more the the AAA Four Diamond Award tells the world that our “accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes of the inn reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.”

Bev and I are exceptionally proud of this level of excellence and we’ve maintained those standards over the past 35 years. Our inn is one of only a handful in Maine to receive the award. The 2015 AAA plaque, seen here, hangs in our foyer, just inside the main entrance.

Just so you know, this is not an award that comes easily. It cannot be bought. It cannot be influenced by a free night’s stay or an expensive dinner. It takes hard work to get there.

The inspectors come without notice. They conduct a white-glove inspection and are brutally particular. They are not beholden to anyone except the standard. How you did the year prior does not matter. They expect improvements every year in service, hospitality, cleanliness, decor, gardens, room enhancements.  AAA’s 55 million members know they can rely on the inspection grading.

Every year, Bev and I have tried to give our guests and AAA something more. Establishing our Memory Garden, the garden waterfall as well as enhancing the other extensive gardens on our grounds was important because AAA considers the exterior of a Four Diamond property just as important as the interior.  So do we!  However, it is also important to continue to invest in room upgrades, redecorating and renovations.  This winter, Bev worked her magic in the Merchant Captain’s Suite, Mary Lord, Lincoln, Daniel and finally the kitchen in the Captain’s Garden House.

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Your innkeepers, Bev Davis & Rick Litchfield

Frequent Travel Rewards – Romantic Getaway in Maine

Romantic Bed & Breakfast in Maine

How do you secure frequent travel rewards at the Captain Lord Mansion and how does does the “Memory Garden” relate?  We devised a rather special way to honor our frequent visiting guests.  Every five visits to our romantic bed & breakfast inn earns a gift from the innkeepers; the 10th repeat visit being very special because it earns an engraved paving stone in the inn’s “Memory Garden”.  Here is a picture of a couple (Greg and Deanna) celebrating their 10th visit to the inn by viewing their brick in the “Memory Garden” walkway.

When we were contemplating ways to honor the frequent visitor to the Captain Lord Mansion, we thrashed about with lots of ideas, but none really struck us as being unique.  In 1995, when touring the “Gardens”  show rooms at the Atlanta Gift Mart, we discovered these engraved stones. Bev immediately conceived the idea of a garden area using the engraved stones to recognize the 10th visit.  I had been looking at fountains, so we combined her idea with mine and “voila” a rewards program was born.  The next issue was having the garden designed and built.  Our friend Tony Elliot from Snug Harbor Farm designed the garden and a local contractor built it.  We now have over 750 engraved stones in the garden area and adjoining walkway.  Bev and I salute these loyal guests with a hearty “thank you” for their loyalty and friendship over the past 37 years.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Tesla Charging Station :: Now Available in Kennebunkport

Tesla Charging StationAs a member of The Select Registry, a group of “Distinguished Inns of North America”, the inn was chosen to participate in a nationwide installation of a charging station for electric cars including one specifically for Tesla Automobiles. Here is a picture of the first Tesla for which we proudly provided a charge at the Tesla Charging Station over the 4th of July weekend.  The Captain Lord Mansion is now included on the Tesla Internet mapping network as well as other Internet data bases for charging stations.  This is just one more of the services we are proud to offer our guests.  So, if you are traveling in your Volt or Tesla, consider the convenience of charging here at the inn and not worrying about it!


Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield (Shown here the day the station went operational.)

Tesla Charging Station in Maine

A Kennebunkport Vacation – Summer Activities in Maine

Bicycling in Kennebunkport

If you are considering a Kennebunkport vacation which includes a visit to the Captain Lord Mansion, an intimate Maine Coast Bed and Breakfast, we invite you to review the many vacation activities available for your enjoyment. Kennebunkport offers you a plethora of fun things to do to entertain, to educate and to expand your horizons!  Or just come to the Mansion to relax and unwind! Here is an alphabetized list of Kennebunkport’s vacation activities from A to Z:

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Bev and I truly enjoy summer in Maine and especially Kennebunkport because there is so much to do.  We often find there is more events and activities than time to do them!  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.

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Jillyanna’s Cooking School – Kennebunkport, Maine Activity

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Do you know about Jillyanna’s Cooking School, which is located in Kennebunkport?

Are you looking for something different to do while on your summer vacation at the Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport?

Bev and I had the pleasure of attending a demonstration of the wood-fired oven and the delectable goodies our friend Jill Strauss creates. She and he partner Valerie do pie classes, home-made pasta classes as well as private, wood-fired pizza events.  It was one of those pizza events which we attended.  Jill and Valerie only use fresh ingredients, many of which they grow in their garden.  The food, the setting and the hospitality are terrific.  If you are looking for a cooking experience while with us this season, we encourage you to give Jillyanna’s a try.

The wood-fired oven is magnificent; however, part of the cooking experience is learning how to cook with different types of ovens, gas, electric as well as the wood-fired oven.  Click through the link in this blog to learn more about this very different vacation activity.  Jillyanna’s is tucked away in a rural setting in a quiet part of Kennebunkport..

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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17 Summer Activities to do in Kennebunkport, Maine

whale watching in Maine

Think you’ll be bored on your summer vacation in Maine?  Think again!  Here is our list of 17 things to do this summer in Kennebunkport.  And this list only scratches the surface of the plethora of summer activities found in Kennebunkport and the surrounding area.  When visiting the Captain Lord Mansion, our capable staff can connect you with tickets, times, directions, maps and any othe rthing you need to take advantage of these summer activities.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

  1. View the Bush Estate on Ocean Avenue; it was the summer White House for 41!
  2. Swim at the beautiful white sand Goose Rocks Beach
  3. Shop the many fine boutiques found in the Port’s Dock Square
  4. View Goat Island Lighthouse and see the Lobster Boats at Cape Porpoise Harbor
  5. Tour the Franciscan Monastery Gardens and Grounds
  6. Experience the nature trails at Laudholm Farm/Wells Reserve
  7. Tour the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s White Columns “First Families” Museum
  8. Learn the history of the Kennebunks at the Brick Store Museum
  9. Take a Ride on an old trolley at the Seashore Trolley Museum
  10. Take an educational and scenic cruise on the Lobster Boat Rugosa
  11. Go canoeing on the Kennebunk River and have a Captain Lord Mansion picnic lunch at “Picnic Rock”
  12. Enjoy a day seeking whales on the “First Chance” Whale Watch cruise
  13. Bicycle along Ocean Ave to tour the beautiful stone edifice of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
  14. Enjoy a sea Kayaking adventure with Coastal Maine Kayak
  15. Take a horse-drawn Carriage Ride through the Historic District
  16. Take a relaxing scenic sailing adventure on the Schooner Eleanor
  17. Take a cooking class at Jillyanna’s Wood-fired Cooking School

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Kennebunkport River Green – Fascinating History

River Green in KennebunkportThe Kennebunkport River Green has a fascinating history.  Originally, the land which now is called “The River Green” was house lots; there were three houses situated on that land during the 1800’s.  In the late 1800’s, the Captain Lord Mansion was owned by Charles P. Clark, the grandson of the original builder, Nathaniel Lord.  Because the three house blocked his view of the Kennebunk River, he had each moved to different part of town.  Being a wealthy railroad magnate from Connecticut, he could easily afford the cost of removal of the houses.  The bucolic park-like setting remained as part of the Lord family estate until 1972 when the Mansion was sold out of the family for the first time in 170 years.  The purchaser of the Mansion estate, Biddeford native Jim Throumoulos, was intent on selling the land to raise capital for funding his renovations to the Mansion.  Local residents were concerned that an important scenic part of the town would be destroyed by development; thus, in 1973, the River Green became the catalyst for citizens organizing the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.  The Kennebunkport River Green was the initial land purchase of the Conservation Trust which has grown exponentially under the leadership of Tom Bradbury.  Currently, the land owned and under conservation by the Trust is extensive and even includes Goat Island and its’ iconic lighthouse.  As owners of the Captain Lord Mansion, we are grateful for the stewardship of the citizens of Kennebunkport to create the Conservation Trust and preserve the River Green as an open park which showcases the Mansion during the winter and spring months.  Your innkeepers, Bev Davis & Rick Litchfield

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Awarded the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

The 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence  was awarded to the Captain Lord Mansion for 5th consecutive year and has been inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site

The Captain Lord Mansion is proud to announce that it has been recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire staff at the Captain Lord Mansion and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

Your innkeepers Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield


Kennebunkport Weekly Village ArtWalk Starts June 12th!

Abbott Graves CLM

Kennebunkport: Where art lives! This summer is going to be a terrific season as The local Chamber of Commerce promotes our vibrant community of artists and art lovers. The natural beauty of Kennebunkport has long been a draw to artists, and The Chamber will soon launch new initiatives to highlight all we have to offer with “Kennebunkport Weekly Village ArtWalk” and Art Movements! These fun, social events will bring together our local artist community and thriving restaurant scene with our residents and visitors looking for summer fun.

New this month, in creative collaboration with many local artists, The Chamber will launch its inaugural Village ArtWalk, a new self-guided walking tour between 14 local galleries in Kennebunk’s Lower Village, Kennebunkport’s Dock Square and Ocean Avenue. The first night is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 12, and will continue monthly on the second Friday through Christmas Prelude. Watch for our full-color brochure with an illustrated map by local artist Holly Ross, in coordination with Sue Rioux Designs and Tracey Sharpe at The Sharpe Gallery.  Or call the Captain Lord Mansion and we’ll mail you one prior to your visit.

Later this summer, the Chamber of Commerce will launch the new Art Movements! series, a trio of rotating events to take place on Tuesday evenings at various restaurants throughout the Kennebunks. Watch for details on Cut Throat Artists!, Pushing Paint! and Click and Swish!

On alternating weeks, artists of all media – emerging and established – will gather for an outrageous competition to see who has the smarts, the talents and the nerves to lay it all on the line in a challenge called Cut Throat Artists! With choices like oven mitts, old toothbrushes, pirate hooks and whatever is crazy enough to paint with, they will execute a masterpiece against a ticking clock. And, with a cheering crowd providing the backdrop for inspiration, they’ll make each competition a night to remember.

On the alternate weeks, artists will be invited to participate with fellow artists in Pushing Paint! They’ll join together as a “tag team painting machine” to create a mural that just might be a work of art for the ages! They will be competing against a clock and switching sides at the whim of a timer. (Here’s hoping they can play well together – this may be just the fun night to find out!)

In addition to these events, the local artisits will be featuring a weekly test of talents called Click and Swish!, as photographers submit one of their pictures to be randomly selected and interpreted by an artist and presented in a mini pop-up gallery showing.

So, if you are traveling to Kennebunkport this season, plan on participating in these fun activities and events. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

P.S. The painting depicted here is titled “New England Doorway” by Abbott Graves, a well-known, but deceased artist from the area. This work hangs in the Pasco Center at the Kennebunkport Historical Society.