Spring 2014, Southern Coast of Maine Vacation Activities!

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Spring 2014, Southern Coast of Maine vacation activities!

Six Great Destinations Drive-able From The Captain Lord Mansion On Two Gallons of Gas or Less!

Don’t let pain at the pump put a crimp in your vacation fun! There are plenty of interesting places to visit on the Southern Coast of Maine and lots of fun vacation activities within 2 gallons of gas, round-trip, from the Captain Lord Mansion. Here are a few out-of-the-ordinary suggestions for “day-tripping” and enjoying Southern Coast of Maine vacation activities.

Goat Island Light

Cape Porpoise  Just two miles east of Kennebunkport on Route 9 lies the working fishing village of Cape Porpoise.  This off-the-beaten-path area boasts excellent seasonal restaurants such as Nunan’s Lobster Hut, the Captain’s Restaurant, the Cape Pier Chowder House as well as year-round choices of Pier 77, The Ramp and the Wayfarer.  Bev and I never tire of driving or biking to the Pier and as we crest the hill overlooking the harbor and we catch sight of weathered lobster boats lined up like sentinels, their images reflecting off the shimmering water in the bright sunlight.  Along the way to the Pier, take some time to visit the Wright Gallery; Charlie has an excellent selection of art from local artists.  Once in the heart of the cape, near the fish pier you can see the Goat Island Lighthouse in the distance.  It has been rescued and restored by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.  Take some time to get out of your car or off your bicycle and explore the pier, the rocky outcrop overlooking the harbor and stay for lunch at either The Ramp or Chowder House.

Portland ME 

 

 

 

 

The City of Portland
Just 30 minutes north of Kennebunkport, this bustling seaside city offers so much to see and do. Stroll the streets of the wonderfully restored Old Port, with its eclectic selection of shops, galleries and restaurants. Perhaps take a short boat cruise out to Peak’s Island. Visit the Victoria Mansion, one of the finest restored Victorian House Museums in New England. Visit the Portland Museum of Art – its main building was designed by I.M. Pei – and the McClelland House annex, a fabulous Federal Mansion that has all of its beautiful, original architectural interiors.

Oqunquit & Marginal Way

Oqunquit & Marginal Way day trip
About 20 minutes south of Kennebunkport. Park your car at the entrance to Perkins Cove and lunch at the legendary Barnicle Billy’s, while watching the boats come in and out of the Cove. Then take a leisurely walk along the Marginal Way ocean-side walking trail. On your way back, stop in town and explore the many unique shops that vie for your business!

Biddeford Pool
Ten miles north of Kennebunkport is a large tidal pool, as well as the scenic village that surrounds it. Site of Maine’s first recorded permanent settlement (1616), it hosts both resident lobstermen and summer The East Point Sanctuary (Audubon Society) is one of the premier birding spots on the northeast coast. Bev and I enjoy hiking in the Sanctuary because it borders a beautiful golf course and wanders along the rocky shore. Historic Wood Island Light is clearly visible just off shore.

Cape Neddick Light

Maine Light House

Better known as the Nubble Light, it is just a few minutes south of Ogunquit, off beautiful York Beach, on a rocky island or “Nubble.” It is considered one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. First lit in 1897, it continues to guide mariners today. It is one lighthouse that you can see up close; it is only a stone’s throw off shore across a narrow channel of water.

Kittery Shopping Outlets
If your idea of a fun vacation day is shop ’til you drop,” then head south on Rte. 1 or the Maine Turnpike about a half hour, to the famed Kittery Outlets. In about a two-mile stretch of Rte. 1, you’ll find everything from Crate & Barrel, Liz Claiborne and Brooks Brothers, to Bass Shoe, Lenox China and dozens more. Why, you could get all your holiday shopping done in just one visit to Kittery!

Although Bev and I are “transplants” from “away,” we have lived in this part of New England for 35 plus years, we never cease to be delighted by the many charms of the Southern Coast of Maine. Let us help you plan an enchanting day of your own, all on just 2 gallons of gas! We’ll provide maps, GPS coordinates and explicit driving instructions!

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

New List of Top 5 Casual Kennebunkport, Maine Restaurants, as Recommended by The Captain Lord Mansion

Vacationers know that Maine is famous for lobsters and lighthouses; therefore, I am starting my recommendations of the New List of Top 5 casual Kennebunkport Maine restaurants as recommended by the Captain Lord Mansion with a repeat, Mabel’s Lobster Claw.

Mabel's Lobster Claw

Mabel’s was one of former President, George H. W. Bush’s favorite casual seafood restaurants; he loved their freshly-caught lobster offerings. One dish for which Mabel’s is still famous is a shrimp & scallop-stuffed and baked lobster.  When visiting us here at the Captain Lord Mansion, Bev’s dad loved going to Mabel’s specifically for that dish!  Because he was a lobster-lover, I think it was his favorite of all the restaurants in town.  Interestingly, Bev’s mom was allergic to lobster; however, my mom loved lobster!  Mabel’s is only open from April through late October.

There is a new year-round restaurant named The Village Tavern which opened about a year ago in West Kennebunk; it is a short 10 to 15 minute drive from the inn.  Chef Rich Lemoine and his wife have created a wonderfully-casual atmosphere combined with excellent food of a variety other than seafood.  Check out their website to see Rich’s tremendous past experience cooking at Kennebunkport area restaurants. Bev’s favorite are the Steamed Mussels; I have never seen such plump, flavorful mussels. Also, they are always free from grit which is sometimes a challenge with mussels.  This is a favorite with locals and does not take reservations, so plan an early dinner.

The Village Tavern

Another alternative to seafood is The Ramp, which is located on the harbor in Cape Porpoise; it has the best burgers in town.  Again, when your seafood need is satiated and you just want a great tasting burger with all the fixings, this is the place to go.  This is another favorite with locals and it has a very small dining area, so you often rub shoulders with area residents.  Be sure to engage them in conversation about the area!  This place has great food combined with a funky atmosphere, but does not take resrvations!

The Ramp

Another casual choice of dining which is located in Cape Porpoise is the Wayfarer.  Bev and I recently dined here and were impressed by the newly-renovated atmosphere, cleanliness and excellent food.  The menu choices are varied and all freshly-prepared.  This is a BYOB restaurant, so you can make a choice of wine from the Captain Lord Mansion wine cellar and take it with you. The Wayfarer does take reservations and is open seven nights a week, all year.  This is a blessing for many of our “Serenity Season” guests when there are few restaurant choices early in the week.

When you want good beer combined with terrific seafood dishes, we recommend Federal Jack’s; it is the home of Shipyard Ale and other custom brews made popular by the Shipyard Brewing Company.  Federal Jack’s offers choice brews, excellent seafood as well as panoramic views of the Kennebunk River.  Reservations are advised in season.  Federal Jack’s also offers Brewery Tours, and our office staff is pleased to arrange one for you.

Shipyard Ale

When staying at the Captain Lord Mansion, we’ll be happy to make reservations at one of these casual Kennebunkport, Maine restaurants, well at least at those that take reservations and give explicit driving directions for you.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

When Can You Save 50% on Captain Lord Mansion Rates?

 

Habitat for Humanity

During the month of May 2014 stay mid-week for one night in one of our Deluxe Rooms for half price when you make a $35 donation to Habitat for Humanity; that is when you can save 50% on Captain Lord Mansion rates for Deluxe Rooms! 

Restrictions: You may use this package for one night only for Deluxe Rooms only; however, it may be combined with longer stays if you pay the regular nightly rate for the other nights of your reservation.  This package may not be combined with any other discounts, coupons or 3rd party gift certificates.  Also, this package is not valid during the Memorial Day holiday.  Additionally, you must write a check to Habitat for Humanity for $35.00

The Top 5 Kennebunkport Maine Lobster Pounds

This is a revised and updated version of my previous Blog about my personal recommendations for the Top 5 Kennebunkport Maine Lobster Pounds as recommended by the owner/innkeeper of the #2 TripAdvisor-rated Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.

Maine Lobster

1. The most famous of Kennebunkport’s lobster pounds is Nunan’s Lobster Hut, founded in 1932.  This is the ultimate lobster pound-type place; it has long tables, bench seats, communal seating and serves only lobster; but it serves the best blueberry pie (my opinion) in Maine.  Nunan’s does not take reservations and there is usually a wait for seating in peak season.

Nunan's Lobster Hut

2. Mabel’s Lobster Claw Restaurant is one of Bev’s and my personal favorites, as well as many of our guests. Red-checkered table cloths, cozy booths and great lobster dishes are found here. This restaurant opens in early April and stays open through late October. Bev’s dad loved their baked-stuffed lobster which is stuffed with shrimp, scollops and a delicious seasoned breading.

3. The Captain’s Restaurant is located in Cape Porpoise (part of Kennebunkport) just around the corner from Nunan’s.  The Captain’s is more of a regular-style restaurant with individual tables and chairs, but ultra casual.  However, the lobster and other seafood dishes are fabulous.   I love going here after a long day at the inn and just relaxing over a beer and a freshly-steamed lobster.

Maine Lobster

4. The Cape Pier Chowder House is located right on the pier in Cape Porpoise and it is just the place for freshly-steamed lobsters for lunch.  Choose your live lobster out of their tank and then enjoy your meal while gazing over the Cape Porpoise Harbor.  Watch the lobster boats come and go and listen to the squawk of seagulls in the distance.  It is quintessential Maine.

The Clam Shack

5. The Clam Shack, which is located on the bridge in Dock Square, is not really a “lobster pound”; however, it has the best fried clams in the town.  It is located adjacent to a seafood market where you can purchase live lobsters to go.  Beware of low flying seagulls which will snatch your french fries!

Any of these restaurants will provide you with a terrific lobster meal.  Why not spend several days at the Captain Lord Mansion and try them all? Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

When is the Kennebunkport Festival “Taste of Maine” Garden Party?

 Kennebunkport Festival “Taste of Maine” Garden Party: Saturday June 7th, 2014

Taste of Maine

The Captain Lord Mansion, a romantic Maine Coast Bed & Breakfast inn, announces the 3rd Annual Kennebunkport Festival “Taste of Maine” Garden Party.

Once again, in conjunction with the 2014 Kennebunkport Festival, each of the four member inns of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport will be hosting a Garden Party for resident guests.

Again this year, each of the inn’s chefs will focus their culinary skills in presenting a “Taste of Maine”.  Expect to sample a variety of Maine wines, other Maine beverages, as well as Maine specialty snacks and hors d’oeuvres.

The “Taste of Maine” Garden Parties are complimentary and only open to guests staying at one of the four Historic inns: the 1802 House, the Captain Jefferds Inn,  the Captain Lord Mansion, or the Maine Stay Inn & Cottages.

Call today for reservations as rooms are limited. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

 Garden Party

The Top 10 Kennebunkport Tourist Attractions

Captain Lord MansionBev and I have been fortunate to have lived in Kennebunkport for 36 years. Allow us to share our picks for the “Top 10 Kennebunkport tourist attractions.  While visiting the Captain Lord Mansion, an intimate Maine Coast Bed & Breakfast, please allow us to direct you to these picturesque locations or historic places.  None is very far from our romantic Kennebunkport B&B. Each is a place for a photo memory of your visit to the area. So, get out your IPhone or camera and make some memories. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

  1. Ocean Avenue and the Bush Estate

Captain Lord Mansion

  1. Goose Rocks Beach
  2. Dock Square

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  1. Cape Porpoise Harbor

Kennebunkport, Maine

  1. Franciscan Monastery Gardens and Grounds
  2. Kennebunk Beach (Mother’s Beach)
  3. Laudholm Farm/Wells Reserve
  4. Kennebunkport Historical Society’s Nott House
  5. Brick Store Museum
  6. Seashore Trolley Museum

Kennebunkport, Maine

Only Two “First Saturday” Wine Tastings Remaining; April 5th and May 3rd!

Captain Lord Mansion

Beginning in January, our romantic Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast began hosting our annual complimentary travels around the globe tasting superb vintages from selected vintners. Now, only two “First Saturday” Wine Tastings remain; April 5th and May 3rd!

This year we added several new incentives for those guests choosing to attend; first, each couple receives complimentary gifts of a customized Captain Lord Mansion “Drop Stop” wine pourer.

Additionally, each couple is 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”.

Remaining Scheduled Dates:

  • Saturday, April 5, 2013  (Bev & Rick – Great Cabernet’s)
  • Saturday, May 3, 2013  (Bev & Rick – Springtime Favorites)

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.

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 $199 per night.

Your innkeepers, Bev Davis & Rick Litchfield

Captain Lord Mansion                                                                                          “Drop Stop”

What is Maple Sugaring Sunday in Maine?

maine-coast-breakfast

Maple Sugaring Sunday in Maine is Sunday, March 23, 2014. There are many small tree farms only a short drive from the Captain Lord Mansion.  We encourage guests to visit one of these sugaring operations in order to see how the tree sap is boiled down to make that rich golden syrup most of us enjoy over our pancakes, on waffles and over ice cream.  I remember the first time I saw sugaring; I was amazed at how much tree sap is required to produce such a small quantity of syrup. I also learned about grading the syrup. It is an educational and enjoyable vacation activity.  Hope you will join us at the Captain Lord Mansion that weekend.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Do You Love Maine Built Boats? Where Can You Find Them?

Main-Built Boats

Do You Love Maine Built Boats?  If you do, we have a suggestion for this weekend’s activity while staying with us at the Captain Lord Mansion.  The Maine Boatbuilders Show is Friday March 14, 10-6pm; Saturday March 15, 10-6pm and Sunday March 16, 10-4pm.  It will be held at the Portland Company at 58 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101. Quoting the website, the show is “A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.” I love seeing all the newest boats and dream about sailing away to the Caribbean!  Not really, couldn’t afford to!

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Where Can You Find “Storybook Gardens” This Weekend?

Captain Lord Mansion

Find “Storybook Gardens” this weekend at the Portland Flower Show which will be held at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street, Portland, ME.  The dates of the show are Thursday, March 6th through Sunday, March 9th.  If you are like Bev and I, we are anxious to see the arrival of Spring; however, there is a least 2 feet of frozen white stuff covering most of the ground here in Southern Maine.  So, we are excited to visit the Portland Flower Show this weekend to enjoy a bit of Spring, even if it is inside!  The theme this year is “Storybook Gardens” and we wonder how this theme will be executed by the various participants in the show.  We are confident that there will be plenty of flowers, shrubs and garden layouts with small ponds and waterfalls.  It should be a good way for our guests to spend several hours this weekend.  If you are staying with us at the Captain Lord Mansion, we can help with directions.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield