What is MaineStage Shakespeare?

Historic Inns of Kennebunkport

The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport are proud sponsors of the MaineStage Shakespeare Company. This exciting troupe of up-and-coming young actors will appear on the River Green (in front of the Captain Lord Mansion) at 8:00 pm each Saturday evening from July 12th through August 2nd. Each summer, the enthusiasm and dedication to classical theater of the MaineStage ensemble brings two of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays to the fore. This year, the plays are Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew!

These plays are performed free of charge. Patrons may bring their own blankets & chairs; additionally, chairs can be rented at the show for a small fee. A “Free-Will Offering” is taken at each performance to help support the expenses of the troupe.

As an added bonus, several members of the company will appear for a short preview and “meet & greet” at one of the four Historic Inns of Kennebunkport at 4:00 pm on the day of each performance. The 1802 House will host the Macbeth gathering on Saturday, July 12th.  The Captain Lord Mansion will be the location for the Taming of the Shrew preview on Saturday, July 19th.  The July 26th Macbeth pre-performance gathering will be at the Maine Stay Inn & Cottages.  The final preview of the Taming of the Shrew will be held on Saturday, August 2nd at the Captain Jefferds Inn. All guests are welcome at each of the inns for these preview gatherings.

Your Innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

The Captain Lord Mansion Supports The Arundel Barn Playhouse!

Maine Theaters

The Arundel Barn Playhouse is located in a beautiful restored barn; it is what you imagine for a summer stock theater in Maine. Bev and I love the enthusiastic and joyous performances by the young troupe of performers.  The line-up of plays this season is heavily weighted to musicals that will have you clapping your hands and tapping your feet. The shows include “8 Track: Sounds of the 70′s” (June 17-28), “A Chorus Line” (July 1-12), “My Fair Lady” (July 15-26), “Legally Blonde” (Aug 5-16), and “The Marvelous Wonderettes” (Aug 19-30).  Also, the Theater is now air-conditioned, so it is comfortable on those hot summer evenings.  The office staff at the Captain Lord Mansion can secure you tickets in advance and charge them to your room.  Don’t let your visit this season pass without experiencing authentic Maine summer theater!

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Arundel Barn Playhouse

Captain Lord Mansion Guests Save 20% at The Ogunquit Playhouse

Summer Theatres

The Ogunquit Playhouse is a summer tradition in Southern Maine. From the Playhouse’s website, “Unlike other Summer Theatres of its day, which were renovated barns, garages or churches, the Ogunquit Playhouse was the first, and remains the only, summer theatre from the Summer Stock era built exclusively as a seasonal theatre.”  That distinction gives Ogunquit theatergoers a real theater experience; Bev and I particularly like the sloped seating which allows for excellent viewing of the shows.  Many of our guests combine a night at the theater with dinner at one of Ogunquit’s excellent restaurants.  One of those, Jonathan’s, is within walking distance of the theater.

This season’s offering include “Grease” which opened the season and concluded on June 21.  The next offering is “Billy Elliot, the Musical” (June 25th – July 26th), “Mary Poppins” (July 30-Aug 30), “The Witches of Eastwick’ (Sept 3-27) and concludes with “The Adams Family” (Oct 1-26).

Guests staying at the Captain Lord Mansion or the Captain’s Garden House receive a 20% discount on tickets purchased through our office. If you want to attend the Ogunquit Playhouse during your visit, please call ahead that we might secure you excellent seating.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

What are Kennebunkport’s Top 5 “Farm to Table” Boutique Restaurants?

Kennebunkport’s Top 5 “Farm to Table” Boutique Restaurants are Bandaloop, 50 Local, Earth, The Village Tavern and Joshua’s.  The Captain Lord Mansion is pleased to make these recommendations and share our favorite menus items.

Bev and I love dining at each of these small establishments not only because of the fresh ingredients used in their offerings and their distinctive menus, but also because they offer a different dining experience.  We have favorite items we like to order at each restaurant. The challenge is that since the menus regularly change due to changing produce availability, we become stuck in a rut of ordering our favorite menu item. We should be more adventuresome!

Farm to Table

At Bandaloop I love their “Wilted Organic Spinach Salad”. From the menu description; “It is a quick saute of red onion, broccoli, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes and finished with sheep’s milk feta and toasted pine nuts.” Additionally, it can be ordered with chicken, steak or shrimp on top.  This is one scrumptious salad!

Fresh Haddock

At 50 Local I personally like their “Crispy Haddock” which is served with “Hand Cut Fries” and their own version of a delicious tartar sauce.  Though several items on their menu change based upon product availability, I can always depend on freshly-caught haddock being on the menu. If you are a fan of traditional “Fish & Chips,” you’ll love their interpretation of this traditional Maine dish.

Wood-Fired Lobster

Earth is a culinary and experiential delight in that it is tucked away in the woods at Hidden Pond, the new resort close to Goose Rocks Beach.  Much of their greens are grown right on their own grounds.  Their signature dish is”Wood-Fired Lobster with green garlic butter, fresh garbanzo beans, Meyer lemon and chamomile.”  However, I am a fan of their “Diver Scallops served with smoked potato puree, Fiddle Head, baby fennel and Vidalia onions.  This is a combination of their locally-grown greens combined with local scallops; a tasty dish!

Fresh Mussels

The Village Tavern in West Kennebunk is another new restaurant offering terrific food with local content.  Bev’s favorite dish here is the steamed mussels.  These are the plumpest, most delicious mussels which I have ever tasted.  Bev likes hers in the “herbs and Pernod cream” sauce; however, they also are offered in a traditional “Marinara” sauce.

Fresh Fish Entrees

Joshua’s is really located in Wells, a short drive from the Port. However, this restaurant is worth the drive.  My favorite dish here is the “Atlantic Haddock” served with a “caramelized onion crust, chive oil served over a mild mushroom risotto.”  Since we live near where the fish are caught, you can never go wrong ordering Atlantic Haddock; Joshua’s always has the freshest, most delicious fish entrees.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

The Kennebunkport River Green Frames The Captain Lord Mansion!

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In addition to the remodeled and expanded “Captain Lord Mansion”, Mr. Charles P. Clark, the grandson of Nathaniel Lord, left a significant legacy to the town. Sometime during the late 1800’s he decided he wanted an unobstructed view of the Kennebunk River.  Therefore, he had three houses removed from the land directly in front of the “Mansion”. In her book A Kennebunkport Album, author Joyce Butler says; “It was Clark who envisioned the land from Pleasant Street to Ocean Avenue as a sloping lawn, or green, from his mansion to the old rigging loft which he had bought to be used as a boat house by his family.” That sweeping lawn is now called the “Kennebunkport River Green” and is owned by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, which paid $32,500 for it in 1976. The green is preserved and maintained as an open space for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors. The green is home to craft fairs, art shows and concerts during summer months. It is probable to say that Mr. Clark would be pleased with the fruition of his vision continuing to the present. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

What is the Maine Art Museum Trail?

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What is the Maine Art Museum Trail?  Starting at the Captain Lord Mansion, you may travel from our romantic Maine Coast bed & breakfast to visit some terrific art exhibits and art museums on the Maine Art Museum Trail.  The Maine Art Museum Trail consists of 7 different museums showcasing 53,000 works of art along a 167 miles of scenic Maine byways!  Here is a list of those museums, a brief description of their current exhibit as well as their show dates.  Bev and I hope to see a couple of these exhibits during the summer season.  Also, while you are in Kennebunkport, you may enjoy seeing the extensive art collection to be found here at the Captain Lord Mansion, some of which is for sale. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Bates College Museum of Art                       

Convergence: Jazz, Films and the Visual Arts           June 6 – December 13

Bowdoin College Museum of Art                

Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective                            June 28 – October 19

Colby College Museum of Art                      

 Bernard Langlais                                                          July 19 – Jan 4, 2015

Farnsworth Art Museum                                

The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World      June 14 -Jan 4, 2015

Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Andrew Wyeth: The Linda L. Bean Collection            June 26th – October 31

Portland Museum of Art                                

Richard Estes” Realism                                                 May 22 – September 7

University of Maine Museum of Art           

 Awake: Paintings by Maya Brodsky                           June 20 – September 20

 

Kennebunkport Festival Garden Party in June!

Historic Inns of Kennebunkport

The Kennebunkport Festival Garden Party is scheduled for June 7th this year. This, the Mansion’s version of the 2014 Historic Inns of Kennebunkport combined Garden Party to be held during the Kennebunkport Festival, is sure to be another enjoyable afternoon for all of our guests to enjoy tasty Maine-sourced food and wine at, not only the Captain Lord Mansion, but also the three other Historic Inns of Kennebunkport. Guests from each of the four member historic inns will partake of delicious appetizers made with Maine products.

We at the Captain Lord Mansion will be serving Maine Lobster Cakes as well as delicious meat balls cooked in a Teriyaki sauce made in Portland, Maine.

Our wine choices this year will be a very flavorful Sangria as well as a “Summer Breeze Crackling White,” both perfect beverages for a warm spring afternoon.  Of course, we’ll also have non-alcoholic sparkling water available.

Guests will be shuttled from the three in-town Kennebunkport village inns to the 1802 House Bed & Breakfast by Hydidrive in a stretch luxury golf-cart. Meanwhile, the three inns in the historic district will again be treated to music from “Brews and Tunes” which will be held simultaneously on the River Green in front of the Captain Lord Mansion.

We pray the weather cooperates this year so that all the events for the Saturday of The Kennebunkport Festival will go off in good order.  Make your plans now to attend this year’s Festival; it is June 6,7 and 8, 2014.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Kennebunkport Garden Party

Perfect Valentine’s Day and Other Romantic Occasion Gift Certificates

Spa Packages

Where Can You Purchase Valentine’s Day 2014 and Other Romantic Occasion Gift Certificates? We also have Gift Certificates to celebrate graduations!

The answer to this puzzling question is the Captain Lord Mansion which offers special Valentine’s Day Gift Certificates as well as certificates for all other romantic occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and engagements.

These special gift certificates include sparkling wine, Lindt chocolate truffles, freshly-baked cookies and a $25 credit toward any single treatment at our Kennebunkport inn day-spa.  Please mention that this is a “Special Occasion” certificate when you call to purchase the Gift Certificate.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Anniversary Escape - Valentine's Day 2014

Spring 2014, Southern Coast of Maine Vacation Activities!

Tulips in Maine

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.

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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