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

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Bev 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

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  1. Ocean Avenue and the Bush Estate
  2. Goose Rocks Beach
  3. Dock Square
  4. Cape Porpoise Harbor
  5. Franciscan Monastery Gardens and Grounds
  6. Kennebunk Beach (Mother’s Beach)
  7. Laudholm Farm/Wells Reserve
  8. Kennebunkport Historical Society’s Nott House
  9. Brick Store Museum
  10. Seashore Trolley Museum

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

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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

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What is Maple Sugaring Sunday in Maine?


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?

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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?

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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

Secrets behind Decorating and Restoring our Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn!

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Have you ever wondered how and when we address decorating and restoring our historic bed and breakfast inn?  Every fall Bev makes a thorough check of each room to determine what repairs are needed, what upholstered pieces need upholstering or replaced, where woodwork needs to be painted and also what carpets need to be replaced.  So, would you like to know what we’ve done this winter?

In mid-December we had new wall-to-wall carpets installed in both the Cactus Room in the Captain Lord Mansion and the Lois Room in the Captain’s Garden House. Additionally, we just returned from the Gift Mart in Atlanta where we purchased two new chairs for the Gathering Room at the Captain’s Garden House as well as several new lamps and other accessory pieces for use throughout the two buildings.

When we remodeled several baths a number of years ago, we had beautiful pedestal sinks installed. While being quite functional with a fair amount of space for toiletry items, none of the vanities had back splashes.  After heavy use, the walls behind the sinks began to deteriorate. Bev and David Hutchins, our maintenance man have finished tiling the walls behind two of the sinks, as well as painting each bath. The third is scheduled to be finished by mid-February.  So, if you stay in Dana, Champion or Nathaniel on your next stay, take a close look at Bev’s handiwork!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


What Are Captain Lord Mansion “Cabin Fever Relievers”?

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Are you tired of winter? Are you ready for a romantic getaway? Do you have “Cabin Fever”? Here are several March events to entice you to escape winter to an intimate Maine Coast Bed & Breakfast inn.  Though it still may be cold outside, there’s plenty of warmth at the Captain Lord Mansion where you may snuggle in front of a beautiful fireplace and enjoy genuine warm hospitality. Call today to reserve your room for a Captain Lord Mansion “Cabin Fever Relievers” getaway. We have several “Serenity Season” packages including a “3 for 2″ or a “10% Weekend Discount” Package.

The Portland Flower Show, The Theme this year is “Storybook Gardens”.  Show dates are March 5 – 9, 2014.  Show begins with a Gala Opening, Wed. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The show link will give you the rest of the show times, directions and ticket prices. *Note: There is a plant auction immediately following closing on Sunday, March 9 at 5:30 pm; some good items can be purchased there!

The Maine Boat Builders Show, March 14, 15 and 16, 2014, Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm Friday and Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday, Located at 58 Fore Street, Portland, ME. 04101. You may purchase admission tickets online!

Maine Maple Sunday, March, 23, 2014. Mark your calendar for Sunday March 23th, 2014 to enjoy Maine made maple syrup at the 31th Annual Maine Maple Sunday Event. Visit us again soon for a complete list of all participating producers throughout Maine as well the fun filled activities and sweet products available in your area!

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

What is the Captain Lord Mansion “Valentine’s Day Gift Certificate”?

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Feb is for Lovers - Kennebunkport Valentine's Day This Valentine’s Day give your loved one a truly romantic gift with our Captain Lord Mansion “Valentine’s Day Gift Certificate”.  When you purchase a $250 Gift Certificate for your loved one, we’ll add a bonus of sparkling wine, fresh flowers and chocolates.  Also, we promise to give your treasured recipient all the attention and warm hospitality you have come to expect at our romantic Kennebunkport bed and breakfast inn.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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