What’s Playing at Kennebunkport’s Summer Theater, The Arundel Barn Playhouse?

Arundel Barn PlayhouseAre you wondering what is playing at Kennebunkport’s Summer Theater, the Arundel Barn Playhouse?  Allow me to share what the exciting and fun-filled schedule is; it begins this week with The Andrews Brothers, a slapstick musical where 3 stagehands fill in at a USO show when the Andrews Sisters have to cancel their show.  The next show is Chicago which runs from July 2 to July 12.  The New England Premiere of Shrek, the Musical runs from July 16 until August 3.  Then, grab your blue suede shoes and come to see All Shook Up which is playing from August 6 to August 17.  The Arundel Barn Playhouse concludes its season with  Always … Patsy Cline.  The Arundel Barn Playhouse is in an old barn which harkens back to an earlier time of Maine summer stock theater.  Bev and I enjoy this theater and the productions because the young crew is so full of enthusiasm and energy.  We always come away saying “That was fun!” The staff at the Captain Lord Mansion will call ahead and make you ticket reservations.  Let us help you plan an evening of Maine summer theater.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Garden Party is a Treat!

Kennebunkport Historic Inns Garden Party

The 2013 version of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Garden Party was a rousing success.  Guests from each of four of the member historic inns enjoyed food made with Maine products. We at the Captain Lord Mansion served small cups of a Maine-made clam chowder that was gluten-free.  We also served meat balls cooked in a Teriyaki sauce made in Portland, Maine.  Our wine choices were a Pinot Gris and a Pinot Noir, perfect for a light beverage on a warm spring afternoon.  Guests were shuttled from the three 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 were treated to music from “Brews and Tunes” which was being held simultaneously on the River Green in front of The Captain Lord Mansion.  The weather cleared in the early afternoon so that all the events for the Saturday of The Kennebunkport Festival went off in good order.  Make your plans now for next year’s Festival; it will be the first weekend in June, 2014.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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More Secrets of Shopping in Kennebunkport Maine!

 

 

Kennebunkport Shopping

If you haven’t been shopping in Kennebunkport Maine, you probably don’t know about the many great boutiques and galleries found here.  In this blog, let us share some more of our favorite places with you.

Dannah  This fabulous shop is located on Ocean Avenue across the street from Mabels’ Lobster Claw.  It offers an extensive and varied selection of fashion accessories and charming home decor.  Recently I was in Dannah’s and I was overwhelmed by the selection of goodies; everywhere I looked was a visual delight! Bev and I have enjoyed shopping in and recommending Dannah’s to guests for over 35 years!

Carrots & Co.  The Chamber of Commerce tells us “At Carrots & Company you will be greeted by a huge smile and surprised and delighted by all you see. We have gifts for every occasion,for your home and family and every special person in your life.Happiness greets you at the door and follows you home.” Bev and I can attest to this comment; our forays into this Dock Square Shop is always a treat; they have many unusual items and a friendly staff!

Julia’s Gift Shoppe  This is another long-lived shop which is located in the heart of Dock Square.  It is located next door to the Copper Candle and both shops have been here longer than the 35 years that Bev and I have been at the Captain Lord Mansion.  Lots of fun gift items can be found in Julia’s.

Beachgrass   This little shop is another which is located in the heart of Dock Square, Kennebunkport.  It “offers items inspired by all things beachy.” Explore their selections of home decor, books, music, fashion accessories and odds ‘n ends.  Also, “If you appreciate homegrown and handmade, you’ll enjoy the innovative talents of Maine and New England artisans that are showcased at Beach Grass”.

Daytrip Society  Located in Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine, this boutique features a unique mix of gifts, home décor, gear and hand-crafted treasures that blend modern design with the outdoors to fulfill your inner wanderlust. Additionally this shop carries a myriad green and organic lines.  Bev and I are pleased to have such a trend-setting store here in Kennebunkport.  We are always excited when a new, innovative shop like this one opens!

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Do You Know Some More of the Best Choices for Kennebunkport Shopping?

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Shopping in Dock Square, Kennebunkport is always a pleasure because of the many distinctive shops located there. The Dock Square is within a short walking distance of the Captain Lord Mansion. This delightful shopping haven is only three tenths of a mile from our intimate Maine Coast bed & breakfast inn.  Since we have been innkeepers at the Captain Lord Mansion for 35 years, we are fairly knowledgeable about the different shops and restaurants.  We’d like to share some of our favorite shops with you in this blog! Kennebunkport shopping is fun!

The Flaming Gourmet:    Whenever our son-in-law Paul visits, this is one of his favorite places to go.  I have stopped in with him and I am amazed at the plethora of choices of hot-sauces one can find here. With such a wide selection, Paul always always finds a unique one which he hasn’t tried before. So, if hot sauces are your desire, we highly recommend the Flaming Gourmet!  You will not be disappointed.

Dock Square Clothiers      If you are looking for those trendy clothes that will make you feel at home in Kennebunkport, this shop offers a wonderful selection. Whether you are seeking men’s or women’s clothes, you’ll find lots of choices here.  I love their offering of men’s knit shirts in a variety of spring and summer colors.

Abacus Gallery   Abacus is the largest retail store in Kennebunkport!  Just like all of the other Abacus locations, the Kennebunkport location is full of fun, interesting, unique, and extraordinary crafts and jewelry for your consideration. Shopping in this store is a real adventure.  Bev and I love to spend time browsing the wonderfully interesting offerings in this extensive shop.

Carla’s   Bev truly enjoys shopping at this women’s clothing store. Where the Dock  Square Clothiers is for the younger set, Carla’s is for more mature women. Everything Bev has purchased here make her look fabulous. Carla, the owner of this store has a knack for selecting truly classic items.

The Copper Candle  This is another shop which has been located in Dock Square for over 35 years. At Christmas Prelude, our grandson Ethan loves going in here to find an ornament for his family’s home Christmas tree.  However, Christmas ornaments are only a very small part of what this gift shop offers; as the shop name suggests, the primary gifts to be found here are an incredible choice of candles.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

The Best of Kennebunkport Shopping :: 5 Unique Shops to Explore

shopping in Kennebunkport

We have been residents of Kennebunkport and business owners of the Captain Lord Mansion for 35 years. We have seen many of the shops in Dock Square come and go.  However, there are a few that have provided excellent Kennebunkport shopping opportunities for many years. They have been the stalwarts of the Dock Square business community. We salute these five unique shops in Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine.  We believe they each provide the best of a small town shopping experience. Additionally, we have been customers ourselves at each of these shops.  So, let’s explore shopping in Kennebunkport!

Compliments Gallery: For 30 plus years Compliments Gallery has offered home decor that is original, artful and full of life. I bought Bev some beautiful gold earrings from here several years ago.  Owner David Betses has excellent taste and his stock reflects that taste!

Coastal Jewelers: These folks specialize in Maine Tourmaline, a unique and fascinating gemstone which comes in several striking colors and the gems really are mined here in Maine. Bev’s sister purchased a piece of Tourmaline jewelery here. I always enjoy browsing their beautiful collection of jewelry and am often tempted to purchase something special for Bev.

The Emporium: This store was here in the Port when Bev and I arrived in 1978. This is a great store which is stocked full of diverse gifts. Also, this store is an approved purveyor for Swarovski, Lladro, Hummel, Waterford, Walt Disney Art Classics, Moorcraft, Armani, Pewter and more.

Flaherty Imports: I bought the most beautiful, cable-knit, white wool sweater here some years ago and still love wearing it. This terrific shop has imported sweaters for all ages, as well as other imported knitted goods. We highly recommend a browse through this shop when you are strolling through Dock Square.

Good Earth Pottery Gallery: This is another specialty shop that has been a fixture in Dock Square for over 35 years. Owners Dave and Diane Jenkins personally create each piece of pottery. Two years ago our niece and nephew from purchased several items for their home in Colorado and bought us a lovely water pitcher that we use almost daily at home.

That wraps up several of our favorite long-lasting shops which are located in Dock Square. By no means does this cover the extensive choices of fine shops which are located there. We recommend many others too. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Cultural Tourism in Kennebunkport Maine – Lobster Boat Trips

Rugosa Lobster Boat

Meet the Locals When You Visit the Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport, Maine

One of the newest trends in travel is cultural tourism, where you to meet the locals and to participate in real local experiences. The Captain Lord Mansion, a romantic Kennebunkport bed & breakfast inn  now offers you that opportunity.  Take a trip out on the ocean on a real lobster boat to learn first-hand about lobster harvesting.  See how lobster traps are pulled and discover how the traps are baited.  Learn about the regulations surrounding the harvesting of lobsters.  This educational trip on the lobster boat Rugosa can be booked through the front desk at the Captain Lord Mansion.  Additonally, we can arrange for a combined package of a lobster boat cruise and a lobster dinner at Mabel’s Lobster Claw Restaurant, one of Kennebunkport’s most famous dining establishments which features lobster served several ways.  This Kennebunkport Maine package is available, weather permitting, from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.  We have enjoyed partaking of this package ourselves!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

What Were The Captain Lord Mansion 2013 Winter Renovations?

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What is new for 2013 at The Captain Lord Mansion, A Romantic Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast Inn?  We have been very active making small and large changes to a number of the rooms in order to make each even more enjoyable than before.  Let us share with you our winter renovations and redecorating!

We went through each room and removed any extranious items which frankly seemed to be just so much clutter!

The first major renovation took place in January; we added a new tiled shower with hydro-massage body jets to the Mary Lord bath. In fact, Bev did the tiling herself aided by David Hutchins, our maintenance man.

Additionally, our redecorating included the following: Mary Lord received new, thick carpeting and a new upholstered desk chair.  New multi-drawer night stands replaced the antique dresser.  The carpeting softens and quiets the room and removing the large chest-of-drawers gives the whole room much more living space.  We did much the same in the Callender Room; we had new deep-pile carpeting installed and exchanged two large end tables for two smaller ones to give the room more open space.  More changes include two, beautiful, upholstered arm chairs which we placed in Lincoln and we added one in Harvest too.  Continuing with our attention to new decor, we added a new, smaller love-seat and chair in Champion.  By removing the larger pieces of furniture which had been in the room, we created a more spacious area in front of the fireplace.

We didn’t forget the Captain’s Garden House either!  New plush carpets were installed in Nathaniel and the Gathering room there.  Additonally, we removed and replaced several worn upholstered pieces with new ones.  We exchanged a comfortable easy-chair for the worn love-seat in Nathaiel; that opened the room and gives more living space.

Our intent has been to create better eye-appeal as you enter each guest room and then combine that great look with more comfortable living spaces and less clutter.

We think you’ll love the changes. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Have You Visited The Gift Shop at the Captain Lord Mansion?

Bev's Gift Shop 2013 001 The gift shop at the Captain Lord Mansion; have you checked it out?  Each January, Bev and I make a trip to Atlanta to make purchases for the shop at the Atlanta Gift Mart.  The Gift Mart consists of 3 multi-floor buildings chock full of every kind of merchandise you can imagine.  That is where we select the very special items which Bev carries in our giftshop. From casual jewelry, cashmire scarves, stuffed animals, Christmas items, CLM Logo sweaters, shirts, tableware, kitchen items, night lights, decorative accessories, bed linens to lots of beautiful paintings at affordable prices, you can find it in our extensive gift shop.  We try not to duplicate what is available in the various Kennebunkport Dock Square gift shops.  Instead, we try to offer a basic variety of items associated with the Captain Lord Mansion experience.  On your next visit, be sure to make a visit to Bev’s delightful shop!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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Kennebunkport :: Gas-Saving Day Trips!

Kennebunkport Area, Spring 2013, Gas-Saving Trips!

5 Great Destinations From The Captain Lord Mansion On Two Gallons of Gas!

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

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 30 years, and never cease to be enchanted by its many charms. Let us help you plan an enchanting day of your own, all on just 2 gallons of gas! We’ll provide maps and explicit driving instructions!

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

Are You familiar with the scenic Kennebunkport bicycle tours?

The Captain Lord Mansion recommends these 5 gas-saving spring trips. These are our recommended scenic Kennebunkport bicycle tours– you will use ZERO gas!

Kennebunkport bicycle tourWe suggest that you pedal past the pumps and save gas! Enjoy scenery you won’t see from a car, and get some great exercise at the same time. Bring your own or use one of our complimentary bikes. Bev and I bike whenever we can, and here are a few of our favorite trips.

Cape PorpoiseCape Porpoise and Goose Rocks Beach (Long Ride)
From the Captain Lord Mansion, head out on Ocean Avenue, past former President Bush’s Walker’s Point estate, on out to the tiny seaside village of Cape Porpoise. Stop for an overstuffed lobster roll at The Ramp, at the very end of Pier Road, then continue on to Goose Rocks Beach, past a sheep farm with great views over the pasture to the ocean. circle back into town along Rte. 9 (School Street).

Gooches BeachFranciscan Monastery and Gooches Beach (Easy Ride)
Cross the bridge at Dock Square and head south on Beach Avenue to the beautiful and expansive grounds of the St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery. Bike along paths with scenic views of where the Kennebunk River meets the ocean. Be sure to wear good walking shoes, as there are several wooded trails to follow. From the Monastery, it’s an easy ride down to Gooches Beach and Mother’s Beach.

Laudholm Farm bicycle tourLaudholm Farm (Moderate Ride)
Follow Rte. 9 west from Kennebunkport about 3 miles to Laudholm Farm, part of the Wells National Estuarine Preserve, a haven for land and marine life, as well as native birds and plants. Here you’ll find extensive biking and hiking trails in a peaceful setting.

Old Trolley Line (Moderate Ride on a Dirt Path)
In the good old gaslight days, a trolley took travelers from Arundel to Cape Porpoise. Now, a section of the old line is a secluded, wooded path, running from the intersection of North Street and Log Cabin Road – just a short distance from the Mansion – into Cape Porpoise.

Bridle Path (Moderate Ride on a Dirt Path)
Bikers, hikers, and (in winter) cross-country skiers have replaced the horses that used to follow this trail from just outside Kennebunk, along the Mousam River, down to Kennebunk Beach. When our girls Dana and Stacia were young, this was a favorite family outing, usually ending with a picnic on the beach!

So, do something good for the environment, the economy – and yourself! Leave the car behind and see the sights from a bicycle instead. You’ll work up a great appetite for one of Kennebunkport’s outstanding restaurants! See any of us in the office for all the detailed maps and directions you’ll need for a fun, healthful and zero-gas day! And if you want, we can even arrange a delicious picnic lunch for you to take with you!

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper