What is Maple Sugaring Sunday in Maine?

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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

Anniversary Escape

What Are “February is For Lovers” events in Kennebunkport, Maine?

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Did you know that “February is for Lovers” in Kennebunkport?  The whole town celebrates the month of lovers with many specials, events and activities.  The Captain Lord Mansion is beginning the month with a complimentary wine tasting for guests on Saturday, February 1st.  One of the highlights of the evening will be tasting “Zin-phomaniac“, a delicious zinfandel from Lodi, California.  Each couple at the wine-tasting will receive a complimentary bottle of that wine as well as other surprise gifts.

The next weekend, February 7th and 8th, we celebrate chocolate lovers. We’ll have chocolate delicacies available for our guests throughout the weekend, including an inn tour of the 4 Kennebunkport Select Registry Inns on Saturday, February 8th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Each inn will offer a special chocolate treat from it’s recipe repertoire!

Additionally, every couple with a reservation arriving at the Captain’s Garden House or the Captain Lord Mansion during the month of February receives a complimentary split of sparking wine and Lindt chocolate truffles.

Make plans now to join us for one of the fun weekends in February. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Paintings of the Captain Lord Mansion

romantic maine coast bed and breakfast paintingDuring the 35 years we have been keepers of the inn here at the Captain Lord Mansion, we’ve had the privilege of having several of our guests do paintings of our romantic Maine Coast Bed and Breakfast Inn.  Here is one just recently received from one of our Texas guests.  Bev and I want to thank her for sharing a photo of her painting and it is pictured here.  Additionally, the Captain Lord Mansion has been the subject of paintings by very famous American artists.  There is a beautiful painting by Willard Metcalf which is in the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT.  It was painted sometime in the early 1900′s and features the large Elm trees which used to flank the building.  Unfortunately, many years ago, we lost the trees to the Dutch Elm disease.  However, the town planted Maple trees as replacements and one of those Maple trees is depicted in our guests painting of our romantic Maine Coast Bed and Breakfast Inn.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Did You Know that Lionel Train’s Polar Express is at The Captain Lord Mansion?

Polar Express Train                                                                                                                                                          The Polar Express by Lionel!

Did You Know that Lionel Train’s Polar Express is at The Captain Lord Mansion?  Yes, we have a small tabletop layout featuring this historic train.  Now, we need only to add the North Pole scenery.  The train is so realistic, it smokes and whistles!  We are grateful to the Select Registry and Lionel Trains for partnering with us to bring this beautiful train to our guests.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Do You Know About Jacquie Lawson Animated Cards?

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Bev and I were introduced to Jacquie Lawson animated greeting cards several years ago by one of our guests who has since become a very dear friend.  The graphics and music behind the animation are delightful.  Last December, I subscribed to a Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar which allowed me to open the calendar each day to participate in creating an animated Alpine Village, complete with skaters, skiers and a train. It was great fun to open the calendar each morning to see what part of the village I would create that day.  If you are looking for a new way to celebrate Advent, we highly recommend that you check out the Jacquie Lawson website. Tell them that the Captain Lord Mansion recommended them!

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield