Kennebunkport Vacation Activities Revealed!

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Considering a vacation to Kennebunkport? Including a visit to the Captain Lord Mansion, an intimate Maine Coast Bed and Breakfast, Kennebunkport offers you a plethora of activities from A to Z to entertain, to educate and to expand your horizons!  Or just come to the Mansion to relax and unwind! Here, the ABC’s of the many Kennebunkport vacation activities are revealed.

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Bev and I enjoy summer in Maine and especially Kennebunkport because there is so much to do.  There is hardly time to fit it all in!  Call the Captain Lord Mansion, a luxurious Maine Coast bed and breakfast inn, today to discuss your vacation plans and how we may assist you in planning the perfect vacation, including romantic sunsets!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield.

What are the Kennebunkport Area Golf Courses?

Cape Arundel Golf Club

Let me share with you the choices you have for playing Kennebunkport area golf courses.

The most famous one is the Cape Arundel Golf Course which is located a short distance from the Captain Lord Mansion.  This is the course which is a favorite of President George H.W. Bush.   It is a rolling links-type of course which borders the Kennebunk River.  In winter, Bev and I enjoy snowshoeing alongside the river because of the scenic beauty of this course.

The Webhannet Golf Club is also located close-by; it is across the river in Kennebunk.  Founded in 1899, Webhannet is a 6100-yard par 71 course featuring serpentine fairways, tidal-fed water hazards and undulating greens that challenge and tempt golfers of all handicaps.  This is another beautiful course well worth the visit and time to play.

The Dutch Elm Golf Club is located about a 10 minute drive from the Captain Lord Mansion is the nearby town of Arundel.  This course is quietly situated in a rural setting, and many of the courses links are bordered by trees. This is another course that welcomes cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing  in the winter.

The staff at the Captain Lord Mansion is pleased to schedule tee times for you at either of the 3 courses, as well as making sure you have carts and clubs if necessary. Also, you can practice your putting at the Mansion’s putting green.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Where Can You Find a Fairy Garden in Kennebunkport?

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Where Can You Find a Fairy Garden in Kennebunkport?  You may discover a “Fairy Garden” at the Captain Lord Mansion; it is located amongst the flowers and shrubs which border the garden waterfall.  Imagine the fairies frolicking and splashing about in the cool refreshing streams of water falling over the pebbles and rocks.  Find little “Fairy Houses” tucked here and there among the flowers and foliage.  If you would like to create your own “Fairy Garden”, we sell the houses and additional “Fairy” items in our gift shop.  Come browse our gardens and see if you can see the fairies!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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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!

 

 

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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

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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