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

Captain Lord Mansion Innkeeper’s 35th Anniversary Celebration, Come Join Us!

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Anniversary celebrations should be about food, friends, fun and fellowship. That is exactly what we have planned for the Captain Lord Mansion Innkeeper’s 35th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2013!  Come join us for good food, lots of fun and fellowship with great friends.  Saturday evening, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, Bev and I will host a wine and hors d’oeuvres party to celebrate our 35th Anniversary as innkeepers here at the Captain Lord Mansion.  We’ll have on display inn memorabilia, old photographs, historic paintings as well as we’ll share wonderful stories from the past 35 years.  “Thank you” to all our guests who have made our years as innkeepers such an enjoyable time. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

P.S. Join us that weekend and receive a $35 (per night) Gift Certificate which you may use that weekend or for a future visit to the inn.

 

Captain Lord Mansion Innkeepers Celebrate 35 Years!

WP9-30-09 201Bev Davis and husband Rick Litchfield are celebrating their 35th Anniversary as keepers of the inn!  35 years ago, as a young couple fresh from the corporate world of advertising, they closed on their purchase of the Captain Lord Mansion on June 15th, 1978.  Bev was a Regional Advertising Manager for McDonald’s Corporation, employed in their Albany office covering all of upstate New York. Rick had been employed as an Account Manager with Madison North, a small advertising agency in Schenectady, NY.  One of his client’s was McDonald’s Corp. and the McDonald’s Restaurants in the Capital District market; that was how Bev and Rick met!  Bev, as Ad Manager, was effectively Rick’s boss; and nothing much has changed! However, they each have their own areas of expertise and blend their work very well together. Bev does the decorating (including the tiling), gardening and supervises the food preparation while Rick supervises the office staff, maintains the website and does the social marketing. He is also involved in Community Service, currently serving as President of the Kennebunkport Historical Society Board of Directors.

Who knew that we would spend the next 35 years of our lives, raising two children, being involved in the Kenneubnkport community and creating one of the most heralded and romantic bed & breakfast inns in New England.  We certainly did not!  We have been blessed with good health and we love our work; thus, we hope to remain as innkeepers for many more years. God willing! Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Kennebunkport Festival 2013: The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Host “Taste of Maine” Garden Parties

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The Captain Lord Mansion, a romantic Maine Coast Bed & Breakfast inn, announces the 2nd Annual Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Garden Party.

In conjunction with the Kennebunkport Festival 2013, on Saturday, June 8th from 3:00pm – 6:30pm, each of the seven member inns of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport (HIK) will be holding a Garden Party.

This year the inns will be focusing their culinary efforts to present a “Taste of Maine”.  Maine wines, other Maine beverages and Maine specialty snacks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The “Taste of Maine” Garden Parties are complimentary and only open to guests staying at one of the HIK inns: 1802 House, Bufflehead Cove, Captain Fairfield, Captain Jefferds, Captain Lord Mansion, the Inn at English Meadows, or Maine Stay Inn. Free transportation between the inns will be provided by chauffeured limousines. Call today for reservations as rooms are limited. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Complimentary Snowshoes at the Captain Lord Mansion!

Complimentary Snowshoes at the Captain Lord Mansion!

Are you aware that the Captain Lord Mansion has complimentary snow shoes for use by their guests?  That is a good thing because we have plenty of snow this winter!  Make reservations today and plan for some heathly outdoor activity.  There is a wonderful golf course nearby as well as a nature preserve.  Both areas are excellent places to spend an hour or so walking in the snow.  The Cape Arundel Golf Course winds along the river; it is beautiful on a crisp, sunny afternoon! Your innkeeepr, Rick Litchfield

4th Annual Breast Cancer Fundraising Event at the Captain Lord Mansion!

What is the “Dime for Time” Program?

For each guest stay in 2013, we shall again pledge a multiple of dimes to benefit the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.  We multiply the number of previous guest visits by a factor of ten! With about 75% of our Captain Lord Mansion guests being repeat visitors, the amount we donate adds up!  Between 2010 and 2012 we raised and donated over $12,000 for breast cancer research.

This original breast cancer fundraising event was created to honor Bev’s sister, Lois Ann Fincher who passed away in 2003 after a long battle with breast cancer, almost 10 years!

The “Dime for Time” Campaign culminates each year on the last Sunday and Monday of November when selected New England area breast cancer survivors receive a complimentary two-night stay at the our intimate Kennebunkport Coast Bed & Breakfast.

If you would like to nominate someone for this complimentary getaway to the Captain Lord Mansion, a Southern Maine Coast B&B, please send us an email at innkeeper@captainlord.com.  Please tell us something about your nominee, as well as giving us the individual’s contact data (phone number, mailing address and email address).

We look forward to a 4th year of fundraising success in 2013!

Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield

After Dinner Fun at The Captain Lord Mansion!

Choco Noir dessert wine for our Bed & Breakfast guests!

Last year we began serving  “Choco Noir”, a delicious chocolate flavored dessert wine for our Bed & Breakfast guests’ enjoyment as they return from dinner.  At the Captain Lord Mansion, a delightful Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast inn, we are always looking for ways to enhance the guest experience.  Often, B&Bs serve sherry in the evening, but we know that many people do not like the taste of sherry; so while investigating alternative after-dinner offerings, we discovered this amazing aperitif, “Choco Noir”!  Generally, folks do like chocolate and this chocolate-flavored wine has been a big hit with most guests.  Since the Captain Lord Mansion has a Maine State Liquor license, we can both serve and sell this product.  Bottles of the wine are available at our front desk for only $10.99.  So, while a guest at our Southern Maine Bed & Breakfast, we invite you to enjoy our evening delight and perhaps take a bottle home to remember your stay. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Valentine’s Day Gift Certificate Package

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A Unique Valentine’s Day Gift is A Romantic Getaway!

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, we’ll add a bonus of champagne, 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.

Give your loved ones a gift to remember.

Sleigh Rides Are Fun in Kennebunkport Maine!

Sleigh Rides in Maine

Did you know that you can take a romantic sleigh ride through the woods and fields near the Captain Lord Mansion, our intimate Maine Coast Bed & Breakfast?  Yes, you can!  Rockin’ Horse Stables which is located just a short drive from our Kennebunkport bed& breakfast offers you this opportunity to do a real sleigh ride through the Maine woods.  Group rides or private rides are available.  Allow our front desk at the Captain Lord Mansion to make your reservations.  After your sleigh ride, Rockin’ Horse offers you steaming mugs of hot chocolate. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

Captain Lord Mansion Donates Its Used Amenities to Haiti!

Captain Lord Mansion donates its used amenities to Haiti!

Do you ever wonder what we do with our used amenities? For a number of years we have been donating the Captain Lord Mansion used amenities to a misson to Haiti.  A gentleman and his wife come by the inn several times a year and pick up totes full of used items.  They sanitize and repackage everything for shipment on to Haiti.  We are pleased that our used soap, shampoo, conditioner and body cream are not being thrown into a landfill or incinerated.  This is one more way we at the Captain Lord Mansion are being environmentally responsible as well as helping out those less fortunate than ourselves. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield