Along Maine’s Atlantic Coastline, many B&B’s compete for business, so it’s a special treat to find the only AAA Four Diamond Bed and Breakfast in Kennebunkport, Maine. Captain Lord Mansion, located at 6 Pleasant Street, is a luxurious choice, perfectly situated for shopping, restaurants and a stroll beside the Kennebunk River. The grounds are immaculate, and breakfast is a sumptuous three-course delight. Guests will particularly appreciate the fact that key attractions are only a short drive away.
An inn with impressive history
Captain Lord Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with a significant year of 1812 displayed on the plaque. The decor and furnishings throughout the sixteen rooms of the main house and the four rooms of the Garden House reflect the time period, while still providing modern comfort and convenience. Overnight visitors will appreciate the oriental rugs and tasteful art used throughout the common rooms as well as the individual guest rooms. The AAA Four Diamond rating has been received for over thirty years, meaning a long history of excellence awaits the guests who are greeted by Innkeepers Rich Litchfield and Bev Davis. The house was built in 1812 by wealthy shipbuilder, Nathaniel Lord. It was passed from one generation to the next until 1972, when the last Lord relative sold it.
Romantic atmosphere and abundant amenities
Among the many honors garnered through the years by Captain Lord Mansion is its consistent inclusion on lists for “Most Romantic Inns.” In addition to couple spa treatments, the Mansion is a year-round honeymoon destination. In particular, the Captain’s Merchant Suite includes a double-size body-jet shower and a double jetted tub situated in front of a gas fireplace. The honeymoon package provides a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a live orchid plant.
Whether or not you are a honeymooner, you can expect exceptional amenities in every room. A fireplace, double vanities, a jetted shower, a tub and heated floors in the bathroom are included, in addition to free Wi-Fi, cable TV and individually-controlled heating and cooling units. The rooms are arranged to be private and quiet.
A breakfast feast every morning and snacks in the afternoon
The breakfasts at Captain Lord Mansion are bountiful and well-planned. The first course begins with fresh fruit, organic yogurt and hearty granola. The second course consists of a hot, homemade muffin. Then, the third course varies between Belgian waffles, blueberry pancakes (both featuring Maine maple syrup), French toast, a savory souffle or a ham, egg and potato dish with a cheese sauce. If you stay more than one night, you will be treated to a different menu each morning.
If guests need an extra snack before dinner, the kitchen provides fresh fruit, sweets, cheese and crackers and beverages appropriate to the season. Guests are encouraged to help themselves. Dietary restrictions will gladly be accommodated in both the snacks and in the breakfast options if the staff is made aware in advance.
A convenient location for shopping, dining or sightseeing
By walking only a few short blocks, you will come to Dock Square, home to many one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants serving local fare. Lobster and seafood are prominent on the menus, of course, but non-seafood-lovers will find plenty to enjoy also. Don’t forget to try a Whoopie Pie, a Maine dessert creation, and if you visit during blueberry season, you will be treated to fresh blueberries in many forms.
Nearby Cape Porpoise provides a great vantage point for the Goat Island Lighthouse and wonderful dining at Pier 77 Restaurant.
Mabel’s Lobster Claw is a very casual eatery that is well-known for lobster rolls and is a favorite stop for former President George H.W. Bush. His summer home is located at Walker’s Point, only a short drive from the Lobster Claw.
One of Maine’s most famous lighthouses is located about an hour’s drive away in the coastal town of York. Nubble Light, also known as Cape Neddick Lighthouse is viewed best from Sohier Park, which has restrooms and a nice gift shop. Keep your camera handy wherever you go in Maine. There is beauty in every direction.
Immaculate grounds surrounding Captain Lord Mansion
In the winter, you will likely see lots of snow. But, if you visit in the spring, summer or fall, you will be treated to gorgeous flowers tastefully planted throughout the grounds of the Captain Lord Mansion property. Many plants border the walkways, and a Memory Garden was even created to honor frequent visitors to the inn. Wander through or sit on the benches or swings while enjoying the splashing fountain, a gentle waterfall and well-placed garden statues.
A perfect pairing of village and inn
Kennebunkport has so much to offer visitors to its small but very picturesque, coastal village, and the Captain Lord Mansion is a perfect place for spending a luxurious night and devouring a generous breakfast before discovering the surrounding treasures. It is a short drive from both Boston and Portland airports and represents the best of Maine — history, the coast, scenic beauty and LOBSTER!
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