Rick and Bev Litchfield have been innkeepers and owners of the Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport, ME, for more than 30 years; testimony that practice makes perfect. From the beautiful Memory Garden that greets guests upon arrival to the lavish bathrooms, this is one inn that truly understands guest comfort and care.
Upon arrival, all guests are greeted by name on a welcome board with the number of visits they’ve had to the Captain Lord Mansion. There were visitors from all over the world; one woman was celebrating her 42nd visit. Upon the tenth visit to the inn, a stone is engraved with the guests’ name and placed in the inn’s Memory Garden that surrounds a beautiful fountain. Right now there are 450 stones in the garden, and another 20 are coming soon.
We stayed in the Callender Room, with a beautiful four-poster king bed, two winged back chairs in front of the gas fireplace and lavish bath. I’ve never experienced heated marble floors in the bath – truly heaven in the morning. The shower had four body jets and a rainshower head above. This is what I call a decadent shower! The thirsty thick towels and satin robes just put the icing on the cake. This room, as all others at the Captain Lord Mansion, comes equipped with a refrigerator filled with soft drinks and waters.
Rick gave us a tour of the inn. The kitchen was bustling with guests enjoying a warm cranberry apple cider, cheese and crackers and homemade pumpkin bread. Others sat in the parlor before a roaring fire, enjoying the complimentary afternoon refreshments and the beautiful antiques of the parlor. The inn features a fabulous gift shop – more like a store – filled with everything from balancing toys to jewelry, toys and fine linens. There’s a spa room and a second casual living room with a large flat screen TV too. In addition, the inn has a nice selection of wines available for purchase, with prices that are extraordinarily reasonable, plus ice buckets, cork screws and wine glasses in each room.
Breakfast is served family-style in two seatings. Listen for the breakfast bells to chime! We enjoyed yogurt and cereal, baked apples, warm cranberry muffins and pumpkin pancakes with a home made apple syrup that was just delicious. It was so filling, we skipped lunch that day!
There's plenty to do in Kennebunkport from shopping to scenic drives past the Bush compound on Walker's Point. Yet, for many guests, there’s no need to leave the Captain Lord Mansion. Between the lovely grounds and gardens and the sumptuous rooms, just relaxing here is what the vacation is all about.