We just spent a great weekend at this historic bed and breakfast in Kennebunkport, Maine. It was a great time to visit - weather still nice and most of the tourists have fled. The house was built in 1815 for shipbuilder Captain Lord. Sadly, Captain Lord didn't get to enjoy his mansion very long as he died the year after moving in. The house stayed in the Lord family for four generations until it was sold in 1978 to the current innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rich Litchfield. The Inn has a AAA 4 Diamond rating for thirty - five consecutive years.
The list of the weekend guests included how many times the guests have visited - note that one couple has been there twenty-nine times !
The house is gorgeous - full of antiques, fireplaces, flowers and art. There are fourteen rooms, plus a garden house with additional rooms. The Captain thought moving into our room - the Harvest Room - was a reasonable option - so lovely, so peaceful, so relaxing, and romantic.
There are all the modern conveniences -Jacuzzi tubs, WiFi, TV (although we never turned it on), individual room heat controls and AC. Oh, and a full spa. And a huge gift shop. You really could never leave!
Our in-room, in front of the fireplace picnic.
The common areas :
Breakfast ( fruit, yogurt, granola , some baked treat and waffles or eggs) is served in this kitchen, with more seating in an adjacent dining room. Love the farmer's tables and the huge old wood - burning stove. Hope my little snow-covered pumpkin isn't seen in the wild for a long time.
And there is this well-stocked coffee (and tea and cocoa) station with a double Vertuoline Nespresso machine.
So we reluctantly did leave to do some wandering around Kennebunkport . We don't live far from Kennebunkport and have been there many times, but this time we spent more time exploring and less time shopping. Although being weirdos, we probably made Inn history by being the only people to stay at the fancy inn AND check out a local tag sale.
Kennebunkport's version of Paris' Pont des Arts.
Wedding Cake House built in the mid 1800s by another shipbuilder, George Bourne. The house was restored in the 80s, but is in need of some TLC. All that trim has taken a beating in this Northern New England coastal town. But from a distance, it's lovely.
We didn't know that there was a monastery in Kennebunkport- St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery . There are great walking trails along the river, complete with icons and statues in the woods. Check out this amazing outdoor chapel.