Captain Fairfield Loves Harris Farm
There may not be lots of snow where you are but we’ve had our fair share this winter. Coastal Maine’s winter weather pattern has kept the snowfall “just right.” There’s no doubt that Jed has had his share of shoveling, but, in our view, our second winter in Maine has been just about perfect, with plenty of opportunity to sit by the fire, enjoy a glass of wine or a hot toddy and of course get out and explore the area.
During this, one of the most beautiful times of year in our coastal village, many of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast guests are taking advantage by strolling quiet beaches or hopping on a sleigh ride. Still more visit one of our favorite locations supporting local, eco-friendly agriculture: Harris Farm.
Just a short scenic drive to the west, Harris Farm offers visitors the opportunity to explore the farm on snowshoes or cross-country skis. Novices to both winter sports are always welcome! We’ve heard stories of the great patience and competence of the farm’s staff during lessons, and especially the fun to be had exploring this corner of Maine. Of course, if you are accomplished in either sport there are many miles of beautiful trails to explore on your own.
Admittedly, we were introduced to our Southern Maine neighbors in a way that has nothing to do with winter sports. Harris Farm supplies several local restaurants, including our favorite new addition to downtown Kennebunk, Owen’s Farmhouse. Check out the “Harris” pizza, which includes ingredients sourced from its namesake farm. We’d suggest stopping in at Owen’s on your way back from a day of exploring – they have takeout and dine-in options. If you opt for take out, let us know and we’ll be sure to have the fire going so you can warm up after your day of winter trekking.
On a related note: It’s time to tap the Sugar Maples! If you’re visiting on March 22nd & 23rd be sure to check out Harris Farm’s annual Maple Weekend. Get an inside look at their operation and even sample maple syrup straight from the boiler.
Designer Showhouse – Happening Now in Kennebunkport!
Have you visited the Designer Show House at the Kenneth Roberts Estate in Kennebunkport yet? It goes through this coming Saturday, July 14 not too far from the inn.
Our friends at Portland, Maine’s Inspired Wire Stdio (the folks who – at this very moment – are crafting a custom light for our new tasting room!) have one of their pieces featured in the guest bedroom by Fiore Studio.
Check out this news clip on the showhouse. Watch until the end and you’ll see the orb “solstice” chandelier.
Images of Dock Square, Kennebunkport’s Village Center
When I am looking around online at various Kennebunkport attractions, they are often described as being in or near Dock Square. But if I wasn’t familiar with Kennebunkport, I would have no idea what this means. Perhaps because it is mentioned so many times, I might eventually guess it has some significance within this Maine coast destination.
Dock Square is considered to be the center of Kennebunkport. Located on the Kennebunk River (about one mile upstream from where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean), it’s a hub both on water and on land (well, as much of a hub as you can get in a small Maine village). It’s home to numerous restaurants, boutiques, antique and art galleries, ice cream shops and a small provisioning market.
I’ve posted some photos and descriptions of what you might see walking from Captain Fairfield Inn, our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, to Dock Square, and then through Dock Square, over the Kennebunk River and into Lower Village Kennebunk. If you are walking directly, it takes about 5 minutes to walk from the Inn to the monument in the center; if you’re meandering, who knows… These photos were taken on a recent sunny Autumn Saturday afternoon, and even though we’ve taken this walk so many times before, we had a lovely time.