Our very popular garden suite, The Library just completed an upgrade and we are loving the new look. Until we can get professional photos taken we are offering a sneak peek with a few Instagram shots. Check it out:
February 4, 2014
Introducing the Lark Suite!
November 11, 2013
A Late Fall “Staycation” in Kennebunkport
Captain Fairfield Inn guests come from all over the globe, so it surprised resident managers Jed and Alana to encounter guests who live very close to our Kennebunkport boutique inn. Several residents of the southern Maine coast have elected to stay with us for a while. We think being the boutique choice of those familiar with the area is quite an honor! Especially as the holiday season begins.
For some, a staycation in their home can actually seem difficult and stressful. If they do manage to dodge the neighbor who “spotted” them and wants to chat and they do keep that fervent promise not to run an errand or pick up the phone, it is still a challenge to shake routine. Such a struggle does not automatically encourage rest and relaxation.
You can more easily change your mental mode in a different environment. Staying with us creates the opportunity to limit locals’ expenses and travel time while still allowing them to enjoy attractions just a short walk from our prime location in Kennebunkport.
Guests from far away also hunker down for a staycation experience. We deliver breakfast baskets–our version of room service–so you can enjoy plenty of food, coffee, and juice outside our dining room. Whether you rise early or sleep in, you can choose breakfast in bed. You could even access your own Netflix and iTunes through the room’s AppleTV, pick up some movie-style popcorn from H.B. Provisions, and curl up in bed to watch a show or three.
October 5, 2013
Late October in Kennebunkport
One thing we’re sure about is that there are always things to do in Kennebunkport. Each time of year has its own special draw, but Halloween is a personal favorite of our resident managers Jed and Alana.
Each October, the southern coast of Maine boasts harvest festivals and holiday happenings aplenty. Every garden overflows with mums; every stoop with pumpkins. Some visitors survey the Fall foliage between apple-picking and antiquing. Others try free samples of small-batch mead before hitting a farmer’s market or craft fair. The shoulder season means no worries about crowds whether you roam the day away or spend it fireside with a good book and mug of spiced tea.
Last year our Kennebunkport boutique hotel introduced a BYOP pumpkin carving contest with some sweet rewards. Every entrant received a bottle of local craft beer perfect for a fall night as well as a bag full of homemade candies fresh from our kitchen. The contest winner—who had never before carved a jack-o-lantern—wine a future free night’s stay. We are thrilled to resurrect this Halloween event for 2013! Click here for details.
Guests less than enthralled by All Hallow’s Eve are not out of place if they visit in late October. They can still sample decadent seasonal specialties at breakfast, like caramel apple scones and Brazilian pumpkin rabanada (think hearty, fried French toast!), but each guest celebrates or doesn’t on their own terms. Foodie festival Harvest on the Harbor in Portland and wine tastings at Kennebunk’s Bel Cibo da Cherie and Downeast Wine Imports are among the events appealing to any traveler.
Those reveling in all things scary, silly, and spooky have almost too much to choose from. The Brick Store Museum will celebrate area history on Halloween weekend with their 10th annual All Souls Walk through Hope Cemetery. Plus, this year clothing from the Brick Store’s collection of 19th and 20th century costume pieces will be on exhibit through November 15th. Bentley’s Saloon always hosts a costume party with live music and plenty of raucous fun — this year on the 26th. All of Dock Square comes alive with decorations, sales, and trick-or-treaters on October 31st. Neighborhood brewpub Federal Jack’s will host a Haunted House for charity on the big night, which might be the perfect excuse to stop by for a harvest ale or two.
We’re so looking forward to Halloween!
September 19, 2013
Day Trip to the South from Kennebunkport
Fall is the perfect time for a slow, meandering drive — whether it is to peep at the leaves, or simply enjoy the golden Autumn light over the ocean. We offer turn by turn directions (just ask!) for a variety of drives from here at our boutique Kennebunkport inn. One of our most popular unique driving routes follows the Coast to the South. The expedition begins at the Captain Fairfield Inn and ends in Portsmouth, NH, and includes the ‘Maine Beaches’ region towns of Wells, Ogunquit, York, and Kittery.
It is a nice way to enjoy a few more hours of vacation for those who have checked out and are traveling toward Boston, just an hour and a half away from our design-driven Kennebunkport lodging. Of course, you can easily take one day (or even two!) during your stay at the Captain Fairfield Inn to fully explore some of the many fantastic coastal towns less than 45 minutes south.
Even travelers who have utilized our instructions before or who are familiar with the area will always find something different to see near the Southern Maine shore. Perhaps you’d like to head to the summit of Mount Aguamenticus and feel like the ruler of all you survey. Captain Fairfield Inn guests have raved about their experiences taking an entertaining and informative class from the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School in York. Or maybe you’d like to see the port city just over the border in New Hampshire. Portsmouth’s Strawberry Banke Museum is always a favorite historic site.
We understand, though, if you’ve finished with the outdoorsy, edifying, and/or historical part of your vacation and instead you’re after some retail therapy. When headed to Kittery, ME for shopping at the Kittery Outlets and Kittery Premium Outlets, we like to grab a nice lunch first at an all natural bakery and cafe called the Beach Pea. If you linger until late afternoon or dinnertime, there’s no better choice than The Black Birch for a refined take on classic comfort food.
August 16, 2013
It’s August! Hit the Beach in Southern Maine
We’re in for a phenomenal stretch of summer weather here in Southern Maine. Time to hit the beach!
The winding coastline of Kennebunkport has a number of options — sandy and rocky, festive and secluded. Each beach seems to have its own personality. Check out these stretches of sand and pebble close to our Kennebunkport boutique inn.
Colony Beach–or Arundel Beach–is a true neighborhood beach. Locals fish the breakwater, watch the sunlight hit the ocean, or even sit in their cars reading. Parking here doesn’t require a pass, and it is walkable from the Captain Fairfield Inn or Dock Square. Probably the smallest choice in the Kennebunks, the sand and pebble Colony Beach marks the beginning of Parson’s Way Shore Walk. Start here and follow the seashore to spot some other free attractions: St. Ann’s Church, Walker’s Point, Spouting Rock, and Blowing Cave.
Mother’s Middle and Gooch’s
The connected Kennebunk beaches, Mother’s Beach, Middle Beach, and Gooch’s Beach, are often full of people and energy. They offer a sidewalk, facilities (in season), and a playground. Residents stroll the sandy expanse with their dogs in the morning, and families and lively groups populate them each afternoon. They’re great for sunbathing, but watch out for high tide! Captain Fairfield guests can borrow a season pass and make the easy five minute drive from the inn.
Glorious Goose Rocks
Kennebunkport’s Goose Rocks Beach is one of our favorites. Between the miles of sand skirted by tall grass and the rocky outcroppings emerging from the bay, Goose Rocks feels like the quintessential Maine beach. Being fifteen minutes outside of town keeps it somewhat less crowded and ideal for a long walk or a picnic. We provide one day pass (on us!) for guests headed to Goose Rocks Beach.
Quiet as a Parson
An off-the-beaten-path find for in or off season visitors is Parsons Beach. Parking is limited but free. The scenery? Lovely. The mood? Quiet and relaxed. We recommend Parson’s Beach to those of our guests exploring the coast to the south or simply heading that direction after check-out. Ask for turn by turn directions leading to this narrow, sandy strip in Kennebunk.
Wherever you’re bound, Captain Fairfield Inn staff will be happy to lend you a tote with large, luxurious beach towels from vineyard vines as well as folding chairs. Just like our creative cooked-to-order breakfasts, a parking pass and beach gear (to use during your stay) are included in your room rate.
August 7, 2013
Kennebunkport Happy Hour
Strolling around Dock Square after lunch? Looking for a place with a view where you can sit and relax? Feeling peckish in the afternoon or hankering for a cocktail? There is one solution for all these dilemmas: the consummate Happy Hour in Kennebunkport.
Sure, you can grab a drink at the Captain Fairfield Inn and snack on our freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, but it’s nice to have abundant opportunities for going out on the town. These are a few fabulous options within walking distance of our boutique hotel.
Dine with a View
For expansive views, there can be no better choice than Stripers Waterside Restaurant. Between 3 & 5 on Sundays and weekdays you can sit in adirondack chairs overlooking the river delta and beach. Servers bring drinks right to your seat while you watch the waves and let the sun soak into your skin.
For affordable, delicious food we favor the instantly popular David’s KPT, Kennebunkport’s newest waterfront dining destination. Just a few blocks from the Captain Fairfield Inn en route to Dock Square you can find generous, shareable dishes. Tasty steak tartar, mouthwatering fried calamari, to-die-for duck sliders, and more for $6 or less! The indoor/outdoor happy hour runs from 3 to 5 all week long.
For convenience, we recommend Tia’s Topside, which is just over the bridge in Lower Village Kennebunk. Oh no, it’s after 5? Don’t fret, because Tia’s offers happy hour every day from 3-6PM. Get an appetizer or two, or simply enjoy 50% off alcoholic beverages. Don’t miss out on river views from the deck!
For the Oyster Lover
Incomparable oysters harvested from Maine’s clean, cold waters can be found at each of the above hot spots as well as nearby One Dock. Still, our pick for the oyster lover is The Hatch, located underneath Federal Jack’s. Those on a quest for fresh, local oysters can dine happy on quite a selection. When in town on a Wednesday, stop by between 4 & 7 for $1 oysters and $3.50 beers.
You can stay on budget and continue your appetizer round-up in the evening. Simply order some small bites for dinner at one of the area’s superb restaurants.
June 27, 2013
Summer reading for Kennebunkport summer getaways
If there’s one item that’s high on the list of things people hope to do with their limited leisure time, it’s catch up on their reading. Many guests at Captain Fairfield Inn simply peruse the ‘Newsstand’ on the complimentary iPads we provide for guest use.
Still more leaf through current magazines provided in their rooms and in our boutique hotel’s lounge overlooking the Kennebunkport River Green. Like us, though, you may like to tackle a tome cover to cover when you travel.
Need a beach read? Forgot or finished your fiction? Just around the corner from Captain Fairfield Inn is Louis T. Graves Public Library, pictured here. They are open seven days a week and have a helpful program allowing our guests to gain temporary membership with a small, refundable deposit. Borrow books to your heart’s content!
In case you’re not a speed reader or you’re in the market for a literary souvenir, here are a couple of locally owned bookstores in the Kennebunks you could delve into:
Kennebooks has a little bit of everything housed in their bright blue building in Lower Village Kennebunk. The inside is crisp and professional, making it easy to find a Maine publication or a bestseller, and their craft & hobby section is always worth a look.
Mainely Murders is a specialty shop full of mysteries, true crime novels, and thillers. At this indie store with a blood red door, uncovering the right find for you amidst fully stocked shelves may be as great a challenge as solving the case in its pages.
June 10, 2013
June in Kennebunkport
A stay in early June can easily be enriched by the Kennebunkport Festival, which offers something for every taste. Midweek or weekend, budget or elaborate, daytime or evening, and lively or intimate happenings occur throughout the Kennebunks. As I write, this year’s collection of food, wine, art, and music events is winding down, but we are already excited for Kennebunkport Festival 2014.
Most festival venues are within walking distance of the Captain Fairfield Inn, including the popular Brews & Tunes concert held annually just across the street. We popped over to listen for awhile and had a pork belly sandwich at the event (see pic). Yum!
Traveling to Kennebunkport after all the hoopla doesn’t necessarily mean you’re missing out. For instance, guests of our boutique inn between now and July 4th can check out the Choice Art Show launched during the festivities and featuring works of Maine artists chosen by the public. Chefs introduced dishes at the festival they’ll be serving throughout the season. Live music will ring out in restaurants and brewpubs on a weekly basis.
To us, this six day celebration serves as the herald of the high season. As the official first day of summer swiftly approaches, our guests are already revelling in summer perks. They’ll park at Captain Fairfield Inn when they arrive and then go on foot throughout their stay; devouring The Clam Shack’s famous lobster rolls (which, by the way, just won the Lobster Roll Rumble in NYC) with fried clams before hopping onto their favorite water based excursion.
May 21, 2013
Southern Maine Scenic Walks
Southern Maine and The Kennebunks are full of scenic strolls.
We love meandering along Marginal Way, which is less than half an hour’s drive from our Kennebunkport boutique inn. You begin the journey by Perkins Cove shops and restaurants at one end of the cliff walk, then enjoy a mile of beautiful panorama on the way to Ogunquit Beach. The accessibility is a serious plus. People in wheelchairs frequent Marginal Way, and benches are situated only a stone’s throw apart.
Still, some of our favorite scenic walks in Southern Maine are even closer to Captain Fairfield Inn and not quite as well traveled. There’s something out there for serious hikers as well as those who just want a little fresh air and New England scenery.
Scenic Strolls Nearby
The Franciscan Monastery, just over the bridge in Kennebunk, contains interesting architecture as well as footpaths along the riverbank. These byways are perfect for viewing our beloved port town, boats and buildings alike.
Wells Reserve at Laudholm provides surprisingly varied sights, including historic farm land and structures, salt marsh, woods, and a quiet beach. Be sure to pause at each overlook! If you’ve seen it all and still want more, there is a great mile loop just down the road at The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge actually spans many miles of Maine’s coast and includes quality trails in several communities.
When we visited the East Point Sanctuary to the north of Kennebunkport, there was not another soul in sight. Vistas of Biddeford Pool and Saco Bay as well as Wood Island Lighthouse can be found in this tucked away spot.
Of course, you can’t beat a stroll down Ocean Avenue, starting at Captain Fairfield Inn and following the river and shore to Walker’s Point. It’s a perfect route for jogging. If we’re feeling less inclined to exertion, we drop in to Striper’s for a midwalk drink with an ocean view.
May 13, 2013
Local Connections = Great Maine Vacations!
Whether you have been visiting the Kennebunks for years or you are planning your first ever trip to our Maine boutique inn, the resident managers of Captain Fairfield Inn are happy to help create the perfect stay for you.
Because we live and work in town and have great connections to the local scene, we can point you to exactly what might interest you. Want activities within walking distance? Absolutely. Need the low down on the best places for gluten free guests to eat? No problem. Looking to make a quick trip up to Portland but don’t want to break the bank? We’ve got you covered.
Our personal take on “Portland on a Budget.”
The day trip starts after your three course creative breakfast at our Kennebunkport inn. For photo ops of lighthouses instead of tolls, we’ll give you turn by turn directions for the scenic route up the southern Maine coast. When you arrive in Portland just snag our favorite spot for free parking: on India Street right in front of Miccuci. This Italian grocer is the perfect place to grab a satisfying lunch. Dine there or take your Sicilian Slab pizza, cannoli, and maybe a bottle of wine to a nearby park. (you can not drink wine in the park) Portland is a very walkable city, so you can explore the waterfront and independent shops in the Old Port for the afternoon.
As a special treat, make your way to Maine Mead Works for a free tasting of the dry and sweet meads they create on site. While there are more great food options in Portland than we can possibly name, here are a couple of affordable options for dinner: try Little Tap House for casual, locally sourced fare or Schulte & Herr for a BYOB German feast.
Other Concierge Resources
If chatting with us and hearing our thoughts isn’t how you want to make the most of your trip, we’ve still got you covered. As with other Lark Hotels, Captain Fairfield Inn staff will be present when you want them and absent when you don’t. You can peruse area information and procure a local map while grabbing a complimentary soda or tea in our 24 Hour Guest Pantry. Or, stay snug in your room and fire up the iPad given to you at check-in. The iPad is curated by us and each alternative vetted, so you have top quality recommendations to explore on your own. Because of the electronic medium, the information never gets stale. You can easily browse attractions you may not have visited before and even see the menus of local restaurants who change their offerings daily.