No Waffling Allowed

Although the Captain Fairfield Inn is proud to call Maine home, its breakfast menu pulls some of its inspiration from below the Mason-Dixon line. Our multi-talented chef (she’s the general manager, too) hails from Georgia, and she puts a little bit of that southern love in her cooking – especially when she’s feeling homesick. Using her grandmother’s recipes as a guide, she can often be found sipping on sweet tea while conjuring up new dishes in the kitchen. Guests can expect to find peaches and pecans incorporated into a variety of seasonal small plates, and if she could figure out a way to make boiled peanuts a breakfast staple, rest assured she would. The Buttermilk Waffles with Peach Gastrique detailed below are a Captain Fairfield favorite, and we hope they bring a touch of southern comfort to your home, too.
 

Buttermilk Waffles

Buttermilk waffles with peaches and sausage

Whether you come from the North or South, we can all agree that waffles, peaches, and sausage make for a great breakfast.

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk, well shaken
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 eggs
 
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, butter and buttermilk together. Pour wet ingredients into flour mixture and stir with spatula until just mixed. Put into waffle iron and voila! We like to serve ours with a side of local sausage, as pictured.
 

Peach Gastrique

 

1:2 ratio of sugar to champagne vinegar (ie: 1 cup sugar to 2 cups vinegar)
 
Place sugar and champagne vinegar in a small sauce pan. Boil down until it reaches a syrupy consistency. Add fresh sliced peaches, and reduce heat to a simmer.  Serve over waffles…or ice cream or whatever you want!
 

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.  

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Louis T. Graves Library in Kennebunkport, Maine

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.

 

Local Connections = Great Maine Vacations!

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Portland Head Light lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth.

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.  

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The amazing lox and potato pancakes at Schulte & Herr

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.