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.
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.
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.
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.