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A Maine Vacation for your Bucket List

Now that Captain Fairfield Inn’s unbelievably luxurious Lark Suite is complete, we find ourselves pondering the nature of a truly exceptional getaway.  The spacious suite itself has charming historic details like centuries-old hardwood floors as well as contemporary touches like stylish, comfortable furnishings and a 40 inch LED Smart TV.  Such unique accommodations deserve better than a generic agenda – perhaps something special and memorable for 2014 that does not necessarily make your trip itinerary every year.  

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The Lark Suite at our Kennebunkport boutique inn.

Our boutique bed & breakfast hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine is surrounded by iconic New England attractions.  Within easy walking distance you can shop local artisans’ wares, enjoy water views, eat amazing food, and climb aboard a sailboat on its way out to sea.  Driving distance things to do in Coastal Maine are too numerous to count, but top sights are outlets, downtown areas, lobster shacks, hiking trails, sandy beaches, museums, and lighthouses.

A few offbeat or uncommon activities can transform a great trip into an unforgettable escape.   These items on our concierge staff’s bucket list might give you some inspiration.

1)  Go horseback riding on the beach.  How many of us consider this a perfect romantic date?  And how many of us have actually done it?  Riverhurst Farm, which is just over 5 minutes from Captain Fairfield Inn, offers guided horseback beach rides.

2)  If the sky’s the limit, then take a scenic biplane tour with Atlas Aero.  The plane takes off from Sanford Seacoast Airport, less than half an hour from Captain Fairfield Inn.  It’s a pretty drive, plus you can stop on the way in Downtown Kennebunk and/or the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area former blueberry barrens. Once you take to the skies you’ll fly to see everything from Biddeford Pool to Portsmouth, NH.  

3)  Our favorite sommelier, Erica Archer of Wine Wise, often hosts wine tasting events in Southern Maine cities.  It is now our dream to catch the brand new HydiWave Water Taxi service that would carry us over the ocean out of Dock Square to and from one of Erica’s wine walks in Ogunquit.

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.  

The amazing lox and potato pancakes at Shulte & Herr

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.

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