Maine Mixology

Summertime in coastal Kennebunkport calls for a breezy beverage while lounging in our outdoor courtyard, preferably after a day at the beach or out on the water. Some days we feel like a cracking open a beer, while others call for a cocktail. Lucky for you, we’re sharing our recommendations for both. 

Purple Rain cocktail

Crisp, cool, and classic (Thanks, Prince)

We’ve been doing some experimenting (ok, and some taste testing), and our current favorite concoction is a little bit of magic we like to call Purple Rain. Prince made the song a classic, and now this custom cocktail is destined to become a regular in your summer drink rotation.

Purple Rain

  • A shot and a half of vodka
  • 1/2 jigger of lavender simple syrup
  • Fresh lemonade
  • Fresh lavender sprigs or lemon wedges

To make the simple syrup, bring water and sugar to a boil and let it bubble for a few minutes until the sugar is blended. Add add fresh lavender sprigs, and let cool completely before refrigerating. It will thicken into a syrupy consistency as it cools. 

Mix vodka, lavender simple syrup, and lemonade together, and garnish with a sprig of fresh lavender or a lemon wedge. Cheers!

If it’s a beer you crave, Maine is home to several notable breweries cranking out inventive varieties perfect for summer sipping. Consider this short list of our flavorful favorites a virtual bar crawl around our great state. Actually, that’s not a bad idea…road trip, anyone?

Water, Water Everywhere

Spring and summertime in Kennebunkport are all about outdoor living, and after the long winter we just endured, can you blame us? Along with the unexpectedly quick disappearance of the snow, signs of the new season are everywhere, from the budding flowers to the people strolling around town. As the mercury continues to rise, we think one of the best ways to explore this area on your next stay at the Captain Fairfield Inn is by boat, and we’ve got all the seaworthy details for you.

Lobster buoys

Colorful buoys dot the KPT landscape

For the Love of Lobster – If you’ve wondered about the life of the storied Maine lobsterman, Rugosa Lobster Tours is where you’ll want to drop anchor. Departing from the Nonantum Resort Marina, this classic New England wooden lobster boat offers a 1.5 hour trip down the Kennebunk River. You can watch the professionals haul in the lobster traps or roll up your sleeves and pitch in. Sadly, they do not pay in fresh lobster, but we have lots of recommendations for a lobster dining experience when you’re back on dry ground. The Rugosa departs daily at 10:30am, 1:00pm, and 3:30pm during height of season, and private charters are also available.

Sail Away on a Schooner – Imagine gliding over the waves aboard an elegant schooner, and then head for the Arundel Wharf. Helmed by Captain Rich Woodman, Schooner Eleanor is a traditional gaff rigged schooner constructed with modern materials. Although she was built in 1998, her four flying sails, large teak cockpit, and spacious cushioned cabin tops to stretch out on will transport you to another time. This two hour sail along the scenic coastline from Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise departs daily at 11:00am, 2:00pm, and 4:30pm, depending on the weather and tides. 

A Whale of a Time – While not always popular with the out-of-towners, Kennebunkport’s cold Atlantic waters are a fertile summer feeding ground for Finbacks, Humpbacks, Minkes, the rare Blue Whale, and the endangered Right Whale. Bring your binoculars and step aboard the 87-foot Nick’s Chance vessel from First Chance Whale Watch. All trips are approximately 4.5 hours, and Captain Gary will do his best to show you some of Maine’s best specimens. There is a galley on board with snack items and beverages for you to enjoy while you scan the horizon.

Drop a Line – There’s something so peaceful about sitting in a boat in the middle of the vast ocean, holding a fishing rod and contemplating life. And then suddenly – a tug at your line! Manta Ray Adventures promises to provide guests with the former, if not always the latter, on their 36-foot Northern Bay. Just beyond the port lies many of the Gulf of Maine’s most famous and productive fishing grounds, home to bluefin tuna, shark, cod, haddock, stripers, bluefish, and more.

Paddle Power – For a completely different vantage point and more active water experience, consider a guided sea kayak tour. Based in the Lower Village by Federal Jacks, Coastal Maine Kayak offers rentals and excursions to nearby Cape Porpoise Lighthouse, Kennebunk River, Mousam River, and Casco Bay. Tours are led by a licensed Maine Guide and are approximately 3 hours. They provide a kayak, PFD (that’s a personal flotation device for you landlubbers), and a paddle. Trips can be tailored to all levels of experience, and each trip begins with instruction and an introduction to safety techniques. Coastal Maine Kayak is also your one-stop-shop for stand-up paddleboard and bike rentals.

Meals and Music in Kennebunkport

There’s nothing quite like some live music to take an evening of dinner and drinks up a notch or two. For a small town, Kennebunkport is home to several restaurants that highlight local Maine talent on a weekly basis. If you like your meal served with a side of music, read on for some great options located within a short walk or drive from the Captain Fairfield Inn. And don’t forget the Kennebunkport Festival (June 7th-13th), which will feature amazing musicians such as Spencer Albee, Amy & The Engine, Model Airplane, and Ghost of Paul Revere right here in town.

The Pub at One Dock

One Dock Square, Kennebunkport

Situated just off the main square, One Dock features some of Southern Maine’s most talented entertainers Thursday-Sunday nights, covering a wide variety of genres from Frank Sinatra covers to contemporary music and everything in between.

Federal Jack’s

The waterfront view from Federal Jack's

Brews, views, and tunes at Federal Jack’s – not a bad way to end the day

8 Western Avenue, Kennebunk

Fed’s is all about a brew with a view.  The original home of the Kennebunkport Brewing Company, this picturesque pub is located right on the waterfront and has both indoor and outdoor dining options (complete with heat lamps).  It’s a lively scene most nights, especially in the high season, but things really get cranked up on Friday and Saturday nights when the live music starts at 10:30pm.

Pedro’s

181 Port Rd, Kennebunk

Why Pedro’s?  Because margaritas, a house specialty, always taste better with live music. Serving up a menu of Mexican staples, it’s Pedro’s drink menu that really shines.  The extensive list of creative margaritas, cocktails, and tequila will get you in the mood for live music on Friday nights starting at 9:00pm. 

Elements Book Bar

265 Main St, Biddeford

This hybrid coffee shop, book store, and bar is bringing back an element of much needed fun to Biddeford’s downtown. This hipster spot offers free trivia nights on Tuesdays at 7:00pm and local musicians throughout the weekend.  Visitors can tune into folk, jazz, blues, and classical performances on Friday nights or Sunday afternoons (for a more mellow vibe). Always dreamed of bring a DJ?  They also host an occasional Vinyl Night, when guests can get in on the action with their own LPs.

Atlantic Hall

173 Main St, Cape Porpoise

What started as a modest firehouse in the center of neighboring Cape Porpoise has become a historic venue for cultural events, musical and otherwise.  A highlight of the spring calendar? The return of the Rhythm Future Quartet, a 4-piece jazz band, known for their dexterity, high energy, and good humor. 

 

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!
 

A Mystery of the Seas

by Martha Gandy Fales

shipgd2In 1884 the Boston Globe carried an article entitled “A Mystery of the Seas.” It told of a portrait with a very strange history. “Looking at it closely,” said the reporter, “you can see that it is very rough and creased, the effect of salt water.” The portrait was of a sea captain named James Fairfield of Kennebunk, Maine and its mysterious history is linked with that of Captain Daniel Nason whom Kenneth Roberts immortalized in his novel The Lively Lady. It makes a fascinating tale

A good-looking, self-assured man, Fairfield was dark and handsome, if not tall. Five and a half feet tall and stocky, he had curly sable-brown hair and long sideburns. His eyes too were dark brown and direct as well. Only a few years younger than Nason, James Fairfield was born in Arundel in the district of Maine in 1784, the son of William and Sarah (Burnham) Fairfield. His father, a ship captain (or sailing master as they were called then), was the grandson of John Fairfield who had come to Kennebunk from Worcester, Massachusetts, about 1725. James Fairfield had numerous brothers and sisters but was especially close to his sister Mary, familiarly known as Polly, who was just a few years younger and who married Joseph Lord in 1805.

Like his father, James Fairfield sailed ship owned by Tobias Lord, Jr. In 1806 the newly-built brig Somers was put under his command when it was launched. The following year on November 12, James was married to Lois Walker, daughter of Daniel Walker. Shortly thereafter he and his brother-in-law Joseph Lord bought a house and six acres of land on South Maine Street in Kennebunkport from John Perkins. Since both men were mariners and much of their time was spent at sea, their joint ownership of property had several advantages not the least of which was that their wives were not left entirely alone when one or both of their husbands were away.

shipvwAccording to family tradition, it was on a voyage shortly after his marriage that Captain Fairfield decided to have his portrait painted at one of the first ports he visited on his trading mission. Being in the cotton trade he frequently sailed to Charleston, South Carolina, or New Orleans,then to southwestern Europe, on to England and then back to New England.

Since he was not coming directly home, he sent the portrait to Lois by another ship. Imagine his surprise and disappointment when he arrived back in Maine months later and he discovered that not only had his portrait not yet arrived, but that the ship by which it was sent had been lost at sea!In 1810 the command of another newly-launched, two-masted square-rigger, the Adrastus, was given to Fairfield. Letters that he wrote to his wife have been preserved at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk. One was written to Lois from Charleston in 1811 where he had put in for provisions after an unusually long coastal passage lasting sixty-three days. He hoped to get freight for either Spain or Portugal.

“My voyage will be much longer than I expected when I left home but after going to Europe I Shall Come home if my life is Spared,” he promised her.

shipdrFairfield’s life was spared; but, with the coming of President Jefferson’s hated embargo and the War of 1812, both he and his brother-in-law Joseph Lord felt called upon to enter into a privateering venture with Captain Daniel Nason and two other sailing masters, Joseph Perkins and Abner Stone. No sooner had they successfully made their way out of Kennebunkport on their brig Macdonough, which had been named for the stunning victory on Lake Champlain two months earlier, than they were captured on November 1, 1814, by the British frigate Bacchante and taken into Halifax.

In a letter written on November 17th, James related the story of their capture to his wife Lois:

. . . the next morning after leaving home we fell in with the Frigate Bacchante which gave Us Chase at 2 PM Both of Our Topmasts wint Over the Side which Made Us a Compleet Wreck but by heving our guns Over Board and other articles to lighten our Vessel She did not Make us her prize before 7 in the Evening.

portholFairfield and Lord were both put on board the British ship Penelope and in a few days were being transported to England with 250 other American prisoners in their ship and another accompanying frigate full of prisoners. James was most concerned for his wife and wrote to tell her to turn to Captain Tobias Lord for help if she needed anything.

I think he wont let you Suffer,” he said.

On another occasion he assured her that they were all well and in good spirits considering their situation. He suggested that she sell her horse to cut down on expenses and to sell anything else she might need to, rather than suffer any deprivation.

“I don’t know what Part of England we Shall go to but Shall write Every oppartunity. Could you find out where I am Nothing but my Liberty would give me more Pleasure than a line from you.”

Perhaps Captain Fairfield and his friends would not have been in such good spirits had they known that their destination was the dreaded Dartmoor Prison. It was the day before Christmas when James Fairfield, Joseph Lord and the rest of the Arundel crew were checked into this formidable compound and issued only a hammock, bedding and blanket.

Four months later the men were still at Dartmoor when the bloody massacre of prisoners took place there on April 6, 1815. James described it to Lois,

“the Ridiculous and Infamous Conduct of our Commander in this place Barbarously and cruelly fireing upon us . . . and killing 8 and wounding 45 of the poor Innocent and defenceless prisoners.” “Fortunately” he said, “none of our Kennebunkers fell Victim to British cruelties on that never to be forgoten day.”

The days in prison following the massacre must have been the worst of all. From the beginning, Fairfield realized that he would be imprisoned
“Untill peace which god Send may be soon.”

The day that he was incarcerated at Dartmoor, the Treaty of Ghent had been signed, but news of the signing did not reach this country until February and peace was not proclaimed by President Madison until February 17, 1815. From that time on, the men expected to be released from prison. As Fairfield wrote to Lois,

“I soon did expect to be clear from this prison but our expectations have failed owing the negligence of our agent. … My anxiety to get home is beyond description,” he told her in a letter sent by the cartel ship on which Captain Nason had been allowed to return to Kennebunkport.

Fairfield had hoped himself to be in that first draft of 250 men who boarded the cartel ship in Plymouth on April 20th. He had, in fact, bought another man’s place on that ship, but to his bitter dismay, when the prison authorities called out the name of the prisoners, the man he had given the money took his own turn and left Fairfield to wait for his.

While he did not have much money, he still had a little cash, “thank god and good friends,” but the conditions were very disagreeable, “being confined within the dismal walls of a prison deprived of all the comforts of life and the agreeable and pleasing company of a wife and friends.”

At length, James Fairfield’s name was called, he and his brother-in-law were released, transported by a cartel ship, and ultimately discharged by the British on July 3, 1815, in time to celebrate their own independence day on American soil.

The year after their return they were living in a new double house on the corner of Green and Pleasant Streets in Kennebunkport. Lois’ father had given to her and her husband six acres of land here in 1813 as a measure of his affection and appreciation of their many kindnesses to him.

There were no houses on the land then, but about the time Nathaniel Lord built his mansion on the opposite corner, the Fairfields completed their big house, and in September of 1816 they sold half of the house and land to Joseph Lord so that he and Polly could continue to live under the same roof. Neither James Fairfield nor Joseph Lord, unfortunately, were destined to live long in the house. The ship Joseph was commanding in 1817 in the cotton trade to Europe was lost at sea. His widow Polly soon married again. Her husband’s brother Captain John Lord was the groom, and they continued to live in the house conjoined to the Fairfields’ home.

Early in the summer of 1820, James Fairfield became mortally ill and on July 23rd he died at the age of thirty-six. Lois sold their part of the house on Green Street to his privateering associate Abner Stone and probably lived with Polly and Joseph until her death the following year. It was two years after Fairfield’s death that the unusual event occurred. Word was sent to Tobias Lord from a Swedish bark that had come into Portland that his presence was requested on board their ship. There on the Swedish ship was the life-like painting of Captain James Fairfield. In the background of the portrait was a ship under sail and flying an American flag. Furthermore Fairfield was shown holding a letter in his right hand to Messieurs Tobias Lord and Co., Kennebunk, Maine, his employers at the time.

It was the letter in his hand that made it possible for the painting to be delivered to Kennebunk at last. Apparently the portrait had been rolled up and put in a tin case when Fairfield sent it home from the port where it had been painted. After the ship in which it was conveyed went down, the encased portrait was buoyant enough to make its way to the surface of the water and travel many miles away where it was spotted and retrieved by the men on the Swedish ship.

So it was that Polly Lord received the portrait of her brother after his death. The painting and the story of its history were cherished by her descendents and one hundred and seventy-five years later the address on the later shown in his hand prompted the inheritor of the portrait to make it possible for it to be returned once again to Kennebunk, where it can now be enjoyed by all who visit the Brick Store Museum.

The Captain Fairfield Inn is proud to welcome an authentic reproduction, painted by a well-known local artist, of this famous portrait of Captain James Fairfield to grace our living room mantel. We’d like to Thank the Brick Store Museum for their generous cooperation and Martha Gandy Fales for her marvelous sleuthing to unravel The Mystery of the Seas.

The winning Kennebunkport inn “cookie crawl” cookie – 2014!

Our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast has come to the rescue — just in time for fabulous holiday parties and family get-togethers — with this unique holiday cookie recipe: Fried Sage Chocolate Shortbread.  

Our Kennebunkport boutique inn’s winning Christmas Prelude cookies!

Our Kennebunkport boutique inn’s winning Christmas Prelude cookies!

Because this brand new treat was crafted in boutique bed and breakfast Captain Fairfield Inn’s kitchen, we’re sure you’ll be the only one on the guest list to bring it. The best part?  We can even guarantee they taste amazing.  

Captain Fairfield Inn won Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude‘s Cookie Crawl contest by baking this crowd-pleaser.  As a Lark Hotel, we love to create just the right amount of mischief in our guests’ vacation experience.  We hope this Fried Sage Chocolate Shortbread will do the same for your holiday.

Fried Sage Chocolate Shortbread from Captain Fairfield Inn

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp crumbled, salted fried sage
  • (1 bunch fresh sage, 1/4 cup olive oil, coarse salt)

Optional chocolate drizzle: 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300*F
  2. Prepare the fried sage:  Pinch the leaves off your bunch of fresh sage.  Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Once hot, fry a few leaves at a time for about 5 seconds.  Transfer to paper towels and sprinkle generously with salt. Once cool, crush or chop your fried sage to be incorporated into the shortbread dough.  OR If you prefer to simply use fresh sage, we recommend adding a bit of extra salt to the dough as well.
  3. Make the shortbread dough:  Sift together flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Combine butter and sugar in large bowl.  Beat until smooth and light in color, about 3 minutes.  Mix in vanilla and fried sage, then add the dry ingredients.  Stir until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Using an offset spatula, spread dough evenly into a 9 1/2 inch tart pan with a removable bottom (note:  if you don’t have a tart pan, try using a regular pie or brownie pan.  It just might make the removal of your shortbread pieces a bit more challenging).  Smooth the top with spatula.  Prick lightly all over with a fork, and use a knife to make shallow cuts marking 12 equal wedges (or whatever pattern you’re using to define your separate shortbread pieces).
  6. Bake about 55-65 minutes until the top is evenly a muted brown color.  Remove from oven. Using the cuts you already marked as a guideline, cut the warm shortbread into 12 wedges.  Let shortbread cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.  Remove side section of the pan then slide cookies off the bottom.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Take things over the top: Heat heavy cream in a sauce pan until just boiling.  Turn off heat and add chocolate chips.  Whisk until melted.  If you have some fried sage left over, sprinkle up to 1/2 tablespoon into your melted chocolate and mix.  Drizzle over the top of your fried sage chocolate shortbread.  Enjoy!

Introducing the Lark Suite!

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 out photos here.

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.  

Library near Kennebunkport B&B

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.

Rain or Shine — Spring in Kennebunkport offers plenty to do!

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Spring flowers in Kennebunkport

It’s been a beautiful spring so far in Kennebunkport, and our guests here at Captain Fairfield Inn are making the most of it. Some gather shells and sea glass while others visit Cabela’s for outdoor supplies.  We love balmy days and the mild climate of the Southern Coast of Maine, but spring can be unpredictable — and we have our wet days, too. 

Don’t let precipitation stop you from venturing out from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast and exploring the many rainy-day Maine attractions and activities!

We think there’s truly something spectacular about strolling a deserted beach as the rain softly falls or savoring seafood chowder while gazing out the window at the misty town and sea.  Go ahead, grab one of our large, complimentary umbrellas and wander to a few of the fabulous local shops.  Don a wetsuit and kayak on the Kennebunk River.  Devour a double-scoop ice cream cone.

Still, sometimes you just want something warm and worthwhile when the sky goes grey.  To help you enjoy The Kennebunks as we do no matter what the weather, we’ve compiled this list of things to do on a rainy day in Kennebunkport.  All of these attractions and activities have our stamp of approval and are just a short distance from the Captain Fairfield Inn.

Top Ten Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Kennebunkport:

10. Indulge in some comfort food – as if we need to suggest this.  Whether your favorite is fish and chips, a hearty burrito, or delivery pizza, you won’t have to go far in our foodie town.

9. Attend a live theater performance. The famous Ogunquit Playhouse is not alone.  There are some great choices in Portland and Portsmouth, plus Biddeford’s City Theater, and the Arundel Barn Playhouse which is 10 minutes from the inn.

8. Hop on the Intown Trolley Tour. It’s a good way to learn a bit of history, stake out the area for future exploring, or get off (and back on later) in locations you’d like to traverse.

7. Stop by a gallery or an art venue, even if only a block or so away.  Mast Cove has a wide collection of artists as well as the occasional jazz event. You can meet the painter at W. Robert Paine Gallery and see pictures of him and Norman Rockwell as young artists.

6. Go to the movies. The area has a few singular silver screen options: Cinemagic & IMAX, Saco Drive-in Theater, and Smitty’s, where you can enjoy a full meal in an oversized chair.  

5. Hit the gym!  Boost those endorphins with a workout.  You can purchase a day pass from Quest Fitness and enjoy up to date machines, classes, and even a pool.

4. Shop the outlets in Kittery or Freeport.  If you can’t treat yourself, think of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!  Antiques dealers and independent shops also abound.

3. Visit a museum. While we love the Portland Museum of Art, it’s also memorable to visit the niche transportation museums:  Wells Auto Museum and Seashore Trolley Museum.

2. Tour a brewery like Allagash or Kennebunkport Brewing Co. We carry awesome local beers at Captain Fairfield Inn, but visit the source and you might learn a thing or two and sample something special.

1. Take a spa day. Cottage Breeze Day Spa is great for a Maine River Stone Massage or full body treatment, while Soakology in Portland earns the description “foot sanctuary”.

History and Renewal – Springtime in Maine!

One of the reasons Captain Fairfield Inn is open year-round is there is something to love about the southern coast of Maine during any season. Many guests of our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast specifically choose to visit during the Spring, saying they’ve discovered the best of both worlds.  The town hovers between the peace of the quiet season and the bustle of the high season.  Some highly regarded attractions open their doors, and the trip is a bargain with so much to do.

Kennebunkport Maine in Spring

The rugged Maine coast in Spring

Our boutique inn’s building–once the home of ship captain James Fairfield–has reached its two hundredth year in 2013.  As we celebrate our bicentennial, the Brick Store Museum will highlight the historic shipbuilding and seafaring nature of The Kennebunks with the Maritime Heritage Exhibit opening April 20th.  The museum is ten minutes from the Captain Fairfield Inn and open to the public throughout the year.  Self-guided tours focusing on the architecture of the historic district are always available, and guided walking tours of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport begin in May.

We are especially pleased that the Portland Museum of Art resumed tours of the Winslow Homer Studio on April 2nd, and will continue them until June 14th.  As the restored historic site at Prouts Neck opened its doors only last year, it is new to even long-time visitors to the region.  Call ahead for tickets (or have us do it) as soon as you know when you would like to go. Locals are among those interested in seeing the artist’s retreat, and the 10 spots per tour fill quickly.  Of course, there is no need to plan ahead to see some of Homer’s paintings in the museum itself.  Then you can meander back down the coast and contemplate your own seascape.

Because some things improve with age, we suggest a visit to Old Vines Wine Bar after a day of art and history.  This week they return with a brand new menu.  Whatever changes have been made to the food and wine list, we trust that their knowledgeable staff will be back along with the warm, low-lit setting perfect for a drink or a leisurely meal.

Style Loves Style!

A vacation mentality. Coastal locations. Style. Fun. Focus on the good life. . .

We realized we had a lot in common with the clothier, vineyard vines, so we hooked up with them to be the official outfitter for Lark Hotels. From managers to housekeepers (and even friends and family!), you’ll see the crew at Captain Fairfield Inn decked out in stylish vineyard vines dresses, khakis, polo shirts, tunics and capris.

Our partnership with vineyard vines benefits you, our guest, as well. You’ll receive an exclusive discount deal from vineyard vines for each stay at a Lark Hotel this summer (until September 4, 2012).

Plus, when you purchase an item at vineyard vines stores in the Boston area, Connecticut and New Jersey, you’ll get a Lark Hotels promotional piece in your bag. Simply present that piece upon check-in and receive a free vineyard vines gift.

We’re excited to join with this great New England-based company to spread style and fun in iconic coastal destinations.

New Website and Blog

Welcome to the new website and blog for Captain Fairfield Inn. On these pages we will keep you up-to-date with Kennebunkport Maine activities and events, as well as all the news here at the inn.