Captain Fairfield Inn, Maine

by Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Marianne Espinel and Rodolfo Sauma are the General Managers at Captain Fairfield Inn, located in Kennebunkport, Maine. The Inn was the first of Lark Hotels’ small collection of boutique hotels in New England,  in coastal, north-eastern United States. With a population of only 3,500 permanent residents, the town is better known as a summer haven for the wealthy, including former U.S. President George H. W. Bush who, during his presidency, hosted world leaders including Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev at the home. In 2007, his son George W. Bush invited Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Sarkozy to the summer house. Another interesting name attached to the town is Dr McDreamy, “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Patrick Dempsey, who hails from here. But enough of the celebrity scorecard, let’s hear how Marianne and Rodolfo recommend we absorb the town’s history and enjoy local lobster and other delights…

Marianne Espinel and Rodolfo Sauma. Photo: Lark Hotels.

The most popular requests from guests…
We are one of the boutique Lark Hotels that is open year-round, so we receive a lot of different requests depending on the season. During the summer, the most popular request is beach chairs and beach towels. We provide a wonderful beach tote with a couple of beach towels and chairs you can take with you, plus we give each guest a complementary parking permit for the beach. We also have a lot of honeymooners coming to Captain Fairfield, and they request our Romantic Package to be included in their stay upon arrival. This package includes an artisan cheese and meat board, a bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine, and a single red rose, all of which can be enjoyed on our outdoor lounge, by a roaring fire in our living room during the winter, or in the privacy of their own room.

Your favourite locale when enjoying a day off…
We love Kennebunkport’s downtown area, and our favorite restaurant is Hurricane. This restaurant is located right in the heart of Dock Square within walking distance of Captain Fairfield Inn. It has a casual, elegant dining area with wonderful views of the Kennebunk River. They also have a small bar at the entrance. They have a nice wine selection, the food is freshly prepared and the variety of menu items offered is excellent. Our favorite dishes are the Lobster Chowder and the Onion Soup topped with a square of puff pastry. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly all year, and we highly recommend this restaurant to all of our guests.

Best coffee…
This is a very easy question to answer for us because we are coffee lovers and for us, the answer is undoubtedly Mornings in Paris, a small French bakery that is about three minutes driving distance from Captain Fairfield Inn. We’re crazy about their medium roast Colombian coffee. Another must try is their flaky chocolate croissant. Now, if you are into latte coffee, the Nutella latte is fantastic, the mocha turtle latte (chocolate hazelnut caramel) is delicious, and the Crème brûlée latte is not overly sweet, which makes it a great option.

Where we must go for lunch…
We have a lot of good options for lunch in Kennebunkport. We would suggest that if you want have lobster (that’s why you come to Kennebunkport, right?) you should go directly to Mabel’s Lobster Claw. A nice walk along Ocean Avenue will bring you to this quaint and cozy treasure. The menu is extensive with many fresh seafood choices and a focus on lobster just about any way you can imagine it. If you want to eat at a traditional seafood restaurant with checkered tablecloths and delicious lobster, this is the place to go.

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we should do…
You should go shopping in Kennebunkport! Park your car in Dock Square, grab your umbrella and start exploring the variety of shops and galleries. One of our favorites is Art House Gallery. Two amazing artists own this place: Holly Ross with her colorful drawings and paintings, and Donna Kabay with her fine art photography. Both artists’ work represents the state beautifully, and makes you not only admire but love Maine through their art. We’re so close to Kennebunk that just by crossing the bridge, you’ll be in our neighbor town and you can walk or take the Intown Trolley to discover Kennebunk’s beautiful scenery. Intern Trolley offers a 45-minute narrated sightseeing tour which provides an interesting and informative orientation to the Kennebunkport and Kennebunk area.

An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving Kennebunkport…
While visiting Kennebunkport, the drive on Ocean Avenue is a must. The beauty of the ocean against the shoreline gives breathtaking views.

What you love about your hotel…
We love everything about our boutique hotel. We love the house, the unique architecture and decor, the location in Kennebunkport’s historical district, but most of all we are proud and happy to be the general managers of the first property Lark Hotels’ CEO Rob Blood owned fifteen years ago, before Lark was born as a small collection of boutique hotels in New England. Lark is growing and growing every year, but being the managers of the Captain Fairfield Inn is a unique experience.

Anything else we should know about when visiting Kennebunkport…
If you’re interested in history and architecture, Kennebunkport is one of the places you must visit in Maine. Our hotel is located in one of the most impressive historic districts in Maine. Some of the splendid buildings that can be found in our neighborhood used to be the homes of famous sea captains, like Captain James Fairfield, and they provide a great insight into the success of the town’s shipbuilding industry during the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

To find out more about the Captain Fairfield Inn or to book, click here.