Updated: Apr 29, 2019
I can't believe it's already been a week since I decided to take a little mini vacation to rest and recharge by myself in Kennebunkport, Maine. I stayed at the Captain Fairfield Inn which is part of the Lark Hotel group. I've been dying to stay at one of their hotels, especially since they tend to be in historic buildings with chic, modern finishes - so many great photo opportunities! Their Kennebunkport location is only an hour North from my home, so it was a clear choice for a short getaway.
Upon entering, I was greeted by both Terri and Roger, the Innkeepers. They took the time to ask me questions about my visit, before walking me to my room as they shared details about the Inn. I was immediately charmed by the historic elements of the former 1813 home. Classic New England details highlighted with bold pops of color and modern accents were found behind each door.
A guest pantry is offered for needs beyond the private room amenities. A communal fridge, with honor system self-serve wine makes for a familiar and trusting environment, as if you were staying at a close friend's home.
The living room was my favorite space; Such a well-blended mix of old and new.
Once in room 9, I could finally unwind after my busy week. I spent some time browsing the hotel brochure and re-googling some of the spots on my list that I'd planned to visit.
The sky was ominous, so I decided to hurry out and explore in case it decided to downpour later. There were so many adorable homes and coastal views that I felt like I was stopping every two seconds to take another photo, but it was worth it...
The Captain Fairfield Inn is mere blocks away from the center of downtown Kennebunkport. There are quite a few shops geared towards tourists, but also plenty that are filled with interesting home goods, clothing, and my personal favorite - the upscale dog store, Scalawag's.
For an afternoon snack, I knew it had to be ice cream. In case you don't know, New Englanders are particularly crazy about ice cream, regardless of the season. I visited Rococo's, just on the edge of town. Their homemade strawberry basil ice cream was an obvious choice for me, and it did not disappoint.
I thought about the ice cream for hours afterwards. So much so, that at dinner I ordered a strawberry basil vodka smash at The Ramp on Cape Porpoise. The views around the restaurant are not to be missed. It's the perfect spot to capture idyllic coastal Maine scenery. Lobster boats and buoys, a lighthouse, and a seemingly untouched, lush island are all within view.
In full nerd fashion, I headed back to the hotel straight after dinner to tuck in early. After all, I was traveling alone and the objective was to relax. That said, the $1 Jell-O shots at the Pilot House bar would've won me over if I had a friend with me. Instead I climbed into bed just before the thunderstorm, edited some photos, and fell asleep to the sound of rain in one of the comfiest beds I've ever slept in.
The next morning was chilly and rainy, but the thought of hot coffee and a breakfast buffet waiting downstairs was enough to pull me out of bed. A spread of healthy yet indulgent small plates had been prepared by Terri featuring roasted pears with mascarpone, spinach and sweet pepper baked eggs, mini pancakes with maple syrup, bacon and ricotta toast with a honey drizzle, strawberry blueberry overnight oats, chia yogurt, and lemon muffins.
After breakfast it was time to start wrapping up my stay, so I headed back upstairs to begin packing. I had planned a full day of exploring the area and setting up at one of the nearby beaches for continued R&R, but the weather was not cooperating. By check-out at 11:00, it was pouring heavily, so I decided to cut my losses and head South. I ended up going to Stonewall Kitchen to work a half day; No use wasting a Summer vacation day for rain! On the bright side, the rain has given me a definite reason to return to the Captain Fairfield Inn and continue exploring Kennebunkport and the surrounding towns!
Thank you to the team at Lark Hotels for arranging such a lovely visit in Kennebunkport.
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