Daily breakfast, a welcome glass of wine and afternoon cookies are included in the Jetsetter rate
On a quiet street only a few blocks from downtown Kennebunkport
Up-to-date tech amenities: flat-screen TVs and Apple TV, iPod docking stations, in-room iPads and WiFi
The 24-hour pantry, which is stocked with coffee, tea and homemade chocolate chip cookies
What To Know
There’s no restaurant, but the breakfast (think maple pecan scones, traditional blueberry pancakes and classic egg dishes) and small plates menu are memorable
Some restaurants and attractions are closed during the quiet season (November to April)
Pets aren't allowed, but the hotel can recommend a nearby kennel
Parking on site
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Historic inn with nine rooms and modern tech amenities just steps from all the shops of Dock Square
Most people come to Maine looking for a traditional New England experience: a great country inn, a perfect lobster roll and an orange and purple sunset over the water. On a quiet, tree-lined street in tony Kennebunkport, the Captain Fairfield Inn delivers all of that and more. The historic building, which was once the home of a New England sea captain, is just steps away from Dock Square’s antiques shops, art galleries and clam shacks, and a block from views of lobster boats and tall ships in the harbor.
Bed and Bath
The house dates back to 1813, but each of the nine rooms has a bright, streamlined feel. Many offer a modern take on the classic New England look: an oversize spindle bed with, perhaps, a suede-covered chaise and funky botanical wallpaper. Others have a more historic feel, with fireplaces, wide plank pine floors and powder-blue upholstered headboards. The inn is outfitted with up-to-date tech amenities including iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs, Apple TV and WiFi. The comfy beds have piles of plush pillows and soft linens, while the en suite bathrooms have spa-like rainfall showers and aromatherapeutic Lather bath products.
The cheery breakfast room — there is no restaurant — serves simple, tasty fare, like pancakes and dark roast coffee, at a communal table. There are also several tables for two. For dinner there's a small plate menu featuring locally baked breads, smoked meats and artisanal cheeses, along with a good list of affordable wines, and you can eat in front of the fire. For a heartier meal you need only travel a few minutes to reach Kennebunkport’s many restaurants — plus art galleries, boutiques and the harbor, which is dotted year-round with lobster boats.
In the Area
For local eats, try nearby Old Vines, an Old World–meets–New World wine bar and lounge housed in a renovated barn, or Federal Jack’s, a riverfront brewpub that’s the birthplace of Shipyard beers. For a dose of retail therapy, hit all the boutiques and specialty shops in Kennebunk’s Lower Village and Kennebunkport’s Dock Square. Few museums have as stunning a location — or view — as the oceanfront Ogunquit Museum of Art, which houses a distinguished permanent collection of American art, including works by Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent and Thomas Hart Benton.