Captain Fairfield Inn
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
We had a very nice time at the inn. It didn’t feel quite as homely as some of the other b&b’s I’m used to. The free sodas and juice were super nice. Breakfast was good but not great. The hosts could not have been nicer and it was a great location to what we wanted to explore.
We stayed in the Lark suite over Memorial Day Weekend. The couple running the property were very welcoming and helpful. The location is perfect, an easy walk to the heart of downtown. The off street parking was an added bonus.
We would stay here again. Breakfast was delicious and they were very accommodating of my wife's dietary needs (vegetarian).
Sarah and Anthony were warm and welcoming hosts at the Captain Fairfield Inn. They were gracious, available for questions , provided good suggestions for dining, and prepared a most delightful small plate breakfast each morning. The inn dates back to 1813 and had interesting home nuances reminiscent of the era in which it was built. Our room was cozy and we loved the small sitting room attached. The Lark Hotel group will hopefully spend some money to do some much needed repairs to the inside and out to bring the building back to its original beauty. We would recommend the inn and the area to future visitors. Thank you Sarah and Anthony.
My husband and I did one night away and the Captain Fairfield Inn, and we loved it! Terri was warm and welcoming and gave us a great recommendations for restaurants in town and for morning walks. The room itself was perfect - comfortable bed and sheets, cool décor, well appointed, clean. The location was central and easy. The breakfast was delicious (go hungry!). I wish we could have stayed longer - we can't wait to go back!
We were warmly welcomed by Terri the innkeeper and introduced to our beautiful suite called the Lark, room 1. Terri made us feel welcomed by showing us around and making sure we knew how everything worked. The spacious suite had a fireplace, soaking tub and a private porch off the bedroom. We were presented in the morning with the yummy smell of the beautifully prepared breakfast. Meticulously kept we enjoyed our short getaway so much and will return in the summer for a longer stay in the charming town of Kennebunkport.