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
My wife and I got engaged at Capt. Fairfield Inn 10 years ago on a weekend in late January. We returned to once again enjoy Kennebunkport in January. We were treated with a snowstorm on Saturday night which made the weekend even more fun.
The house is an antique house with all the charms of an older home including the wide pine floors (a little creaky but no more so than the last visit), beautiful moldings everywhere, cool low banister on the stairs, etc. There are some signs of wear in places, but it did not detract from the overall experience. By no means did we see any sign of the place being dirty. In fact, I thought the place was spotless which is difficult with people tracking in winter mess. Everybody has a bad day, so maybe the previous reviewer was the victim of bad timing.
We were treated so well as soon as we arrived. We were asked if we had any food requests/requirements for breakfast which we did. The breakfast was perfect and we were able to try everything except for the scones. (overnight oats, fresh fruit, hot out of the oven frittatas, oven baked potatoes, yogurt, hot coffee and a selection of teas).
We asked about places for dinner and were given several options. We decided on Batson river brewery that first night and On the Marsh the second night.
The room was very comfortable and quiet. The bed is pretty soft/plush which suits me just fine! The fireplace was very welcome especially when coming in Saturday night from the snow. Sunday morning we were offered to stay as long as we liked due to the storm. We still left at normal checkout and braved the drive home. The innkeeper even gave us her cell number to get in touch with her if we had trouble travelling. She said she would get in touch with their Portsmouth, NH property for us if we needed to cut our travel short due to the weather. Thankfully we made it home without incident.
Awesome relaxing weekend. Couldn't have been better.
Hate to leave this review, but I think I need to worn anyone who wants to get their moneys worth when staying at a pricy high end Hotel or Bed and Breakfast to look else where.
The Inn Keeper was pleasant and I liked her personality!
So this is hard to write.
The room was pretty but the floor was so worn you could see through to the basement. Severely crooked !
There was hair under the glass in the built inn next to the bed. The long mirror in the bathroom was filthy. The Bathroom shower glass and around the base of the bathroom floor was dirty .
In the morning there was a dirty caraf of coffee and when I put the cream in my coffee it curdled.
Smelt the cream and it was sour.
Pretty disappointed at that point.
I thought if this is what coffee is like I wonder what the kitchen looked like?
Took a look at the kitchen and decided against breakfast and checked out.
I wouldn’t recommend.
Lovely stay at this gorgeous inn. It was the perfectly located with easy walk into town. Inn owners were very welcoming. Didn't love the breakfast - it wasn't for us. But overall a very nice and affordable place to stay in this gorgeous town.
The Captain Fairfield Inn is nestled in a perfect location in one of the friendliest, most beautiful towns in the US. The staff was extremely courteous and helped maximize our perfect stay in Kennebunkport.
Highly recommended for all travelers.
Great place to stay. The innkeepers Roger and Terri are great people and a lot of fun. Would definitely recommend Captain Fairfield Inn. Older home but very welcoming. Room was nice, clean and well appointed.