Adam Coghlan

The Captain Fairfield Inn

  • Where:
  • Why:After a friend's wedding for some R&R.
  • When:September 2014
  • Who:Me and my guy.
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The Captain Fairfield Inn  The outdoor lounge area with fire-tables. There’s a bocce ball and corn hole set available (and puzzles and board games for the more sedentary…).

The outdoor lounge area with fire-tables. There’s a bocce ball and corn hole set available (and puzzles and board games for the more sedentary…).

The Captain Fairfield Inn The inn is in a ridiculously picturesque neighborhood, with centuries-old Elms and Maples. It’s only a few minutes walk to the main drag and the Kennebunk River.

The inn is in a ridiculously picturesque neighborhood, with centuries-old Elms and Maples. It’s only a few minutes walk to the main drag and the Kennebunk River.

The Captain Fairfield Inn The stylish entry hall with portrait of the Captain James Fairfield – former owner of the place.

The stylish entry hall with portrait of the Captain James Fairfield – former owner of the place.

The Captain Fairfield Inn The chic and sultry sitting room, complete with fireplace. Those red chairs are the perfect nook to peruse the paper, curl up with a book, a cup of tea, and one of the inn’s warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies.

The chic and sultry sitting room, complete with fireplace. Those red chairs are the perfect nook to peruse the paper, curl up with a book, a cup of tea, and one of the inn’s warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies.

The Captain Fairfield Inn It’s here you’ll also find a stockpile of requisite morning newspapers like The Boston Globe and New York Times along with chic furnishings and pine floors.

It’s here you’ll also find a stockpile of requisite morning newspapers like The Boston Globe and New York Times along with chic furnishings and pine floors.

The Captain Fairfield Inn We missed the locally-sourced, gourmet breakfast served here, but the lovely staff provided us with a packed breakfast and yummy coffee (from a local Maine roaster) for the road.

We missed the locally-sourced, gourmet breakfast served here, but the lovely staff provided us with a packed breakfast and yummy coffee (from a local Maine roaster) for the road.

The Captain Fairfield Inn Crisp designer linen on our super comfortable king-size bed.

Crisp designer linen on our super comfortable king-size bed.

The Captain Fairfield Inn Chilling in front of our bedroom fireplace...

Chilling in front of our bedroom fireplace...

The Captain Fairfield Inn Our cosy waffle kimono robes. It was hard to get out of these and put our clothes on to venture out for dinner…

Our cosy waffle kimono robes. It was hard to get out of these and put our clothes on to venture out for dinner…

The Captain Fairfield Inn The inn is adorned with decorative wallpaper with bold patterns and whimsical motifs. It’s fun, stylish and warm.

The inn is adorned with decorative wallpaper with bold patterns and whimsical motifs. It’s fun, stylish and warm.

The Captain Fairfield Inn Mixing old and new; cosy, old-timey tartan stair tread with contemporary light fixtures and furniture.

Mixing old and new; cosy, old-timey tartan stair tread with contemporary light fixtures and furniture.

The Captain Fairfield Inn The Inn is housed in a Federal-era mansion dating back to 1813...such a charmer.

The Inn is housed in a Federal-era mansion dating back to 1813...such a charmer.

Highs & Lows

  • A feast for the nose – fragrant flowers outside, the sweet aroma of baked cookies inside.

  • Location – surrounded by grand old mansions and soaring maples, and it’s just a few minutes stroll from the quaint main street and shops on Ocean Ave.

  • The service – the staff were so friendly, so excited to have us there and so eager to make us feel welcome.

  • The hot breakfast window was a bit narrow – served only from 8.30 to 9.30 am…not ideal for those with an early getaway time or penchant for sleep-ins.

  • Too little time! Our fault, not theirs.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 41/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Stylish, modern B&B in historic Federal-era mansion that was once home to a storied sea captain.

  • Vibe

    Modern, sleek design with historic seaside charm.

  • Location

    Minutes by foot from preppy Kinnebunkport’s main street in the prettiest surroundings you can imagine.

  • Rooms

    9

  • Music

    Chillout, Café Del Mar-style tunes playing on arrival in your room; iPod docks in every guest room.

  • Year Opened

    1990s (though many buildings date back to the 1800s).

  • Designed By

    Many guestrooms and communal areas tailored by Boston-based interior designer Rachel Reider.

  • Health & Wellness

    No

  • Restaurant

    No, but breakfast is complimentary. Small, gourmet plates available to order throughout day.

  • Bar

    There’s an honor bar and extensive wine list available.

  • Minibar

    No, but 24-hour guest pantry provides organic tea, coffee, soda (and homemade chocolate chip cookies).

  • Children

    Yes.

  • Price

    Luxury with good value options – rooms from $159 to $459.

A lobster roll from the Clam Shack

A lobster roll from the Clam Shack

2 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME, United States

Stroll or drive along Ocean Avenue

Stroll or drive along Ocean Avenue

167 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046, United States

Go antiquing on Route 1

Go antiquing on Route 1

Route 1, Portland, ME, United States

The Captain Fairfield Inn

The Captain Fairfield Inn

8 Pleasant St, Kennebunkport, ME, United States

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