Arts + Culture

History and Renewal - Springtime in Maine!

One of the reasons Captain Fairfield Inn is open year-round is there is something to love about the southern coast of Maine during any season. Many guests of our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast specifically choose to visit during the Spring, saying they’ve discovered the best of both worlds.  The town hovers between the peace of the quiet season and the bustle of the high season.  Some highly regarded attractions open their doors, and the trip is a bargain with so much to do.

Our boutique inn’s building--once the home of ship captain James Fairfield--has reached its two hundredth year in 2013.  As we celebrate our bicentennial, the Brick Store Museum will highlight the historic shipbuilding and seafaring nature of The Kennebunks with the Maritime Heritage Exhibit opening April 20th.  The museum is ten minutes from the Captain Fairfield Inn and open to the public throughout the year.  Self-guided tours focusing on the architecture of the historic district are always available, and guided walking tours of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport begin in May.

We are especially pleased that the Portland Museum of Art resumed tours of the Winslow Homer Studio on April 2nd, and will continue them until June 14th.  As the restored historic site at Prouts Neck opened its doors only last year, it is new to even long-time visitors to the region.  Call ahead for tickets (or have us do it) as soon as you know when you would like to go. Locals are among those interested in seeing the artist’s retreat, and the 10 spots per tour fill quickly.  Of course, there is no need to plan ahead to see some of Homer’s paintings in the museum itself.  Then you can meander back down the coast and contemplate your own seascape.

Because some things improve with age, we suggest a visit to Old Vines Wine Bar after a day of art and history.  This week they return with a brand new menu.  Whatever changes have been made to the food and wine list, we trust that their knowledgeable staff will be back along with the warm, low-lit setting perfect for a drink or a leisurely meal.