Arts + Culture

St. Patty's Day at Captain Fairfield Inn

River Tree Arts, one of our favorite local fixtures, is less than five minutes from our Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast.  River Tree’s nonprofit mission enriches the cultural landscape and fosters creativity in our Maine coast community.  The best part for Captain Fairfield Inn guests and other visitors to The Kennebunks are the unique, affordable events they host throughout the year.

There is an eclectic evening jazz performance next Saturday, March 23rd, for example, and River Tree will host an art reception for the Kennebunkport Festival in June.  We had the good fortune to attend the Celtic Connections Concert this week.  All the Irish music, dance, and poetry made us eager for St. Patrick’s Day.

Around this time last year at Captain Fairfield Inn we debuted our local craft beer selection.  Being able to savor a nutty brew by the fire or sip a cold one on a warm summer day is as appealing now as it was then, but we also want to try something different in honor of the St. Patty's holiday.  This year we’ve decided to feature an Irish-inspired beer. Aged on vanilla beans, Maine Beer Company’s Old Mean Tom should be perfect in the morning as part of our new recipe:  stout cinnamon buns.  Guests on the night of the 17th will be the first to try this homemade pastry as part of a creative St. Patrick’s breakfast menu.  In case this makes you green with envy, the sweet, sticky rolls will likely appear again at our boutique B&B.

Even if you don’t stay the night with us, St. Patrick’s Day seems like a great time to come to Kennebunkport.  You can drop in one of Southern Maine’s many Irish pubs or just try some great seasonal items at any cherished local establishment. The truth is, all our area restaurants are getting geared up for Spring. We’re tempted by the house cured corned beef sandwiches at Eventide Oyster Co. in nearby Portland, but you’ll probably catch us at Pier 77 listening to live music and sampling Guinness Lamb Stew.