Food + Drink

Tips for Kennebunkport

We recently partnered with the Australian-based influencer behind "Ask the Concierge" to get some insider tips from "Behind the Front Desk" of our Lark Hotels. Our managers give their tips for Kennebunkport on everything from where to get the best cup of joe, to what to do on a rainy day.

Manager Tips for Kennebunkport


Q: Your most popular request?

We are one of the Lark boutique hotels that are open year-round and we receive a lot of different requests depending on the season the people is traveling. During the summer the most popular is to have beach chairs and beach towels available and that is one of the amenities we offer in summer. We provide a wonderful beach tote with a couple of beach towels and chairs you can take with you plus, we give you the first parking permit complementary for the beach. We also have a lot of honeymooners coming to Captain Fairfield, and they request our Romantic Package to be included in their stay upon arrival. This package includes an artisan cheese and meat board, a bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine, and a single red rose, all of which can be enjoyed on our outdoor lounge, by a roaring fire in our living room (winter only), or in the privacy of your own room.

Q: Your favorite locale when enjoying a day off?

We love our downtown, and our favorite restaurant is Hurricane. This restaurant is located right in the heart of Dock Square within walking distance of Captain Fairfield Inn. It has a casual elegant dining area with wonderful views of the Kennebunk river. They also have a small bar which is located at the entrance. The food is freshly prepared and the variety of menu items offered is excellent. Our favorite dishes are the Lobster Chowder and the onion soup topped with a square of puff pastry, is just different and delightful. Also, they have a nice wine selection. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly. We highly recommend this restaurant to all our guests.

Q: Best coffee?

This is a very easy question to answer for us because we are coffee lovers and, no doubt Mornings in Paris a small French bakery located around 3 minutes driving distance from Captain Fairfield Inn is the answer. We’re crazy about their medium roast Colombian coffee. A must try are their pastries, you can never go wrong with their delicious flaky chocolate croissant. Now, if you are into latte coffee, The Nutella latte is fantastic, the mocha turtle latte (chocolate hazelnut caramel) is delicious, and the Crème brûlée latte is not overly sweet- which makes it a great option.

Q: Where must we go for lunch?

We have a lot of good options for lunch in Kport and it depends on your personal taste. We would suggest that if you want have lobster (that’s why you come to Kennebunkport, right?) you should go directly to Mabel’s Lobster Claw. A nice walk along Ocean Avenue will bring you to this quaint and cozy treasure. The menu is extensive with many seafood and other choices focusing on lobster just about any way you can imagine it. If you want to eat at a traditional small seafood restaurant with checkered tablecloths and delicious lobster, this is the place.

Q: It's a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what shall we do?

You should go shopping in Kport! Park your car in front of Dock Square, grab your umbrella and start exploring the variety of glamorous shops and galleries. One of our favorites is Art House Gallery. Two amazing artists own this place, Holly Ross with her colorful drawings and paintings and Donna Kabay with her fine art photography can make you not only admire but love Maine through their art. We’re so close to Kennebunk that just crossing the bridge you’ll be in our neighbor town and you can walk or take the Intown Trolley to discover what a beautiful scenery this towns offer to all their visitors. They offer a 45-minute narrated sightseeing tour which provides an interesting and informative orientation to the Kennebunkport and Kennebunk area.

Q: What is an absolute must-do or must-see before leaving your city?

While visiting Kennebunkport the drive on Ocean Avenue is a must. The beauty of the ocean against the shoreline gives breathtaking views.

Q: What you love about your hotel?

We love everything about our boutique Bed and Breakfast. We love the house, the unique architecture and decor, the location in Kennebunkport’s historical district but most of all we are proud and happy to be the General Managers of the first property our CEO Rob Blood owned fifteen years ago and later Lark was born as a small collection of boutique hotels in New England. Lark is growing and growing every year but being the manager of The Captain Fairfield Inn is a unique experience.

Q: Is there anything else we should know about when visiting your city?

If you're interested in history and architecture, one of the places you must visit in Maine is Kennebunkport. Things to do for tourists in town must include a walk around our historic district, where our B&B is located and is one of the most impressive historic districts in Maine. Some of the splendid buildings that can be found in our neighborhood used to be the homes of famous sea captains, like Captain James Fairfield and they provide a great insight into the success of the town's shipbuilding industry during the 19th and early 20th centuries.