holidays

Hotel Spotlight: the Captain Fairfield Inn

The holiday season is always so hectic, especially when you live across the street from the Boston Pops, so my husband and I like to spend a night away from it all. When he asked where we should go this year, I didn't really have a specific place in mind. My only pre-requisites were that wherever we went had to have a fireplace and a large soaking tub, the perfect recipe for de-stressing. So, we stumbled on the Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine. Not only did they have both of the things I was looking for, but they were fabulous. The Captain Fairfield Inn is technically part of a chain, Lark Hotels, but feels like a family-run B&B. There are only about 10 rooms, give or take, breakfasts are usually included and it feels more like a friend's home than a hotel. That's the angle Lark Hotels takes with all of its properties, including 76 Main in Nantucket which I've also had the pleasure of staying. These properties aren't just any B&B though, they are decorated with taste, using only the latest trends from the interior design world. Another reason why I love staying with them.

Kennebunkport is known for being mostly a summer destination (after all it's where the Bush's summer) and not necessarily a winter hot spot. But we benefitted from that with friendly off-season rates therefore being able to take the largest room at the inn, the Lark Suite. We also learned quickly that Kennebunkport goes all out for Christmas and the quaint little seaside town was beautifully decorated to the nines. It made for a very festive atmosphere and we were delighted with our decision. I highly recommend it, and if you go here are some ideas of how you can spend your time:

  1. Take a leisurely stroll around town. There are several cafes to have a cup of coffee, restaurants for a bite, and cute shops to browse. Not to mention, the water makes a pretty backdrop.
  2. Relax fireside at the Inn with a good book. There is a constant supply of coffee and tea for you to help yourself and there is even freshly baked sea salt chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon. Or just get a bottle of wine :)
  3. Drive to nearby Ogunquit, another quaint little seaside village for exploring. The pizza and craft beer at Cornerstone is delightful.
  4. There is no spa at the Inn but don't let that prevent you from taking a relaxing bath. Bring along some salts or a soak and you won't even know the difference. Because, when do we ever make time for that at home?
  5. Take a scenic drive along Maine's coast. In the Kennebunkport area, there is Cape Porpoise Pier and of course the Bush Compound on Walkers Point. Just a little way's out you've got York's Nubble Light, Biddeford's Wood Island Light and Timber Point, which has a nice path for those looking to stretch their legs.

So, the next time you're looking for a mini getaway, definitely consider the Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport or any other of the Lark Hotels in New England, California or Nashville. To learn more about the Captain Fairfield Inn and other hotels in the Lark family, visit their website.

Entering town

Entering town

The marina....Love KPT <3

The marina....Love KPT <3

Shops along Western Ave.&nbsp;

Shops along Western Ave. 

Restaurants along Western Ave.
Restaurants along Western Ave.
Colorful storefronts
Colorful storefronts
The tree all decorated

The tree all decorated

More decorations along Ocean Ave.
More decorations along Ocean Ave.
HA! I wish it worked this way in Boston, although it’s pricier than a meter!

HA! I wish it worked this way in Boston, although it’s pricier than a meter!

The cozy living room at the Captain Fairfield Inn

The cozy living room at the Captain Fairfield Inn

The Lark Suite at the Captain Fairfield Inn. love the wallpaper!

The Lark Suite at the Captain Fairfield Inn. love the wallpaper!

Walk-in shower with marble hex tile floor, subway tile walls, and large soaking tub. HEAVEN!

Walk-in shower with marble hex tile floor, subway tile walls, and large soaking tub. HEAVEN!

Cape Porpoise Pier, Kennebunkport

Cape Porpoise Pier, Kennebunkport

Main Street, Ogunquit

Main Street, Ogunquit

Nubble Lighthouse, York

Nubble Lighthouse, York

10 Gifts for the Jetsetter

So, it's that time of year again and you have someone on your holiday shopping list that fancies a trip here and there. You're wondering what to get them because socks or perfume just won't cut it again this year. Well, here are some solid gift ideas for the travel lover in your life that they will be sure to thank you for. (Ahem, husband take note...)

 

For the Accessorizer

Leather Passport Case - There's nothing like traveling in style and a passport case adds just the right bit of flair. Plus, ones like these from Mark & Graham can hold your boarding pass, come in all sorts of colors, and are monogrammable. Not looking to splurge? J Crew Factory has some cute ones that are budget-friendly and get the job done all the same.

 

For the Coffee or Tea Drinker

City Vignette Mug - These mugs from Anthropologie have the cutest little details and come in various cities like Rome, Paris, London and more. Gift just one, their favorite city of course, or gift the entire set. The choice is yours and either way you can't go wrong.

 

For the Home Decorator

London Embroidered Pillow Cover - This pillow cover from Pottery Barn brings all the symbolic icons of old Londontown to your living room. If London is not the city you're looking for there's also Paris and San Fran to choose from. Pillow insert sold separately.

Travel-themed Ornament - Because it's always fun to add a new ornament to the tree.

 

For the Bartender

City Map Glasses - What better way to enjoy a cocktail than in a glass with your city etched into it! These make both a useful AND a thoughtful gift.

Carry-on Cocktail Kit - We all know those flights that require a strong cocktail. And with this old fashioned kit you don't have to settle for whiskey and ginger. Makes a cute stocking stuffer too!

 

For the Gadget Holder

Roll-up Travel Charger - Charge multiple devices on the go and minimize clutter with this guy from surprisingly Restoration Hardware. Who knew they sold anything but gorgeous furniture?

Global Universal Charger Kit - With 6 interchangeable tips, there isn't a country you won't be able to plug into.

 

For the Special Mister

Custom Map Cufflinks - Add a memorable or favorite location to your man's outfit. Wedding or honeymoon location perhaps? The location of your first home together? Here's your chance to get creative and thoughtful!

 

For the Special Lady

Custom Map Pendant - I love these pieces by A.Jaffe. What a great way to cherish a favorite destination and a diamond marks the spot of a special memory. So cute!

 

Finally, you could always opt instead for a blanket scarf, a new bag or piece of luggage, some noise-canceling headphones, or a toiletry case filled with travel-size goodies. Those always make great gifts but aren't these way more fun?! Happy shopping ;)