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In Kennebunkport in a residential neighborhood, overlooking the river
Captain Lord Mansion overlooks the water in Kennebunkport. The hotel is about an eight-minute walk from Dock Square, and a short drive from most attractions in Kennebunkport, including a golf course and nearby beaches.
Originally settled in 1610, Kennebunkport was a small fishing village that experienced an economic boom during the shipbuilding era. But it wasn't until after the Civil War that Kennebunkport became what it is today: a summer retreat for wealthy families. In fact, George W. Bush's great-grandfather's compound, Walker's Point, is located in Kennebunkport, and both he and his father have hosted foreign dignitaries at the summer home.
The beaches are the area's main draw. Activities such as kayaking, whale-watching, golfing, and fishing are also popular pastimes that can be enjoyed during the summer; Kennebunkport clears out during the winter and many hotels close for the off-season. Dock Square is the center of town, where art galleries, shops, and restaurants can be found.
The Captain Lord Mansion hotel, just an eight-minute walk from the town center, is a small classic inn featuring Victorian-style rooms. Each room's decor varies slightly, but all feature four-poster beds, numerous paintings, and antique-style Victorian furniture -- cozy to some, gaudy to others. Modern amenities such as iPod docks and flat-screen TVs bring the rooms to this century, and the hotel offers tons of freebies including free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and bicycle rentals. The hotel lacks amenities like a fitness center and a pool (though there is a small spa), so families may consider the nearby (but slightly farther from town) Nonantum Resort.