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Captain Jefferds Inn
Ranked #2 of 26 Kennebunkport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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331 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 986 helpful votes
“This Place Will Put a Smile on Your Face”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

We visited Kennebunkport for a quick mid-week getaway. Prior to booking our stay, we checked TripAdvisor for accommodations in Kennebunkport and the neighboring towns. One of our concerns was cancellation policy, because we are currently dealing with elder-care, and we were unsure if we would be called away. Before booking our stay, I talked to one of the innkeepers on the phone, and he assured me that “extenuating circumstances,” would be considered in relation to cancellation. He also made recommendations for rooms included in the special fundraiser that were suitable for a person with a moderate walking disability. Fortunately, we were able to enjoy our mini-getaway without being called away.

When we arrived, we were welcomed by a young woman who showed us around the first floor. The inn was immaculately kept, bright, and cheerful. The grounds were beautiful. The sun room beckoned us with comfy chairs, hot beverages, and yummy snacks. She showed us the alcove where we could always get ice, cold drinks, or coffee and tea at any time of day or night. It was chilly outside, so there were fires laid in both the dining room and living room fireplaces. The dining room was already set for the next morning's breakfast.

The Capt. Jefferds Inn offered a half-price room with a modest donation to Habitat for Humanity. Many innkeepers in Maine cut their rates by 50 percent in May 2014 to support “Hospitality for Habitat”, an annual Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) program designed to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. We were given the Arundel Room, which stretched the entire width of the Inn on the second floor. We had a comfy king-sized bed with a wonderful hard mattress and smooth Pima cotton sheets. There were plenty of soft, fluffy towels. The room featured a gas fireplace, comfortable chairs, a small writing desk, a bookcase built into the wall, a jet tub, a small refrigerator (with bottled water), and nice touches like mint chocolates by the bedsides and bathrobes for each of us.

The Inn is within walking distance of everything at the Port. Even Kennebunk Beach is a moderate hike. Off-season is the best time of year to see Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, especially early in the morning. I would rise early and go out for my morning walk. All the trees are budding out at the end of April and flowers in the gardens are blooming. I could hear the seagulls squawk, the lobster boats leaving the harbor, and I had to share the beach with only a few surfers and a couple of other hardy souls. I could smell the brewing coffee and enticing morning kitchen smells from the local deli and coffee houses. I would get back in time to get cleaned up and join other guests for breakfast.

The staff thoughtfully accommodated our food allergies at breakfast. Each breakfast included beverages, fruit, freshly baked muffins, and a main course such as quiche or frittata.

We enjoyed having tea or coffee in the sun room after returning from our days’ adventures, snacking on some of the desserts, and just relaxing. We had some pleasant get-togethers with other guests in the same room before breakfast each day we were there.

The Innkeepers and their staff were very friendly and helpful. They seemed willing to cheerfully meet any guest’s needs. This inn deserves all the high ratings it receives.

Room Tip: The stairs to the second floor were easily accessible for someone with a moderate walking disability...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kevin R, Public Relations Manager at Captain Jefferds Inn, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
StarWeez Thanks for the terrific scores and the positive review title of "This Place Will Put a Smile on Your Face" . That comment made me smile :) It is nice that you were able to spend the planned time at the Inn. And although we have policies, as you experienced we try to be reasonable in our application of them.

Spring and Fall are my favorite times along the seacoast. The nights are chilly enough that a little courtesy fire adds just the right amount of heat and ambiance to the room, but not so chilly that you need more than a light comforter to sleep comfortably with the window ajar. Our beaches have fewer inhabitants and the pace of the the world is just a little slower. (Of course that is a relative statement as I suspect that even in our high season the pace of our world for visitors is remarkably slower than they are used to. )

Hospitality for Habitat was a big success. It seems to get more popular each year and we’re happy to do something that assists others. During the shoulder season we take part in a few different programs HFH being one of them. There is also a Veterans program called in November “B&B for Vets” that we participate in by offering courtesy accommodations over Veterans Day weekend , through the end of the month we have a special for healthcare workers, and his year we’re doing something new with the Arborday foundation.

In general it’s always good to check any Inns’ special pages for their current specials. And while they may not all be discounted room specials, they may be attractive package specials like the one we currently have with the Ogunquit Playhouse and On The Marsh Restaurant or our Mothers May special with Melissa Fleurant or even our Couples Spa Package with Cottage Breeze Day Spa.

Thanks again for taking the time to write such a detailed review and giving us the high praise. We hope that you choose to stay with us again soon.

Cheers!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

It has been 6 months since our last visit, and quite frankly we couldn't wait to return. Though the weather was less than hospitable, the accommodations and the Inn itself were just as inviting and comfortable as we remembered it. We didn't stay in the main house's elegant Arundel room this time. Instead, we chose the more rustic (and very comfortable) Baxter in the Carriage House. We loved the privacy of the Baxter and would choose it again if we decided to return with our dog. But sans pooch, we prefer staying in the main house. Last but certainly not least, we asked Steve to make dinner suggestions and then reservations for us. His recommendations were excellent and exactly what we asked for (The Hurricane in town and Joshua's in Wells). Would we go back--in a heart beat! This jewel of an inn, with its very polished atmosphere and personal service, is on par with the best hotels the country has to offer.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kevin R, Public Relations Manager at Captain Jefferds Inn, responded to this review, 18 May 2014
Susan R Hi!

Thanks for the great review and for choosing us again. Yes spring weather is a bit unpredictable, but it can be fun to experience at the same time. We just chalk it up to traditional New England Weather. :) Very happy you enjoyed Steve's dining suggestions. There are of course many fine restaurants in the area, and sometimes it's hard to select one.

Thank you for comparing our service to "the best hotels in the country". Everyone here is committed to their role at the Inn, and compliments such as yours are very rewarding to read.

See you again in six months?

Cheers!
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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

Thanks to Sarah and Erik for a beautiful stay in historic Kennebunkport! Accommodations were spotless and warm, with a legendary breakfast service. Despite the cold weather, everything in town was walkable from the Inn. Would highly recommend for couples for any occasion.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kevin R, Public Relations Manager at Captain Jefferds Inn, responded to this review, 18 May 2014
MABurns hi! Boy what a difference 2 weeks makes, yes it was cold at the end of April but now, as I write this note we are finishing off a classic Maine spring weekend where the days are warm and the evenings cool enough to walk the Port in a light jacket, but still sleep comfortably with the windows open. Crisp mornings and the threat of rain may have greeted our guests this weekend but that didn't stop them from coming, and true to form with Classic New England weather we just needed to wait a few minutes for it to change :-)

Thanks for staying with us and thanks for the kind words and great review.

Please return soon.

Cheers!
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Warrensburg, New York
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166 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

This is a special place for my wife and I. This is our 4th visit and each time is perfect. Sarah and Eric run a first rate bed and breakfast in beautiful Kennebunkport. The breakfast's are always great and you can't wait for what awaits you the next morning. It is cozy, comfortable and a place you will never forget. We will be returning to this Inn on our next Maine trip.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kevin R, Public Relations Manager at Captain Jefferds Inn, responded to this review, 18 May 2014
Mark hi! Thanks for the kind words and the excellent review. Sarah and Erik, as you know have poured their hearts into making the Inn something special, and it means a lot to hear such kind words from our guests. Thanks for continuing to choose the Captain Jefferds Inn when visiting Kennebunkport.

Cheers!
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Camden, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

Thank you Sara and Eric for an incredible stay at your Inn. Rachel was wonderful, cookies and breakfast were fantastic. Our two dachshunds were welcomed and treated to moose shaped doggy biscuits, silver dog bowls and a huge yard to run and play. We stayed in the Baxter room
Which was spectacular with a private entrance, a hot tub and very comfortable king bed. Loved the tour Rachel gave us of the rooms that were not occupied. Our first trip to Maine and we will be back to Capt. Jefferds Inn

Room Tip: If you're traveling with pets and its just two of you, definitely go for the Baxter
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kathy G
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CJIInnkeeper, Public Relations Manager at Captain Jefferds Inn, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Kathy hi and thank you for the review. Baxter is a special room with lots of custom features as you have noticed. We love catering to the pooches and the separate entrances for the pet friendly rooms makes it an enjoyable stay for all our guests, whether they have a four legged travel companion or not. Thanks again for the kind remarks and excellent review.

Cheers!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

Tripadvisor plans our trip again. This has got to be one of the most beautiful inns that i have ever stayed in. Sarah and Eric have thought of everything: from the comfortable beds, bubble bath beside the tub, candles in the windows, books to read and chairs to read them in, fireplace. The entire Inn is steeped with history through the paintings on the walls. Yummy breakfast every morning. Enjoyed a vast selection of teas in the afternoon in the comfortable sun room.Thank you to everyone for making us feel at home and relaxed.A perfect getaway.

Room Tip: The Wyeth and the Camden room were perfect
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank topsailluv
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CJIInnkeeper, Public Relations Manager at Captain Jefferds Inn, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Topsailluv hi! and thank you for the wonderful review. Yummie breakfasts and teas are what brings our guests back again and again. Of course our location in the heart of Kennebunkport doesn't hurt either. :-) Please come back again soon, maybe in the summer months when the beaches are warmer and the hot days give way to cool evening ocean breezes, or for Christmas Prelude? Christmas around here is special with new snow, parades, celebrations, and A-wassailing.

Hope to see you soon,

Cheers!
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Bethlehem, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

We recently stayed with Sarah and Eric at the Captain Jefferds Inn. What a treat. The have the best sun room that I just couldn't stay out of. Our room had a water feature, a fireplace and a king bed. We were so comfortable we could have just moved right in. They also have the best sheets ever in the history of inns. It's a wonder I got out of bed at all. Breakfast was great and we had the best time chatting with other guests. Truly we were so comfortable and felt so welcome, I didn't want to leave.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kimmeekay
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CJIInnkeeper, Public Relations Manager at Captain Jefferds Inn, responded to this review, 13 April 2014
Kim thank you for the wonderful review. Yes the sheets are great they are a sateen sheet which has have a luxurious look and feel. The room you stayed in was the Assisi room. It is a beautiful, large room on the third floor of the main house, with a king size iron bed and a lovely sitting area in front of a gas fireplace. It's large bathroom features an Italian tiled shower with dual shower heads. We are happy you felt so at home. Please return anytime you like.

Cheers!
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Property: Captain Jefferds Inn
Address: 5 Pearl St, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6160
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Region: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Captain Jefferds Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Truly "Your Very Special Place." The Captain Jefferds Inn Bed & Breakfast in Kennebunkport, Maine is a warm and inviting 1804 sea captain’s home. From the time you enter through this Maine inn's red front door you will experience the charm, comfort and exceptional hospitality provided by these Kennebunkport innkeepers and their dedicated staff. At the Captain Jefferds Inn it's all about personal service and little touches to enhance your stay like free wireless internet access throughout the property and afternoon tea featuring a wonderful assortment of home baked goods and light hors d'oeuvres as well as fresh squeezed lemonade and iced tea in the summer months and hot mulled cider in the winter. We are pet friendly in 5 outside entrance rooms. ... more   less 
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