Best of Maine

Matinicus – An Island Mystery by Darcy Scott

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:48


            If you have never been to Matinicus island, off the coast of Maine, this novel will take you there. And it’s quite a journey.


            Matinicus – An Island Mystery by Darcy Scott, puts you on Matinicus in the 1820s and today. Murder and mayhem exist on the island both then and now.


            Let’s start with then. A series of murders...

Coyotes are getting bigger and are coming to your home

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:18


Across the country, coyotes are moving into the cities and urban areas.  And they are not always good neighbors. I recently received this message from a guy in Connecticut:



“Excellent article on the coyotes in the latest issue of The Maine Sportsman. 45 lb coyotes???  Come on! Down my way, they are 60+ lbs!!!!


Early last year we had over six coyote dog/human attacks where three dogs were killed and three were injured by coyotes while...

Biggest law breakers are ATV riders, snowmobilers, and boaters

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 09:01


During the 8-year period 2007 – 2015, game wardens gave more citations to ATV riders, snowmobilers, and boaters than any other outdoor group. ATV riders were the worst law breakers, getting a total of 4,863 citations for violating Maine’s laws.


Those citations broke out this way:


1,921          Operating unregistered ATV


1,229          Operating ATV on public way


More abouut my illness

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 15:40


Following the publication of my column about my illness, ALS, I was overwhelmed with wonderful messages — in emails, Facebook posts, cards and letters, and phone calls. Messages came from as far away as Alaska and Italy.

Alessandro, who manages his family’s small winery, Il Santo, in Greve, Italy, where we love to stay in one of their two rental apartments, emailed a very special message,...

Final column takes us back to a favorite place

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 12/31/2017 - 15:16


         For our very last Travelin’ Maine(rs) column, we decided to return to Rockland, with its wonderful art galleries and shops, nice inns, and great restaurants. It’s been a favorite destination of ours for the entire seven years we’ve written this column.

           We spent two days enjoying the city, and stayed at the LimeRock Inn, which is one of our very favorite places in Maine.


Rustica is one of our favorite restaurants.

Submitted By George Smith on Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:40


          Rockland is a major destination these days, but we were still surprised when Rustica restaurant was packed on a cold winter’s Thursday night. I guess delicious and creative Italian dishes draw patrons every night of the week.

          At a nearby table, a couple was celebrating their 25th anniversary, while we enjoyed a delicious dinner with our daughter Rebekah and son-in-law Patrick. This has been on our favorites list for...

Great news for Augusta's Water Street

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 12/17/2017 - 20:24



          Cushnoc Brewing and Circa 1885 are great news for August’s downtown Water Street. Both are wonderful places to gather with friends, so we invited our friends Robyn and Rocko Graziano to join us.

          We began our fun evening at Circa 1885, a wine bar where owner Katie Smith and...

Italy comes to Waterville

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 12/03/2017 - 16:58


          This is going to save us a lot of money. We no longer have to travel to Italy to enjoy that country. Jennifer Bergeron and Jonathan Rosenbloom have brought Italy to Maine, with a great new restaurant in Waterville.

          Late last year Jennifer purchased Napoli’s Market, and has now added their restaurant, Itali-ah. Jennifer says the name demonstrates that they are Italian, but with a Maine accent.


Gardens Aglow has an amazing display of 500,000 lights

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 11/26/2017 - 15:40

I can’t come up with an appropriate adjective for Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Amazing, astonishing, fabulous, fantastic. Even these do not completely describe this display.

You really must see it sometime between now and December 31. It’s not expensive and you can buy tickets on their website or when you arrive.

This year’s display has more than 500,000 lights. That’s about 43 miles of lights! The lights are displayed in the gardens and trees and on the buildings and many are moving or going off and on, very entertaining.


A great market and eatery in Manchester

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 11/19/2017 - 14:38



          Brother Gordon loves Manchester’s Lighthouse Wine and Seafood and urged us to write about it, so now I owe him bigtime. This is a very special place.

          Nick and Dalena Nel came to this country from South Africa, lived for a time in Texas, and ended up in Maine. Their story is a very good one and we are lucky to have them here. They bought...

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