Best of Maine

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...

We loved Sweet Chilli Thai in Augusta!

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:02


          Sweet Chilli Thai Restaurant has been in business for nine years. Located at the Augusta airport, we probably have driven by a hundred times. Three previous Thai restaurants were located in that same spot. But this one has stayed and has a loyal following. And now that we have eaten there we know why. The food is superb and the staff is very welcoming...

A great birthday dinner and lots of lunches

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:54



          As my October 15 birthday approached, Linda knew just where to take me for a celebratory dinner: Calzolaio in Wilton, which has been a favorite of ours since before we began writing this column 7 years ago.

          Tom and Roccell Marcellino’s awesome restaurant is always packed, so you must get a reservation. And even on that Sunday night, every...

A great dinner at Island Inn on Monhegan

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 10/22/2017 - 12:34



          Our fall trip to Monhegan Island took us to the Island Inn restaurant...

Another Great Visit to Monhegan

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:57


          Monhegan Island is the perfect place to relax and escape the troubles of our country and world. It’s a very friendly place. Both residents and visitors stop to visit with us on the many walking trails, and if we’re wearing binoculars, ask what we’ve seen.

          Yes, Monhegan is a birder’s paradise, but it’s much more than that. On our first visit here, a May day trip with Maine Audubon to see migrating birds, we fell in love with the island and have returned many times since, both spring and...

Uno Mas is a very creative Mexican restaurant

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:28



          It didn’t take long for people far and wide to discover Uno Mas, a new Mexican restaurant that opened last December in Farmington. We owe our friends the Grazianos of Readfield a thank you for recommending this wonderful restaurant to us.

          Owner Ryan Nezal, a Farmington native, has completely renovated the restaurant, and it’s very...

Come Spring is a great book and a great cafe!

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 09:12


          Come Spring is an historical novel originally published in 1940. It is the story of the founding of a small town in Maine, Union, “by ordinary people in an ordinary way.” It is why the Come Spring Cafe has always caught my eye. It is a cute little diner that normally has lots of cars in the parking lot and along the road.


The Bradley Inn is a wonderful place in a wonderful place

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 09/24/2017 - 08:16


           I love their story. Tony and Laura Moskwa checked out more than 40 inns on the east coast before purchasing the Bradley Inn in New Harbor. And they love our state, as does their son Ross, who decided to move here with them, to serve as a chef in the Inn’s public restaurant. They are all super friendly hosts, truly enjoying visiting with each and every guest.

          Since taking over here last spring, they’ve been...

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