Best of Maine

Mapping Murder by William D. Andrews

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:48

 I’d been eagerly awaiting the third novel by William Andrews, and was delighted when it was published this year. Mapping Murder once again features Julie Williamson, director of the Ryland Historical Society, in a small western Maine town. Julie turns out to be a relentless and effective solver of crimes.

In this novel, valuable artifacts are stolen from several museums, and one director ends up being shot and killed. William’s friends at the Bethel Historical Society, a wonderful place, gave him the opportunity to learn about historical institutions and the important role they play in the life of a small community....

Medawisla is a wonderful get-a-way

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 08/06/2017 - 15:40

 George

          History is brought up to date at Medawisla, a sporting camp with a beautiful new lodge and cabins on Second Roach Pond, and great opportunities to hike and bike, canoe and kayak, swim, fish, experience the north woods, and enjoy wonderful meals in the lodge.

          Linda and I called it our “books and birds” get-a-way as we spotted an astonishing array of birds, and relaxed on our cabin’s porch, reading. It is so peaceful here.

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Don't Drive By Nezinscot Farm!

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 07/31/2017 - 07:51

 Linda

                I get great joy at looking at large vegetable gardens. So it is no surprise that I was very happy to visit the Nezinscot Farm in Turner. Customers are free to roam around the farm where vegetables and animals are well tended.

                I loved seeing all the beautiful veggies happily growing on a massive scale in and outside greenhouses. And if they aren’t seen as fresh produce or food at the farm’s café, they are likely...

Botanical Gardens are spectacular this time of year

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:26

 

 

 Get yourself down to Boothbay Harbor now, to enjoy the spectacular flowers in the Botanical Gardens.

 

 

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Attean Lake Lodge is an amazing sporting camp

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 07/23/2017 - 16:35

George

           The website of Attean Lake Lodge describes it as a “unique” place, and it is, but it’s much more than that. It’s an island paradise which draws visitors back year after year.

          The land surrounding this large lake in Jackman is protected by a conservation easement managed by the Forest Society of Maine, so you won’t see a shoreline dotted with other camps. You park at a nearby landing, visit with Karl, a very entertaining gentleman who lives in a cabin there and manages arrivals, and then you are boated out to the...

Mount Chase Lodge is a great north woods get-a-way

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 07/16/2017 - 08:27

George 

            Mount Chase Lodge on Upper Shin Pond is a wonderful north woods get-a-way. Close to the northern section of Baxter Park and the northern entrance to our new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, the area just west of Patton offers everything from superb biking and hiking to exceptional fishing and kayaking, and all the winter sports.

            Michael and Lindsay Downing took over the historic sporting camp last year from her parents, Rick and Sara Hill, who provided wonderful experiences there for 40 years. I took...

Mount Chase Lodge is a great north woods get-a-way

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 07/16/2017 - 08:27

George 

            Mount Chase Lodge on Upper Shin Pond is a wonderful north woods get-a-way. Close to the northern section of Baxter Park and the northern entrance to our new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, the area just west of Patton offers everything from superb biking and hiking to exceptional fishing and kayaking, and all the winter sports.

            Michael and Lindsay Downing took over the historic sporting camp last year from her parents, Rick and Sara Hill, who provided wonderful experiences there for 40 years. I took...

Lubec and Campobell - the perfect vacation

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 07/09/2017 - 07:58

 George

            It’s the perfect Maine vacation. We left home in mid-morning so that we’d be in Milbridge for lunch at Vasquez, a fantastic Mexican take-out restaurant. We never drive by this place, and it’s nice to see our column about it posted next to the window where you pick up your delicious – and very inexpensive – food.

            We divert from our route to Lubec...

Fabulous ocean views at Campobello Island

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 08:26

 Our recent visit to Campobello and Lubec included fabulous views. I could not stop taking photos. Here are a few of my favorites, including this photo of a sunset enjoyed from the deck of our cabin at Island Chalet on Campobello.

Campobello is loaded with colorful lupins.

 

Linda enjoying a book and the view from a perch above a remote beach in the international park on Campobello.

 

Ocean views from our cabin at Island Chalet, including Lubec seen from Campobello.

 

 

 

 

 

Our cabin at Island Chalet, a favorite get-a-way of ours for many...

Great musical performance and a meal in Brunswick

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:41

 George

            It’s a great combination: dinner at one of Brunswick’s many fine restaurants and another spectacular performance at the Maine State Music Theater. Let’s start with the theater, which Linda and I have enjoyed for many years.

            Opening night found us in the third row for the awesome Always…Patsy Cline, a celebration of a music legend and one of my favorite singers. ...

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