Best of Maine

The Lucerne Inn now has one of our favorite chefs

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 12/11/2016 - 16:53


                We would follow Arturo Montez anywhere. One of our favorite chefs, Arturo cooked for years at the Looking Glass restaurant at Bar Harbor’s BlueNose Inn, but that place was closed in the winter, so he had to move here and there for winter employment. Finally, last year, he moved to the year-round position as chef at the Lucerne Inn just east of Bangor.

                Lucky for us, because the Lucerne Inn is also a favorite of ours...

Buen Apetito is one of our all-time favorite restaurants

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 18:18

                 It’s easy to see why Buen Apetito is so popular: very tasty food, large portions, and low prices. We’ve been eating at Gary LaPlante’s restaurant since he first opened many years ago in a tiny place up the street. After he moved to his current location, beside Railroad Square Cinema, there was often long lines waiting in the hall to get into the restaurant.       

                Thankfully, Gary has expanded by adding a new entrance with a bar and several tables....

A great place in Yarmouth to gather

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 09:42

                 You can gather at home, or in this beautiful restaurant in an historic Masonic Hall, but wherever you choose, Gather’s food will impress and please you.

                Our friends Bill Seretta and Lyn Baird, who dine here often, recommended Gather and joined us for dinner there. I was intrigued with the huge space with lots of seating choices, their interesting decorations, and the open kitchen where you can watch the staff prepare your meal. You can sit at a long bar on one side, or booths on...

Great food and friendly staff at the Old Mill Pub in Skowhegan

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 11/08/2016 - 09:44


                When you enter Maine from Quebec and ask for a restaurant recommendation, you’ll be told to stop at the Old Mill Pub in Skowhegan. Yes, they are well regarded all the way to the border!

                The Dore family purchased the pub four years ago, and two brothers and their wives work here. Eric Dore is the manager and spends a lot of time going up and down the stairs, delivering the food. His wife Sarah was our very friendly...

A gem in the "middle of nowhere"

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 07:58


                Linda and I love discovering very special places like Forks in the Air in Rangeley, a casual and comfortable, yet elegant, place. Checking out online reviews of the restaurant before we arrived, I was amused by one that described it as “a gem in the middle of nowhere.” That’s not how I’d describe Rangeley!

                Owner Michael Kupstar first came here at the age of 6 with his Dad who sold boats and...

Annabella's is a gathering place in Richmond

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 10/18/2016 - 07:24


                Family defines and inspires Annabella’s Bakery and Café in “downtown” Richmond. Barbara and her daughter Stacy are the owners, assisted by Barbara’s two sisters and cousin, and sometimes even her grandsons. And her husband is known to poke around in the place too.

                Lots of people in the Richmond area encouraged us to visit Annabella’s, and we are grateful to them for that advice. This a truly...

Friendly and welcoming define the Pleasant Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 10/10/2016 - 03:42


                The super friendly and welcoming Rob and Jan Welch define their Pleasant Street Inn Bed & Breakfast on a quiet street within walking distance of downtown Rangeley. As we arrived, I thought the large and beautiful inn must be an historic building, but later learned that when they purchased this place in 1977, it was a tiny old house served by a 3-holer outhouse.

                They restored the barn and moved it away from the house,...

A great visit to the Black Point Inn

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 08:03


                It feels like there aren't too many areas of Maine that we haven't explored, but this week's column took us to a new location neither of us had ever visited: Prouts Neck in Scarboro, to the Black Point Inn.

                The huge and historic building is surrounded by private homes and looks like an elegant Maine cottage with a cupola and lovely arched windows along the first floor. Todd, a bellman, greeted us and the friendly front...

We love Boothbay Harbor's Tugboat Inn

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 08:38

                 Sitting on the deck of our top floor room at the Tugboat Inn, enjoying the view of the harbor, and visiting with guests on the next room’s deck, who have been vacationing here from Massachusetts for two decades, it was easy to understand what keeps them coming back. What a view!

                And while Boothbay Harbor is a major tourist destination, with lots of specialty shops, it’s amazingly quiet and relaxing at the Tugboat, situated at the end of the busy downtown. All guests receive a...

Fun in Boothbay Harbor

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 08:15


                A sunny September day in the Boothbay Harbor area featured a lengthy visit to the fascinating Botanical Gardens, and a great lunch on the deck at Tug’s Pub on Robinson’s Wharf in Southport, just a few minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor.

                Seals cavorted in the harbor as we enjoyed a very tasty lunch, starting with Linda’s favorite Geaghan Brother’s Honey Blonde brew.  The menu of seafood...

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