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Vacationing at Augusta's Senator Inn & Spa

Submitted By George Smith on Wed, 05/25/2011 - 08:02

You’ve probably eaten a meal or attended an event at Augusta’s Senator Inn & Spa, but have you ever vacationed there? We escaped to the Senator for a divine 24-hour weekend vacation not long ago.

Just 20-miles from home, we luxuriated in the Inn and Spa that manager Roger Bintleff calls “old fashioned,” in its focus on customer service. That it is, but the Senator is also on the cutting edge in comfort and technology.

 Linda

             Sometimes life just goes too...

Summer Fun in Lubec

Submitted By George Smith on Sat, 05/07/2011 - 12:01

 

Lubec is lovely and lively in the summer, a top spot for a short or long vacation. We’ve been “summering” there for – well, for our entire lives. We often get “down” to Lubec in June and always for a week in August.

Lubec has astonishing scenery, the “Bold Coast” with some of our best conservation lands, the tastiest chocolates in the state, great birding and whale watching, history and hiking, fabulous saltwater fishing and kayaking, and the prettiest lighthouse you’ll ever see.

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First Settlers Lodge in Weston Worth the Drive

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:35

The stunning view from First Settlers Lodge in Weston unites the old and the new Maine. From the huge windows that run all across the front of the lodge, you look left and see, across a wide forested valley, First Wind’s towers across the tops of two distant hills. To the right you see the magnificent mastiff of Mount Katahdin.

 The lodge is on a section of Route 1 designated as a scenic highway and there’s actually a turnout right across the road so travelers can enjoy the spectacular view.

 This has been our favorite northern Maine lodge for many years. We returned in March to make sure...

Stone Mountain Arts Center - Noble House Inn

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 03/25/2011 - 13:30

 It’s the best place to listen to music in the state. Stone Mountain Arts Center is more than an experience – it is THE experience for music lovers. Combined with a stay at Bridgton’s elegant Noble House Inn, a concert at Stone Mountain is a spectacular Maine get-a-way.

George

We’ve enjoyed three distinctly different experiences at Stone Mountain: a reading by author and public radio commentator Sarah Vowell, concerts by Pam Tillis and Marc Cohn, and a concert/dance with Steve Riley and the Mamou boys, a Louisianan Cajun band that kept us on the dance floor for much of the evening a few weeks ago.

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Greenville Inn - a Special Place in a Special Place

Submitted By George Smith on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:56

Quick. How long does it take to get to Greenville from Augusta or Waterville? Three hours? Four hours? Five hours?

It takes less than 2 hours, a quick run up I 95 to Newport, then a straight shot north to the foot of Maine’s largest lake. That’s right. You can get to Greenville in about the same time it takes to drive to Bangor. So why don’t you?

When you get to Indian Hill, poised to enter the town, the stunning view of Moosehead will take your breath away.

We spent a recent weekend in Greenville to attend the annual Chocolate Festival on February 20, and discovered...

Rockland's the Choice for Reading, Shopping, Eating

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 11:32

Rockland’s hasn’t just had a facelift. It’s had a personality transplant. Multiple visits over the past two decades have shown a town that has evolved into a tourist destination. And it’s a great place for Mainers to spend a day. That’s why we found ourselves there on Martin Luther King Day this year.

We went to Rockland specifically to eat at two restaurants we’d not visited in a decade, and to sandwich a visit to nearby Union to visit our daughter Rebekah and grandson Vishal in between the glutinous feasting. We also managed to make some purchases in favorite Rockland shops.

 Linda...

Taking a Peak at The Inn on Peaks Island

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 14:12

George

 I expected to fall in love with the Inn on Peaks Island. And I did. But I also fell in love with the island.

 Who would have guessed that a couple from rural Maine could find a quiet retreat for a weekend get-a-way in the city? Peaks Island is part of the city of Portland, but it is a small village in a gorgeous ocean setting.

 When Fred Forsley, owner of Shipyard Brewery, invited us to be his guests at his Inn, we jumped at the chance, having heard a lot of good things about the Inn and island. It was perfect for a November weekend get-a-way. We arrived on Friday night in...

Kennebec Pizza is out of this World.

Submitted By George Smith on Sat, 12/04/2010 - 22:13

The pizza is otherworldly, but I’ve always considered Brooklyn to be otherworldly. Steve Deptula owns a restaurant, brick oven pizza place, and microbrewery in Brooklyn. And now he’s brought his scrumptious pizzas to Hallowell, Maine. Steve says the pizza he’s serving in Hallowell is common “all over New York City.” I’ll take his word for it. I’m not going down there to check it out. I will be checking out the pizza on a regular basis at Steve’s Kennebec Pizza on Hallowell’s Main Street. It just may be the best pizza in Maine. Understanding that a photo is worth 1000 words, take a gander at the lead photo with this blog. It’...

Don't Duck the Fries at Portland's Duckfat Restaurant

Submitted By George Smith on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 16:40

George When son Josh called to report that he and our daughter-in-law Kelly were enjoying a weekend in Portland and hoped we would join them for Sunday lunch at Duckfat Restaurant, I was pleased with the invitation but concerned about the duck. I have had two experiences with meals of duck. When I was an avid duck hunter, most of the ducks I shot were hardly edible. Some were totally inedible including merganzers and eiders. Josh remembers chomping down on a piece of buckshot in a duck once when he was growing up. That would have been the tastiest portion of the duck. On the other hand, over the years I’ve enjoyed succulent duck meals at the Belgrade Inn, famous for its long-...

Mount Vernon’s Post Office Café

Submitted By GeorgeSmithMaine.com on Sun, 10/31/2010 - 17:45

Mount Vernon’s Post Office Café: Spectacular soups, salads, sandwiches, and specials.

George

Most every small town in Maine has a local café or coffee/sandwich shop where locals gather to solve the world’s problems and eat so-so food, adequate and filling but nothing to write home (or a review) about. Mount Vernon’s Post Office Café is a very big exception to this rule. Chef/owner Robert Wallack offers world (really!) class food. If you think this is just so much hometown cheerleading, I challenge you to drive up here and eat at the café. I guarantee it won’t be your only visit. The café has been drawing folks from all over Maine – and our summer...

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