Best of Maine

Nordic Village Welcomes Visitors to New Hampshire’s Stunning White Mountains

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 16:16

 George

                Up the mountain we went, past tennis courts and other game fields, the sheep corral, Nordic Falls Park that includes a game room pavilion and a small pond, numerous inside and outside swimming pools, and six condominium buildings, arriving at our destination, Innsbruck, and our very nice condo with a view across the valley to nearby mountains. And we were only half way up the mountain!

                Linda wanted a special get-a-way to...

New Chefs Shine at Brooklin Inn

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 08:53

 New Chefs Shine at Brooklin Inn

George

                On Saturday morning with a nearly full house at the Brooklin Inn, an accident up on Route 1 knocked out power to the entire peninsula from Penobscot to Stonington. But Inn owner Chip Angell took it in stride, setting out juice, milk, cereal, and coffee, which he’d kept hot in a carafe, for our breakfast. The power was out nearly four hours, but it didn’t matter to us because we were off right after breakfast, exploring this beautiful section of Maine.

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Bald Mountain Camps offer all outdoor adventures

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 13:17

                 What would you hope to find at a favorite sporting camp? Maybe historic camps of varying sizes, all restored for your comfort without losing the original features? Perhaps a deck with lots of rocking chairs, overlooking a beautiful lake with mountains beyond? How about a beach, with plenty of room for the kids to frolic? Would you enjoy a fantastic restaurant right on the grounds?

                I’ll bet you would enjoy hundreds of thousands of acres of conservation lands, with terrific hiking...

Blazing into Bangor for a great meal

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 20:50

 George

                Several friends recommended Bangor’s Blaze restaurant, so when we discovered they also have a Blaze in Bar Harbor, we reserved for dinner there during an August visit to Mt. Desert Island. Our son Josh and daughter-in-law Kelly had eaten lunch there that day and raved about it. And were they ever right!

                That great meal motivated us to schedule a travel column visit to Blaze in Bangor while we were at the always-...

Grazing is Fun!

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 10:01

 An amazing dinner in an amazing place

Linda

                I had no idea just how big Pineland Farms is until I read that it encompassed 5000 acres of land. Trust us, it is big enough to get lost in. It became much clearer once we found a large model of Pineland’s layout on display at The Market. This diverse business campus and educational and recreational venue is impressive.

                We visited Pineland for one of...

The view is not the only spectacular thing about Bar Harbor’s Looking Glass Restaurant

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 14:33

 George

                A new executive chef at the Looking Glass was our excuse to return to one of our favorite restaurants in July, with family in tow, but really, you don’t need an excuse to dine here. Both the outside deck and the inside dining room surrounded by full-length windows provide an amazing ocean view from high on the hill behind the Blue Nose Inn, where son Joshua, Daughter-in-law Kelly, and 16-month-old granddaughter Ada, were spending the week.

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Spring Creek Bar-B-Q is “uptown” Monson’s hidden gem

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 08:51

 Linda

                We were planning our trip to Moosehead Lake when George mentioned we’d be going right through Monson, which meant one thing to both of us: the terrific little BBQ place we’d discovered there a couple of years ago. My mind couldn’t stop thinking about that hidden gem and the delicious smoky meats produced at Spring Creek Bar-B-Q. So to say it was a bit of a disappointment when we drove up to the old place and saw that it was vacant, is an understatement. But I quickly recovered when I spotted their sign in their new...

A trip into the North Woods is relaxing and restorative

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:42

 George

                Macannamac Camps in the north woods is a relaxing and restorative place, the idealic Maine we talk about but rarely experience. Fifty miles northwest of Millinocket, Jack McPhee built most of his log cabins in the 1980s on Haymock, Spider, and Cliff Lakes. He was a warden pilot, knew every lake and pond in the north woods, and selected these for their remoteness and great hunting and fishing.

                Today, they are still busy...

Schoodic Peninsula is Acadia’s Hidden Gem

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 08/13/2015 - 20:17

 George

                Hang a left in Ellsworth, instead of driving straight ahead to Mount Desert Island, if you want to see the best part of Acadia National Park. Schoodic Peninsula is the park’s hidden gem, a 2,000 acre peninsula just beyond Winter Harbor, and it doesn’t get the millions of visitors to Acadia’s park adjacent to Bar Harbor.

                The six-mile Schoodic park road offers stunning ocean views and many places where you...

Asticou Inn combines history with great food and stunning scenery

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:53

 The quiet side of Mount Desert Island is spectacular,

Linda

                I first noticed the Asticou Inn last summer when we were searching for Thuya Gardens in Northeast Harbor. I'd love to stay at that inn, I thought. It faces a cove filled with boats of all sorts which creates a perfect picture of the coast of Maine in the summer.

                The Inn celebrated its 130th year in 2013, so it's been around a while. It is large...

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