Best of Maine

An electrifying evening in Brunswick

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:08

 Dinner at Henry and Marty’s and the Music Man made for a wonderful evening.


                As Linda noted on our way home, “It was an electrifying performance.” About half way through the second act of a wonderful performance of The Music Man at Maine State Music Theater in Brunswick, lightning struck and the lights went out. Curt Clark, the theater’s artistic director who starred in this musical, entertained us for a while with theater trivia, then a group of men and later the theater’s interns...

Holbrook’s Lobster Wharf & Grill in Harpswell

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:28

 If the stunning ocean-front location doesn’t draw you to Holbrook’s in Cundy’s Harbor, the food certainly will!


                My sister Edie and her son Ezra joined us for a terrific sea-side lunch here, allowing us to sample lots of different items on the extensive menu. Edie lives right across the street from Holbrook’s and eats here often. Now I know why!

                My lobster quesadilla ($12)...

Island Hopin’ and Hoppin’

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:41


                As the end of the school year approached, Linda started hoping for an Island hopping adventure, but because she was too busy to write about it, she asked me to tackle this column by myself. It wasn’t hard to do, given all the islands we’ve visited and loved, from Portland to Canada.

Peaks Island, Portland

                The Inn on Peaks Island was the first place we visited enroute to the start of...

Great adventures, food, and cabins await you in the Forks

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:52

If you enjoy great outdoor adventures, with a chance at the end of the day to return to a great meal in the lodge and a comfortable cabin, then you should head to the Forks where Northern Outdoors even offers its own popular microbrews.  


                Actually, you don’t have to leave the lodge for great adventures. They have a hot tub, pool, volleyball and basketball courts, indoor game and exercise rooms, and more, right on the premises. But the nearby Kennebec and Dead Rivers, and the vast forests, offer outdoor...

Kennebunk locals eat at the Village Tavern - and tourists too!

Submitted By George Smith on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 06:59


                It’s not often that we stumble on a true gem of a restaurant, but we certainly did when the innkeeper Sarah at the Captain Jefferds Inn recommended The Village Tavern in West Kennebunk, telling us, “It’s where a lot of local people eat.” Enough said. But nothing prepared us for the over-full parking lot at 6 pm and a waiting line inside!


New Chef Steve Sicinski has created an awesome menu at the Sea Glass Restaurant

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:25


                Preparations for a busy season ahead were well underway when we visited Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth last week. Flower boxes were planted, the outdoor pool was open, and guests were already enjoying the fire pit complete with s’mores. The Inn has a great view of the ocean and a boardwalk that leads to the sandy Crescent Beach State Park.


Family fun at Claybrook Mountain Lodge, a place cherished by Mainers

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 09:25


                 It was a birding adventure we will never forget, and not just because we identified 98 species of birds. Claybrook Mountain Lodge in Highland Plantation offers comfort, adventure, and fabulous food, but it’s the family atmosphere created by owner/hosts Greg and Pat Drummond that keep bringing guests back year after year.


New owners bring excitement and great dining to the Village Inn and Tavern

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:20


                The new owners of the Village Inn and Tavern in Belgrade Lakes are vivacious, ambitious, and eager to please their customers. Throughout our dinner there, they were both all over the dining room, visiting with customers and assisting the staff.

                Kate Beals and Heather Pena are determined to improve on what was already a good restaurant. They have renovated the upstairs dining room and downstairs tavern, brought in two...

The Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:26

 The Captain Lord Mansion offers historic elegance, comfort, and great service


                Kennebunkport’s Captain Lord Mansion combines history, elegance, and art with comfortable and intriguing features that bring guests back year after year. In fact, one couple has stayed here more than 100 times! And don’t we wish we could!


Po' Boys & Pickles and Portland Stage - a great night out!

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:54

                 It was a great night out in Portland. We were stunned by the presentation of Papermaker at Portland Stage, impressed with supper at Po’ Boys & Pickles, and very pleased with our room at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn.



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