Best of Maine

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

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

Linda

                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!

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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

 Linda

                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.

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

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

 George

                 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.

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

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

 George

                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

George

                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!

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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.

 

George

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There's lots to do inside and outside the Bethel Inn

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:22

 Linda

                Western Maine is a particularly beautiful area and Bethel is one of our favorite towns to visit. There always seems to be something happening here. We've visited during peak fall foliage, and cross country skied here in the winter. We've come for their Harvest Fest celebration set up in the Town Common, and George loves to fish the river and ponds in this area. In fact, while I judged pies at Harvest Fest, he competed in a fishing contest. Bethel is a four season destination and the town capitalizes on this fact offering events...

Sunday brunch at the Harraseeket Inn can be sublime

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 17:39

 George

 

                The best Sunday brunch in Maine is found at Freeport’s Harraseeket Inn. Check out the February 8 menu, published with this column, and see if you agree. Better yet, experience this yourself. During yet another snow storm, we cozied up to the fire next to our table and proceeded to dine for 2 ½ hours.

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Small plates and prices and creative food make Marche’ Kitchen a favorite destination

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 14:31

 Linda

                We were watching the nightly television show 207 one night when a familiar face popped up. It turned out to be Kevin Cunningham, a chef we’d met when he worked at the Brunswick Tavern. Kevin mentioned that he was the chef at Marche’ Kitchen and Wine Bar in Lewiston now.  So we looked into visiting Marche’ the next time we were scheduled to go to The Public Theater.

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Elegance combined with great food makes 22 Broad Street a destination

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:17

 Linda

                I still remember the amazing dining experience we had four years ago when we first visited 22 Broad Street in Bethel. It was a perfect fall evening and we dined in their charming screened in porch. Tiny decorative white lights, intimate tables, a gentle breeze, and an extraordinary Italian meal remain in my mind.

                So when we recently revisited the restaurant, it was great to see that it is still thriving, and the food and...

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