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Nonantum Resort is a WOW! kind of place

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                I must have said Wow a couple of dozen times at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. The first Wow came as the resort, built in 1884, came into view. It’s big and beautiful and right on the water. My second Wow came when we saw the beautiful fairy garden at the Resort’s entrance. Entering the main building to check in, we noted a staff meeting of a couple hundred or more people in the dining room. Wow again! And then we entered our stunning third floor room. Wow again! And the Wows just kept on coming.

History meets hospitality at Maine sporting camps

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                 History meets hospitality at Maine sporting camps, and no more so than at Bradford Camps on Munsungun Lake in the north woods. Guests from all over the northeastern United States once traveled five days to get to the camps, beginning on a train, transferring to a buckboard, and for the final two days, paddling canoes up river. Today many guests fly there in a float plane, or travel up to Ashland and take a leisurely drive through the north woods to the lakeside camps - paradise.

                As we drove into the yard, we stepped out of the vehicle and back in time. Log cabins dot the shoreline, made from logs that were floated across the lake more 100 years ago. In all that time, the camps have had only five owners. Igor and Karen Sikorsky knew immediately, after searching the state for years, that these were the camps for them, and they’ve been providing the age-old sporting camp experience for 20 years.

George Smith’s new book, Maine Sporting Camps, is a lollapalooza!

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 Many thanks to my friend Harry Vanderweide for this wonderful review of my new book, Maine Sporting Camps, published by Down East Books. Here is Harry's review.

You’ll love this fishing song!

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 Peter Prince is a singer/songwriter who loves to fish in Maine. So it’s no surprise that he’s written a great fishing song. No, not a song you’ll sing while you are fishing. A song you will enjoy listening to before you go or after you have been out fishing. Actually, given that the song is about an encounter with a Maine game warden, perhaps you’d better listen to it before you go fishing!

Peter told me, “It all began in 1970 when, after reading an article about Smallmouth Bass fishing in Field and Stream, I decided a trip to the north country was in order. The names of the lakes were mesmerizing to me: Pocomoonshine, Scraggly, Meddybemps, Cobbosseecontee, Messalonskee, and the rivers, the Androscoggin, Kennebec, Sebasticook, and Penobscot.”

This book celebrates Acadia’s Centennial with stunning photos

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 Stunning. Inspiring. Astonishing. Well, I really don’t have adjectives sufficient to describe the photos by Tom Blagden, Jr. in a new book, Acadia National Park – A Centennial Celebration.

Tom has been a professional nature photographer for 35 years, concentrating on Maine, South Carolina, and Costa Rica. I have honestly never seen photos this stunning. From gorgeous sunsets to an amazing photo of a herring gull chasing an osprey that has an alewife in its claws, I spent a lot of time savoring each photo.

Linda and I now have the book on the coffee table in our living room, where we flip the page each day to enjoy a different photograph. All of the photos were taken in and around Acadia National Park, and the book was published as part of the park’s 100th anniversary.

Bradford Camps are a state treasure

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I’m sitting in the living room of the lodge at Bradford Camps, on Musgungun Lake in the north woods, staring at a mount of a big bull moose and the pelt of a bear. To my left a fire is blazing in a beautiful stone fireplace, above which is a salmon mount done by the amazingly talented David Footer. In addition to mounting the fish, Dave painted a beautiful scene on the board holding the fish.

In the dining room is what must be one of the most beautiful pieces Dave ever did, a very colorful brook trout mounted on a gorgeous painting of two guys fishing in a canoe.

Can you get rid of those nasty geese? Not hardly!

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 An adult goose poops 8 times a day, depositing ½ to 1 pound of droppings, leaving a disgusting unhealthy mess. If you are plagued by a group of geese, you know what I’m saying. In a week, they can leave an astonishing amount of poop on your lawn.

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