Travelin’ Maine(rs)

A regular travel blog, written by George and Linda Smith, focused entirely on instate travel.

An Amazing Arizona Adventure

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Two weeks roaming southeast Arizona, focusing on the wonderful birds there and enjoying the stunning scenery as well as the nice weather, put us in a very good post-winter mood. Our May 1 Travelin’ Maine(rs) column, published May 1 in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, tells you about the first week and a half in Arizona. The column is available on the newspapers’ website.

In this column, I’ll tell you more about that part of our trip as well as what we did at the end of the second week in Arizona, before moving on to Terlingua and Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas. Our Travelin’ Maine(rs) column on May 15 will feature the Terlingua trip along with some travel tips.

Slaughter in Saddlebrooke

Let's do lunch - in Portland and Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon
Portland
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 George

                Whenever someone wants to meet with me in the Portland area, I insist on getting together in my “Portland office,” a corner booth by the window at Hot Suppa on the west end of Congress Street. So of course, when Linda and I decided to start this Let’s Do Lunch series, Hot Suppa was at the top of our list for a visit.

                The small cozy dining area is inviting, with a small bar, booths along one wall, and three larger tables along the picture windows looking out on the street. A huge chalk board on the back wall lists the day’s specials and brews – always with a good choice of Maine micro-brews.

Loved this Portland restaurant!

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Portland
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 Linda

                Union Restaurant opened in the spring of 2015. Located in the Press Hotel, it has a contemporary, edgy atmosphere. Slatted ceilings and nice lighting give it an open feeling. The restaurant is in a large space and they stagger reservations here so that service runs smoothly.

                You will notice the large open kitchen as soon as you enter. Several chefs work seamlessly to produce great dishes. There are no secrets in this kitchen - it's being produced right in front of the diners. Local and seasonal food is at the forefront here. They had recently changed over to a new spring menu when we visited. I was impressed at the level of creativity in the dishes presented.

Elegant Press Hotel holds onto its printing past

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Portland
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 George

                Walking into Portland’s Press Hotel for the first time was an awesome experience. I’d read a lot about the conversion of the Guy Gannett Building, which housed the Portland Press Herald, into a beautiful and luxurious downtown hotel, but seeing it was a special treat. They have managed to create a gorgeous and modern hotel, with tons of amenities, while keeping its history very much alive, starting with a wall of old typewriters just to the right of check-in desk.

                I loved the large and beautiful writing desk in our room, where I sat to write this column, and the famous sayings posted everywhere, including this one, on the desk, from Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” The staff must read this one every day, because they are super friendly and helpful.

Petrillo’s will please you!

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Freeport
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 Linda

                Petrillo's is a cute little restaurant located at the Train Station in Freeport, just a stone's throw from the outlet stores. It is a cozy place with a bar and a few tables in the main room and more seating in its enclosed porch. And though we visited in March the porch was a popular place to dine. It is a casual dining spot and one where you immediately feel welcome.

                Friends have told us they have great burgers and pizzas and this is a popular spot for both lunches and dinners. A daily happy hour from 3-6 pm offers bargain prices on drinks and a selection of appetizer specials. 

Let’s Do Lunch – In Bangor and Rockland

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Bangor
Rockland
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                 A lot of readers have told us they eat out for lunch more than for dinner, so we’re starting a new series of columns: Let’s Do Lunch. Spread throughout the year, we’ll give you two or three great places for lunch in each column. And we invite you to let us know about your favorite luncheon spots!

Fork and Spoon - Linda

Your smile will be wide at Thai Smile in Farmington

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Farmington
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 Linda

                I confess that I do not know a lot about Thai food. I had never even tried it until I was well into adulthood. The one thing I know is that once you have tried great Thai food you are likely to be looking forward to going back for more! And I'm happy to say we found a local place that offers excellent Thai flavors in Farmington at Thai Smile and Sushi Restaurant.

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