Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

An electrifying evening in Brunswick

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

George

                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 sang for us, but eventually Curt announced they would not be able to restore the lights and finish the play. All of us were offered a chance to return to see another performance.

A Typical Day in Tuscany

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Italy’s Tuscany region is the Travelin’ Maine(rs) favorite vacation spot – other than Maine, of course!

 

George

               

                A bus, two planes, and a rental car took us from Portland, Maine to Greve, Italy in less than 12 hours. Most surprising, the trip went without a single hitch, everything on time, no problems at all. The flight is an overnighter and we even managed a few hours sleep in the planes.

Island Hopin’ and Hoppin’

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Portland
Monhegan
North Haven
Swans Island
Lubec
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 George

                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 this travel column five years ago and we fell in love with the Inn and the island. We’ve visited in frigid weather in November and beautiful spring weather in May. It’s a great get-a-way anytime of year.

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

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Bingham
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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.  

George

                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 action that will thrill you, including rafting trips with Northern.

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

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Kennebunk
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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!

                We were greeted warmly by the hostess and shortly afterward by Tina, who owns the restaurant with her husband Rick, the chef. The restaurant was in full swing, with food flying out of the kitchen and the bar full as well. People giving hugs and visiting told me there were lots of regulars here.

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

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Cape Elizabeth
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 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.

                The Inn’s Sea Glass Restaurant changed its executive chef two months ago, and we were looking forward to checking out Chef Steve Sicinski’s new menu. His family has ties to Maine as his wife grew up here and he is delighted to be here. And after dinner, I can tell you we are delighted he is here too!

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

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Kingfield
New Portland
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 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.

                The weekend we were there, there was a couple from Litchfield with their two grandchildren, Corey and Elise. The couple has been coming here for 25 years. On their first trips, they stayed in Greg and Pat’s home. Everyone there for the birding weekend was from Maine, and judging from the guest book, this is a place cherished by Mainers.

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