Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Skowhegan’s Kel-Mat Café is a real gem

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Skowhegan
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 Linda

                Skowhegan has a bustling cafe that is a real gem. Eleven years ago owner Kelly Rossignol opened The Kel-Mat Cafe in a smaller building on busy Madison Avenue, then moved to this charming historic house with lots of parking out back, where the entrance to the restaurant is located. I knew as soon as I entered that this was a unique sandwich shop, looking up to find a large board that covered the wall with a huge selection of menu choices. Items #1-23 were sandwiches with great variety, all priced at $6.95. Gluten free bread is available for all sandwiches. About half the items on the sandwich list are very unique wraps.

Creativity and commitment to community make Vittles special

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Pittsfield
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 Linda

                 Vittles Restaurant is a family run gem in Pittsfield. Bob and Kathy Phelan, the owners, are parents of the talented and inspired chef Richard LeRose whose creative energy focuses on quality fresh ingredients.

                Dinners are served here on Friday and Saturday nights featuring a menu of the day. Bob wanted to get us started with the specialty appetizers of the evening - Tempura Battered Garlic Scapes and Fried Calamari. Even though it was half portions of each, out came a rectangular plate heaped with curly garlic scapes, calamari, and even some fried jalapeño.

Great Mexican food in Milbridge

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Milbridge
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 Linda

                We’d read about a place that serves really great Mexican food in Milbridge, and set our sights on trying it last year. Unfortunately, when we arrived, they had just closed for the season.

                It is surprising to find great ethnic food in a town this small. Add in the fact that this is authentic Mexican food. You’d probably have to search hard to find many of those in our entire state.

                Vazquez Mexican Take Out is open every day for breakfast and lunch, except Sunday, and usually, enroute to and from Lubec, we come through Milbridge on Sunday. But we’ll be changing that now that we’ve eaten here!

Peaks is a great Maine island get-a-way

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Peaks Island
Portland
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 Linda 

 

                There are lots of reasons I love to go to Peak's Island and right at the top is the Inn at Peak's. The suites at the inn are spacious and very comfortable. We’ve stayed in three different rooms here, and they were all nice with bright primary colors of painted furniture accenting the pale pastel walls. The high pine ceiling and full wall of windows in our “Cliff Island” room flooded the room with light. Amenities of an outside deck, gas fireplace, refrigerator, coffee pot, and two TV's add to its comfort and charm.

Frank’s food is as good as the scenery

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Lubec
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 George

                We love Frank’s Dockside in Lubec for lots of reasons including the awesome views tables inside and on the outside deck, all overlooking the ocean channel and Mullholland Lighthouse on Campobello Island. Chef Frank cooks in the smallest kitchen we’ve ever seen in a restaurant, while his wife Wanda Corey, a Lubec native, keeps things flowing smoothly.

                And if you hope to have dinner here, you need to know that they close at 7 pm.  I really love the way so many guests stop near the entrance to speak to Frank, both coming and going. And he usually has something funny to say, no matter how busy he is. This is a very friendly place.

Bintliff's is the Best!

City or Town: 
Ogunquit
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                 Bintliff’s in Ogunquit surprised us. From the outside, the white-sided building looks fairly modest. Inside, it is stunning, with several rooms, all beautifully decorated. I felt underdressed in my shorts! Thankfully, the table cloth covered my legs. And actually, although this place is elegant, it doesn’t feel “fancy.” You can come as you are.

              Owner/Chef Norm Hebert is a very friendly guy, and he came out of the kitchen to greet us and give us a brief tour. We met Norm at the annual awards dinner of the Maine Restaurant Association, at the pre-dinner reception where he was preparing and offering a very tasty appetizer. It convinced us that we needed to dine at his restaurant. And sure enough, it turned out to be a very memorable meal.

There’s no better vacation spot than West Quoddy

City or Town: 
Lubec
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 George

                My family’s history can be seen from the window of our apartment at West Quoddy Station in Lubec. Just below us, on the bay, is the house my great grandfather and grandmother, Ephraim and Ada Johnson, moved into when he retired after 32 years as the keeper at West Quoddy Head Light, which is a ten minute walk from here. I remember visiting my great grandmother at that house, before she died when I was seven years old.

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