Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Dining on the water in Kennebunkport

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 George

                Because Portland Chef David Turin is famous, we expected his Kennebunkport restaurant, David’s KPT, to be a “fine dining” experience, a place where Linda and I might splurge once a year. But we were very pleasantly surprised to find that this place, in a scenic location alongside the Kennebunk River, is comfortable, casual, and affordable.

                In the summer, you are apt to see folks dining on the deck in bathing suits while some customers inside are in suits and dresses. And the menu reflects this, offering everything from burgers and pizza to very creative dishes featuring seafood.

The Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport

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Kennebunkport
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 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!

                On the front walkway and the memorial garden are stones with the names of guests who have stayed here more than 10 times, something we now aspire to, although they’ll have to start a new walkway soon because the existing one is filled with names. And for good reason.

 

Po' Boys & Pickles and Portland Stage - a great night out!

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Portland
South Portland
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                 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

                We don’t usually insist that you do something in this column, but please don’t miss Monica Wood’s extraordinary and powerful play, Papermaker, at the Portland Stage through May 14. Monica is a Mainer with four wonderful novels, and her autobiography, When We Were The Kennedys, about growing up in Rumford, is the best autobiography Linda and I ever read. And now, it turns out she is a great playwright too.

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

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Bethel
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 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 throughout the year.

Sunday brunch at the Harraseeket Inn can be sublime

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Freeport
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 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.

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

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Lewiston
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 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.

Elegance combined with great food makes 22 Broad Street a destination

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Bethel
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 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.

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