Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Final column takes us back to a favorite place

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Rockland
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  George

         For our very last Travelin’ Maine(rs) column, we decided to return to Rockland, with its wonderful art galleries and shops, nice inns, and great restaurants. It’s been a favorite destination of ours for the entire seven years we’ve written this column.

           We spent two days enjoying the city, and stayed at the LimeRock Inn, which is one of our very favorite places in Maine.

Rustica is one of our favorite restaurants.

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Rockland
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 George

          Rockland is a major destination these days, but we were still surprised when Rustica restaurant was packed on a cold winter’s Thursday night. I guess delicious and creative Italian dishes draw patrons every night of the week.

          At a nearby table, a couple was celebrating their 25th anniversary, while we enjoyed a delicious dinner with our daughter Rebekah and son-in-law Patrick. This has been on our favorites list for years, and we love the creativity of chef/owner John Shaw.

Great news for Augusta's Water Street

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Augusta
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George

          Cushnoc Brewing and Circa 1885 are great news for August’s downtown Water Street. Both are wonderful places to gather with friends, so we invited our friends Robyn and Rocko Graziano to join us.

Italy comes to Waterville

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Waterville
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 George

          This is going to save us a lot of money. We no longer have to travel to Italy to enjoy that country. Jennifer Bergeron and Jonathan Rosenbloom have brought Italy to Maine, with a great new restaurant in Waterville.

          Late last year Jennifer purchased Napoli’s Market, and has now added their restaurant, Itali-ah. Jennifer says the name demonstrates that they are Italian, but with a Maine accent.

Gardens Aglow has an amazing display of 500,000 lights

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Boothbay Harbor
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I can’t come up with an appropriate adjective for Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Amazing, astonishing, fabulous, fantastic. Even these do not completely describe this display.

You really must see it sometime between now and December 31. It’s not expensive and you can buy tickets on their website or when you arrive.

Maine Harvest Festival is a wonderful celebration of rural Maine

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 George

          The Maine Harvest Festival is our favorite annual event. “Celebrating Farm Fresh,” the festival’s slogan, doesn’t even begin to describe this amazing event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Festival Director Judy Perkins of Garden Ridge Farm has done a great job, expanding the festival every year.

A great market and eatery in Manchester

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Manchester
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 George

 

          Brother Gordon loves Manchester’s Lighthouse Wine and Seafood and urged us to write about it, so now I owe him bigtime. This is a very special place.

          Nick and Dalena Nel came to this country from South Africa, lived for a time in Texas, and ended up in Maine. Their story is a very good one and we are lucky to have them here. They bought the Lighthouse last March.

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