Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Enjoy a whale of a meal in the Pilgrim Inn’s Whale’s Rib Tavern

City or Town: 
Deer Isle
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 George

                We’d drive all the way to Deer Isle to eat at the Whale’s Rib Tavern, but it’s helpful that the restaurant is in a gorgeous and historic inn, because we wouldn’t want to drive all the way home after dinner!

                Last June, with our friends Rusty and Sue Atwood, Linda and I enjoyed a wonderful get-a-way weekend in Deer Isle at the Pilgrim’s Inn. Deer Isle, Stonington and Blue Hill are full of interesting art galleries, book stores, and gift shops, and stunning scenery. We spent a morning hiking to Barred Island and a beautiful isolated beach.

                At the end of June we told you all about that trip. But we saved the best for last: the food! 

Chandler River Lodge in Jonesboro

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Jonesboro
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Discovering the Chandler River Lodge is like finding a huge piece of sparkling sea glass. You just want to bring it home with you!

Linda

One of the great things about traveling around our state is finding places that are so special – some of which we’d never heard of. Such is the case for the Chandler River Lodge that we have been driving by on our way to Lubec for years. Tucked up on a knoll well off Route 1 in Jonesboro sits a beautiful historic home (circa 1797) that is now a B&B and restaurant.

A touch of French elegance in an historic coastal inn

City or Town: 
Lincolnville Center
Camden
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A touch of French elegance in a beautiful historic Maine building make the Youngtown Inn unique, stunning, and popular.

George

                The Lincolnville Book Festival gave us our first opportunity to write about the town, and the minute we saw a photo of the Youngtown Inn, we knew that it was the place for us. It didn’t hurt that people rave about the Inn’s French restaurant.

                We love old historic inns but this one surprised us. In the Young family for about 180 years, it was purchased by a nonfamily member and converted to an inn in the early 1980s. Manuel and MaryAnn Mercier purchased it in 1991, turning it into the place they raised their three boys, a welcoming inn, and an amazing restaurant.

A touch of French elegance in an historic coastal inn

City or Town: 
Lincolnville Center
Camden
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A touch of French elegance in a beautiful historic Maine building make the Youngtown Inn unique, stunning, and popular.

George

                The Lincolnville Book Festival gave us our first opportunity to write about the town, and the minute we saw a photo of the Youngtown Inn, we knew that it was the place for us. It didn’t hurt that people rave about the Inn’s French restaurant.

                We love old historic inns but this one surprised us. In the Young family for about 180 years, it was purchased by a nonfamily member and converted to an inn in the early 1980s. Manuel and MaryAnn Mercier purchased it in 1991, turning it into the place they raised their three boys, a welcoming inn, and an amazing restaurant.

Swan' Island offers a spectacular get-a-way

City or Town: 
Swans Island
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                About a minute after the Swans Island Ferry left the dock in Bass Harbor, I felt my body relax. Letting a hectic week flow away in the wake of the boat, along with a lengthy to-do list, I gazed out over the water, enjoying the stunning view and a deep breath of cool clean ocean air.

                Our conversation with two ladies from Pennsylvania, also on board and headed to the island for a two week visit at the historic Quarry House, in the family of one of the ladies since she was a child, hinted at the reception we’d get when we arrived: very friendly, eager to share information about their island paradise.

                Everyone we met on the island was friendly, talkative, welcoming. Consider this. Less than 24 hours after arriving, we were invited to the birthday party of an island resident! And we went!

A perfect pairing: the Sea Dog Tavern and Maine State Music Theater

City or Town: 
Brunswick
Topsham
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 George

                The only disappointing thing about the Maine State Music Theater is that Linda and I only manage to get there once each season. Every musical we’ve seen there over the years has been exceptional.

                This summer, I chose the musical without consulting Linda. I love history and wanted to see Chamberlain, a Civil War Romance. OK, it would not have been Linda’s first choice, particularly after she heard from friends that the first musical of the season, The Buddy Holly Story, was so fantastic.

Coplin Dinner House brings fine dining and fabulous food to Stratton

City or Town: 
Stratton
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 You would expect elegance, very creative food, exceptional wine, an extensive menu, and superb service at many Portland restaurants. But in Stratton?

George

                Don’t get me wrong. Given my choice of Portland or Stratton, for pretty much everything I enjoy in Maine, you’d find me in Stratton every time. And now, the only thing missing for me in some rural Maine areas is available there: fabulous food.

                Plus it doesn’t take Linda and I any longer to drive to Stratton than to Portland, and the views traveling north are outstanding. So get in your car sometime soon, enjoy the ride, and dine at the Coplin Dinner House.

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