Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Thomaston's Slipway Restaurant known for its seafood and riverfront location

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Thomaston
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 The Slipway Restaurant in Thomaston is THE place where locals and visitors go for seafood, but we discovered lots of other menu choices there for those who don’t like to dine in the sea. Joining us for dinner here were our daughter Rebekah with her in-laws, Noreen and Randy, along with our youngest grandson Vishal.

                Chef/owner Scott Yakovenko, who grew up in this area and once had a very popular restaurant in Port Clyde, has a stellar reputation for seafood, so I chose the Grilled scallops ($9.50) appetizer with arugula, spinach, lemon, and EVOO, which Rebekah explained was extra virgin olive oil. Boy, I am learning a lot with these travel columns!

Ram’s Head Farm is a stunning historic Maine gem – and you can stay there!

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York
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 George

            At Ram’s Head Farm, guests are living in history. My morning coffee was taken in a Senator Bill Cohen blue cup, not long after emerging from the President Richard Nixon bathroom. I am awed by this opportunity to stay in Marion Fuller Brown’s home, the woman who was a Republican icon and hero to me when I was a young Republican.

            Marion served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1966 to 1972 and was the prime sponsor of legislation that banned billboards in our state, of Maine’s returnable bottle law – one of the first in the nation – and of Maine’s Clean Water and Clean Air Act. Over 40 years ago, she was a conservation and political powerhouse.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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