Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

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

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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.

It's all about good food on Saturdays in Skowhegan

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Skowhegan
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The Farmers’ Market and Pick-up Café should be your Saturday destination.

Linda

If you are looking for the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning in Maine, head for Skowhegan. We chose to hit the Farmer’s Market first, then have lunch at the Pickup Cafe.

As soon as you step out of your car you’ll be met with lively music. Twisted Springs was playing that day and let me tell you, that was great fiddling. This market sources locally grown food from 17 farms in the area. I spotted several meat venues which offered turkey, duck, rabbit, sausage, and organic beef.  The Maine Meal has gourmet frozen meals in individual servings. What a great concept!

Go way Downeast for the best of Maine and Canada

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Lubec
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 If you can only visit one place in Maine this summer, make it Lubec and Campobello

Linda

A visit to Lubec and Campobello is special any time, but visiting just before school closed for the summer was a godsend for me. I had so many things to do before I closed my classroom for the year, and my gardens really needed attention before they went crazy. Sometimes things that seem insurmountable aren’t all that bad when you are refreshed. And Lubec always refreshes me.

Normally I am not ambitious on Friday night, but I was ready for a four hour drive after school just taking in the beautiful sights of this drive. A stop for a great meal in Ellsworth at Mainely Meats Barbeque broke up the trip nicely.

History meets hospitality at Pilgrim's Inn in Deer Isle

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Deer Isle
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The Pilgrim’s Inn is a place where history meets hospitality to give guests an unforgettable experience of timeless island elegance. And there’s so much to do in Deer Isle, Blue Hill, and Stonington that you could spend a lot of time here. At least, that’s our new plan!

Two years ago our friends Rusty and Sue Atwood asked us to join them for the annual Lupine Festival in Deer Isle and stay at the Pilgrim’s Inn. We’re regretting that it took two years before we were able to work the Inn into our schedule. This is a place you will return to year after year, once you’ve been here.

Marie's Whole Foods focuses on Maine-made healthy products and scrumptious food

City or Town: 
Readfield
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Marie’s Whole Foods in Readfield is a community gathering place focused on Maine-made healthy products and scrumptious from-scratch food.

George

                Cricket Blouin had me on the first bite of her very popular chocolate almond scone. I’d just stopped by Marie’s Whole Foods to autograph my books that Cricket is selling in her small store next to the Readfield Post Office, grabbed a coffee and scone to go, and headed down the road. The scone was soooo delicious, it guaranteed a quick return for lunch or dinner.

Food and fun featured at El El Frijoles

City or Town: 
Blue Hill
Deer Isle
Sargentville
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 The Mexican food is creative and flavorful and El El Frijoles is also a whole lot of fun!

George

With a weekend planned in Deer Isle, we were searching for a Friday night dinner in that area when I discovered El El Frijoles in Jillian and Malcolm Bedell’s Eating in Maine book. The Bedell’s were effusive in their praise. Jillian reported, “The crab quesadilla, a menu item I would not ordinarily think to order, was incredible, and it got better with every bite.” Yup. I wanted to eat there!

And boy, was that a good choice. In an old barn, Michele Levesque and Michael Rossney have created a popular and fun place to eat their impressive array of Mexican cuisine. Their story is a good one too. Michael’s family has had a house in the area since 1905 and he spent summers here.

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