Travelin’ Maine(rs): Lodging Reviews

Maine lodging reviews form the Travelin’ Maine(rs).

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!

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.

Benefit dinner for Alewive's Brook Farm featured great food for a great cause

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Cape Elizabeth
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What an excuse for gluttony! On May 16, the Sea Glass restaurant at Cape Elizabeth’s lovely Inn by the Sea hosted an auction and five course wine dinner to raise money for Alewive’s Brook Farm, just down the road from the Inn.

The Jordan family has been on the farm for three generations. And more than 80 supporters gathered at the Sea Glass to scoff up silent auction items and enjoy an elegant dinner. The money raised that night will be used to help build a new farm stand including equipment to allow processing of some foods.

Sea Glass gets a lot of fresh seasonal produce from Jodie Jordan, as well as all of its lobsters. As the Inn’s Rauni Kew told us, “They are a terrific family, and deliver here to the Inn as needed- sometimes 7 days a week!” 

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Monhegan Mother's Day birding adventure

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Monhegan
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While most visitors schedule their Monhegan trips in the summer, May is the time to see the amazing bird migrations.

George

                I would love to stay at Shining Sails B&B for the entire month of May, every year. But Linda will have to retire from teaching for my dream to come true.

                In the meantime, our annual Mother’s Day weekend bird watching trip to Monhegan, with our friend and neighbor Dona Seegers, is something we look forward to. We had a nice first floor apartment, looking out toward the ocean. We enjoyed some meals on our outside deck. The Inn provides a nice breakfast of fruit, juice, coffee, and muffins, but none of the island’s restaurants are open this time of year, so the apartment’s well- supplied kitchen was very helpful.

Great hotels, food, and shops make Kennebunk and Kennebunkport prime destinations for travelers

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Kennebunk
Kennebunkport
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Kennebunk’s Grand Hotel offers superb service and is surrounded by wonderful shops, markets, and restaurants.

George

I (of course) noticed (and grabbed) the small box of chocolates at the reception desk of the Grand Hotel in Kennebunk, while the very-friendly Patrick was checking us in. And another bag of goodies awaited in our room on the second floor overlooking a charming street of stores and the Kennebunk River.

But it was the next morning, when Linda opened the door to go downstairs to see what might be offered for breakfast, that I was really impressed. A bag of muffins and juice had already been delivered to our door.

The very best of inns pay attention to every detail of a customer’s comfort, from check-in to check-out and everything in between. And the Grand Hotel pays attention to the details.

Ocean restaurant in Kennebunkport’s Cape Arundel Inn is a place to celebrate!

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Kennebunk
Kennebunkport
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 George

You’d have to be on a ship to dine any closer than this to the ocean. So of course, this restaurant in the Cape Arundel Inn is called Ocean.

While the waves roll towards us, outside the huge picture windows at Ocean, my gaze is out a side window toward the nearby home of President George H.W. and Barbara Bush. They dine here too, but didn’t the night we were there. Linda suggests they probably walk to the restaurant. I doubt it!

Actually, the drive along Ocean Avenue, from the Grand Hotel where we are ensconced for the weekend, is stunning. And so is the food, served in a relatively-small, intimate setting, a place of white linens, beautiful art, and superb service.

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