Travelin’ Maine(rs): Lodging Reviews

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

Po' Boys & Pickles and Portland Stage - a great night out!

City or Town: 
Portland
South Portland
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                 It was a great night out in Portland. We were stunned by the presentation of Papermaker at Portland Stage, impressed with supper at Po’ Boys & Pickles, and very pleased with our room at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn.

 

George

                We don’t usually insist that you do something in this column, but please don’t miss Monica Wood’s extraordinary and powerful play, Papermaker, at the Portland Stage through May 14. Monica is a Mainer with four wonderful novels, and her autobiography, When We Were The Kennedys, about growing up in Rumford, is the best autobiography Linda and I ever read. And now, it turns out she is a great playwright too.

There's lots to do inside and outside the Bethel Inn

City or Town: 
Bethel
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 Linda

                Western Maine is a particularly beautiful area and Bethel is one of our favorite towns to visit. There always seems to be something happening here. We've visited during peak fall foliage, and cross country skied here in the winter. We've come for their Harvest Fest celebration set up in the Town Common, and George loves to fish the river and ponds in this area. In fact, while I judged pies at Harvest Fest, he competed in a fishing contest. Bethel is a four season destination and the town capitalizes on this fact offering events throughout the year.

Huts and Trails features high adventure, comfort, and great food

City or Town: 
New Portland
Kingfield
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Linda

                Okay, I was clueless about the Maine Huts & Trails system before this adventure. When George explained to me that we would hike in, maybe in the dark, and sleep in a “hut”, I may have been a bit apprehensive. He sweetened the deal by saying that was the weekend Bob Duchesne was leading a winter bird watch. I hadn’t been birding in so long, a winter bird hike sounded awesome to me.

        Then George explained that all we needed to bring were sleeping bags, and that all the meals were prepared for the guests at the lodge. We could snowshoe in - no problem.

        As it turned out, the gorgeous snowshoe in was extremely easy, even carrying in our gear. Walking up the well groomed Service Road was only 1 mile. A more scenic trial in along Flagstaff Lake is 1.8 miles. We decided to explore more trails once we unloaded our gear.

A recreational paradise in Maine’s great North Woods

City or Town: 
Millinocket
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 Matt Polstein is the perfect example of what it takes to succeed these days in the sporting camp business. Matt has renovated most of the old cabins that were part of Twin Pine Camps, constructed new cabins and luxurious 3-bedroom houses, added a superb restaurant, and partnered with conservation groups to protect surrounding lands and with outdoor recreation groups to add experiences to the traditional pursuits of hunting and fishing.

                When we were there a few weeks ago, it was clear that the New England Outdoor Center is a major destination for snowmobilers. While Matt rents snowmobiles, many of his guests arrive with huge trailers full of them. Some bring two for each member of their party, in case one breaks down!

Travis Ferland is restoring the historic Rangeley Inn to greatness

City or Town: 
Rangeley
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George

                It takes a brave soul to tackle the restoration of an old historic inn, and Travis Ferland is a brave soul. He also has the credentials and work ethic to do it. Travis purchased the Rangeley Inn two years ago at a foreclosure auction and has been working tirelessly ever since to bring this landmark on Rangeley’s Main Street back to its glory years.

                So far, so good. We stayed in the renovated section of the Inn and were impressed with how Travis has retained the historic aspects while modernizing the building. The entire Inn is full of old photos, memorabilia, and furniture, as well as mounts of moose and bear. My friend Bill Pierce, executive director of the Fly Fishing Museum in Oquossic, loaned the Inn some amazing photos from the museum’s collection. The common rooms at the entrance are particularly beautiful.

Monhegan Dreamin'

City or Town: 
Monhegan
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Monhegan in the spring. Monhegan in the summer. Monhegan in the fall. We’re getting through another long winter by dreaming of the island!

George

                Our annual Mother’s Day birding adventure weekend on Monhegan was over, and on the Barstow’s ferry, the Monhegan Boat Line, taking us back to Port Clyde and the mainland on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, we struck up a conversation with Michael Brassard and Jayne Marency on the upper deck.

                Turns out they’d just purchased the Island Inn, and after a great talk while we enjoyed the day and the voyage, they invited us back to the island to stay at their inn. It didn’t take long for us to say yes!

An amazing room, awesome dinner, and Maine’s best brunch

City or Town: 
Freeport
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 George

                Five minutes after we entered the Thomas Moser room at the Harraseeket Inn, I told Linda I was ready to write this column. While a Saturday night dinner and Sunday brunch were ahead, I could easily have written the entire column about our room that featured 14 stunningly beautiful pieces of furniture from Maine’s own Thomas Moser.

                And every piece was available for purchase! Of course, we would have had to sell our house to afford it all, and then where would we have put it? But it sure was nice to luxuriate in this beautiful room for a weekend.

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