Travelin’ Maine(rs): Lodging Reviews

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

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.

The devil is in the details of Maine’s 2015 moose management plan

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Permits to hunt moose in Maine will be reduced this year, but not nearly as sharply as they were in 2014 when we lost about 1000 permits.

However, when you get into the details of the permit proposal from the Wildlife Division professionals at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, you will find that the only reason the total number of permits will be reduced is a significant cut in WMD 2.

In that district, the legislature directed DIF&W in 2010 to decrease the moose population to reduce motor vehicle collisions with this beast of the woods. And Judy Camuso, DIF&W’s very capable Wildlife Division Director, told me that the population has been reduced in WMD 2, the goal has been met, and consequently the recommendation for 2015 is to reduce permits in that district by 300.

Berry Manor Inn is historic, artistic, and very welcoming

City or Town: 
Rockland
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 Linda  

                It has been a couple of years since we stayed at the Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, but it always feels like going home. The staff here is warm and welcoming and Cheryl Michaelsen personifies what it means to be an innkeeper. She is engaging and cheerful and her attention to detail shows from the decor to her breakfast plates.

                We visited while the stunning Christmas decorations were up, which is indeed a sight to see. Stair railings and doorways are decked out in greenery, ribbons, cones, antique items and berries. A stunningly perfect Christmas tree with a Victorian theme sits in the parlor.

Noble House Inn is historic, elegant, and welcoming

City or Town: 
Bridgton
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 George

                I turned my comfortable wicker chair around to enjoy the snow-covered maple tree right outside our second story window and the tall pine forest beyond, along with my morning coffee.

                I do this at home, turning a rocking chair around to look out our large kitchen window while enjoying my coffee and Kennebec Journal every morning. But at the Inn, I was missing the chickadees that crowd the bird feeder right outside our kitchen window – until I looked at my coffee cup. It featured a beautiful painting of a chickadee!

Fondly remembering our favorite inns of 2014

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Charming hosts, comfortable rooms, and fantastic food made 2014 a memorable year for the Travelin Maine(rs). This week we’ll tell you about our best experiences of the year at seven outstanding inns. Next week, we’ll give you an accounting of the restaurants that made our year special.

These are places you’ll want to put on your travel list for 2015.

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Old Saco Inn and Stone Mountain Arts Center

City or Town: 
Fryeburg
Brownfield
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 A Celtic concert at Stone Mountain Arts Center and a stay at the Old Saco Inn made for a great 24-hour-hour get-a-way.

George

                She sings, she plays, she cooks, she inspires. Carol Noonan does it all. Eight years ago she turned an old barn into the best place to listen to music in Maine.

                We’ve been blessed to attend a couple of events a year at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, just below Fryeburg, and they are always spectacular. Our most recent visit in October featured an Irish band, Gaelic Storm, and they created a storm in that old barn, for sure.

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