Travelin’ Maine(rs): Lodging Reviews

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

The Riverside Inn and Bluebird Ranch Family Restaurant are a great combination

City or Town: 
Machias
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 George

                When I received the invitation to speak to a University of Maine at Machias class about fisheries and wildlife careers, I suggested to Linda that we turn this into a travel column trip and she quickly agreed. And we knew just where we wanted to stay: the Riverside Inn in East Machias.

                We’d been driving by the Inn for years on our way to Lubec and knew it to be a very popular place. When owners Ellen McLaughlin and Rocky Rakoczy also had a restaurant at the Inn, it seemed to be packed every time we went by. A few years ago they closed the restaurant but Rocky still cooks fantastic breakfasts for their guests. Alas, Rocky was out of state during our visit, but Ellen prepared a very tasty breakfast quiche for us which we enjoyed in our suite.

Nordic Village Welcomes Visitors to New Hampshire’s Stunning White Mountains

City or Town: 
Bridgton
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 George

                Up the mountain we went, past tennis courts and other game fields, the sheep corral, Nordic Falls Park that includes a game room pavilion and a small pond, numerous inside and outside swimming pools, and six condominium buildings, arriving at our destination, Innsbruck, and our very nice condo with a view across the valley to nearby mountains. And we were only half way up the mountain!

                Linda wanted a special get-a-way to celebrate her birthday and first weekend of retirement from teaching, so I booked a surprise trip to Nordic Village Resort in Jackson, New Hampshire, thinking the foliage would be stunning. Well, the White Mountains are certainly stunning but the colorful foliage was late this year. Didn’t matter. We had a wonderful time here.

New Chefs Shine at Brooklin Inn

City or Town: 
Brooklin
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 New Chefs Shine at Brooklin Inn

George

                On Saturday morning with a nearly full house at the Brooklin Inn, an accident up on Route 1 knocked out power to the entire peninsula from Penobscot to Stonington. But Inn owner Chip Angell took it in stride, setting out juice, milk, cereal, and coffee, which he’d kept hot in a carafe, for our breakfast. The power was out nearly four hours, but it didn’t matter to us because we were off right after breakfast, exploring this beautiful section of Maine.

Bald Mountain Camps offer all outdoor adventures

City or Town: 
Oquossoc
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                 What would you hope to find at a favorite sporting camp? Maybe historic camps of varying sizes, all restored for your comfort without losing the original features? Perhaps a deck with lots of rocking chairs, overlooking a beautiful lake with mountains beyond? How about a beach, with plenty of room for the kids to frolic? Would you enjoy a fantastic restaurant right on the grounds?

                I’ll bet you would enjoy hundreds of thousands of acres of conservation lands, with terrific hiking trails, within a few minutes ride of the camp. Of course, if you are me, you’d look for one of Maine’s best places to hunt and fish.

A trip into the North Woods is relaxing and restorative

City or Town: 
Millinocket
Ashland
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 George

                Macannamac Camps in the north woods is a relaxing and restorative place, the idealic Maine we talk about but rarely experience. Fifty miles northwest of Millinocket, Jack McPhee built most of his log cabins in the 1980s on Haymock, Spider, and Cliff Lakes. He was a warden pilot, knew every lake and pond in the north woods, and selected these for their remoteness and great hunting and fishing.

                Today, they are still busy in the spring and early summer with anglers, and in the fall when hunters flock here seeking deer, moose, and grouse. Open all winter long, Macannamac is also popular with ice anglers and snowmobilers. Ironically, they are least busy in July and August when we visited. If you are looking for a summer get-a-way in the real Maine, put these camps on your list!

Asticou Inn combines history with great food and stunning scenery

City or Town: 
Northeast Harbor
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 The quiet side of Mount Desert Island is spectacular,

Linda

                I first noticed the Asticou Inn last summer when we were searching for Thuya Gardens in Northeast Harbor. I'd love to stay at that inn, I thought. It faces a cove filled with boats of all sorts which creates a perfect picture of the coast of Maine in the summer.

                The Inn celebrated its 130th year in 2013, so it's been around a while. It is large as well as charming and one can almost imagine it as a thriving inn a hundred years ago. On the first floor are two quiet sitting rooms, a large restaurant and bar, and a big deck, all with extraordinary ocean views.

Island Hopin’ and Hoppin’

City or Town: 
Portland
Monhegan
North Haven
Swans Island
Lubec
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 George

                As the end of the school year approached, Linda started hoping for an Island hopping adventure, but because she was too busy to write about it, she asked me to tackle this column by myself. It wasn’t hard to do, given all the islands we’ve visited and loved, from Portland to Canada.

Peaks Island, Portland

                The Inn on Peaks Island was the first place we visited enroute to the start of this travel column five years ago and we fell in love with the Inn and the island. We’ve visited in frigid weather in November and beautiful spring weather in May. It’s a great get-a-way anytime of year.

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