Travelin’ Maine(rs): Restaurant Reviews

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

Loon Lodge offers an historic, beautiful, and tasty get-a-way

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Rangeley
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 Linda 

                "Sometimes you just need to get away," says a quote on Loon Lodge’s website. And this is certainly the place to do that.

                Ariale’s friendly greeting when we arrived got us off to a great start, and as she gave us a tour, I was transported back in time. Enormous round logs are support beams and brace the ceiling in the Great Room, anchored by a huge fireplace with a stone chimney. The "Old Hickory" couches and chairs have log frames with deep cushioned seats. George and I spent a lot of time in this room that emits a feeling of an era gone by, rustic but at the same time elegant. Large windows open to a deck that affords a stunning view of Rangeley Lake.

I say hello, You say good pie

City or Town: 
Belgrade
Belgrade Lakes
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 Linda 

                We have known that Shari Hamilton is a talented baker for quite some time. With 35 years of experience, she has owned and helped manage restaurants in Norridgewock and Mount Vernon. The really exciting news is that she has opened Hello, Good Pie Bakery and Gourmet Kitchen in Belgrade Lakes.

                The bakery is open for breakfast and lunch.  If you check out Hello, Good Pie's Facebook page you'll find tempting pictures and menu items that will convince you that you need to visit... soon.

An elegant get-a-way awaits you at the Hartstone Inn

City or Town: 
Camden
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Linda

                 From the mini cooking whip on your key chain to photos of stunning plates of food on a IPad on your dining table, it is clear that the Hartstone Inn attracts people who appreciate fine food. We had recommendations from several friends that a stay at the Hartstone is a must. And they were so right. The rooms are stunning and everyone is focused on making your stay here memorable.  

                The main inn is an historic building once owned by a Camden doctor. Owners Mary Jo Brink and Michael Salmon took over the inn in 1998 and later purchased two nearby buildings which now provide suites for their guests.

Find the elephant on Fairfield's Main Street

City or Town: 
Fairfield
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 George

                See if you can find the elephant that’s almost hidden on Fairfield’s Main Street. You’ll be very pleasantly surprised when you do.

                We are very fortunate that Iqbal Hossan and his wife Shawn have opened the Dancing Elephant in our neck of the woods, a beautiful Indian restaurant and lounge featuring truly amazing cuisine. This is an extraordinarily hard-working family, originally from Bangladesh. Iqbul stays overnight in an apartment upstairs in this building that he purchased earlier this year, while Shawn drives up every afternoon from their Portland home with their two teenage children after the kids get out of school.

Enjoying Italy - in Rockland, Maine

City or Town: 
Rockland
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 George

                In early January we enjoyed a spectacular Italian feast at Rustica on Rockland’s Main Street. Chef/Owner John Stowe is a very friendly guy and boy can he cook! The restaurant is lovely, with wooden tables, soft lighting, and beautiful art. But it’s the staff that really shines. Our server, Adrian, has worked here for 6 ½ years and is super knowledgeable about the menu, which is a good thing because it is lengthy.

                I enjoyed a delicious glass of Layer Cake Primitivo ($9), which paired well with my entrée, John’s housemade Risotto, a dish that lets his creativity shine, because he actually changes it every night. Mine included house-made chicken bacon sausage in tomato parm risotto with baby arugala and artichokes ($22). The portion was massive and I enjoyed it for lunch when we got home.

The Travelin' Maine(rs) love Geaghan's in Bangor

City or Town: 
Bangor
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 George

                We sure know how to pick ‘em. The day we were planning to have dinner at Geaghan’s Pub in Bangor, Greg Dugal of the Maine Restaurant Association showed up at the restaurant in the morning to surprise the Geaghans with an award as the 2016 Restauranteurs of the Year. Given the large number of wonderful restaurants in our state, this is quite an honor. But not a surprise to us.

                Geaghan’s has been a favorite of ours since we began writing this column five years ago. I spoke to the Bangor Rotary on January 5, so we decided to stay overnight at our Bangor home, also known as the Fireside Inn and Suites, and enjoy dinner at Geaghan’s, conveniently located in the same building across the street from the Cross Insurance Bangor Auditorium.

40 Paper in Camden is Exceptional

City or Town: 
Camden
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 If you are enjoying the Samoset Resort’s ice bar this weekend, lucky you! If not, there’s still opportunity to do that next weekend. For two weekends every January, the Resort features this amazing structure and display, chiseled from 50,000 pounds of ice, and you really have to see it to believe it.

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