Travelin’ Maine(rs)

A regular travel blog, written by George and Linda Smith, focused entirely on instate travel.

Old farm house transformed into spectacular dining spot

City or Town: 
Stratton
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The Coplin Dinner House in Stratton is just the kind of place we hoped to find when we started this column three years ago.

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Don't Ski? No Worries!

City or Town: 
Carrabassett Valley
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 It turns out you don’t have to ski to enjoy a winter visit to Sugarloaf.

 George

 

                Watching the cars full of skiers pile into the parking lots on Saturday morning, I was very happy we’d arrived at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel on Friday afternoon for a weekend of fun. Our car was parked, we’d already enjoyed a great evening at the Shipyard Brew Haus, and we had a day planned that included snowshoeing, a tour of the mountain’s shops, and relaxation in the hotel’s amazing and huge outdoor hot tub, plus dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, 45 North.

 

One Stanley Avenue offers an elegant step back in time

City or Town: 
Kingfield
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Linda

I still remember a very special dining experience we had at One Stanley Avenue fifteen or twenty years ago. Chef and owner Dan Davis, who lives with his wife Susan upstairs at One Stanley, has poured his life into this historic building that includes his impressive collection of stained glass in the windows and walls.

                For dinner, our server Tammy seated us in "the Arch" in the first of two intimate dining rooms. Tammy owns a preschool center in Phillips so she and I had a lot to talk about. The tin ceilings in this room are very intricate. Bathed in rose pink, the rooms are romantically lit with candles on the tables and quiet music in the background. One look around and you know you are in for a special meal here.

Salt Water Farm Café is just the place to linger over Sunday brunch.

City or Town: 
Rockport
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 Linda

                Walking into the Salt Water Farm Restaurant at Rockport’s Union Hall felt like Paradise. While snow was falling and a brisk wind was blowing outside, doors opened to a brightly lit, cheery restaurant with jazz playing in the background. Rustic wooden tables are anchored by antique iron bases. Weathered barn board columns mix with high ceilings and contemporary hanging lights. And its white walls make this open space seem huge.

The Home Kitchen Cafe is hugely popular for good reason

City or Town: 
Rockland
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The secret is out and this cafe has drawn many favorable reviews.

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Let's Do Lunch! At Flatbread in Portland

City or Town: 
Portland
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 Great pizza with an ocean view make Flatbread a new favorite for "Let's Do Lunch!"

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They've turned an historic Portland church into an elegant restaurant

City or Town: 
Portland
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What do you get when you combine a beautiful and historic Methodist church with delicious creative food and superb service? Amazing Grace!

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