Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Let’s Do Lunch – In Bangor and Rockland

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Bangor
Rockland
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                 A lot of readers have told us they eat out for lunch more than for dinner, so we’re starting a new series of columns: Let’s Do Lunch. Spread throughout the year, we’ll give you two or three great places for lunch in each column. And we invite you to let us know about your favorite luncheon spots!

Fork and Spoon - Linda

Your smile will be wide at Thai Smile in Farmington

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Farmington
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 Linda

                I confess that I do not know a lot about Thai food. I had never even tried it until I was well into adulthood. The one thing I know is that once you have tried great Thai food you are likely to be looking forward to going back for more! And I'm happy to say we found a local place that offers excellent Thai flavors in Farmington at Thai Smile and Sushi Restaurant.

Another great dining adventure at Solo Bistro

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Bath
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 George

                Ever since we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Solo Bistro three years ago, we’ve wanted to return. And finally, our recent stay at the Inn at Bath gave us that opportunity. We scheduled the visit for a Wednesday night, figuring they wouldn’t be very busy. Well, that was wrong!

                And I should have known that, because for years the restaurant has featured a Wednesday special for the bargain price of $17.99. The special is promoted in a weekly email from Will Neilson, who owns the restaurant with his wife Pia, the manager. Will’s weekly emails are always entertaining with a bit of philosophy mixed with food news.

Don’t drive by Bath!

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Bath
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 George

                A great get-a-way awaits you in Bath. That’s right, Bath. Perhaps you’ve driven by the city many times on Route 1 and never stopped. What a pity. With a vibrant downtown, great restaurants, one of our favorite inns, and the fascinating Maritime Museum  – well, we just love this place.

                And love it we did, for two days at the end of February, staying at the Inn at Bath where owner Elizabeth Knowlton knows how to pamper her guests, including providing ceramic cups, heated on a tray, for your early morning coffee. This was our second stay here and Elizabeth greeted us like long lost friends, which we now are.

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

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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

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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.

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