Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Go way Downeast for the best of Maine and Canada

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Lubec
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 If you can only visit one place in Maine this summer, make it Lubec and Campobello

Linda

A visit to Lubec and Campobello is special any time, but visiting just before school closed for the summer was a godsend for me. I had so many things to do before I closed my classroom for the year, and my gardens really needed attention before they went crazy. Sometimes things that seem insurmountable aren’t all that bad when you are refreshed. And Lubec always refreshes me.

Normally I am not ambitious on Friday night, but I was ready for a four hour drive after school just taking in the beautiful sights of this drive. A stop for a great meal in Ellsworth at Mainely Meats Barbeque broke up the trip nicely.

History meets hospitality at Pilgrim's Inn in Deer Isle

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Deer Isle
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The Pilgrim’s Inn is a place where history meets hospitality to give guests an unforgettable experience of timeless island elegance. And there’s so much to do in Deer Isle, Blue Hill, and Stonington that you could spend a lot of time here. At least, that’s our new plan!

Two years ago our friends Rusty and Sue Atwood asked us to join them for the annual Lupine Festival in Deer Isle and stay at the Pilgrim’s Inn. We’re regretting that it took two years before we were able to work the Inn into our schedule. This is a place you will return to year after year, once you’ve been here.

Marie's Whole Foods focuses on Maine-made healthy products and scrumptious food

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Readfield
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Marie’s Whole Foods in Readfield is a community gathering place focused on Maine-made healthy products and scrumptious from-scratch food.

George

                Cricket Blouin had me on the first bite of her very popular chocolate almond scone. I’d just stopped by Marie’s Whole Foods to autograph my books that Cricket is selling in her small store next to the Readfield Post Office, grabbed a coffee and scone to go, and headed down the road. The scone was soooo delicious, it guaranteed a quick return for lunch or dinner.

Food and fun featured at El El Frijoles

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Blue Hill
Deer Isle
Sargentville
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 The Mexican food is creative and flavorful and El El Frijoles is also a whole lot of fun!

George

With a weekend planned in Deer Isle, we were searching for a Friday night dinner in that area when I discovered El El Frijoles in Jillian and Malcolm Bedell’s Eating in Maine book. The Bedell’s were effusive in their praise. Jillian reported, “The crab quesadilla, a menu item I would not ordinarily think to order, was incredible, and it got better with every bite.” Yup. I wanted to eat there!

And boy, was that a good choice. In an old barn, Michele Levesque and Michael Rossney have created a popular and fun place to eat their impressive array of Mexican cuisine. Their story is a good one too. Michael’s family has had a house in the area since 1905 and he spent summers here.

Gather * Eat * Be Merry at 11 Central in Bangor

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Bangor
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 Gather * Eat * Be Merry – the slogan on our take-home bag from 11 Central, tells you all you need to know about this wonderful Bangor restaurant.

Linda

We have been hearing wonderful comments about 11 Central, a downtown eatery in Bangor. Open just about a year and a half, the word is certainly out if the number of patrons pouring in throughout the evening is any indication. And this restaurant deserves kudos for a charming atmosphere, great service, and delectable fresh food.

Benefit dinner for Alewive's Brook Farm featured great food for a great cause

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Cape Elizabeth
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What an excuse for gluttony! On May 16, the Sea Glass restaurant at Cape Elizabeth’s lovely Inn by the Sea hosted an auction and five course wine dinner to raise money for Alewive’s Brook Farm, just down the road from the Inn.

The Jordan family has been on the farm for three generations. And more than 80 supporters gathered at the Sea Glass to scoff up silent auction items and enjoy an elegant dinner. The money raised that night will be used to help build a new farm stand including equipment to allow processing of some foods.

Sea Glass gets a lot of fresh seasonal produce from Jodie Jordan, as well as all of its lobsters. As the Inn’s Rauni Kew told us, “They are a terrific family, and deliver here to the Inn as needed- sometimes 7 days a week!” 

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Monhegan Mother's Day birding adventure

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Monhegan
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While most visitors schedule their Monhegan trips in the summer, May is the time to see the amazing bird migrations.

George

                I would love to stay at Shining Sails B&B for the entire month of May, every year. But Linda will have to retire from teaching for my dream to come true.

                In the meantime, our annual Mother’s Day weekend bird watching trip to Monhegan, with our friend and neighbor Dona Seegers, is something we look forward to. We had a nice first floor apartment, looking out toward the ocean. We enjoyed some meals on our outside deck. The Inn provides a nice breakfast of fruit, juice, coffee, and muffins, but none of the island’s restaurants are open this time of year, so the apartment’s well- supplied kitchen was very helpful.

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