Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

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

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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

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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.

Tempo Dulu is an adventure in eating

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 Linda

                Looking for an adventure in eating? Do you like trying new foods that are full of flavor, spicy, and creative? Then we have the place for you. Tempo Dulu serves Southeast Asian cuisine and is located in Portland's West End at the Danforth Inn where we enjoyed a lovely visit before Christmas.

 

Holy Connoli! We Loved Ming Lee!

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Waterville
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 Linda

                For years I have been stopping for terrific Chinese food at Ming Lee in Waterville.  My hairdresser Susan Martin first mentioned how unique their food is. Of course I followed up and I do agree, the food here is very special. Because I often brought home take-out food from Ming Lee, George thought it was a take-out place with little seating. He was shocked that it is a spacious, nice dining spot!

Treat yourself to a Christmas present at the Danforth Inn

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Portland
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 George

                Described as a “luxury boutique inn,” the Danforth in Portland is all of that and much more, starting with the beautiful brick exterior. A stunningly beautiful federal-style building constructed in 1823, the Inn was extensively renovated this year by new owners Raymond Brunyanszki and Oscar Verest.

                Raymond and Oscar own the Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie’s restaurant, both of which we visited and wrote about in 2011. Raymond and Oscar offer the very best in comfort, friendliness, and yes, pampering. Oh yes, they know how to pamper their guests!

                As soon as you enter the Inn, you are likely to encounter Ibby, the manager, who is as friendly and gracious a host as you will ever hope to find. Ibby made our stay especially nice.

Great News! Skowhegan’s Pickup Café now offers lunch

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Skowhegan
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 Linda

                Whenever I hear Skowhegan’s Pickup Cafe mentioned, I smile. The thought of a cafe that opens its garage door side wall to a wonderful patio and pergola in the summer, then closes those same doors to provide a unique cozy space when the weather turns chilly, is true Maine. The farm to table movement is at the forefront and is the driving force behind this restaurant. The wall listing over 50 farms and local suppliers says it all. You know that freshness and quality ingredients matter here. Adam and Rosa Rosario do a superb job here.

                And here’s some really good news. The Pickup Cafe just started serving lunch during the week, Wednesday through Friday. It didn't take us long after hearing this to set up a time to visit. They still serve dinners on Friday and Saturday nights and brunch from 7 - 2 on the weekends. 

A memorable meal at Morse's in Waldoboro

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Waldoboro
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 Linda

                Tucked in the rural landscape of Waldoboro might not be where you would expect to find great German sausages and a huge variety of European cooking products. But look no further than Morse's Restaurant and European Deli. Customers are torn between eating first and then shopping or shopping first and then eating.

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