Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Grazing is Fun!

City or Town: 
New Gloucester
Blog Showcase Image: 

 An amazing dinner in an amazing place

Linda

                I had no idea just how big Pineland Farms is until I read that it encompassed 5000 acres of land. Trust us, it is big enough to get lost in. It became much clearer once we found a large model of Pineland’s layout on display at The Market. This diverse business campus and educational and recreational venue is impressive.

                We visited Pineland for one of their Graze Dinners and had arrived early to explore. I insisted on finding the Garden I’d read about. The perennial, herb and vegetable Garden at Pineland Farms has wonderful paths winding artfully around the plantings. Seeing artichokes happily growing in Maine was a sight! Vegetables grown here are sold at The Market and gardening seminars are offered in the summer.

The view is not the only spectacular thing about Bar Harbor’s Looking Glass Restaurant

City or Town: 
Bar Harbor
Blog Showcase Image: 

 George

                A new executive chef at the Looking Glass was our excuse to return to one of our favorite restaurants in July, with family in tow, but really, you don’t need an excuse to dine here. Both the outside deck and the inside dining room surrounded by full-length windows provide an amazing ocean view from high on the hill behind the Blue Nose Inn, where son Joshua, Daughter-in-law Kelly, and 16-month-old granddaughter Ada, were spending the week.

                Our daughter Rebekah drove down from Union to spend the day with us. An afternoon at the spectacular Thuya Gardens in Northeast Harbor put us in the best of moods, as we eagerly anticipated a great dinner. New chef Matt McPherson has cooked all over the country, from Alaska to the Florida Keys, and he’s made the menu here his own.

Spring Creek Bar-B-Q is “uptown” Monson’s hidden gem

City or Town: 
Monson
Blog Showcase Image: 

 Linda

                We were planning our trip to Moosehead Lake when George mentioned we’d be going right through Monson, which meant one thing to both of us: the terrific little BBQ place we’d discovered there a couple of years ago. My mind couldn’t stop thinking about that hidden gem and the delicious smoky meats produced at Spring Creek Bar-B-Q. So to say it was a bit of a disappointment when we drove up to the old place and saw that it was vacant, is an understatement. But I quickly recovered when I spotted their sign in their new location, two buildings up the street!

A trip into the North Woods is relaxing and restorative

City or Town: 
Millinocket
Ashland
Blog Showcase Image: 

 George

                Macannamac Camps in the north woods is a relaxing and restorative place, the idealic Maine we talk about but rarely experience. Fifty miles northwest of Millinocket, Jack McPhee built most of his log cabins in the 1980s on Haymock, Spider, and Cliff Lakes. He was a warden pilot, knew every lake and pond in the north woods, and selected these for their remoteness and great hunting and fishing.

                Today, they are still busy in the spring and early summer with anglers, and in the fall when hunters flock here seeking deer, moose, and grouse. Open all winter long, Macannamac is also popular with ice anglers and snowmobilers. Ironically, they are least busy in July and August when we visited. If you are looking for a summer get-a-way in the real Maine, put these camps on your list!

Schoodic Peninsula is Acadia’s Hidden Gem

City or Town: 
Winter Harbor
Blog Showcase Image: 

 George

                Hang a left in Ellsworth, instead of driving straight ahead to Mount Desert Island, if you want to see the best part of Acadia National Park. Schoodic Peninsula is the park’s hidden gem, a 2,000 acre peninsula just beyond Winter Harbor, and it doesn’t get the millions of visitors to Acadia’s park adjacent to Bar Harbor.

                The six-mile Schoodic park road offers stunning ocean views and many places where you can roam the shore, have a picnic, or take a short hike. The cobblestone beaches are a wonderful place to spend the day. It’s also a great place to bird watch.

Asticou Inn combines history with great food and stunning scenery

City or Town: 
Northeast Harbor
Blog Showcase Image: 

 The quiet side of Mount Desert Island is spectacular,

Linda

                I first noticed the Asticou Inn last summer when we were searching for Thuya Gardens in Northeast Harbor. I'd love to stay at that inn, I thought. It faces a cove filled with boats of all sorts which creates a perfect picture of the coast of Maine in the summer.

                The Inn celebrated its 130th year in 2013, so it's been around a while. It is large as well as charming and one can almost imagine it as a thriving inn a hundred years ago. On the first floor are two quiet sitting rooms, a large restaurant and bar, and a big deck, all with extraordinary ocean views.

An electrifying evening in Brunswick

City or Town: 
Brunswick
Blog Showcase Image: 

 Dinner at Henry and Marty’s and the Music Man made for a wonderful evening.

George

                As Linda noted on our way home, “It was an electrifying performance.” About half way through the second act of a wonderful performance of The Music Man at Maine State Music Theater in Brunswick, lightning struck and the lights went out. Curt Clark, the theater’s artistic director who starred in this musical, entertained us for a while with theater trivia, then a group of men and later the theater’s interns sang for us, but eventually Curt announced they would not be able to restore the lights and finish the play. All of us were offered a chance to return to see another performance.

Site by Fieldstone Media