The Salt Water Farm Cafe is a lively, beautiful place with very creative food

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Rockport
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 Linda    

                The view from the Salt Water Farm Cafe looks quite different in the summer. The outside deck is bustling and boats are in the harbor, quite a different picture than when we visited back in January during a snow storm for Sunday Brunch.

        But inside, the restaurant it is still a cozy spot to enjoy amazing food. I love that they focus on serving local food that is very fresh. That point was well made this time when I quickly noticed three types of wild mushrooms featured on the menu. We too search for, and indulge in, chanterelles and black trumpet mushrooms during the summer. My preparations of these pale in comparison to theirs for sure. George has been asking me to replicate his incredible appetizer of black trumpet gravy over biscuits at home. Oh, that I could!

If the Maine public cared about wildlife, they would help fund the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Don’t hold your breath waiting for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to get funding from the public. This column is a long one, but not as long as the road to DIF&W public funding – a road that turned out to be a dead end.

The Humane Society of the United States has challenged the credibility of the wildlife biologists at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, claiming they are biased toward sportsmen. I don’t think that’s true, but because the agency is entirely funded by sportsmen, they are open to that kind of challenge.

If in fact they always did what sportsmen wanted, my job at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine for 18 years would have been a lot easier! In fact, I wouldn’t have had anything to do.

The best fly fishing spots in the Northeast are revealed here

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 From the stunningly beautiful photographs to the detailed access information, 50 Best Places – Fly Fishing The Northeast by Bob Mallard will be the standard guide for fly fishermen for decades to come.

Mallard is an outspoken fisheries advocate, fly shop owner, and obsessive angler. I’ve fished with him. You have to be prepared for a long day. I really don’t know anyone who brings as much passion to the sport. So he was a good choice for publisher Stonefly Press to pull this exceptional book together.

To Mainers, October means "Don't you move a gosh darn inch."

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            October defines my Maine. If we could extend one month to an entire year, this would be the one.

            The weather is perfect, sunny and cool. The crops are in, the bugs are gone, the hectic summer schedule is behind us.

            Proof that there is a God is found in the spectacular splash of color on every hardwood ridge. I spend a lot of October looking up.

            My favorite outdoor activities are never better. Fall fishing is the best fishing of the year. It took a long time for Maine to offer fishing in the fall. Our fishing season always ended on September 30. Now, we can fish year-round in many places. I am proud that the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine led the way on this.

A Favorite Destination: Bar Harbor's BlueNose Inn and Looking Glass Restaurant

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Bar Harbor
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Bar Harbor’s BlueNose Inn' Looking Glass Restaurant has added vegan dishes to its already amazing menu.

George

                We had the best view in the state for a morning cup of coffee, enjoyed on the deck of our fourth floor suite at Bar Harbor’s BlueNose Inn, high on a hill above the town overlooking the open ocean. Of course the BlueNose also offers the best view in the state for breakfast and dinner at its hilltop restaurant, the Looking Glass.

                But this story begins about 9 pm on Friday night, sitting in the lounge where Bill Trowell’s extraordinary piano playing has entertained the BlueNose’s guests for 18 years. Bill is amazing and we make sure to spend some time enjoying his music whenever we’re in Bar Harbor.

Maine needs a bare knuckled bear debate

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The only way we’ll get a real debate about bear hunting and trapping is to clear the room of reporters and moderators and let the two sides go at each other – a bare knuckled bear debate.

Otherwise, we’re going to get the standard questions and the rote memorized answers – and Maine voters won’t know any more about bear hunting and trapping when the campaign ends than they do today – which is next to nothing, judging from the questions people are asking me.

Here’s how it might go. To make this simple, we’ll call those opposed to the referendum the Opponents, and those who support the referendum the Supporters. Each side would get five minute opening statements and then we’d get right into it.

While the opening statements are being delivered, you can get your beer and snacks. You’ve already heard those statements, boiled down to 30 second TV ads.

Rockland’s LimeRock Inn – Affordable Luxury and Comfortable Elegance

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Rockland
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There are two reasons the LimeRock Inn has been the choice of DownEast magazine’s readers for Best B&B two years in a row: Frank and PJ.

George

                At opposite ends of the dining room sat unacquainted couples from London, England, when Frank came out of the kitchen where he was preparing our breakfast, to introduce them to each other. Before long, the couples were seated together, engaged in eager conversation - not unlike the conversation Linda and I were enjoying with a couple from Rhode Island who we first met hanging out in the kitchen the day before.

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