Best of Maine

Place and event reviews and articles by town and city in Maine.

Higgins Beach Inn is historic - and a great place to stay and to eat

City or Town: 
Scarborough
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 George

            Scarborough’s historic Higgins Beach Inn has been completely renovated by the Migis Hotel Group, and they did a superb job of maintaining the historic structure’s key elements while adding lots of modern conveniences.

            The three-story colonial revival structure dates back to 1897, and was very rundown when Migis purchased it. I am so glad they saw the value in this place, just a five minute walk from Scarborough’s surprisingly uncrowded beach. It’s also just a short ride from one of our favorite walks along the ocean at Prouts Neck, where the Migis Group also has the wonderful Black Point Inn, which we wrote about last year.

Let's Do Lunch - in Greenville, Winthrop, and Bangor

City or Town: 
Bangor
Greenville
Winthrop
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 Stress Free Moose Pub, Greenville

 

          George – Enroute to our north woods camp, traveling down the street in Greenville looking for lunch, the Stress Free Moose Pub and Café stood out, both for the number of vehicles in the parking lot and the beautiful building. Stepping inside to check out the menu, we were astonished by the interior walls, featuring the open ends of logs.

Mapping Murder by William D. Andrews

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 I’d been eagerly awaiting the third novel by William Andrews, and was delighted when it was published this year. Mapping Murder once again features Julie Williamson, director of the Ryland Historical Society, in a small western Maine town. Julie turns out to be a relentless and effective solver of crimes.

In this novel, valuable artifacts are stolen from several museums, and one director ends up being shot and killed. William’s friends at the Bethel Historical Society, a wonderful place, gave him the opportunity to learn about historical institutions and the important role they play in the life of a small community.

Having gotten to know William’s characters, I was delighted to get them back for another intriguing whodunit. The info on the back of the book indicates it “is sure to keep you up reading all night.” Well, I’m too old to stay up all night, but I did stay up much later than usual to finish this compelling read.

Medawisla is a wonderful get-a-way

City or Town: 
Greenville
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 George

          History is brought up to date at Medawisla, a sporting camp with a beautiful new lodge and cabins on Second Roach Pond, and great opportunities to hike and bike, canoe and kayak, swim, fish, experience the north woods, and enjoy wonderful meals in the lodge.

          Linda and I called it our “books and birds” get-a-way as we spotted an astonishing array of birds, and relaxed on our cabin’s porch, reading. It is so peaceful here.

Don't Drive By Nezinscot Farm!

City or Town: 
Turner
Turner Center
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 Linda

                I get great joy at looking at large vegetable gardens. So it is no surprise that I was very happy to visit the Nezinscot Farm in Turner. Customers are free to roam around the farm where vegetables and animals are well tended.

                I loved seeing all the beautiful veggies happily growing on a massive scale in and outside greenhouses. And if they aren’t seen as fresh produce or food at the farm’s café, they are likely to be put up as pickles, jams, or marinara sauce available at their store.

Botanical Gardens are spectacular this time of year

City or Town: 
Boothbay Harbor
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 Get yourself down to Boothbay Harbor now, to enjoy the spectacular flowers in the Botanical Gardens.

 

Attean Lake Lodge is an amazing sporting camp

City or Town: 
Jackman
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George

           The website of Attean Lake Lodge describes it as a “unique” place, and it is, but it’s much more than that. It’s an island paradise which draws visitors back year after year.

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