The Samoset is a great winter get-a-way

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            Lots of families with kids were enjoying the Samoset Resort with us on a cold January weekend. And it’s easy to understand why, from the indoor playground and swimming pool to the ice rink to the comfortable rooms.

            We scheduled our visit to coincide with Sunday afternoon’s Pies on Parade fundraiser for the local food bank. With savory and sweet pies in 25 locations around Rockland, well, I don’t have to tell you why I love this event! This year I couldn’t get beyond 11 places before I just could not eat another bite.

            And there’s a lot to love at the Samoset too, from the stunning ocean view from our room, to the wonderful walk Linda and I enjoyed one morning around the ocean-side golf course, to the relaxing visit to the Jacuzzi, this is a spectacular place for a special get-a-way.

            La Bella Vita, the Samoset’s restaurant, has become one of our favorites, often transporting us back to Tuscany with their tasty Italian cuisine. A heavy book contains the extensive menu, with a wonderful message: “For Italians, food is life. And life is food.” For me too!

            Head Chef Tim Pierce and his team deliver Italy to your table in many dishes. While I pleaded for the large serving ($24) of Pappardelle Farnese, Linda insisted I order the small portion ($14), and good thing she did. I was only able to eat half it.  This dish of braised short rib ragu, slow cooked tomato sauce, and shaved pecorino cheese, is my favorite entrée here.

            You can often tell how much I enjoyed a meal by the amount of stains on the tablecloth and/or my shirt, and let’s just say the white tablecloth was very colorful by the time I finished this luscious dish.

            Our meal matched well with our wine, a Ruffino sangiovese which we first enjoyed at an anniversary dinner in Maine, and the next year in Italy.

            As we headed up to our room after dinner, I remembered something else in the menu’s message: “You don’t have to live in Italy to live like an Italian.” So true – if you are staying at the Samoset Resort.


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