Best of Maine

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

Great Indian food at Mughal Palace

City or Town: 
Augusta
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 Linda

          Mughal Palace is a wonderful Indian restaurant that opened in Chelsea in January. That’s right, a great restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine right here in our area. I suppose people in large cities don’t get excited about something like this, but rural folks like us do.

          Emom, our host and server, guided us through the lengthy menu offering suggestions and explanations. He was both friendly and knowledgeable, and I peppered him with lots of questions.

New brewery is an awesome addition to Lubec

City or Town: 
Lubec
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 George

 

          I love Gale White’s story. A nuclear physicist who dramatically changed careers, he selected Maine for that life changing experience, going first to Bar Harbor, which was far too crowded for him, and then being directed to Lubec by a knowledgeable bartender, where Gale purchased a small breakfast place.

Dine now at the wonderful Miller's Table

City or Town: 
Skowhegan
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 Linda

          We fell in love with the Pick Up Cafe in Skowhegan a few years ago. We watched as they expanded their seating by adding a beautiful pergola and patio on the front of the restaurant. The café closed a while back, and Adam and Rosa are now running Rosa’s catering business and also working at the Blessed Maine Herb Farm - her mom’s business.

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.

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