Best of Maine

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

Great food and friendly staff at the Old Mill Pub in Skowhegan

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Skowhegan
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 George

                When you enter Maine from Quebec and ask for a restaurant recommendation, you’ll be told to stop at the Old Mill Pub in Skowhegan. Yes, they are well regarded all the way to the border!

                The Dore family purchased the pub four years ago, and two brothers and their wives work here. Eric Dore is the manager and spends a lot of time going up and down the stairs, delivering the food. His wife Sarah was our very friendly and professional server. Ben Dore is the kitchen manager and his wife Christin is a server and bartender.

A gem in the "middle of nowhere"

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Rangeley
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 George

                Linda and I love discovering very special places like Forks in the Air in Rangeley, a casual and comfortable, yet elegant, place. Checking out online reviews of the restaurant before we arrived, I was amused by one that described it as “a gem in the middle of nowhere.” That’s not how I’d describe Rangeley!

                Owner Michael Kupstar first came here at the age of 6 with his Dad who sold boats and sporting goods. And he’s been coming to Rangeley ever since. His son took his first step here. Michael has an impressive resume in the restaurant business, from Kentucky to Florida, and including management of 1000 Long John Silver stores, plus 18 years growing Panera from 52 to 1700 stores.

Annabella's is a gathering place in Richmond

City or Town: 
Richmond
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 George

                Family defines and inspires Annabella’s Bakery and Café in “downtown” Richmond. Barbara and her daughter Stacy are the owners, assisted by Barbara’s two sisters and cousin, and sometimes even her grandsons. And her husband is known to poke around in the place too.

                Lots of people in the Richmond area encouraged us to visit Annabella’s, and we are grateful to them for that advice. This a truly wonderful place, a place where you might go for breakfast and still be there for lunch! It’s a gathering place for the community, for sure. It’s also a place that serves creative and tasty food.

Friendly and welcoming define the Pleasant Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

City or Town: 
Rangeley
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 George

                The super friendly and welcoming Rob and Jan Welch define their Pleasant Street Inn Bed & Breakfast on a quiet street within walking distance of downtown Rangeley. As we arrived, I thought the large and beautiful inn must be an historic building, but later learned that when they purchased this place in 1977, it was a tiny old house served by a 3-holer outhouse.

                They restored the barn and moved it away from the house, then fixed up the old house, later adding on to provide space for Rob’s grandfather. Today, that addition offers 5 gorgeous bedrooms for their guests. Rob and Jan still live in the house and enjoy spending time with their guests, as we did. The morning gathering for Rob’s delicious breakfast was especially fun.

A great visit to the Black Point Inn

City or Town: 
Scarborough
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 Linda

                It feels like there aren't too many areas of Maine that we haven't explored, but this week's column took us to a new location neither of us had ever visited: Prouts Neck in Scarboro, to the Black Point Inn.

                The huge and historic building is surrounded by private homes and looks like an elegant Maine cottage with a cupola and lovely arched windows along the first floor. Todd, a bellman, greeted us and the friendly front desk staff checked us in with a genuine welcome. They told us the Inn’s rooms have a cottage feel, and indeed the sea colors of our room matched that description.

                The furnishings included an antique desk and dresser, a king size bed with a supremely comfortable mattress and exquisite linens. Our windows looked out to the ocean.

We love Boothbay Harbor's Tugboat Inn

City or Town: 
Boothbay Harbor
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                 Sitting on the deck of our top floor room at the Tugboat Inn, enjoying the view of the harbor, and visiting with guests on the next room’s deck, who have been vacationing here from Massachusetts for two decades, it was easy to understand what keeps them coming back. What a view!

                And while Boothbay Harbor is a major tourist destination, with lots of specialty shops, it’s amazingly quiet and relaxing at the Tugboat, situated at the end of the busy downtown. All guests receive a wonderful breakfast at the Tugboat’s restaurant, located in an old Tugboat, is really good, with lots of hot and cold choices.

Fun in Boothbay Harbor

City or Town: 
Boothbay Harbor
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 George

                A sunny September day in the Boothbay Harbor area featured a lengthy visit to the fascinating Botanical Gardens, and a great lunch on the deck at Tug’s Pub on Robinson’s Wharf in Southport, just a few minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor.

                Seals cavorted in the harbor as we enjoyed a very tasty lunch, starting with Linda’s favorite Geaghan Brother’s Honey Blonde brew.  The menu of seafood dishes is lengthy, as you might expect, but there are lots of other choices from burgers to roast beef and chicken wraps.

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