Best of Maine

Final column takes us back to a favorite place

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 12/31/2017 - 15:16


         For our very last Travelin’ Maine(rs) column, we decided to return to Rockland, with its wonderful art galleries and shops, nice inns, and great restaurants. It’s been a favorite destination of ours for the entire seven years we’ve written this column.

           We spent two days enjoying the city, and stayed at the LimeRock Inn, which is one of our very favorite places in Maine.


Rustica is one of our favorite restaurants.

Submitted By George Smith on Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:40


          Rockland is a major destination these days, but we were still surprised when Rustica restaurant was packed on a cold winter’s Thursday night. I guess delicious and creative Italian dishes draw patrons every night of the week.

          At a nearby table, a couple was celebrating their 25th anniversary, while we enjoyed a delicious dinner with our daughter Rebekah and son-in-law Patrick. This has been on our favorites list for...

Great news for Augusta's Water Street

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 12/17/2017 - 20:24



          Cushnoc Brewing and Circa 1885 are great news for August’s downtown Water Street. Both are wonderful places to gather with friends, so we invited our friends Robyn and Rocko Graziano to join us.

          We began our fun evening at Circa 1885, a wine bar where owner Katie Smith and...

Italy comes to Waterville

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 12/03/2017 - 16:58


          This is going to save us a lot of money. We no longer have to travel to Italy to enjoy that country. Jennifer Bergeron and Jonathan Rosenbloom have brought Italy to Maine, with a great new restaurant in Waterville.

          Late last year Jennifer purchased Napoli’s Market, and has now added their restaurant, Itali-ah. Jennifer says the name demonstrates that they are Italian, but with a Maine accent.


Gardens Aglow has an amazing display of 500,000 lights

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 11/26/2017 - 15:40

I can’t come up with an appropriate adjective for Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Amazing, astonishing, fabulous, fantastic. Even these do not completely describe this display.

You really must see it sometime between now and December 31. It’s not expensive and you can buy tickets on their website or when you arrive.

This year’s display has more than 500,000 lights. That’s about 43 miles of lights! The lights are displayed in the gardens and trees and on the buildings and many are moving or going off and on, very entertaining.


A great market and eatery in Manchester

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 11/19/2017 - 14:38



          Brother Gordon loves Manchester’s Lighthouse Wine and Seafood and urged us to write about it, so now I owe him bigtime. This is a very special place.

          Nick and Dalena Nel came to this country from South Africa, lived for a time in Texas, and ended up in Maine. Their story is a very good one and we are lucky to have them here. They bought...

We loved Sweet Chilli Thai in Augusta!

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:02


          Sweet Chilli Thai Restaurant has been in business for nine years. Located at the Augusta airport, we probably have driven by a hundred times. Three previous Thai restaurants were located in that same spot. But this one has stayed and has a loyal following. And now that we have eaten there we know why. The food is superb and the staff is very welcoming...

A great birthday dinner and lots of lunches

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:54



          As my October 15 birthday approached, Linda knew just where to take me for a celebratory dinner: Calzolaio in Wilton, which has been a favorite of ours since before we began writing this column 7 years ago.

          Tom and Roccell Marcellino’s awesome restaurant is always packed, so you must get a reservation. And even on that Sunday night, every...

A great dinner at Island Inn on Monhegan

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 10/22/2017 - 12:34



          Our fall trip to Monhegan Island took us to the Island Inn restaurant...

Another Great Visit to Monhegan

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:57


          Monhegan Island is the perfect place to relax and escape the troubles of our country and world. It’s a very friendly place. Both residents and visitors stop to visit with us on the many walking trails, and if we’re wearing binoculars, ask what we’ve seen.

          Yes, Monhegan is a birder’s paradise, but it’s much more than that. On our first visit here, a May day trip with Maine Audubon to see migrating birds, we fell in love with the island and have returned many times since, both spring and...

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