Best of Maine

Great musical performance and a meal in Brunswick

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:41


            It’s a great combination: dinner at one of Brunswick’s many fine restaurants and another spectacular performance at the Maine State Music Theater. Let’s start with the theater, which Linda and I have enjoyed for many years.

            Opening night found us in the third row for the awesome Always…Patsy Cline, a celebration of a music legend and one of my favorite singers. ...

Pampered in Lincolnville

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 06/25/2017 - 16:43


            After decades of camping in tents and a VW van, Linda and I are now into pampering. And boy, do you get pampered at the beautiful Inn at Ocean’s Edge in Lincolnville. The drive down the short paved way to the inn’s ocean-side location is even beautiful, and we birded those woods the next morning, seeing a dozen species in a half hour.

            The pampering started for us with a warm welcome and...

A great get-a-way in Rockland and Rockport

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 06/18/2017 - 13:03


            After reading articles about 18 Central in Zest and Down East magazines, we were eager to dine there. Chef Patrick Duffy and his wife Jessica have created a restaurant that is unique, with very creative dishes and an ever-changing menu that keeps both locals and summer visitors flocking to this place. Be sure to get a reservation.

            Our table overlooked Rockport Harbor, and every table was full...

Meadowmere in our "home" in Ogunquit

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 06/04/2017 - 12:54


            Since “discovering” Ogunquit last year, we’ve been anxious to return to our “home” there, Meadowmere Resort, a very friendly and family-oriented inn with amazing amenities. In addition to the beautiful rooms and friendly staff, I like the ability to park our vehicle there and walk to the beach, the ocean-front walkway, and downtown stores and restaurants.


We loved Portland's Mekong Asian Bistro!

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 05/14/2017 - 12:57


            After a long trip through the amazing and lengthy menu at Portland’s Mekong Asian Bistro, I looked up at Linda and said, “I’m lost honey. You’ll need to order for us.”

            After looking through all the choices of Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese appetizers and entrees, the only thing I was sure of was the Mai Tai ($6.95). That did turn out to be a very good choice.


Coplin Dinner House in Stratton is a wonderful restaurant

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 05/07/2017 - 15:57



            It has been three years since our last visit to the Coplin...

Cliff House in Amazing!

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 04/30/2017 - 21:41


            The Cliff House in Cape Neddick is, of course, on a cliff, and every one of their 132 rooms has an amazing ocean view. This is a place that pampers you, from their Cliff Top hot tub to the elegant spa sanctuary.

            Scott, who checked us in, offered lots of great suggestions for the many things to do there. At that point, I knew we should have booked for more than one night!


El Rayo Taqueria is Fantastic

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 04/23/2017 - 12:31


            A wonderful family get-a-way planned by our kids found us in a huge home on the ocean at Pine Point in Scarborough. The group included daughter Rebekah, son-in-law Patrick, and grandsons Addison and Vishal (ages 10 and 13), son Joshua, daughter-in-law Kelly and granddaughters Ada and Esme (ages 3 and 5 months) who live in Massachusetts,...

You'll enjoy going to Camp at Sunday River

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:42


            Sunday River’s Grand Summit Hotel is certainly grand, and it was packed with skiers including many families with kids. Guests were there from all over the northeast, and we even saw three vehicles from Nova Scotia. The views are really spectacular here, and we enjoyed riding up and down the mountain to check out all the inns and...

Noble House Inn is historic, elegant, and welcoming

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 04/02/2017 - 12:49



            This was the fourth time we have stayed at Bridgeton’s Noble House Inn, each time enjoying a different room. Each room has its own personality. The Rugosa room overlooked the large backyard. The Noble room had a four poster bed and was on the second floor...

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