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Folk Festival Puts Exclamation Mark on End of Summer

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:03

The American Folk Festival on Bangor’s beautiful waterfront always puts an exclamation point at the end of our summer.

Friends Gary and Deb Dubord of Fayette introduced us to the folk festival four years ago. After that event, we were disappointed that we missed the first five festivals. This is a fantastic 3-day celebration full of music, dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling, and food.

We attended our first three festivals for a single day, then advanced last year to two days, traveling back and forth on Saturday and...

The Great Train Adventure - Brunswick to Rockland

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:18

With a sense of adventure and romance, we signed up for the train trip from Brunswick to Rockland. While the train moved forward at about 45 miles per hour, we felt like we were moving back in time, combining nostalgia with stunning coastal views as we rode comfortably through backyards and over rivers.

And we discovered the elusive Wiscasset Route One by-pass. It’s the railroad!

The night before our round trip to Rockland, we stayed at the brand spanking new Inn at Brunswick Station and enjoyed dinner at the Inn’s tavern. During a splendid sunny afternoon in Rockland, we breezed through the Lobster...

Lilies and Lobster Make a Great Combination

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 16:55

Lilies and lobster are a great combination. At the end of July, with our youngest daughter Hilary who lives and works in Washington D.C., we headed for one of Maine’s most spectacular venues, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Enroute, we enjoyed a luncheon feast at one of our favorite restaurants, Sarah’s in Wiscasset.

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Rafting, Fishing, and More at Northern Outdoors

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 12:14

The Kennebec river that flows through Skowhegan, Waterville, Augusta, and Gardiner starts its journey just north of the Forks where it passes through an amazing gorge. You really must see it.

The journey to the Forks from anywhere in central Maine will take you no more than 1 ½ hours on a scenic highway and deliver you to Northern Outdoors, Maine’s first rafting company and now a sprawling resort of log buildings with all the amenities and luxuries you seek in a vacation.

In a two-day one-night adventure a few weeks ago, we spent a half day fishing, a whole day rafting, enjoyed delicious meals and a...

Vacationing at Augusta's Senator Inn & Spa

Submitted By George Smith on Wed, 05/25/2011 - 08:02

You’ve probably eaten a meal or attended an event at Augusta’s Senator Inn & Spa, but have you ever vacationed there? We escaped to the Senator for a divine 24-hour weekend vacation not long ago.

Just 20-miles from home, we luxuriated in the Inn and Spa that manager Roger Bintleff calls “old fashioned,” in its focus on customer service. That it is, but the Senator is also on the cutting edge in comfort and technology.

 Linda

             Sometimes life just goes too...

Summer Fun in Lubec

Submitted By George Smith on Sat, 05/07/2011 - 12:01

 

Lubec is lovely and lively in the summer, a top spot for a short or long vacation. We’ve been “summering” there for – well, for our entire lives. We often get “down” to Lubec in June and always for a week in August.

Lubec has astonishing scenery, the “Bold Coast” with some of our best conservation lands, the tastiest chocolates in the state, great birding and whale watching, history and hiking, fabulous saltwater fishing and kayaking, and the prettiest lighthouse you’ll ever see.

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First Settlers Lodge in Weston Worth the Drive

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 13:35

The stunning view from First Settlers Lodge in Weston unites the old and the new Maine. From the huge windows that run all across the front of the lodge, you look left and see, across a wide forested valley, First Wind’s towers across the tops of two distant hills. To the right you see the magnificent mastiff of Mount Katahdin.

 The lodge is on a section of Route 1 designated as a scenic highway and there’s actually a turnout right across the road so travelers can enjoy the spectacular view.

 This has been our favorite northern Maine lodge for many years. We returned in March to make sure...

Stone Mountain Arts Center - Noble House Inn

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 03/25/2011 - 13:30

 It’s the best place to listen to music in the state. Stone Mountain Arts Center is more than an experience – it is THE experience for music lovers. Combined with a stay at Bridgton’s elegant Noble House Inn, a concert at Stone Mountain is a spectacular Maine get-a-way.

George

We’ve enjoyed three distinctly different experiences at Stone Mountain: a reading by author and public radio commentator Sarah Vowell, concerts by Pam Tillis and Marc Cohn, and a concert/dance with Steve Riley and the Mamou boys, a Louisianan Cajun band that kept us on the dance floor for much of the evening a few weeks ago.

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Greenville Inn - a Special Place in a Special Place

Submitted By George Smith on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:56

Quick. How long does it take to get to Greenville from Augusta or Waterville? Three hours? Four hours? Five hours?

It takes less than 2 hours, a quick run up I 95 to Newport, then a straight shot north to the foot of Maine’s largest lake. That’s right. You can get to Greenville in about the same time it takes to drive to Bangor. So why don’t you?

When you get to Indian Hill, poised to enter the town, the stunning view of Moosehead will take your breath away.

We spent a recent weekend in Greenville to attend the annual Chocolate Festival on February 20, and discovered...

Rockland's the Choice for Reading, Shopping, Eating

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 11:32

Rockland’s hasn’t just had a facelift. It’s had a personality transplant. Multiple visits over the past two decades have shown a town that has evolved into a tourist destination. And it’s a great place for Mainers to spend a day. That’s why we found ourselves there on Martin Luther King Day this year.

We went to Rockland specifically to eat at two restaurants we’d not visited in a decade, and to sandwich a visit to nearby Union to visit our daughter Rebekah and grandson Vishal in between the glutinous feasting. We also managed to make some purchases in favorite Rockland shops.

 Linda...
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