Best of Maine

Stone Mountain is the best place to listen to music in Maine

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:38


            Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield is the best place to listen to music in Maine. A gorgeously remodeled barn, originally built in 1886, has seating for just 200 guests and offers an intimate opportunity for musicians to mingle with the audience, plus fantastic acoustics.

            Carol Noonan, who owns Stone Mountain with her husband Jeff, is a talented musician who somehow...

Black and Tan is a great new pub in Augusta

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 03/19/2017 - 12:58


            From the beautiful and historic booths, salvaged from a southern Maine church, to the wonderful Irish food, Augusta’s Black and Tan has fast become a very popular place since opening last June. Located just above Water Street, Stacey and Chris Shaw’s restaurant was recommended to us by our friends Rocko and Robin Graziano, who accompanied us to dinner there.

            Chris is an Augusta police sergeant of...

You need to get-a-way to this wonderful place!

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 03/12/2017 - 11:23


            Reading through the guest book in our suite at Wolf Cove Inn, a wonderful Maine Bed & Breakfast, I find visitors from Texas to Tennessee, California to Colorado to Connecticut, Nevada to North Carolina, and even England, plus folks from our state. Yes, lots of people are finding their way to this very special place in Poland.

            I told Roy and Sue Forsberg that I could have just pulled out the...

Calzolaio is our favorite restaurant

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:25



            Our favorite table at Wilton’s wonderful Calzolaio restaurant is in the far corner of the interior room, with stone walls on two sides of us. We’ve celebrated anniversaries and other special events at this table enjoying our favorite dishes.

            Calzolaio was our favorite restaurant before we began writing this...

Let's Do Lunch! In Portland, Bangor, Camden, and Belfast

Submitted By George Smith on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 09:30

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            We were in Belfast recently...

One of Maine's best restaurants is in Norway.

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 02/19/2017 - 09:00


            We are very lucky that Amy and Bret Baker chose Maine as the place to open their own restaurant, after an impressive career managing and cooking in restaurants in other states. They were flying to Vermont when a nearby passenger heard of their plans and urged them to visit Maine.

            They did, and ended up purchasing an historic home built in 1896 in Norway, a vibrant Maine...

The Samoset is a great winter get-a-way

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 02/12/2017 - 13:24


            Lots of families with kids were enjoying the Samoset Resort with us on a cold January weekend. And it’s easy to understand why, from the indoor playground and swimming pool to the ice rink to the comfortable rooms.

            We scheduled our visit to coincide with Sunday afternoon’s Pies on Parade fundraiser for the local food bank. With savory and sweet pies in 25 locations around Rockland, well, I don...

Finding Italy in Rockport, Maine

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:08



            For great Italian food, you’d look for someone who...

Lunch at Grand Central Cafe and a movie make a great afternoon

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:36

             It’s a great combination: Enjoying a tasty meal at Grand Central Café in Waterville, then strolling across the parking lot to see a movie at Railroad Square Cinema.

            We did just that after reading JP Devine’s review of La La Land, and the movie was everything JP said it was. Simply put: fabulous. Railroad Square is our favorite movie theater, and after visiting the café for the first time, we’ll plan more eat and treat afternoons now.


Terlingua, Texas comes to Portland, Maine

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 09:38


                Sitting in Portland’s small restaurant called Terlingua, I close my eyes and remember sitting on the deck outside the Starlight Theater restaurant in Terlingua, Texas, watching the light of the setting sun rise up and over the mountains in our favorite national park, Big Bend.

                And I say thanks to Pliny Reynolds and his...

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