Best of Maine

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...

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...

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