Best of Maine

The Riverside Inn and Bluebird Ranch Family Restaurant are a great combination

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 11:01


                When I received the invitation to speak to a University of Maine at Machias class about fisheries and wildlife careers, I suggested to Linda that we turn this into a travel column trip and she quickly agreed. And we knew just where we wanted to stay: the Riverside Inn in East Machias.

                We’d been driving by the Inn for years on our way to Lubec and knew it to be a very popular place. When owners Ellen McLaughlin and...

Long Grain is still high on our favorites list

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 09:08


                When we entered Long Grain’s tiny restaurant on Camden’s Main Street, a table of six glanced our way and I spotted our friend Priscilla, who told me they were eating here because they’d read our column about Long Grain published two years ago. That made us feel good, of course, knowing that we’d helped this small but amazing place, designated our favorite Thai restaurant in our travel book that will be published next spring by Islandport Press in Yarmouth.


Aragosta’s Testing Menu is life changing!

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:48


                 I certainly had been looking forward to a special meal at Aragosta in Stonington, but little did I realize that this would be the dining experience of my lifetime! This year Aragosta chef Devin Finigan created a Chef's Tasting Menu in lieu of a traditional menu. They book diners for specific times so that the restaurant can serve the many courses at similar times. Seven courses plus a couple of surprises requires an orchestrated plan!...

Apple Shed Bakery’s customers rave about the meals and baked goods.

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 10/29/2015 - 17:40


                As we picked out lunch and dinner items at the Apple Shed Bakery, customers were raving about the food. Wayne Niles told me he and his wife Diane love the chicken stew with dumplings. Marcie Hastings was disappointed that there’d be no more tomato pie. But she saved the day by telling owner Trina Beaulier where she could still get fresh tomatoes, and Trina promised to do that and call Marcie when the pies were ready. That’s the kind of customer service you get here.


Devine Dining at Delvino’s in Belfast

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 08:54

               Bethel and Belfast impress us with lots of community-wide events that entertain both tourists and local residents. Bethel offers stunning views of the mountains while Belfast gives us those ocean views we just can’t get enough of.  In early October we were drawn to Belfast for the weekend-long Farm and Art Tour, organized by the Belfast Creative Coalition.

                Our “home” in Belfast is the Fireside Inn &...

Nordic Village Welcomes Visitors to New Hampshire’s Stunning White Mountains

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 16:16


                Up the mountain we went, past tennis courts and other game fields, the sheep corral, Nordic Falls Park that includes a game room pavilion and a small pond, numerous inside and outside swimming pools, and six condominium buildings, arriving at our destination, Innsbruck, and our very nice condo with a view across the valley to nearby mountains. And we were only half way up the mountain!

                Linda wanted a special get-a-way to...

New Chefs Shine at Brooklin Inn

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 08:53

 New Chefs Shine at Brooklin Inn


                On Saturday morning with a nearly full house at the Brooklin Inn, an accident up on Route 1 knocked out power to the entire peninsula from Penobscot to Stonington. But Inn owner Chip Angell took it in stride, setting out juice, milk, cereal, and coffee, which he’d kept hot in a carafe, for our breakfast. The power was out nearly four hours, but it didn’t matter to us because we were off right after breakfast, exploring this beautiful section of Maine.


Bald Mountain Camps offer all outdoor adventures

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 13:17

                 What would you hope to find at a favorite sporting camp? Maybe historic camps of varying sizes, all restored for your comfort without losing the original features? Perhaps a deck with lots of rocking chairs, overlooking a beautiful lake with mountains beyond? How about a beach, with plenty of room for the kids to frolic? Would you enjoy a fantastic restaurant right on the grounds?

                I’ll bet you would enjoy hundreds of thousands of acres of conservation lands, with terrific hiking...

Blazing into Bangor for a great meal

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 20:50


                Several friends recommended Bangor’s Blaze restaurant, so when we discovered they also have a Blaze in Bar Harbor, we reserved for dinner there during an August visit to Mt. Desert Island. Our son Josh and daughter-in-law Kelly had eaten lunch there that day and raved about it. And were they ever right!

                That great meal motivated us to schedule a travel column visit to Blaze in Bangor while we were at the always-...

Grazing is Fun!

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 10:01

 An amazing dinner in an amazing place


                I had no idea just how big Pineland Farms is until I read that it encompassed 5000 acres of land. Trust us, it is big enough to get lost in. It became much clearer once we found a large model of Pineland’s layout on display at The Market. This diverse business campus and educational and recreational venue is impressive.

                We visited Pineland for one of...

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