Best of Maine

The view is not the only spectacular thing about Bar Harbor’s Looking Glass Restaurant

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 14:33

 George

                A new executive chef at the Looking Glass was our excuse to return to one of our favorite restaurants in July, with family in tow, but really, you don’t need an excuse to dine here. Both the outside deck and the inside dining room surrounded by full-length windows provide an amazing ocean view from high on the hill behind the Blue Nose Inn, where son Joshua, Daughter-in-law Kelly, and 16-month-old granddaughter Ada, were spending the week.

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Spring Creek Bar-B-Q is “uptown” Monson’s hidden gem

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 08:51

 Linda

                We were planning our trip to Moosehead Lake when George mentioned we’d be going right through Monson, which meant one thing to both of us: the terrific little BBQ place we’d discovered there a couple of years ago. My mind couldn’t stop thinking about that hidden gem and the delicious smoky meats produced at Spring Creek Bar-B-Q. So to say it was a bit of a disappointment when we drove up to the old place and saw that it was vacant, is an understatement. But I quickly recovered when I spotted their sign in their new...

A trip into the North Woods is relaxing and restorative

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:42

 George

                Macannamac Camps in the north woods is a relaxing and restorative place, the idealic Maine we talk about but rarely experience. Fifty miles northwest of Millinocket, Jack McPhee built most of his log cabins in the 1980s on Haymock, Spider, and Cliff Lakes. He was a warden pilot, knew every lake and pond in the north woods, and selected these for their remoteness and great hunting and fishing.

                Today, they are still busy...

Schoodic Peninsula is Acadia’s Hidden Gem

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 08/13/2015 - 20:17

 George

                Hang a left in Ellsworth, instead of driving straight ahead to Mount Desert Island, if you want to see the best part of Acadia National Park. Schoodic Peninsula is the park’s hidden gem, a 2,000 acre peninsula just beyond Winter Harbor, and it doesn’t get the millions of visitors to Acadia’s park adjacent to Bar Harbor.

                The six-mile Schoodic park road offers stunning ocean views and many places where you...

Asticou Inn combines history with great food and stunning scenery

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:53

 The quiet side of Mount Desert Island is spectacular,

Linda

                I first noticed the Asticou Inn last summer when we were searching for Thuya Gardens in Northeast Harbor. I'd love to stay at that inn, I thought. It faces a cove filled with boats of all sorts which creates a perfect picture of the coast of Maine in the summer.

                The Inn celebrated its 130th year in 2013, so it's been around a while. It is large...

An electrifying evening in Brunswick

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:08

 Dinner at Henry and Marty’s and the Music Man made for a wonderful evening.

George

                As Linda noted on our way home, “It was an electrifying performance.” About half way through the second act of a wonderful performance of The Music Man at Maine State Music Theater in Brunswick, lightning struck and the lights went out. Curt Clark, the theater’s artistic director who starred in this musical, entertained us for a while with theater trivia, then a group of men and later the theater’s interns...

Holbrook’s Lobster Wharf & Grill in Harpswell

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:28

 If the stunning ocean-front location doesn’t draw you to Holbrook’s in Cundy’s Harbor, the food certainly will!

George

                My sister Edie and her son Ezra joined us for a terrific sea-side lunch here, allowing us to sample lots of different items on the extensive menu. Edie lives right across the street from Holbrook’s and eats here often. Now I know why!

                My lobster quesadilla ($12)...

Island Hopin’ and Hoppin’

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:41

 George

                As the end of the school year approached, Linda started hoping for an Island hopping adventure, but because she was too busy to write about it, she asked me to tackle this column by myself. It wasn’t hard to do, given all the islands we’ve visited and loved, from Portland to Canada.

Peaks Island, Portland

                The Inn on Peaks Island was the first place we visited enroute to the start of...

Great adventures, food, and cabins await you in the Forks

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:52

If you enjoy great outdoor adventures, with a chance at the end of the day to return to a great meal in the lodge and a comfortable cabin, then you should head to the Forks where Northern Outdoors even offers its own popular microbrews.  

George

                Actually, you don’t have to leave the lodge for great adventures. They have a hot tub, pool, volleyball and basketball courts, indoor game and exercise rooms, and more, right on the premises. But the nearby Kennebec and Dead Rivers, and the vast forests, offer outdoor...

Kennebunk locals eat at the Village Tavern - and tourists too!

Submitted By George Smith on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 06:59

Linda

                It’s not often that we stumble on a true gem of a restaurant, but we certainly did when the innkeeper Sarah at the Captain Jefferds Inn recommended The Village Tavern in West Kennebunk, telling us, “It’s where a lot of local people eat.” Enough said. But nothing prepared us for the over-full parking lot at 6 pm and a waiting line inside!

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