Travelin’ Maine(rs)

A regular travel blog, written by George and Linda Smith, focused entirely on instate travel.

Higgins Beach Inn is historic - and a great place to stay and to eat

City or Town: 
Scarborough
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 George

            Scarborough’s historic Higgins Beach Inn has been completely renovated by the Migis Hotel Group, and they did a superb job of maintaining the historic structure’s key elements while adding lots of modern conveniences.

            The three-story colonial revival structure dates back to 1897, and was very rundown when Migis purchased it. I am so glad they saw the value in this place, just a five minute walk from Scarborough’s surprisingly uncrowded beach. It’s also just a short ride from one of our favorite walks along the ocean at Prouts Neck, where the Migis Group also has the wonderful Black Point Inn, which we wrote about last year.

Let's Do Lunch - in Greenville, Winthrop, and Bangor

City or Town: 
Bangor
Greenville
Winthrop
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 Stress Free Moose Pub, Greenville

 

          George – Enroute to our north woods camp, traveling down the street in Greenville looking for lunch, the Stress Free Moose Pub and Café stood out, both for the number of vehicles in the parking lot and the beautiful building. Stepping inside to check out the menu, we were astonished by the interior walls, featuring the open ends of logs.

Medawisla is a wonderful get-a-way

City or Town: 
Greenville
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 George

          History is brought up to date at Medawisla, a sporting camp with a beautiful new lodge and cabins on Second Roach Pond, and great opportunities to hike and bike, canoe and kayak, swim, fish, experience the north woods, and enjoy wonderful meals in the lodge.

          Linda and I called it our “books and birds” get-a-way as we spotted an astonishing array of birds, and relaxed on our cabin’s porch, reading. It is so peaceful here.

Don't Drive By Nezinscot Farm!

City or Town: 
Turner
Turner Center
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 Linda

                I get great joy at looking at large vegetable gardens. So it is no surprise that I was very happy to visit the Nezinscot Farm in Turner. Customers are free to roam around the farm where vegetables and animals are well tended.

                I loved seeing all the beautiful veggies happily growing on a massive scale in and outside greenhouses. And if they aren’t seen as fresh produce or food at the farm’s café, they are likely to be put up as pickles, jams, or marinara sauce available at their store.

Botanical Gardens are spectacular this time of year

City or Town: 
Boothbay Harbor
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 Get yourself down to Boothbay Harbor now, to enjoy the spectacular flowers in the Botanical Gardens.

 

Attean Lake Lodge is an amazing sporting camp

City or Town: 
Jackman
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George

           The website of Attean Lake Lodge describes it as a “unique” place, and it is, but it’s much more than that. It’s an island paradise which draws visitors back year after year.

Mount Chase Lodge is a great north woods get-a-way

City or Town: 
Patten
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George 

            Mount Chase Lodge on Upper Shin Pond is a wonderful north woods get-a-way. Close to the northern section of Baxter Park and the northern entrance to our new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, the area just west of Patton offers everything from superb biking and hiking to exceptional fishing and kayaking, and all the winter sports.

            Michael and Lindsay Downing took over the historic sporting camp last year from her parents, Rick and Sara Hill, who provided wonderful experiences there for 40 years. I took the entire Board of Directors of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine there once for our annual planning retreat, and we had a great time.

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