Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

One of Maine's best restaurants is in Norway.

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Norway
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 George

            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 community, creating one of our state’s best restaurants. And that is no exaggeration. Since opening six years ago, their business has grown every year.

The Samoset is a great winter get-a-way

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Rockland
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George

            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’t have to tell you why I love this event! This year I couldn’t get beyond 11 places before I just could not eat another bite.

Finding Italy in Rockport, Maine

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Rockport
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 George

 

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

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Waterville
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             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

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Portland
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 George

                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 wife Melanie Kratovil for bringing Terlingua to our state. Pliny is an architect who worked in Austin, Texas, and Melanie’s grandparents owned Alisson’s restaurant in Kennebunkport. Their restaurant brings that Tex-Mex southwest cooking that Linda and I love almost to our doorstep. Well, Portland is a lot closer than Texas!

Bombay Mahal has been our favorite Indian Restaurant for 20 years

City or Town: 
Brunswick
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 George

                We’ve been dining for 2 decades at our favorite Indian restaurant, Bombay Mahal in Brunswick. Raj and Bina Sharma opened their restaurant 25 years ago, and it’s now the oldest Indian restaurant in Maine (and we would also argue the best Indian restaurant in Maine).

            I could sit in this intimate place for hours, entranced by the low lights, music, art, and awesome food, starting with naan and ending with a delightful bowl of ice cream. I do have one tip for you: don’t fill up on appetizers and naan! Portions here are large, and we didn’t make a dent in our main courses on our visit two weeks ago.

The A1 Diner is A Great!

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Gardiner
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George

                 You may be wondering why we’ve never written about the A1 Diner in Gardiner, a very popular place right here in central Maine. Well, we just figured everyone already knew about this wonderful eatery, which has even been featured on national television and had an entire book written about them.

                But then we decided to do it because the A1 really is a special place. The Worcester Diner #790 was delivered by truck and installed at 3 Bridge Street in Gardiner in 1946. It immediately became popular with employees of Gardiner’s factories, who appreciated the large portions and low prices.

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