Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

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

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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.

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.

Lubec and Campobell - the perfect vacation

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 George

            It’s the perfect Maine vacation. We left home in mid-morning so that we’d be in Milbridge for lunch at Vasquez, a fantastic Mexican take-out restaurant. We never drive by this place, and it’s nice to see our column about it posted next to the window where you pick up your delicious – and very inexpensive – food.

            We divert from our route to Lubec by a few miles to pick up the freshest crabmeat you’ll ever get at Mrs. Griffins in Edmunds. And then it’s on to Lubec, where the bridge carries us to Campobello Island, Canada.

Fabulous ocean views at Campobello Island

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Lubec
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 Our recent visit to Campobello and Lubec included fabulous views. I could not stop taking photos. Here are a few of my favorites, including this photo of a sunset enjoyed from the deck of our cabin at Island Chalet on Campobello.

Campobello is loaded with colorful lupins.

 

Linda enjoying a book and the view from a perch above a remote beach in the international park on Campobello.

 

Ocean views from our cabin at Island Chalet, including Lubec seen from Campobello.

 

 

 

 

 

Great musical performance and a meal in Brunswick

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Brunswick
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 George

            It’s a great combination: dinner at one of Brunswick’s many fine restaurants and another spectacular performance at the Maine State Music Theater. Let’s start with the theater, which Linda and I have enjoyed for many years.

Pampered in Lincolnville

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Lincolnville
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 George

            After decades of camping in tents and a VW van, Linda and I are now into pampering. And boy, do you get pampered at the beautiful Inn at Ocean’s Edge in Lincolnville. The drive down the short paved way to the inn’s ocean-side location is even beautiful, and we birded those woods the next morning, seeing a dozen species in a half hour.

A great get-a-way in Rockland and Rockport

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Rockland
Rockport
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 George

            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.

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