Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Italy comes to Waterville

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Waterville
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 George

          This is going to save us a lot of money. We no longer have to travel to Italy to enjoy that country. Jennifer Bergeron and Jonathan Rosenbloom have brought Italy to Maine, with a great new restaurant in Waterville.

          Late last year Jennifer purchased Napoli’s Market, and has now added their restaurant, Itali-ah. Jennifer says the name demonstrates that they are Italian, but with a Maine accent.

Gardens Aglow has an amazing display of 500,000 lights

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Boothbay Harbor
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I can’t come up with an appropriate adjective for Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Amazing, astonishing, fabulous, fantastic. Even these do not completely describe this display.

You really must see it sometime between now and December 31. It’s not expensive and you can buy tickets on their website or when you arrive.

Maine Harvest Festival is a wonderful celebration of rural Maine

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 George

          The Maine Harvest Festival is our favorite annual event. “Celebrating Farm Fresh,” the festival’s slogan, doesn’t even begin to describe this amazing event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Festival Director Judy Perkins of Garden Ridge Farm has done a great job, expanding the festival every year.

A great market and eatery in Manchester

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Manchester
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 George

 

          Brother Gordon loves Manchester’s Lighthouse Wine and Seafood and urged us to write about it, so now I owe him bigtime. This is a very special place.

          Nick and Dalena Nel came to this country from South Africa, lived for a time in Texas, and ended up in Maine. Their story is a very good one and we are lucky to have them here. They bought the Lighthouse last March.

We loved Sweet Chilli Thai in Augusta!

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 Linda

          Sweet Chilli Thai Restaurant has been in business for nine years. Located at the Augusta airport, we probably have driven by a hundred times. Three previous Thai restaurants were located in that same spot. But this one has stayed and has a loyal following. And now that we have eaten there we know why. The food is superb and the staff is very welcoming.

A great birthday dinner and lots of lunches

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Wilton
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 George

 

          As my October 15 birthday approached, Linda knew just where to take me for a celebratory dinner: Calzolaio in Wilton, which has been a favorite of ours since before we began writing this column 7 years ago.

AMC's Highland Center Lodge in the White Mountains is wonderful

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George

 

          New Hampshire’s White Mountains are spectacular any time of year, but in the fall, they are stunning. So we booked two days at AMC’s Highland Center Lodge in Crawford Notch, and were blessed with cool and sunny days.

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