Travelin’ Maine(rs): Activity Reviews

Maine activity reviews form the Travelin’ Maine(rs).

First of our two columns on Arizona

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 George

            Three things drew us back to Tucson, Arizona this year: an amazing birding guide, Melody Kehl, awesome Mexican restaurants, and easy access to southeast Arizona.

            After our first-ever trip here last year, we couldn’t wait to return. Our travel plans these days always include an overnight stay in a room with a beautiful view of the harbor at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, where they keep our car while we’re away and shuttle us to and from the airport. Trust me – this is the way to start your vacation.

You'll enjoy going to Camp at Sunday River

City or Town: 
Bethel
Newry
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 George

            Sunday River’s Grand Summit Hotel is certainly grand, and it was packed with skiers including many families with kids. Guests were there from all over the northeast, and we even saw three vehicles from Nova Scotia. The views are really spectacular here, and we enjoyed riding up and down the mountain to check out all the inns and restaurants.

Stone Mountain is the best place to listen to music in Maine

City or Town: 
Brownfield
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 George

            Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield is the best place to listen to music in Maine. A gorgeously remodeled barn, originally built in 1886, has seating for just 200 guests and offers an intimate opportunity for musicians to mingle with the audience, plus fantastic acoustics.

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

City or Town: 
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.

Christmas Ideas

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 Linda

                Wondering what Christmas gifts to get for your loved ones? A gift certificate may be the answer. Maybe your grown children would love a dinner out alone with their spouses, a brief respite from a busy life. Or, perhaps you are thinking of a getaway for a night or two at a nice inn for yourselves!

                George often came up with just such a gift for me when the kids were little. He loved the fact that he got to enjoy this gift too! We went to the Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor one year and it is still a great getaway today, one we visit for our travel columns. The view and grounds are incredible and the restaurant is top notch.

Cinque Terre is stunningly beautiful

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 George

                We are very grateful to several friends who urged us to visit Cinque Terre, Italy. We fell in love with Tuscany years ago, and haven’t visited anyplace new in Italy in a long time. But the moment we stepped onto the roof top deck above our room at Elisabetta Rooms in Vernazza, we were astonished by the stunning beauty as we looked down on the town and out over the ocean.

                Cinque Terre consists of five towns, all within hiking distance or just minutes from one to another by train. Cars are not allowed here, so we took the train from Lavanto to Vernazza.

A great visit to the Black Point Inn

City or Town: 
Scarborough
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 Linda

                It feels like there aren't too many areas of Maine that we haven't explored, but this week's column took us to a new location neither of us had ever visited: Prouts Neck in Scarboro, to the Black Point Inn.

                The huge and historic building is surrounded by private homes and looks like an elegant Maine cottage with a cupola and lovely arched windows along the first floor. Todd, a bellman, greeted us and the friendly front desk staff checked us in with a genuine welcome. They told us the Inn’s rooms have a cottage feel, and indeed the sea colors of our room matched that description.

                The furnishings included an antique desk and dresser, a king size bed with a supremely comfortable mattress and exquisite linens. Our windows looked out to the ocean.

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