Travelin’ Maine(rs): Activity Reviews

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

Gardens Aglow has an amazing display of 500,000 lights

City or Town: 
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

City or Town: 
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.

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.

Another Great Visit to Monhegan

City or Town: 
Monhegan
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 George

          Monhegan Island is the perfect place to relax and escape the troubles of our country and world. It’s a very friendly place. Both residents and visitors stop to visit with us on the many walking trails, and if we’re wearing binoculars, ask what we’ve seen.

          Yes, Monhegan is a birder’s paradise, but it’s much more than that. On our first visit here, a May day trip with Maine Audubon to see migrating birds, we fell in love with the island and have returned many times since, both spring and fall.

The Bradley Inn is a wonderful place in a wonderful place

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 George

           I love their story. Tony and Laura Moskwa checked out more than 40 inns on the east coast before purchasing the Bradley Inn in New Harbor. And they love our state, as does their son Ross, who decided to move here with them, to serve as a chef in the Inn’s public restaurant. They are all super friendly hosts, truly enjoying visiting with each and every guest.

I enjoyed a seafood feast in the north woods!

City or Town: 
Millinocket
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 George

          The Big Moose Inn just west of Millinocket, enroute to Baxter Park, is an amazing place with two campgrounds, plus lovely cabins and comfy rooms at the Inn, just upstairs from their pub and Fredericka’s restaurant. We love historical places and this place got started 165 years ago. History still hangs here on the walls.

          The current owners have been here for 40 years, and now include their grandchildren in the management team. Linda was threatening to sit in the pub by herself, because that’s the menu that appealed to her, while I preferred Fredericka’s menu. Fortunately, no matter where you sit, you may order for either menu.

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