Travelin’ Maine(rs): Restaurant Reviews

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

Rafting, Fishing, and More at Northern Outdoors

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The Forks
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The Kennebec river that flows through Skowhegan, Waterville, Augusta, and Gardiner starts its journey just north of the Forks where it passes through an amazing gorge. You really must see it.

The journey to the Forks from anywhere in central Maine will take you no more than 1 ½ hours on a scenic highway and deliver you to Northern Outdoors, Maine’s first rafting company and now a sprawling resort of log buildings with all the amenities and luxuries you seek in a vacation.

In a two-day one-night adventure a few weeks ago, we spent a half day fishing, a whole day rafting, enjoyed delicious meals and a very nice cabin, toured a brewery, got to know some great people, and learned a lot about this interesting region of Maine.

Vacationing at Augusta's Senator Inn & Spa

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Augusta
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You’ve probably eaten a meal or attended an event at Augusta’s Senator Inn & Spa, but have you ever vacationed there? We escaped to the Senator for a divine 24-hour weekend vacation not long ago.

Just 20-miles from home, we luxuriated in the Inn and Spa that manager Roger Bintleff calls “old fashioned,” in its focus on customer service. That it is, but the Senator is also on the cutting edge in comfort and technology.

 Linda

             Sometimes life just goes too fast. Before you know it one workweek blends into the next and you are trying to juggle household chores with your work life. Sound familiar?

Greenville Inn - a Special Place in a Special Place

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Greenville
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Quick. How long does it take to get to Greenville from Augusta or Waterville? Three hours? Four hours? Five hours?

It takes less than 2 hours, a quick run up I 95 to Newport, then a straight shot north to the foot of Maine’s largest lake. That’s right. You can get to Greenville in about the same time it takes to drive to Bangor. So why don’t you?

When you get to Indian Hill, poised to enter the town, the stunning view of Moosehead will take your breath away.

We spent a recent weekend in Greenville to attend the annual Chocolate Festival on February 20, and discovered – here in the heart of Maine’s outdoor playground – the elegant, formal, friendly and distinctive Greenville Inn.

Rockland's the Choice for Reading, Shopping, Eating

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Rockland
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Rockland’s hasn’t just had a facelift. It’s had a personality transplant. Multiple visits over the past two decades have shown a town that has evolved into a tourist destination. And it’s a great place for Mainers to spend a day. That’s why we found ourselves there on Martin Luther King Day this year.

We went to Rockland specifically to eat at two restaurants we’d not visited in a decade, and to sandwich a visit to nearby Union to visit our daughter Rebekah and grandson Vishal in between the glutinous feasting. We also managed to make some purchases in favorite Rockland shops.

Taking a Peak at The Inn on Peaks Island

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Portland
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George

 I expected to fall in love with the Inn on Peaks Island. And I did. But I also fell in love with the island.

 Who would have guessed that a couple from rural Maine could find a quiet retreat for a weekend get-a-way in the city? Peaks Island is part of the city of Portland, but it is a small village in a gorgeous ocean setting.

 When Fred Forsley, owner of Shipyard Brewery, invited us to be his guests at his Inn, we jumped at the chance, having heard a lot of good things about the Inn and island. It was perfect for a November weekend get-a-way. We arrived on Friday night in time for dinner and left after breakfast Sunday morning.

Kennebec Pizza is out of this World.

City or Town: 
Hallowell
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The pizza is otherworldly, but I’ve always considered Brooklyn to be otherworldly. Steve Deptula owns a restaurant, brick oven pizza place, and microbrewery in Brooklyn. And now he’s brought his scrumptious pizzas to Hallowell, Maine. Steve says the pizza he’s serving in Hallowell is common “all over New York City.” I’ll take his word for it. I’m not going down there to check it out. I will be checking out the pizza on a regular basis at Steve’s Kennebec Pizza on Hallowell’s Main Street. It just may be the best pizza in Maine. Understanding that a photo is worth 1000 words, take a gander at the lead photo with this blog. It’s a Pizza Naplitano, prosciutto with provolone and mozzarella cheeses topped with fresh Romano tomatoes. It was as good as it looks. Steve makes his dough from “the world’s finest Italian flour,” double ground. It’s like no flour I’ve ever handled, very delicate and soft. He also makes his own pesto sauce and mozzarella cheese. He regularly offers five varieties of pizza and always has one special pizza.

Don't Duck the Fries at Portland's Duckfat Restaurant

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Portland
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George When son Josh called to report that he and our daughter-in-law Kelly were enjoying a weekend in Portland and hoped we would join them for Sunday lunch at Duckfat Restaurant, I was pleased with the invitation but concerned about the duck. I have had two experiences with meals of duck. When I was an avid duck hunter, most of the ducks I shot were hardly edible. Some were totally inedible including merganzers and eiders. Josh remembers chomping down on a piece of buckshot in a duck once when he was growing up. That would have been the tastiest portion of the duck. On the other hand, over the years I’ve enjoyed succulent duck meals at the Belgrade Inn, famous for its long-roasting method of preparing duck. So Linda and I accepted the invitation and met Josh and Kelly at Duckfat in mid-November. A tiny place, Duckfat takes no reservations, but our wait outside on a pleasant sunny day was not long. And boy, their duck is a different critter than those ducks I used to kill and eat. Although the menu offers a bunch of interesting choices, I had to try the duck, of course. It’s a panini called duckfat confit with kimchi and sweet chili sauce.

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