Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Friendly and welcoming define the Pleasant Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

City or Town: 
Rangeley
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 George

                The super friendly and welcoming Rob and Jan Welch define their Pleasant Street Inn Bed & Breakfast on a quiet street within walking distance of downtown Rangeley. As we arrived, I thought the large and beautiful inn must be an historic building, but later learned that when they purchased this place in 1977, it was a tiny old house served by a 3-holer outhouse.

                They restored the barn and moved it away from the house, then fixed up the old house, later adding on to provide space for Rob’s grandfather. Today, that addition offers 5 gorgeous bedrooms for their guests. Rob and Jan still live in the house and enjoy spending time with their guests, as we did. The morning gathering for Rob’s delicious breakfast was especially fun.

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.

We love Boothbay Harbor's Tugboat Inn

City or Town: 
Boothbay Harbor
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                 Sitting on the deck of our top floor room at the Tugboat Inn, enjoying the view of the harbor, and visiting with guests on the next room’s deck, who have been vacationing here from Massachusetts for two decades, it was easy to understand what keeps them coming back. What a view!

                And while Boothbay Harbor is a major tourist destination, with lots of specialty shops, it’s amazingly quiet and relaxing at the Tugboat, situated at the end of the busy downtown. All guests receive a wonderful breakfast at the Tugboat’s restaurant, located in an old Tugboat, is really good, with lots of hot and cold choices.

Fun in Boothbay Harbor

City or Town: 
Boothbay Harbor
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 George

                A sunny September day in the Boothbay Harbor area featured a lengthy visit to the fascinating Botanical Gardens, and a great lunch on the deck at Tug’s Pub on Robinson’s Wharf in Southport, just a few minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor.

                Seals cavorted in the harbor as we enjoyed a very tasty lunch, starting with Linda’s favorite Geaghan Brother’s Honey Blonde brew.  The menu of seafood dishes is lengthy, as you might expect, but there are lots of other choices from burgers to roast beef and chicken wraps.

Remembering our 2015 trip to Italy

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Sitting by the dock of the bay

City or Town: 
Boothbay Harbor
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 George

                Sitting on the deck of our top floor room at the Tugboat Inn, enjoying the view of the harbor, and visiting with guests on the next room’s deck, who have been vacationing here from Massachusetts for two decades, it was easy to understand what keeps them coming back. What a view!

                And while Boothbay Harbor is a major tourist destination, with lots of specialty shops, it’s amazingly quiet and relaxing at the Tugboat, situated at the end of the busy downtown. All guests receive a wonderful breakfast at the Tugboat’s restaurant, located in an old Tugboat, is really good, with lots of hot and cold choices.

Remembering summer

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 George

                Our summer began early, in April, with a visit to southeast Arizona and Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas, where temperatures were in the 90s.  Soon after returning home, we made our annual birding pilgrimage to Monhegan.

                Since beginning this travel column 5 ½ years ago, Linda and I have fallen in love with Maine’s islands. Highlights of our summer this year were visits to Peaks Island, Swan’s Island, and Frenchboro on Long Island for their lobster festival.

                Lubec is always a summer destination and our June visit to stay at West Quoddy Station, where the old coast guard station has been renovated into a great place to stay, followed by a few days at Island Chalet on Campobello, was wonderful.

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