Travelin’ Maine(rs)

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

Dining at DiVinci's is Definitely Delicious

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We’ve been eating at and enjoying Lewiston’s Davinci’s Eatery for many years – usually before or after another great performance at the city’s Public Theatre.

Usually we were there for lunch, so a special October visit for dinner proved to be very special.

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Bethel's 22 Broad Street An Instant Favorite

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It was a big surprise. Headed to Bethel to stay at the Bethel Inn and Resort and write a preview of the town’s fall Harvest Fest, we wanted to try at least one new restaurant.

We’d read an interesting Down East magazine review of John and Amy Amann’s restaurant, 22 Broad Street, at their Gideon Hastings House inn. Down East’s Ginny Wright described the food as “down-to-earth Italian.”

Fools for all things Italian, we asked Wende Gray, a marketing consultant who was putting our Bethel trip together, to schedule us for dinner at 22 Broad Street.

Wow! We were absolutely stunned by the high quality of our meal and experience, one of our best this year. And we’ve eaten in a lot of restaurants!

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Fishing for Maine Seafood at Harvest on the Harbor

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Mix a room full of Italian wines, savory seafood dishes, fabulous chefs, commercial fishermen and members of Maine’s growing aquaculture industry, lots of media, a good band, and the paying public, and you get a seafood stew worthy of Maine’s food and foodie capitol: Portland.


Down East is a “presenting sponsor” of Harvest on the Harbor, a major food and wine experience spread over three days, October 20 – 22, at Ocean Gateway in Portland.


Frank's Dockside Restaurant is Lubec's Best

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The prosperous Lubec of our childhood has vanished along with the sardine packing plants and Unobsky’s Department Store.

But an August visit encouraged us by the level of tourist activity witnessed on the town’s very busy Main Street, now dotted with good restaurants, interesting shops, and comfortable accommodations.

We’ve known for a long time that there is no prettier Maine town from a distance than Lubec. It sits on a hill, jutting into the ocean, with church steeples rising above white houses. 

Now, Lubec is pretty up close as well. Buildings are being renovated and there’s even a new inn in a former sardine packing plant.

Nothing surprised us more on this most recent trip than our amazing dinner at Frank’s Dockside Restaurant. It’s been tough in recent years to locate fine dining in our favorite coastal town. Not anymore.

The Gems of Route 26

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Poland Spring
New Gloucester
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There are too many gems. That’s the only problem with the Gems of 26, a clever collaborative promotion of food, lodging, and attractions on a 24-mile scenic stretch of Maine’s Route 26 from Gray to South Paris.

We had hoped to see all of the seven gems on a recent Saturday but fell short by three.    For the record, the gems are: Maine Wildlife Park, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Poland Spring Resort, Poland Spring Preservation Society, Poland Spring Preservation Park, Harvest Hill Farms & Pumpkin Land, and McLaughlin Garden.

Now is the time to schedule your visit because the gems feature a lot of fall activities (including special Halloween events and attractions), and October is the best month to be out-and-about in Maine.

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Rockland's Rustica Takes You All the Way To Italy

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Rockland continues to call us back, and not just because our daughter Rebekah, son-in-law Patrick, and grandsons Addison and Vishal, live nearby in Union (although that helps).

We like to browse in Readfield native Lacy Simon’s bookstore (Hello, Hello – yes, that’s the name of the store!). The Main Street is full of interesting art galleries and stores featuring clothes, cooking supplies, wine, toys, and more.

The Farnsworth Museum always has something of interest and we love the public walkway along the shore. This amazing coastal community is chock full of inns, B&Bs, and many of its two dozen restaurants are surprisingly good.

Sarah's Cafe - A Maine Gem

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Sarah’s Café in Wiscasset would stop traffic even if the jam of cars in the summer didn’t. It’s a great place to get off Route One to discover a real Maine gem.

Sarah Heald opened her Wiscasset café in 1987. Ten years later she moved the café across the street to its wonderful waterfront location and added a pub. Sarah was honored in 2002 as the Maine Restaurant Association’s Restaurateur of the Year. Today her son Matt joins her in the kitchen.

Home this summer for a visit, daughter Hilary joined us at Sarah’s and offers her perspective in this column.

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