Great New Inn and Tavern At Brunswick Station

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Brunswick
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There’s something to be said for trying a brand spanking new inn or restaurant, being among the first to enjoy a meal, an experience, putting yourself at the center of what’s happening when and where it’s happening.

The new Inn and Tavern at Brunswick Station is happening, and we felt unusually ahead of the curve when we visited in August, just weeks after it opened. We tend to favor historical inns and established restaurants.

So this was a bit of a gamble. It paid off.  The Inn is stylish and only one thing really surprised us at the Tavern: the high qualify of the food.

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Bethel Inn Resort and Harvest Fest

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Bethel
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A resort should have beautiful buildings and grounds, nice rooms and suites, good eating opportunities, and lots of indoor and outdoor activities. Bethel Inn Resort fits the bill and is our go-to destination in western Maine.

Combine a visit to the Inn with Bethel’s annual Harvest Fest and you’ve got a weekend to remember.

Unable to attend the upcoming festival this year because of a family wedding on the same weekend, we visited Bethel a couple of weeks ago, staying at the Inn, enjoying two amazing dinners at 22 Broad Street and Sudbury Inn, and taking a drive on Route 113 through Evans Notch.

DIF&W Biologist Predicts Mediocre Grouse/Woodcock Seasons

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I was going to write a preview of the upcoming grouse and woodcock season, but John Holyoke beat me to it.  His preview in this weekend’s Bangor Daily News tells you all you need to know.

 Read it and weep, as DIF&W bird biologist Kelsey Sullivan predicts a “so-so mediocre” season.

Naturally, just when I have more time to hunt!

Woodcock Hears Fishing Ideas in the Forks

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Maine guide Chris Russell probably didn’t think he’d be creating a controversy when he first scheduled a meeting in July for local folks in the Forks with DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock. He apparently forgot that Maine sportsmen thrive on rumors and controversy.

 How else to explain the uproar over Russell’s meeting – rescheduled to September - that Chandler attended last night at Northern Outdoors Resort in the Forks, with a diverse group of local guides, business people, and regular anglers. The meeting was all about fishing, and Chandler was very pleased with what he heard. Nearly everyone in the room spoke, and all agreed that the area’s fishery had deteriorated and needs attention. They differed, however, in the remedies.

Maine Hunting Laws Getting Reviewed

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SAM’s Pickering Commission will meet on September 23 to review Maine’s hunting laws, rules, and publications, and create recommendations to simplify and clarify those laws and rules and make hunting – for both novices and longtime hunters – easier and more enjoyable.

 If you have suggestions for the Commission’s consideration, please email them to me (georgesmithmaine@gmail.com) as soon as you can.

 History

SAM organized a Commission to Reduce and Clarify Maine’s Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Laws and Rules in 1998 and selected Cape Elizabeth’s Chief of Police, David Pickering, to chair the commission.

Harraseeket Offers Maine's Most Elegant Brunch

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Freeport
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The dictionary defines brunch as, “a meal usually taken late in the morning that combines a late breakfast and an early lunch.”

Here’s our definition of brunch: a room full of fabulous food, with unique and diverse dishes, where gluttony is encouraged. Posted over the door would be this quote from Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD), “Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as in a feast.”

We got this quote from the top of the brunch section of the Harraseeket Inn’s website, where we also found an excellent description of what we look for in a great brunch, written by Harraseeket chef Elizabeth DiFranco.

Of Cottontails and Ducks

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Beth Quimby's story in today's Maine Sunday Telegram about the money being spent in Maine on cottontail rabbits is astonishing.

And Bob Humprhey's account of the difficulties of duck hunting, titled "When duck hunting, you might need an attorney," also in today's Sunday Telegram, is priceless.

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