Awesome Maine Adventures Offered by Inns Along the Coast

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 Since Linda and I started our Travelin’ Maine(rs) weekly travel column 6 ½ years ago, we’ve been blessed to discover many hidden (and some not-so-hidden) gems. We’ve been particularly impressed by the historic inns in Rockland and Kennebunkport, and were pleased when they joined together in a new website, Inns Along the Coast, featuring lots of Maine adventures. Inns Along the Coast is Maine’s only coastal inn-to-inn association with inns in Kennebunkport, Freeport, Newcastle, Rockland, Camden and Bar Harbor

State schedules “Learn How to Surf Fish” events

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 You can learn how to catch fish in the surf this summer at one of a nine events hosted by Maine’s state parks.

The 2-hour surf fishing program is for beginners but all anglers are welcome to attend. The program includes a 30-minute talk about our marine fish, followed by 30 minutes about lures and other fishing equipment. And then you go fishing! You’ll hit the beach and fish for an hour.

You must bring your own equipment to the classes and fishing event. And the events are free, but you must pay the park’s admission fee.

For more information, check out the Maine State Parks website (www.parksandlands.com) which includes a calendar of all their yearly events. Or you can call Glenn Dochtermann, 207-384-5160.

The website of the Department of Marine Resources includes more information on recreational fishing including access points and maps.

Here’s the schedule of surf fishing events.

Changes coming in Maine’s moose lottery.

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 At the Maine legislature, two moose bills have been enacted, one is nearly there, one has been enacted and awaits action by the Appropriations Committee, and all the rest have been killed.

LD 553 was enacted without the Governor’s signature. It requires moose permits to be issued to any resident who is 65 years of age or older or will attain 65 years of age during the calendar year in which the resident is applying for the permit, who has accumulated at least 30 points in the moose lottery.

You too should dine at Jackie's Too

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Ogunquit
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 George

 

            Jackie Bevins’ name was all over Ogunquit. Some of the signs said “Bring Back Bevins.” She was running for the town council where she had served sometime in the past. Jackie has also been serving meals here for 39 years, starting with a small restaurant on Main Street – hence, Jackie’s Too, the Perkins Cove restaurant where we dined.

Wardens declare wild game dinners legal

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 In response to Senator Tom Saviello’s determined effort to straighten out confusion over the legality of wild game dinners, the Maine Warden Service has issued a written memo stating that “it is legal to host a wild game dinner” if four conditions are followed.

Senator Saviello sponsored a bill this session, at my request, to make wild game dinners legal. DIF&W opposed the bill, but some IFW Committee members kept the issue alive, and Senator Saviello even got it as far as a committee of conference, essentially a meeting between House and Senate members to work on language that both bodies could support.

The conference committee created an amendment to the bill that led to the memo issued this week by the Warden Service. Clearly, DIF&W preferred to clarify this issue without putting it in statute. And that is fine by me.

Here is the Warden Service Memo, issued on June 5 by Major Chris Cloutier, and provided to all game wardens.

Colorado paying for pike to get them out of lake

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 While Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says there is nothing they can do to get illegally introduced species out of a water, Colorado is paying anglers to catch and kill northern pike.

Here’s the story.

Meadowmere in our "home" in Ogunquit

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Ogunquit
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 George

            Since “discovering” Ogunquit last year, we’ve been anxious to return to our “home” there, Meadowmere Resort, a very friendly and family-oriented inn with amazing amenities. In addition to the beautiful rooms and friendly staff, I like the ability to park our vehicle there and walk to the beach, the ocean-front walkway, and downtown stores and restaurants.

            This trip, we picnicked at the beach, then walked the wonderful ocean-side paved Marginal Way, donated by a generous local builder in 1925. It’s a very popular walk with lots of nice benches.

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