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Tuesday February 19, 2019

George Smith

of Mount Vernon writes about travel and tourism in Maine. He is a writer, TV talk show host and former executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine. He can be reached at georgesmithmaine@gmail.com. Read more of Smith’s writings at www.georgesmithmaine.com.

  • photo Travel Talk - Thursday Jul 23, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Italy diary continued: Hillside hikes and a hidden gem

    Day Two We caught up on our sleep and didn’t get around to eating breakfast on our second day at Il Santo in Greve until almost 9 a.m. That’s when Linda discovered that the two items she asked me to pick out in the supermarket yesterday were not quite what she wanted. I thought I’d purchased orange juice because the container had a big orange on it, but it turned […]

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  • photo Travel Talk - Thursday Jul 16, 2015 | 2:15 pm

    In less than 12 hours, you can be in Italy

    It amazing to know you can be in Italy in 12 hours. And boy, were we energized when we arrived at the Florence airport! Our flights went flawlessly, and our good luck continued once we got into our rental car, as the driving instructions I printed out from Google Maps took us right to the small family winery, Il Santo, where we have “our” apartment in Greve, with nary a […]

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  • photo Travel Talk - Thursday Jul 09, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Anniversary celebration at Calzolaio and eggplant parmesan

    It’s become a tradition – the celebration of our anniversary with dinner at Calzolaio Pasta Company in Wilton. Six years ago, for our 30th anniversary, I presented Linda with a new diamond for her finger. Tom and Rocell Marcellino didn’t come up with the diamond that night, but they did give us a Five Diamond meal. Calzolaio was our favorite restaurant before we started writing our weekly Travelin’ Maine(rs) column […]

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  • Travel Talk - Thursday Jul 02, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Fun food in Bethel with tapas-inspired dishes

    Woody and Lee Hughes have created a special travel experience at The Mill Hill Inn in Bethel, just down the hill from the commons. It’s only a three-minute walk to downtown, but you’d never guess that, quietly nestled in the trees and beautiful gardens here at the Inn. After getting a warm greeting and visiting for a while with Woody and Lee, Linda and I grabbed a couple of micro-brews […]

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  • photo Uncategorized - Monday Jun 22, 2015 | 2:20 pm

    Take it from this Mainer: Tourists are no jokes

    You may remember the $27,000 advertising campaign of  TV ads urging us to be nicer to tourists. At the time, I suggested that no one should in a rush to sell “I love tourists” T-shirts. It would take more than $27,000 of TV ads to get Mainers to wear those! Tourists provide lots of laughs, but I do understand that they are no joke. About 28 million of them will […]

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  • Travel Talk - Thursday Jun 11, 2015 | 8:00 am

    Maine has lots of stunningly scenic byways

    Linda and I enjoyed the stunning scenery along the Kennebec River en route to Northern Outdoors in the Forks a couple of week ago. We were traveling Old Canada Road (Route 201), and at several points along the way, Linda had to remind me to keep my eyes on the road! Maine has lots of stunningly scenic byways, and thanks to the Department of Transportation, they are easy to find […]

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  • photo Travel Talk - Thursday Jun 04, 2015 | 10:05 am

    Celebrating Maine at Cape Elizabeth inn and restaurant

    Our latest Travelin’ Mainers column, published on Thursday, couldn’t begin to describe all the wonderful aspects of the Inn by the Sea and its Sea Glass restaurant in Cape Elizabeth. I especially liked the friendly staff. Justin Douglas served us dinner last Friday night. He’s worked at the Sea Glass for three years, and even though the new chef, Steve Sicinski, has created an all-new dinner menu, Justin already had it down. […]

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  • Travel Talk - Wednesday May 20, 2015 | 9:00 am

    New association features historic inns in Kennebunkport, Rockland, Bar Harbor

    What do you get when you combine historic inns in Kennebunkport, Rockland, and Bar Harbor? How about six-day itineraries featuring food, adventure, art, and a lot more. A new collaboration of historic inns include three of our favorites and some others we now can’t wait to visit. Check out the website for information on this new collaborative effort. Marti Mayne of Maynely Marketing is leading the group. In a recent […]

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  • Travel Talk - Thursday May 14, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    X-country skiing, birding are attracting more recreationists

    Linda and I are headed into the woods above North New Portland soon for a weekend birding adventure. When Greg and Patrice Drummond opened Claybrook Mountain Lodge in 1984, their first guests were deer hunters. And for many years, the November deer season was their busiest. But things have changed. “The deer herd in our area has declined to such an extent that our (deer) season is the least profitable […]

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