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Hound Honeymoon in New England?

I posted an inquiry on the General board asking for recommendations for where to spend a honeymoon. Fiance and I are looking anywhere on the East Coast (not including DC - which is home) for a B&B in a scenic spot with proximity to a week's worth of fantastic, Hound-approved dining. A couple people suggested Rockland, ME...Providence, RI...Hudson River Valley area....Woodstock, VT...

Since you're the locals, what do you recommend? Any pointers much appreciated! :)

PS - I have also posted this inquiry in the Southern NE board. Hope that's not incorrect!

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  1. Of course with a name like mine, I'm going to represent mid-coast Maine! Camden/Rockland. Plenty of great B&Bs to choose from:

    Limerock Inn (Rockland)
    Berry Manor Inn (Rockland)
    Hartstone Inn (Camden)
    Camden Maine Stay Inn (Camden)
    Inn at Sunrise Point (Camden)
    Camden Windward House (Camden)
    Camden Harbour Inn (Camden)
    Inn at Ocean's Edge (Lincolnville - not far from Camden).

    There are many more. On the above, Hartstone, Camden Harbour, and Inn at Ocean's Edge have great restaurants (I'm particularly partial to Inn at Ocean's Edge - LOVE the food and dining space).

    Plus you get the added bonus of dining at what I think is one of the best restaurants on the planet - Primo in Rockland.

    And you aren't too far from Acadia - good day trip. Take a ferry out to the islands (Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro, Monhegan etc). Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. All the fantastic peninsulas to explore - head down to Port Clyde. Grab a lobster roll at any one of dozens of shacks.

    I may be partial, but I have lived in many places in New England...including Boston and Portland areas...but I think mid-coast has a great mix of scenery, dining, and fun. No matter what you decide, I would steer you away from Providence...highly overrated in my honest opinion...I think you'd run out of things to do in about a day.

    Have fun!

    Camden Harbour Inn
    83 Bayview St, Camden, ME 04843

    Maine Stay Inn
    22 High St, Camden, ME 04843

    Hartstone Inn
    41 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843

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    1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

      The Woodstocker Inn - Woodstock, VT - run by a charming British couple; great room decor and awesome breakfast. On the web...check them out. Some nice places to eat nearby, too. Inn keeper helped us with rec. & reservations.

      1. re: adiosoven

        I love that place...very interesting couple and charming place: breakfast next to their towering bookshelf full of cookbooks. The owners are avid foodies and members of the British Sausage Appreciation Society (or something like that)! And you can dine at Pane y Salute in downtown Woodstock, another favorite spot.

    2. Since it appears you are considering the entire East Coast excluding DC, can you provide some insight as far as preference i.e. beach, mountain, sophisticated, rustic, urban, isolated, etc for VT, NH, ME, RI and MA? I live in NH but have some favs that I would be happy to share with a little more direction.

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      1. re: whs

        Hi whs! Hm. We're leaning away from urban, just because we live and work so close to DC and want more of the "getting away from it all" vibe. Our two biggest priorities on this trip are 1) proximity to enough fantastic restaurants to have memorable dinners every night for a week and 2) pretty scenery. So mountains or rocky beach work equally well. I would love to go the super-isolated route, but think that'd make the fine dining much more difficult. Sophisticated/rustic are equally fine - my only major preference for B&B's is that they not be crammed full of knick-knacks (or "cute pretties" as my mother would call them), but that's neither here nor there. As long as the bed is comfortable, hot water is plentiful and breakfast is filling and delicious, we're good! :)

        1. re: Aravisea

          If your week includes driving, you may want to stay closer to CT or RI. The drive to ME will add a lot of time to your trip. In CT, the Mayflower Inn is a fine (and expensive) choice: http://www.mayflowerinn.com/. Excellent dining. In RI, the Ocean House in Watch Hill occupies a spectacular setting in a beautiful old-fashioned resort town http://www.oceanhouseri.com/luxury-be.... WH was where people who thought Newport was pretentious built shingle-style mansions, and it still retains small town charm. It's near Stonington Borough and Mystic CT, with many dining options. We love the Olympia Tea Room. (of course, there's always Newport, chock full of fine dining and inns.) If you don't mind traveling further, a really quirky spot is Monhegan Island, off the coast of Rockland ME. You take a ferry, and you've arrived on an island with no cars, no street lights, and the very nice Island Inn. To go out for dinner, the hotel provides flashlights. http://www.islandinnmonhegan.com/. Two days max, and you might want to combine it with a visit to Camden, touristy but gorgeous. Despite what solargarlic says, the White Mountains of NH are a very special spot. I stand by my recs for the Notchland Inn http://www.notchland.com/ and Sugar Hill Inn http://sugarhillinn.com/. Both have terrific food and beautiful surroundings.

      2. I would stay away from NH as a food destination...sure there's great scenery and lots of outdoor things to do, but to me this is not the place to come to find the best food in New England. If you do decide to make a stop on your way through here, you would surely find some great spots (and especially along the coast add in the great coastline) but I wouldn't choose NH over other NE states.

        I like the idea of Maine, lots of activity plus a good food scene. I disagree that Providence is overrated; I think it may be a bit past its prime now, but there are still so many great options for food in a little city. You could spend some time there and then in Newport. Block Island would be an option also, and Boston is less than an hour away. (You'll get that info from the SNE board though).

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        1. re: solargarlic

          Solargarlic, Block Island does not have a decent restaurant on the entire island, and there are certainly places in New Hampshire equal to Maine or VT. The White Mountains are one of the great destinations on the East Coast. Jackson has the Inn at Thorn Hill, Crawford Notch has Notchland Inn, and Sugar Hill has the SH Inn. If the OP wants a meal equal to a locally sourced bistro in San Francisco, Republic in Manchester can hold its own. Have you tried any of them?

          1. re: whs

            I did not mean my BI suggestion as a destination for food, but rather as the possiblity of a nice day trip. I have not eaten at any of the Inns up north, I have only eaten at numerous other spots, and if I was taking a trip based around food, I would want to have more options other than what is available at the place I am staying. In my opinion, there is better food in Southern New England vs. Northern New England, and I just happen to be frustrated that I have not found many eateries in NH that deeply impress me. (Meaning, if I had one choice for the most memorable food experience, NH wouldn't make the top of the list) I understand that many people on here have had far better (and more numerous) experiences than I, and it's all so very subjective. I was nervous in stating my opinion that it would come off as harsh, but I just wanted to throw a different angle out there. Again, I was really meaning that NH overall would be the bottom of the list for me for a (possibly) one-time trip to NE.

            1. re: solargarlic

              Sorry to disagree, but the pan sauteed cod I had at Republic last week was as good as the sea bass I had at Canteen in San Francisco the week before. You really should try it--beats Wings your Way and the mac and cheese place by a mile ;)

          2. re: solargarlic

            I don't mean to denigrate any other locale...for the most part, each has it's own charm. Good times can be had in places like Providence or Hartford...it's just that you have to drive through billboard hell to get there. Given a choice between basing myself anywhere between York and Bar Harbor vs greater Providence or greater Hartford...i'd take the coast of Maine anyday. I guess I'm sort of basing my advice on not only food...but the beauty and diversity of the locale.

            I just took a road trip from Rockland ME to Tampa and back. I loved Savannah GA...not sure you want to spend any time in the summer there though...unless you like oppressive heat. Myrtle Beach is awful...sorry. I know I don't intend to denigrate...but it's t-shirt / strip club / chain restaurant hell. IMHO.

            1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

              MCM, we're on the same wavelength. We've pretty much ruled out going south of DC due to the oppressive heat - Fiance likes it but I wilt. I've been to the coast of Maine once before and loooooved it. We were based around Acadia and I don't remember there being a super fantastic dining scene there, but maybe we missed it? That's my only concern about doing the Maine coast - I will absolutely hit up road-side shacks for lobster rolls for lunch but we'd like the high class stuff for dinner. Where would we look for that?

              1. re: Aravisea

                Of course Portland has the most fine/creative/inventive dining establishments, but MidCoast Maine (Rockland/Rockport/Camden/Lincolnville) has a surprisingly high number as well. Including, but not limited to:

                Primo http://www.primorestaurant.com/
                In Good Company http://www.ingoodcompanymaine.com/
                Suzuki’s http://www.suzukisushi.com/
                Lily Bistro http://www.lilybistromaine.com/
                Café Miranda http://www.cafemiranda.com/
                Amalfi on the Water http://www.amalfionthewater.com/
                Rustica http://rusticamaine.com/
                Francine Bistro http://www.francinebistro.com/
                Shepherd’s Pie same chef/owner as above
                Prism http://www.prismrockport.com/
                Paolina’s Way http://www.paolinasway.com/
                Hartstone Inn http://www.hartstoneinn.com/dining.htm
                Natalie’s http://www.camdenharbourinn.com/natal...
                The Edge http://www.innatoceansedge.com/web/th...
                40 Paper http://www.40paper.com/index_files/Pa...
                Youngtown Inn http://www.youngtowninn.com/restauran...

                And then others perhaps a bit more casual (not saying coat & tie are required above – all places can be “casual”) OR with a loyal following:

                Home Kitchen Café http://www.homekitchencafe.com/
                Long Grain no website – but a fantastic Asian place
                Conte’s http://mistermeatball.blogspot.com/20... (thank you Mister Meatball).
                Atlantica http://www.atlanticarestaurant.com/

                And I’ll throw in a winery:

                Cellardoor Winery http://www.mainewine.com/

                Not an exhaustive list…but I think you can see that there are plenty of options.

                Hartstone Inn
                Camden, ME, Camden, ME

                Youngtown Inn & Restaurant
                RR 52, Lincolnville, ME 04849

                In Good Company
                415 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

                Atlantica Restaurant
                1 Bayview Lndg, Camden, ME 04843

                Home Kitchen Cafe
                650 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

                Lily Bistro
                421 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

                1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

                  Even as a dedicated Portland hound, I'm in agreement with MCM, simply because the midcoast area is lovely, lots of places to wander in beauty and then eat well. Given that you have an entire week, you can easily get to Mt. Desert, and there are some excellent eateries on the island. Personal favorite is Mache Bistro. Should you get as far as Ellsworth, lunch or dinner at Cleonice (cleonice.com) is great Mediterranean food: try the locally-sourced lamb burger on pita: spectacular! South of the Camden area in the mid-coast is a great day trip down onto the Pemaquid peninsula, including lunch in New Harbor or Round Pound, both of which have excellent lobster pounds, and which could end nicely with dinner at Damariscotta River Grill.
                  But wherever you go, you're obligated to provide us with a trip report!

                  112 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

                  1. re: mainemal

                    Midcoast seems to be the frontrunner right now. And I will definitely write up a report afterwards - this whole trip is being built around Hound rec's! :)

                    1. re: Aravisea

                      The problem with Maine in the summer is all those tourists ;) You will be standing in lines and competing for the attention of a lot of worn-out waiters.

                      1. re: whs

                        Make your corner of the country less likable and we won't visit. :)

                        1. re: Aravisea

                          Right, and all the other places mentioned here (Providence, coastal RI, coastal CT, White Mts) will be devoid of tourists in the summer. (wink wink).

                          1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

                            It sound like, for the best formal dining, we want to be within striking distance of both Portland and Rockland. I'm checking out some B&B's in Camden but can't really tell if that would make hitting Portland for dinner a bit of a trek?

                            1. re: Aravisea

                              1.5 hours if you hit NO traffic (unlikely in summer). If you're here for a week, you could always split it up...3 days Portland, 4 days midcoast (or vice versa). I don't think you'll get the "quaint" New England B&B thing in Portland, like you'd get in Camden/Rockland. Either location would have ample fine dining, trust me. It might just be a matter of where you'd prefer to stay...though I think splitting it up isn't necessarily a bad idea. Portland and Bar Harbor ARE easy day trips, though not sure how inclined you'd be to drive back to your Camden B&B after a late night dinner in either place.

                              BTW, for Camden B&B's, tripadvisor is pretty much right on...don't think you'd have a problem staying at any one of the top ones (I used to stay at the Hartstone before I moved here...they also have a good restaurant). I stayed one time in the "suite" at the Windward House..that was also nice...more sizeable room to boot.

                              1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

                                In town Portland has some nice B&B's and small hotels as well as a couple out on the Casco islands, and if you split your trip between mid-coast and Portland you might well enjoy a couple of nights in town, its a very walkable place or good ferry service to Peak's Island, and it is awfully nice to be able to stroll "home" after a nice meal in the evening instead of having to drive.

          3. me personally...honeymoon was for my new wife and i to spend time together...(doing indoor activities)..among other things..
            yes we ate one good meal at the resort we were at...
            but most of the time was for us...snorkeling,jet ski,even just walking around the place we were at..
            food wasnt the first thing we were thinking about when we got up in the morning
            altho the cucumber water we had was very refreshing after the hour of a couples massage...

            but if food is what you are looking for...
            i could think of many great places to stay up and down the eastern seaboard...
            maine..new hampshire...cape cod..a b&b in the berkshires..niagra falls..new york city..
            the outer banks in north carolina..virginia beach..hilton head...myrtle beach...savannah,ga
            daytona beach all the way down to sobe....

            the east coast covers a lot of things....

            1. Living in Portland, I’m very partial to the idea of Maine being a great place for both natural beauty, romance, and food. Drive up the coast to Mount Desert Island - MDI (home of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor). For pure romance and outstanding food, 1st stop has to be The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport. Next day stop in Ogunquit for lunch before pulling into Portland. Several good B & B’s as well as some nice hotels (Portland Harbor Hotel is in a perfect location). I admit I’m partial but the only problem you will have in Portland is deciding where to eat. There are about a half dozen restaurants worthy of (and most have received) national recognition, plus about another 40 that are just really good to great, all within a 1 mile radius in a "city" of 60,000. For romance AND great food, Hugo;s is a must. You can’t go wrong with Fore St, Emilitsa, Bresca, 555, or Miyake for food that can stand up to anything, anywhere, every time.
              After leaving town, spend a night at the Chebeague Island Inn on, you guessed it, Chebeague Island. Once again, pure romance and a surprisingly very good restaurant (though some seasonal places can change greatly from one year to the next). I’ve stayed at the Hartstone Inn in Camden and yes it was very romantic – off season, just my wife and me in the dining room set up as a two top in front of the fire place – I still get major credit for that one. A visit to the midcoast for a foodie has to include a dinner at Primo - as good as it gets. After that, head up to MDI where you have a terrific national park and some great food options to work with. All along the coast there are lobster shacks that offer the basic Maine meals – lobster, chowda, steamers, corn on the cob, blueberry pie. Most are very good at cooking the basics.
              No, I do not work for the tourism bureau and I’m not even a native – I just really dig this state.

              The White Barn Inn
              37 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk Beach, ME 04043

              111 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

              Hartstone Inn
              41 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843

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              1. re: bobbert

                Hm. Portland could be perfect. How big of a city is it? Think we could find a scenic place to stay outside the city but still close enough to drive in for dinner?

                1. re: Aravisea

                  Greater Portland has about a quarter million people, while the city itself is only about 65,000 but has a nice metro vibe. There are plenty of beautiful places just outside the city in Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, etc.

                  1. re: Aravisea

                    google Bon Appetit and Portland and read a good bit on why it was named the Foodiest Small City in America.

                    1. re: Aravisea

                      we loved a weekend gat-a-way on Peaks Island @ Peaks Island Inn. Just a 15min ferry ride from Portland. Best of both worlds (we fell in love w/ lil restaurant on the island called Cockeyed Gull).

                      Cockeyed Gull
                      78 Island Ave, Peaks Island, ME 04108

                      1. re: lexpatti

                        Camden is a great little town but you're not driving to Portland for dinner. I agree with the others about splitting the locals. I live in Portland but rented a place on Peaks Island for two weeks last summer. The Inn is very nice (owned by the owners of Shipyard Brewery), pricy to stay but, only a 20 minute ferry ride to Portland - you get on/off right in the Old Port where many/most of the better restaurants are located (several great ones also in the Arts District-a 15 minute walk from the ferry). Staying on an island in Maine is something everyone should do at least once. Restaurants on Peaks include the Shipyard at the Inn, The Cockeyed Gull (best on the Island), an ice cream place and another restaurant (the name eludes me). Also a good little bakery/coffee shop. There's also Sunday Regae at Jones Landing - it is a drunkfest but can be fun iif you're into that sort of thing. Many people live on Peaks and commute via ferry so it's very easy to hit the mainland for meals or more action.

                        1. re: bobbert

                          good to know that Cockeyed Gull is still doing great (i think we only spent two nights on Peaks Island but had 5 fabulous meals @ Cockeyed (THAT GOOD). We loved that Portland was right there but we needed some "decompression" time out after selling a small business. We walked the rocky beaches, finding beautiful sea glass.

                          Cockeyed Gull
                          78 Island Ave, Peaks Island, ME 04108

                  2. If you have a passport I would suggest Lake Mempremagog as your place to go. Whether you chose the Vermont end or the Quebec side everyday will present you with the incredible scenery and the best food in the world. I do not know what your budget is but whether you are looking for a B&B at $1000 a night Manoir Hovey or substantially less the opportunities are infinite. You can lunch in Magog, picnic in Compton, dine in Tomifobia or snack in Ayers Cliff and decide that you do not want toeat anywhere else again. Keep in mind that Magog in summer is where New Yorkers go to play and that many of the tourists come from Europe with Euros and an understand that certain things like Artisanal cheeses are not cheap.
                    The bakeries are world class the access to quality local produce is amazing and the fish from our local mountain streams are the stuff of foodie legend.
                    Yesterday I was reading on the Quebec boards about the inability to find decent crepes in Montreal and I thought how fortunate I was to live 10 minutes away from the Tomifobia Restaurant where the crepes are divine and the local Stanstead rabbit is extolled in the NYT.
                    We are in the heart of maple syrup season and the debate is on as to who has better syrup even though the border is only 1000 ft away. In two weeks the wild garlic and our horseradish will be available but the summer brings enormous rewards.
                    Lee Farm B&B here in Stanstead is located next to our stone circle (think stonehenge) where every year the changing of the seasons is celebrated. It is located by the Tomifobia river an internationally famous trout stream that less than a mile away forms the international border. From Stanstead you can see Jay Peak Vermont or Owl's Head Quebec but the bike paths and nature trails take you to many places of serene beauty on both sides of the border. Lake Willoughby in Vermont has excellent beachs and Mount Pinnacle in Quebec has a place that serves food and provides scenery that makes the gods jealous.
                    Both Quebec and Vermont have their fair share of places that concentrate on quantity as opposed to quality but we do have a food culture that caters to those who are looking for something special.Our little town has a bakery that compares favourably with the best Montreal has to offer. The cheese producers on both sides of the border produce products that compete and win against the best in the world. Our local berries and apples are as good as anywhere. Locally produced eggs, meat and poultry are as good as I have experienced anywhere.
                    I have lived in the Rockies, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, New York and on the banks of Great Slave Lake and Lake Michigan and I can honestly say that the scenery and the food one can experience in a single days drive around Lake Memphremagog rivals any of them as a destination. We even have a Lake monster Memphre who may not be as famous as the Loch Ness Monster has prompted much investigating. The beer available is some of the best from both sides of the border Snotty Nose, St Ambroise or my personal favourites from Chambly Maudit and Fin Du Monde. The fruit wine, the meads and the ice ciders are excellent and the people are a treasure.

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                    1. re: Moedelestrie

                      Thanks for the suggestions, Moedelestrie. I hadn't thought of going as far north as the border but you make it sound wonderful! I'll check it out. :)

                      1. re: Aravisea

                        Quebec city is fabulous--if you have the time, definitely worth the visit!

                        1. re: Aravisea

                          Wait, wait....don't forget Woodstock Vermont as recommended by adioseven! The Woodstocker is a charming B&B so is the Ardmore Inn, the Woodstock Inn & Resort has a brand new spa if you're into that and there are lots of hiking trails nearby or historic sites (Calvin Coolidge homestead, Justin Morrill's home etc.) and a short trip over the CT river NH to see St. Gaudens home and studio is our favorite thing to do with guests. Lots of bike riding/horse riding/ kayaking etc. in the area. As for food, I have a wonderful new recommendation...Cloudland Farm. It is an actual farm which has just begun "farm-to-table" locally sourced dinners. They only serve on Thursdays (which is "family style") and Saturday nights (more formal) in a new post-and-beam barn. We ate there last night and had, among other things, ham that was actually raised right there on the farm...the other items on the menu from the greens, to the garlic to the wheat were all locally sourced (and delicious!)...the dessert was warm apple dumplings with homemade vanilla ice-cream and caramel sauce oh my! like eating sweet, crunchy air pockets of apple essence. The Weathersfield Inn, about 12 miles south of Woodstock is also a worthy stop for food-lovers. One thing I love to recommend is to see a movie at the Town Hall in Woodstock which is big like the movies theaters of old... and you can get popcorn with maple flavored butter. Well, there are other things in the area which we will all help you with if you decide to head to Woodstock. One thing, I cannot agree that Pane e Salute is worth it. Too many better alternatives for less money.

                          1. re: VTer

                            Another added attraction is the great food at Simon Pearce in Queechee. He's brought artisanal mouth-blown crystal from Ireland and runs a restaurant to boot: http://www.SimonPearce.com. You would also be close to Hanover (home of Dartmouth) and have to agree with VTer, the Saint Gaudens site is incredibly beautiful.

                            Simon Pearce
                            Quechee Main Street Quechee VT, Quechee Main Street Quechee, VT

                            1. re: whs

                              Continuing on the Woodstock track, be aware that there are not many great restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Cloudland is good but not a foodie place Simon Pearce is very good. Barnard Inn is good. There are lots of small local places for a great lunch - Village Butcher, Stella's in Hartland, Allechante in Norwich. If you are up for some beautiful driving, there are many places to eat that are destination restaurants. Home Hill Inn in Plainfield is a great place to eat - 30 minutes. Hen of the Wood - hour and 15. Burdick's in Walpole NH - hour.

                              Hen of the Wood
                              92 Stowe St Ste 1, Waterbury, VT 05676

                              Village Butcher Shop
                              18 Elm St Ste 1, Woodstock, VT 05091

                              Barnard Inn Restaurant
                              , Barnard, VT 05031

                              Simon Pearce
                              The Ml, Quechee, VT 05059

                              61 Central St, Woodstock, VT 05091

                              1. re: greenstate

                                ok, I guess "immediate vicinity" means different things to different people. If you're willing to travel, say, half an hour by car you will reach the places greenstate mentions plus: Melaza Bistro (a new Caribbean place right in Woodstock), Red Rooster at the Woodstock, Inn, Mangowood, Kedron Valley Inn, Parker House Inn in Quechee (better than Simon Pearce, though more expensive- they share a parking lot), Inn at Weathersfield, Keepers, Carpenter and Main, Norwich Inn (great for lunch on the patio) Skunk Hollow Tavern, Ankor Wat (great Cambodian soup) etc. etc. And I'm not sure what a "foodie place" is. I think the experience at Cloudland is exactly what somebody who is interested in "food" as an important part of a whole life (say as opposed to quantity which some on this board hold in high regard) would want. And the drive there from Woodstock is up one of the most beautiful country roads in the area.

                                Norwich Inn Restaurant
                                325 Main Street, Norwich, VT

                                Carpenter and Main
                                Norwich, VT, Norwich, VT

                                Simon Pearce Restaurant
                                1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, VT 05059

                                1. re: VTer

                                  I gotta say, I "loVermont" ... we usually take the road trip that way during Columbus weekend. One of our favorite stops is at a sugar shack to get some Maple Cremee soft serve cones. I can't remember the name, or address, just one of those places I just know how to get to. In any case, I would add finding a place for that to the list of places to go to in VT. There are also some really great breweries to find, depending on what part of the state you're in. The drives and scenery in VT are fantastic, nice that most of the state is untouched by commercialism (billboards, strip malls, chain stores, etc.)

                                  1. re: VTer

                                    I'm not sure what a "foodie place" is either but Cloudland Farm is not the place that comes to mind. Sustainable? Yes. Localvore? Yes. Fantastic and creative use for the farm? Yes. I have been there several times and I will continue to go because I support the whole concept that they have created but the food has never been fabulous or memorable to me. I see it as more of a way for locals to go and have a great time and support the venue while eating good food.

                        2. Ok! We have booked! We'll be staying in Portland for 3 nights (Chadwick B&B) and then driving to Mt. Desert Island and staying in Southwest Harbor for 3 nights (Harbor Cottage B&B). Decided to forgo attempts at isolation on this trip and focus on seeking out the tasty.

                          Thanks so much to everyone for their ideas and advice. Assuming we survive the throngs of obnoxious tourists, I will post a complete report when we get back, after the 4th of July! :)

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                          1. re: Aravisea

                            You'll have a great time. Though, personally, if food is a significant component of the trip - I would've made the other homebase Camden/Rockland and not Acadia. You'll have fun either way. We look forward to the report!

                            1. re: Aravisea

                              Looking forward to your report. Best of everything in the future.

                              1. re: Aravisea

                                I would recommend Maggie's in Bar Harbor-specifically their lobster crepes. They were one of the single best entrees I have ever had. We were there two years ago and I still think about them. We also enjoyed the popovers and lobster stew at Jordon Pomd House in Acadia national park. We wer there the week after Labor Day, so the crowds had died down. In the summer, you would definitely need reservations for both places.

                              2. We had a fantastic trip thanks to all of you! Here's a recap of the meal itinerary:

                                Portland: We stayed at the Chadwick B&B, which served us three stellar breakfasts (crust-less quiche, Eggs Benedict with an orange hollandaise, and cinnamon-almond French toast) and who also made a stash of fresh baked chocolate-chip cookies available daily for nibbling.

                                We went to Street & Company the evening we arrived - had a great plate of mussels, some blackened yellowfin tuna and an absolutely killer dish of scallops in a Pernod-cream sauce. Man oh man was that good! I'm pretty sure I licked the plate.

                                Day 2 - Duckfat for lunch and Miyake for dinner. We picnicked at Duckfat - shared an order of the fries, a salad, a milkshake, and a couple of their charcuterie offerings. Especially dug the fries and the duck rillettes. The man's major complaint was that the sandwich descriptions didn't look appetizing. (?) Dinner at Miyake was superb. We did their 5 course omakase and partook of the BYOB policy with a bottle of sake purchased at the deli next door. We were offered one flavorful slam dunk after another. Only one duck preparation on a plate of two fell flat. The service at Miyake was impeccable. The BYOB thing was great - so much more fun than ordering a glass of something off the wine list and picking between the cheapest and most expensive options because you can't tell one vineyard from another (or at least I can't). Why don't more restaurants do this?

                                Day 3 - Pai Men Miyake for lunch and Five Fifty-Five for dinner. Ok, so doing Pai Men for lunch was maybe a little repetitive but our waitress at Miyake the night before had told us about the place and said something about a pork bun special. So we went, and loved the idea of a Japanese pub. We hung out all afternoon nibbling, reading and sipping sake. Really wish the Japanese pub idea was more prevalent – we’d be regulars if there was a local Pai Men. Dinner at Five Fifty-Five was the only disappointment in Portland. Maybe we hit the restaurant on a bad night, but both the food and the service left us wanting.

                                Day 4 – We left Portland early and killed an afternoon in Rockland simply to have dinner at Primo before continuing north to Acadia. Best. Decision. Ever. Easily, one of the greatest meals either of us have ever had. I could do a full post just on that meal.

                                Southwest Harbor: We stayed at the Harbour Cottage B&B, which was a total disappointment in the food category. Only getting half an hour for breakfast – from 8 – 8:30 – was one thing. Serving (what tasted like) out-of-a-box crepes with (what I suspect was) canned apple filling was worse. Granted the Chadwick had set the bar high – but still. Box crepes with sugary canned filling was unforgiveable. We ate breakfast elsewhere the other couple days.

                                I did procure the necessary lobster roll, at Seafood Ketch in Bass Harbor.

                                We weren’t expecting much from the dining scene around Acadia, and were in the area more for the scenery than the gastronomic potential. We were, however, pleasantly surprised by Fiddler’s Green and Red Sky, both in Southwest Harbor. Expectations (or the lack of them) are a very powerful thing.

                                What a great trip. Thank you so much to everyone who made recommendations! We’ll be back in New England sooner rather than later, I think. :)

                                Five Fifty-Five
                                555 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

                                Red Sky
                                14 Clark Point Rd, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

                                Seafood Ketch
                                McMullin Ave, Bass Harbor, ME 04653

                                2 Replies
                                1. re: Aravisea

                                  Thanks for the report; always good to know that suggestions were useful, and it sounds like you had a great time. Do come back!

                                  1. re: Aravisea

                                    Yes, thanks a bunch for the report! Glad to hear you loved Primo...it's a real gem. Maybe next time spend more time in the Camden/Rockland area. And maybe a bit more time in Bar Harbor (more dining options than the "other" side of MDI).