The Maine Travel Maven shares her Best of Maine picks for Yankee Mag on 207

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One of my more fun and challenging assignments for the best few years has been picking the Best of Maine for Yankee Magazine. (I shared a few of my 2011 picks on 207, the evening magazine TV show).  It’s not an easy task, and one I don’t take lightly. I agonize over these, as there are so many worthwhile candidates and so little space.

How does one go about selecting the Best of Maine? How do I choose the best food & dining, lodging, attractions, local secrets, and bargains? Do I go with the big-name icons? What about the little gems? And what to do with those out-in-the-boondocks finds? If a place has been named a best one year, is it automatically disqualified from being in the mix again even if it truly is the best? Yup, those are just a few of the arguments that roll on a looped tape through my brain. In the end, I mix and match, balancing icons with sleepers, biggies with boonies, perennials with finds.

Take a look at my picks and share your thoughts. Any candidates I should consider for the future?

 

 

 

 

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  1. Pretty good list! You’ll always set yourself up for the critics and cynics when you do these “best of” lists.

    Though I did see the St Jean Valley rear it’s ugly head again. =) If you want to pay homage to the french heritage, it would be “Valle St-Jean”, not St Jean Valley…that’s a mishmash that doesn’t exist. Sorry…I need to let it go I know…..

  2. On the comfort food front, if we as Mainers could ever come to terms with having “ethnic” food as a comfort food, Long Grain in Camden might be worth a look next time around. I can’t get enough of that place…

  3. Yes, I enjoyed it, too. Have you tried Lynn Archer’s new place? I’ve yet to go. Would love to hear a report.

  4. Not yet…just waiting for some sun so I can sit on that deck. I hear that the sun may come out for a few hours sometime in August…

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