Posts Tagged ‘Lincolnville’

Cellardoor Winery pairs wine with food this spring

February 23, 2010

Taste your way through Maine without leaving the Midcoast. Maine’s Cellardoor Winery, with locations in Lincolnville and Rockport, is hosting wine-and-food pairings every weekend, May 2 through July 25; Saturdays in Rockport, Sundays in Lincolnville. Pairings include Maine cheeses and chocolates, as well as selections from local markets. The detailed schedule is available here.

207 Fall Getaways

October 8, 2008

For those who watched my segment on WCSH’s 207 show tonight, here’s a bit more info as well as links to the two getaways we discussed.

Camden/Rockland/Rockport

What to do:

• Hike in Camden Hills State Park: Or cheat and drive to the summit of Mt. Battie for grand views over the color-dappled Camden Hills, snug Camden Harbor, and out to the islands dotting Penobscot Bay.

• Sail with Capt. Bob Pratt from Rockland Harbor aboard Morning in Maine. Pratt is both a marine biologist and a Master Maine Guide, so he can identify the the sealife as you sail aboad his 55-foot ketch.

• Visit the Farnsworth Museum and the Lighthouse Museum, both in Rockland, and browse the shops and galleries lining its main and side streets. Don’t miss downtown Camden’s shops, either. Good chance of clean-out sales in both locations. If you’re on a budget, both towns have quality thrift stores and used book shops.

• Head out to Lincolnville to the Cellardoor Winery for a wine tasting overlooking the vineyard. And here’s a heads-up: Oct. 18 is the Romp & Stomp Grape Harvest Festival, with hot air balloon rides, grape stomping, a crafts market, live music, and a free barbecue; events both in Lincolnville and at the winery.

• Noodle around the backroads of the region on a bike or in a car for pretty rural views.

Where to stay;

Samoset Resort, Rockport: full-service oceanfront resort with golf course and indoor pool, easy walk to the Rockland Breakwater.

Hartstone Inn, Camden: Gorgeous inn in downtown Camden with an excellent dining room; reservations required.

Historic Inns of Rockland: Three elegant B&Bs within walking distance of downtown.

Glen Cove Motel, Rockport: A less pricey alternative open through this weekend. Nice location with ocean views.

Greater Augusta

What to do:

Maine State Museum, Augusta: It’s Maine’s attic, with intriguing exhibits.

Old Fort Western, Augusta: The oldest surviving wooden fort in the country, and Sunday features a fall festival with cider pressing and other events. It closes Sunday for the season.

Pine Tree State Arboreteum, Augusta; on the east side of the river, it’s laced with 6 miles of trails for non-motorized use, and many of the trees are labeled, so you can learn to match a tree to its fall color.

• Get pampered at The Senator Inn and Spa, Augusta: See my previous post about this full-service spa that’s great for a romantic escape or a girlfriends’ getaway.

• Take a scenic drive or pedal looping through the backroads around the China, Belgrade, and Winthrop Lakes for gorgeous scenery.

• Mosey through downtown Hallowell, lined with intriguing shops and restaurants.

Where to Stay:

Senator Inn & Spa, Augusta: Full service inn, with rooms in a variety of configurations and prices, full-service spa and fitness center with indoor pool, and a restaurant.

Maple Hill Farm, Hallowell: Just as it sounds, a B&B situated on a gentlemen’s farm; quiet location to escape.

A Rise & Shine, Monmouth: an unfussy B&B on the former Woolworth family estate, a horse farm, in the Winthrop Lakes region

Wings Hill Inn & Restaurant, Belgrade Lakes: Craving a great meal? This chef-owned inn provides both comfy rooms and excellent fare.

Lincolnville wine and dine

September 6, 2008

I sipped and nibbled my way through Lincolnville the other evening, beginning at the Cellardoor Winery for wine and cheese. Cellardoor is actually Maine’s oldest vineyard–not winery, Bartlett Maine Estate, a producer of fruit wines, holds that distinction.

Tucked in the folds of the rolling hills, just inland of Lincolnville Beach, Cellardoor occupies a farmhouse and barn overlooking six acres of grapes. Inside the barn, the retail shop offers free tastings, and you can pick up cheeses and other munchies for an impromptu picnic. on the back deck.

On the night I visited, owners Bettina Doulton and John Tynan were offering tastings not only of their wines, but also of Maine’s Hahn’s End cheeses paired against cheeses “from away.” Hahn’s End stood up to the test. As for the wines, Cellardoor produces about 18. I tasted a couple of different whites, including the chardonnay and a barrel tasting made easy by a way-cool in-barn silo siphon.

Cellardoor also has a demonstration kitchen, and it plans to open a cafe. Plan ahead and visit on Oct. 18, 2008, during Cellardoor’s second annual Romp & Stomp Harvest Festival. By the way, Cellardoor is just one stop on the new Maine Wine Trail.

From the winery, it was onto The Youngtown Inn, where chef Manuel Mercier draws on his Parisian heritage and European training to create sophisticated French-inspired fare served in a country-elegant setting. My surf and turf paired a lobster tail with filet, both butter soft and delicious. Both the mashed potatoes and the butter served with the roll were enhanced with truffle flavoring–just a tad, but enough to make a difference. Service was excellent. Now this was a group function, so the menu was limited, but the chef’s ability to put out perfectly cooked, tender, and moist lobster paired with equally tender and juicy filet for a group numbering close to 60 was impressive.

From there, we went to Cellardoor Winery’s Rockport shop for a dessert wine sampling paired with after-dinner sweets. Now one thing to note: Even if you’re not a fan of wines, this shop (and the one at the winery) has some of the most creative gifts I’ve seen anywhere. There’s one very savvy buyer here, who has a keen eye for distinctive, fun and useful items. I could easily do all my holiday shopping here.