Boston Restaurant Blog -- June, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
We went up to Western Maine for the weekend, to an area that I am pretty unfamiliar with. The Region around Sebago Lake, Long Lake, and the town of Naples is very beautiful, and not far from Boston, but somehow I never made it over there during all my ski trips to Sunday River. After seeing the scenery around Sebago Lake and Long Lake, I can definitely see myself going back there.
We left Boston on Friday afternoon, making it up to the beautiful Sebago Lake area for dinnertime. The little village of Sebago looks like a town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, with lodges and campsites lining the road that winds its way past the lake. We stopped into a little restaurant that was part of one of these lodges. Though it was tiny and looked like more of takeout place for campers, Adison's Restaurant turned out to be a full-service restaurant with excellent meals. Our open-faced turkey and roast beef dinners were both delicious, and for about $7.00, a steal. After dinner, we continued to the rustic town of Naples, which is located on the clear, pristine waters of Long Lake, and met people up there briefly before heading to a place called Rick's Cafe for a drink. Rick's has two stories of outdoor dining and drinking, with the top floor being the perfect spot to watch the sun set over Long Lake, and boy did it ever. It felt like more of a Western sunset than one you would see in New England.
On Saturday, we were treated to an elegant, classy breakfast at the Inn at Long Lake (where we were staying), then spent the rest of the day at a wedding, including a scenic boat ride along Long Lake and a barbecue in the woods north of Naples. With all the festivities going on, we didn't get to hit another restaurant until Sunday around lunchtime, as we were heading back to Boston. We took back roads through Maine and New Hampshire, stopping in the charming town of Exeter to check out the Loaf and Ladle, a soup and sandwich place that I had heard about somewhere, but had never been to. Well, it turned out to be a great choice, as the soups were about the best we have had anywhere, and the sandwiches were fresh, healthy, and very tasty. We barely had enough room for dessert, but had a couple of their cookies, which were also delicious. In fact, the Loaf and Ladle was so good that it will likely be featured on Boston's Hidden Restaurants in the not-too-distant future. Stay tuned...
If you would like the address for Adison's Restaurant, here it is: Adison's Restaurant, 46 Sebago Road (Route 114), Sebago, ME 04029; the phone number is (207) 787-3000.
And for those of you looking for the address for the Loaf and Ladle, here it is: Loaf and Ladle, 9 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833; the phone number is (603) 778-8955.
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