Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Andrew Knowlton, the well-known columnist from Bon Appetit, took his family to Nebo Lodge on North Haven Island last summer.
They enjoyed a rustic dinner that included “fried green tomatoes; a pickle plate starring sweet beets, Korean celery, and Sriracha cabbage; fish Reuben tacos; and a grass-fed burger.”
He left the staff a pretty great tip: Knowlton writes about Nebo Lodge in the May issue of Bon Appetit, placing it on the magazine’s list of the “10 Best U.S. Hotels for Food Lovers in America.”
The lodge clocks in at No. 5, sandwiched between Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores, Colo. and Los Poblanos in Albuquerque. The top spot went to Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
The restaurant at Nebo Lodge, managed by chef Amanda Hallowell, is known for its reliance on seasonal, local foods. Hallowell works closely with the lodge’s partner business, Turner Farm, to source meats, poultry, vegetables, cheeses and other locally grown food for the restaurant’s menu.
Both businesses are owned by U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingreee and her husband, Donald Sussman, who is the majority share owner of MaineToday Media, which owns the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.
In addition to preparing meals for locals and overnight guests, Nebo Lodge offers round-trip dinner cruises out of Rockland from July through September and family-style meals called Barn Suppers at Turner Farm.
Nebo Lodge will open for the season in May. In May and June, dinner will be served on Friday and Saturday only. The schedule expands in July and August to six days a week.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod