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‘The Island Inn’, Monhegan Island, Maine — The Ins & Outs (But All Good).

by Anura Guruge


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Our Room; #27 on the 2nd floor.

That is Teischan waving at me from the window …




THE VIEW


The interior …


Some of the art.


Staying at ‘The Island Inn‘, on the waterfront of Monhegan Island, Maine, is, without caveats a glorious experience.

We stayed there for two nights, July 26 – 27, 2017, and loved every minute of it.

The setting, the service and the sense of serenity is exceptional.

It is not the most luxurious hotel I have stayed in, but it is hard to beat in terms of what it offers in terms of views, coziness, comfort and laid-backness.

There are really NO negatives about this ‘Inn’. The only thing that maybe they should do better is catering for kids during dinner — but then, again, I have to confess that Teischan is a fussier/pickier eater than most.

As far as I am concerned it is all good. I would go back in an heartbeat. Would love to stay there longer (but at over $400 a night (with taxes) it is quite an indulgence).

It is different, not in a good or bad way, but in interesting ways. So, my goal here is to share with you some of these interesting differences.

>> There are no TVs in the hotel, in the rooms or in the public areas. Yes, no TV. Not a problem, and quite cute — just different. [Yes, they do have TV on the island via satellite.] The Wi-Fi, despite what they say on their Website, is NOT BAD at all, at all. I have had worse, much worse in hotels — just even in the last year. So, you can, of course, check the news and watch the stock market. But, as I was chatting with a few, it must have been strange and difficult on 9/11 (since they did not have Wi-Fi at the time). It appears that that was indeed the case, especially with some New Yorkers staying at the hotel at the time.

>> The rooms have NO balconies. I should have noticed that on the pictures of the Web. But, I didn’t. The view from the window was amazing and they do have a fire escape that you can go upon to take in the scenery and take some pictures.

>> There is no coffee machine or microwave in the room, but they do have complimentary coffee, in the lobby in the morning. I did not see an ironing board, iron or hairdryer BUT I was not looking for them.

>> There are no clocks or alarms in the rooms, and the clocks on the mantle downstairs were ornamental as opposed to timepieces. Time is not meant to be of consequence while you are on the Island, though, alas, this is no longer possible since everybody (I the lone exception) is permanently tethered  to a mobile phone.

>> Our room was big enough, even with three of us and a cot. The attached bathroom was spacious, airy and had a million dollar view. [Some rooms do not have a full bathroom. Given that freshwater is scarce they send most of their laundry, in large hampers, to the mainland, daily. That is expensive.]

>> The included, full breakfast, with à la carte eggs and pancakes, in addition to a very good buffet is excellent. Really good.

>> The dinner menu is sophisticated and the food was wonderful. Would eat there every night. A bit limited for kids.

>> The service is impeccable, extremely friendly and helpful.

>> The freely available water, from their private well, in very congenial glass tumblers was always welcome after hiking around the Island.

So, now you know what to expect. IF you can you really should spend a few nights at this Inn. It will change your life, for the better.


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Egg Rock Lighthouse, Acadia, Photographed From Bar Harbor — 4 Miles Away (With A Nikon P900)

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Acadia's 151′ Schooner "Margaret Todd" Anura Guruge Nikon P900




These were shot from the balcony of our room at the ‘Wonder View Inn‘ with my Nikon P900. I checked the distance on a map. Straight line it is close to 4 miles.

Read this post for more about Superzooms shots with the Nikon P900 during this last trip to Acadia.


I have been by the Egg Rock Lighthouse by boat.

So, I do have some real close-ups. That was in June 2015 with a Canon T3i.


And this was in the June 2017 trip, shot from ‘Schooner Head‘ (one of our favorite haunts) with my Sony a7 II.


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Acadia’s 151′ Schooner, “Margaret Todd”, Through The Superzoom Lens Of A Nikon P900.

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Acadia's 151′ Schooner "Margaret Todd" Anura Guruge Nikon P900




These were all taken from the balcony of our room at the ‘Wonder View Inn‘, Bar Harbor during our June 2529, 2017 visit, our 8th to Acadia in the last 3 years.

For the first time in my life, that I can remember, I travelled with 3 cameras: my Full-Frame Sony a7 II, my APS-C Sony a6500 and my Superzoon Nikon P900.

I took 99.9% of the 1,000+ pictures I shot with my two Sonys and you can find some of those pictures here.

Though I did take the Nikon with me in the van it appears I only used it from the balcony of our hotel room.

So here are some superzoom pictures taken with the Nikon P900. Also check those posted yesterday.


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Bar Harbor & Bar Island, Acadia Through The Superzoom Lens Of A Nikon P900.

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These were all taken from the balcony of our room at the ‘Wonder View Inn‘, Bar Harbor during our June 2529, 2017 visit, our 8th to Acadia in the last 3 years.

For the first time in my life, that I can remember, I travelled with 3 cameras: my Full-Frame Sony a7 II, my APS-C Sony a6500 and my Superzoon Nikon P900.

I took 99.9% of the 1,000+ pictures I shot with my two Sonys and you can find some of those pictures here.

Though I did take the Nikon with me in the van it appears I only used it from the balcony of our hotel room.

So here are some superzoom pictures taken with the Nikon P900.






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View Of Bar Harbor & Acadia From Our Balcony At ‘Wonder View Inn’ — June 29, 2017.

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The morning of Thursday, June 29, 2017. We were in Room 67, way up at the top, in the Hillcrest Building. This was our 5th stay at the ‘Wonder View‘. We like it and over the last 3 years got to know some of the staff. You couldn’t beat this view. I love getting up in the morning to see what delights awaits and it is always interesting to see the coming and going of the tidal sand bar to Bar Island.

Shot with my Sony a7 II.


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A Desk With A View — October 18, 2016.

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Taken with a  Samsung NX500.

The view from my desk
IF I look to my right.

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Novotel Times Square, New York — Good, BUT Poor Room Design Choices.

by Anura Guruge


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You can’t beat the location. Just a couple of blocks north of Times Square. [The hotel is to the top left, if you haven’t spotted the vertical sign as yet.]

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You can’t beat the view either. This was our views from a “Time Square View” room on the 31st floor.

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This is what I could see, from our window, with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 at 400mm zoom.

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At 800mm zoom it was just like being down there with ‘them’.


We spent 3 days in New York City, prior to 2016 New Year’s Eve, staying (2 nights) at the Novotel Times Square Hotel. I booked and paid for a ‘Times Square View‘ room with 2 Queens. When we visit New York City the kids and I like a room with a ‘Times Square View’ (notwithstanding the higher cost). Deanna always says that it is a waste of money but then again always agrees that the view is ‘wonderful’ once we get to the room. In previous visits we had stayed at the Marriott and DoubleTree, both in Times Square. Having lived in Paris and with my adoptive parents having lived there from 1978 to 1992, I was no stranger to Novotel. I first stayed in a Novotel, as it happened in Paris, in 1983 when I was over there to do a seminar and my adoptive parents were in Sri Lanka.

Overall the Novotel Times Square is a great experience, modern, bright, very-hip and airy — with exceptionally friendly and helpful staff.

We could not complain about our Times Square VIEW from the room they gave us on the 31st floor (two floors from the top, in that it has 33 floors). Moreover, they gave us this room at 11:30 am when we turned up (with our baggage) though the nominal check-in is slated at 3pm. We fully expected to check-in our baggage and come back later for a room. Not so. VERY FRIENDLY. Very nice. They saw the kids. They chatted with the kids. They gave us a room on the 31st floor. Cool.

So overall NOT bad at all. We would stay there again.

The PROS
1. Great location. 3 blocks max. from Times Square and easy access to Radio City and Rockefeller Center. There is, furthermore, a McDonald’s and (discount) convenience store on the same block — which is great when you are travelling with kids.

2. The view from our “Times Square View” room definitely was of Times Square, and from the 31st floor it was quite spectacular. The view of the Hudson from the windows by the elevator was also cool.

3. Friendly, helpful and ever cheerful staff, some of them French and others that could speak French, which meant that there was a French flavor that permeated the lobby area because you would invariably hear French being spoken or that unmistakable French accent.

4. Very compelling, very modern lobby/bar/restaurant area.

5. Very fine breakfast buffet, with hot American fare and a delectable selection of European cold cuts and cheese. (Also see below.)

The CONS
1. No coffee maker (let alone a microwave) in the room. [Luckily the girls agreed that they could go and get us coffee from McDonald’s. That worked out well.]

2. The room, with two queens, was small, not cramped BUT with four of us you felt that you had to hunch your shoulders to make yourself small.

3. The lighting bathroom — from BUT one ‘low energy’ light frame around the bathroom mirror — was woeful and TOTALLY inadequate. See picture in gallery below. You can’t miss it. This was beyond a joke. It was DARK in the bathroom. You were constantly reaching out to see if there was another light switch. This was stupid.

4. The Wi-Fi was adequate BUT each time you signed-in (which was quite often) they tried, hard, to sell you an upgrade for $15/day. When I am paying $500/night for a room it kind of feels insulting to be asked to pay more to get better Wi-Fi.

5. Lobby is NOT on street level and one cannot get from room to street WITHOUT changing elevators. The Lobby is effectively 7 floors up from the street. 2 slow elevators Lobby <-> street. There were lines for these 2 elevators. To get to the stairs, you had to go OUTSIDE (in the rain) — and they were service/emergency stairs, badly maintained. That was a hassle (though I took the stairs, for the exercise, a few times).

6. Paucity of drawers, especially by the beds! Yes, very modern shelves BUT no drawers and what was infuriating was that there was clearly plenty of space, below the shelves, to fit in some nice, useful drawers. I like to have a drawer by my bed to put my wallet, glasses etc. That was again stupid. See the gallery below to see what I mean.

7. The breakfast buffet as mentioned above was very good, but at nearly $29 per adult (before tip) is expensive THOUGH the kids (under 16) eat FREE made it worthwhile for us (with our 2).

8. $1 an item check-in fee for baggage. Not unreasonable and I normally give this as a tip anyway, BUT seems ‘cheap’ to ask guests to pay this just after they have paid $1,300+ for a 2 night stay.


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Inside the room.


The Hotel.


More views from the room.


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In Praise Of Subway Chopped Salads — Especially One With Applewood Pulled Pork. Yum!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Day at ‘Story Land’ … — Aug. 16, 2013.


subwaysaladMy very low-carb diet, that I have been on since January 24, 2013, and have lost 22(+) pounds in the process, does restrict my dining choices since I am loath to cheat — given that I take to dieting earnestly.

pulledporkSo when we departed ‘Story Land‘ at around 6:40 pm on Friday, after another very fun day, I was keeping an eye out for where we could eat, also bearing in mind that Teischan typically prefers fast food. As we got to scenic, iconic Intervale I happened to spot a Subway sign across the road from the popular ‘Cathedral Ledge‘ overview. I don’t think I had noticed it before, but then again I had not driven through Intervale looking for somewhere to eat. We all like Subway. When I was not on my diet I would happily devour a footlong chicken sandwich in a matter of minutes and still be looking for more. But of late it has been their chopped salads. Prior to Friday we had stopped at different Subways twice in the last 6 weeks — I once even having the plain vegetarian.

On Friday, when we stopped, I saw their promotion for Applewood Pulled Pork. I am a sucker for pork and am quite partial to pulled pork. So I was kind of bummed that I couldn’t have a footlong. Deanna and Teischan had Turkey variants. Then it was my turn. I asked for a chopped salad (as opposed to an un-chopped whole salad). I then asked whether I can have the pulled pork with it. Must say that the young girl who was single handedly running the place, including baking bread, while we were ordering was very helpful and thorough. She said that I can have any meat they have and as such pulled pork was certainly an option. So I had a pulled pork chopped salad with barbeque dressing (at their recommendation). It was yummy. Wasn’t cheap. Chopped salads are more expensive than a footlong confirming the adage that it is not cheap to eat healthy. But it was worth it.

I totally recommend it. Plus you feel so righteous.

Moreover, that Intervale location was an absolute treasure. They had clean picnic tables outside. So you get to eat overlooking THE Intervale million dollar view. What more can you ask for? We were delighted. And to add icing to the cake there is a cute, decently priced ice cream place next door. So Teischan got a kiddie swirl — which Mum helped her finish. So if you are in the North Conway area and looking for some healthy, fast food with a view checkout this Subway at Intervale.

Next to the ice cream place is a HUGE convenience store with a flea market section in the back. They had some interesting stuff. So this was a worthwhile stop.

Our view, around 7:15 pm on August 16, 2013, as we at at Subway in Intervale, NH. click to ENLARGE.

Our view, around 7:15 pm on August 16, 2013, as we at at Subway in Intervale, NH. click to ENLARGE.