November 15, 2012

TRAVELIN' MAINE(RS): The Captain Daniel Stone Inn

George and Linda Smith

Offering beautifully decorated rooms in a historic building, attentive service and a wonderful dining experience, the inn and its No. 10 Water restaurant in Brunswick make a perfect 24-hour getaway — but we liked it so much, we stayed the whole weekend!

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IF YOU GO

The Captain Daniel Stone Inn & Restaurant
WHERE: 10 Water St., Brunswick  04011
PHONE: 373-1824, 877-373-2374
ON THE WEB: www.captaindanielstoneinn.com
EMAIL: inquiry@captaindanielstone.com
HOURS: The restaurant is open seven days a week for dinner until 9 p.m., while the tavern closes at 10 p.m.
Monday through Friday, the restaurant offers 2-for-1 pizzas and $5.95 burgers, and $2.99 glasses of wine.
THE SPA: The inn has a large equipment-rich exercise room, plus a hot tub and sauna.
Plan to stay a while!

George

The blazing fireplace across the room, the soft voice of Katie Daggett singing our favorite songs, flickering candles, gorgeous artwork, a delicious bottle of wine and tasty food all caused us to linger for more than three hours in No. 10 Water, the inn's very nice tavern and restaurant.

Bangor's Lafayette family assumed management of the Captain Daniel Stone Inn and the restaurant about a year ago, and the intense focus on customer service we've experienced at other Lafayette properties has been applied here.

After checking in we didn't linger long in the room because, after reading many complimentary online reviews, we were anxious to try the restaurant. The inn's General Manager Henry Sirois apparently does it all, because he welcomed us to the restaurant and kept busy throughout the evening helping the servers in a host of tasks, including setting up and clearing tables.

Our server, Amanda, grew up in the neighborhood and has worked here in several capacities in the past, including management. Her experienced advice helped us fashion an outstanding dinner.

Linda generally insists on Chianti, and we were pleased to see one of our favorites -- Chianti Classico from Donna Laura Bramosia in Italy -- on the wine list for the reasonable price of $33. Bottles of wine range from $22 and glasses are available for as little as $6. I was very pleased to see five of my favorite Maine beers on tap.

We shared a Grilled Romaine Heart Salad ($8), a creative preparation of grilled romaine hearts with Caesar dressing, shaved Parmesan and garlic croutons. I could have eaten a bucket of those delicious croutons! Linda must have said five times, "Oh, this is so good!" Agreed.

As usual, Lin ordered the entrée that most appealed to me, so I had to go with something else. No problem though, because Shrimp Scampi ($19) is one of my favorites and Amanda highly recommended it.

Like everything here, the portion was large. They didn't scrimp on the shrimp. The sweet Vidalia onions and cherry tomatoes added nicely to the dish, which I was unable to finish -- mostly because I was determined to try dessert.

Many online reviewers raved about the Lemoncello Cake ($7) with whipped cream and a raspberry champagne sauce, and it did not disappoint. When no one was looking, I licked the plate clean!

Although the tavern section of the restaurant has a different menu than the dining room, all items are available in both rooms, offering an exceptionally wide array of choices including inexpensive burgers and pizzas, and a nice selection of appetizers. I've got to return to try the Shepherd's Pie pizza. Sounded really good. And the Portobello Mushroom and Goat Cheese Burger was calling my name, too.

The open arrangement where the tavern gradually gives way to the restaurant was very appealing, allowing guests to achieve a dining experience that includes both the good music and fun-loving atmosphere of the tavern, and/or a fine and quiet dining experience in the larger dining room.

We opted to sit on the side of the dining room, quite close to the transition area from tavern to restaurant and to the music, which added a lot to our evening. Katie Daggett lives in Farmingdale and is a wonderful entertainer. And we learned that the previous evening, our friend Lee Sykes of Fayette played there. Live music happens on Thursday and Friday nights.

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