What possessed Hotel Tom and Marcy White to move from Texas to Betyl, Maine, to discover the most unique restaurant, "Pradygal Inn and Gallery" – a question that I recently put in front of this charming couple.
For those of you who are not familiar with Betylem, this tiny village is located in the western mountains of Maine 70 miles from Portland. Since its settlement in 1768 it had a population of about 2360, including communities surrounding school districts, remained fairly stable. However, during peak seasons he nabravae to 6000.
What is remarkable in this beautiful area in the heart of western Maine, is its convenient location to the popular ski resort of Sunday River, as well as snowmobile, hunting, tubing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, antiques, kayaking, canoeing, golf, historical research and not to forget the brilliance of autumn foliage.
Marcy showed me that when she and Tom moved to Maine, they tried to find the way that Tom would leave the building / carpentry field and concentrate solely on his creative car & # 39; EASURES. Apparently, about ten years ago, Tom discovered that he has an innate artistic talent to sculpture and painting. Oddly enough, Tom – self-taught artist – is unlikely to take a lesson!
Their goal was to find a property that would be the restaurant and at the same time a place to display the artwork of Tom.
This resulted in the acquisition of historic real estate in 1813 that Tom unbelievably once remade into a beautiful restaurant with an adjacent art studio. Before operate the tavern, Marcy had experience in the food and service, and therefore it is easily transmitted.
The most unusual name of the tavern exemplary after the parable of the prodigal son and exquisite bronze sculpture of Tom. The hosts hope that guests will receive the same welcome as in sculpture.
Initially, the property belonged to one of the founding fathers of the Bethel family Tvitchelav, who were the owners of about 150 years. For twenty years, which were previously owned by Marcy and Tom's Tavern it was exhibited as the first "Easter and breakfast in Western Maine." However, it consisted of only six rooms with a joint bathroom and kitchen.
Today, six rooms tavern deserves the highest evaluation of its prastornastsyu and taste in decor, each with a private bathroom, and some even jacuzzi. The rooms are named after the children and grandchildren of hotels. According to Marcy, she took the personalities of each of them to reflect your favorite colors.
Prevailing in the whole tavern with & # 39 is its serenity and tranquility. We also found the room lacking uniformity and emit a lot of heat and elegance.
Entering the living room of the hotel, we immediately took the original unique bronze sculpture of Tom. Marcy, we pointed out that we invite you to look at this "world-class sculptor," when he is engaged in the creation of their magnificent works of art. We do not take long to take it for the offer, and we visited a nearby studio, located in a renovated barn nearby.
Undoubtedly, the artistic inspiration Tom was strengthened spectacular landscapes that surround the hotel, with its meadows, the nearest rivers and ponds (tavern opposite Androskaggin rivers) and mountains.
It is also no wonder why this tavern was popular for couples celebrating intimate weddings in the gazebo, located in the country of perennial gardens.
By the way, to the door of the tavern are private walking trails, and has access to the cross-country and snowmobile.
During the autumn foliage and winter seasons, when the weather & # 39; e is getting a little picky, there is nothing that can beat sitting in front of a fireplace that burns with wood, enjoy afternoon tea and delicious cookies that Marcy prepares and arranges for its guests .
If the weather allows it & # 39; ie, you can sit under the gazebo in the garden after an exciting walk through the woods, and perhaps notice a deer or collect berries.
Marcy serves a delicious breakfast in the dining room with a wide range of goodies from juices, cereals, breads, eggs to almost everything that you can wish for.
During our travels we have seen with his wife, that every town has one restaurant, which, as the inhabitants of the town thought to "cut above" than others. This happens in one of the dining establishments to choose from Bethel, The Sudbury Inn. The restaurant is located at the inn, which dates back to about 1873.
You know that you will really enjoy, if you look at the menu with lots of options: veal Pikaty the only Florentine, chicken-Sicilian, Maine lobster cooked, red sniper al-Pomodro to beef turnada.
The owners Bill and Nancy White have established its reputation by providing the highest possible personal service, combined with a creative menu.
Another choice Bethel residents – "The Bethel Inn & Country Club", where after a game of golf, you can treat yourself to lunch or dinner, which is served in the dining room of the club.