Around Maine

Skiers for Life

On a brilliantly sunny Saturday in February 2017, the first weekend of winter break, photographer Nicole Wolf and I are navigating our way through a sea of skiers outside Sunday River’s South Ridge Lodge. We hop out of the way … Continue reading

48 Hours in Bethel: Summer

Friday Afternoon: My husband, Trent, and I check into our spacious room at Jordan Hotel and spend a few minutes admiring the breathtaking view from our balcony. On our way out, we stop by the front desk for some area recommendations … Continue reading

48 Hours in Bethel: Winter

Friday Evening: We leave work early so we can hit up our friend’s retrofitted Mobil station restaurant, Standard Gastropub, in downtown Bridgton on our way to Bethel. A wall of coolers full of hundreds of canned beers creates an alluring aluminum … Continue reading

Wednesday Slalom

“I literally screamed the whole way down,” Meryl Kelly says about her first time on the course. Don’t fall, don’t fall, remains her mantra, she explains. “As long as I don’t go into the nets I’m good.” Kelly, part of the … Continue reading


My family and I were finishing up a day of skiing at Sunday River last December, and this sunset struck me as we took our final run of the day down Dream Maker trail. I have never had a bad … Continue reading

Saco + Biddeford

Friday Afternoon: Maine Seaside Rentals is providing my fiancé Sarah, my daughter Aubrey, and me with our home for the next two days: a cottage on Biddeford Pool’s spectacular South Point. Marysue Emhiser greets us at the company’s office near Pool Lobster … Continue reading


This photograph was taken on Williams Mountain in a township near Jackman. Our goal was to find the fire tower at the top of the mountain. My husband and I started our hike on an old logging road, where deep water-filled … Continue reading

Finding a Path Forward

Maine’s economy has fully recovered from the lows of the Great Recession, but workforce challenges and the geographic disparity of the rebound have business leaders looking for solutions. On the positive side, the state set a new record for private … Continue reading

Shoes, to the Source

It’s Americana come to life on the second floor of a long brick building in Lewiston (pop. 36,140). The latest chapter of Maine’s centuries of hand-sewn shoe heritage is on full view. I breathe in whiffs of raw leather from … Continue reading

A River Runs Through It

Standing on a bluff six miles north of Bangor, John Banks, the Natural Resources Director for the Penobscot Nation, remembers the day in 2013 when the Veazie dam was first breached. As the initial pulses of free-flowing water behind the dam … Continue reading