Around Maine

Singing Out to Sea

From in and around the old white farmhouse on Swan’s Island, a melodic hum floats on the warm August Breeze. A fiddle player lounges in the grass, picking out a tune, while someone naps in a hammock on the porch. Inside, … Continue reading

Somes Boats

What I know when I start driving toward Mount Desert Island on a sunny day earlier this summer is that Hinckley Yachts are beautiful, and prized. A boat captain friend back in South Carolina happens to call while I’m on … Continue reading

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Swim, Run, Repeat

On an overcast August morning in 2016, a cluster of people stands on a rocky outcropping at Evergreen Landing on Peaks Island, scanning the water. Leigh Small of Portland and her three children are watching for their dad and her husband, … Continue reading


Most of the shoreline of this small York County resort town is open to the public, including Marginal Way, a paved shoreline footpath spanning more than a mile of rocky coast and connecting Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach.

Castine by Pentagoet

Both are in linen garb. His, white and straw-colored. Hers, a slate- gray tunic. The handsome couple could be actors in the movie Out of Africa in all that linen, I think,as I watch them for a few moments as … Continue reading

Counting their Blessings

In 1935, Paul and Alta Valente finished building a simple camp on 20 acres of land on Joy Bay in Gouldsboro that Paul had bartered for a few years earlier. The industrious owner of a trucking business who had immigrated to … Continue reading


I took this image of Brown’s Boatyard on North Haven on a rainy February evening as I came back late from my job at Vinalhaven School on the neighboring island. The boatyard is a staple of North Haven, and I am … Continue reading

Plowing New Ground

Several two-lane blacktop roads wind through the small towns of Alna, Whitefield, and Windsor along some of Maine’s most attractive and productive farmlands. You might decide to explore these byways for no other reason than to enjoy an unforgettable farm-fresh meal at … Continue reading

Scallop Diver for Life

It’s winter on Mount Desert Island. Temperatures are just above 20 degrees, and tomorrow a nor’easter will blow snow sideways into drifts. But today the sun is out, and the wind is about nil. That’s good, because we’re on the deck of … Continue reading