Words from our Subscribers

February 2012

Last night, I was doing a Google search for some tree branch hooks I had seen on a home design website from a Maine artist and had since lost track of, and it directed me to your Maine Design Guide.  I went through each artist and store that had a reachable website, and found some neat things.  I was also immediately struck by the typeface of Maine and realized this was something different.  At first, I didn’t realize it was a magazine.  I thought perhaps it was something turned out by the State of Maine or some Chamber of Commerce group.  Then I saw the “subscription” link, and there discovered the sister publication of Maine Home+Design, and I could see that it, too, had some very pretty photography and layout, so decided to subscribe to both. I am looking forward to both of your publications.  I find my home design tastes run to “modern country” or “urban loft” and I find my tastes changing over the years, now moving toward more modern furniture, and a more “modern” look for our 1999 “farmhouse” here in suburban Tulsa.  I’m a sucker for a big, white, farmhouse, but perhaps one that looks more like Dwell magazine on the inside. My wife traveled through Maine years ago while she was in college, on a concert tour, and always talked about how lovely the state was.  I’ve never been there, but would love to visit.  So, I read a lot, and still like holding paper in my hands, and have a great many interests, and your publications looked, just from the cover photos available, very young, cool, modern and fresh.  Though I may be none of those things, I look forward to my subscriptions beginning.

Scott Thompson
Sand Springs, OK

February 2012

My wife and I just love Portland! We have a son in Portland and our daughter spent the summer with friends in Brunswick. Every time we go to Maine, and it does not take much of an excuse to get us headed in that direction; my wife is looking for a copy of your magazine. It just makes sense to get it all the time. I should have mentioned that we love your magazine as well!

Richard Vaughan
Atlanta, GA
 

February 2012

I stumbled on Maine in the Ellsworth Public Library, which I adore, and the first two back copies I checked out had articles about ELLSWORTH! The gorgeous photos were a shot in the arm, and the writing was clean and interesting.  Other articles? I'm a knitter. Yarn stores? Farms? I'd also love articles that profile things that are cool and successful in public schools around Maine. It would be great for kids and teachers to see the good stuff emphasized for a change: there's a lot of good stuff, but somehow it gets forgotten all the time. OH, and ice cream stores that make their own ice cream--you could start with Morton's Moo, in Ellsworth, which is hands-down the best ice cream around, and the best small business in town too.  Thanks for the chance to weigh in! 

Rebecca Leamon
Ellsworth, ME

February 2012

I came across Maine magazine on Facebook but I am a native of Maine and most of family is still there, so I am fortunate enough to get back a couple of times a year. My husband, from Alabama originally, loves going to Maine and made the comment on his first visit - "I thought places like this only existed in post cards!”  How true, Maine is post card beautiful. 

Rachel Webster
Tucker, GA
 

February 2012

 I saw the magazine displayed at our local market and loved the look so I bought a few issues.  Also, we moved up here a year ago and really love to check out and read about Maine and the magazine give so much good information about restaurants and farming in Maine.

Debra
Cape Elizabeth, ME

February 2012

I was the chef at Bradford Camps, Munsungan Lake last summer when your magazine came up to do a piece on us.  I then saw several back issues and was pretty impressed with the quality of photography and writing.  I myself have made a career out of cooking at small, remote lodges around the world, preferring authentic hospitality and wilderness to the glitzier life of a restaurant chef.  I applaud you for looking beyond lobsters and lighthouses!

Matthew Mills
Denali National Park, AK
 

January 2012

I have been following you guys for a few years now. Your magazines are the contemporary versions of what we love about Maine and how we would like to have the world see us going into the future with reverence for our rich past. Nice work.

Veronica Cross
Greenwood, ME

January 2012

I picked up your magazine at a bookstand in Vermont and absolutely loved it!  We travel to Maine every summer and go to Portland on occasion in the winters for a quick weekend getaway.  We love the food scene there.  I think your magazine is extremely well written and intelligent.  It is also very stylized - your photography, layout and paper quality is of a very high level.  I think you could have a large market in NY for the lifestyle component.  

Mary Callaghan
New York, NY
 

January 2012

I am a Venezuelan woman married to an American man and we live in Miami, FL. My husband has been spending time in Maine every summer since he was a child. His family had to sell the cabin shortly after we met, and soon thereafter we decided to build one of our own about a mile from his old one in Bridgton.  We went up for Christmas and I saw the magazine in Hannaford.  The beautiful woman on the cover caught my attention, and immediately I bought it. It must have been a coincidence but we had already planned on visiting Bates, and it was through your magazine that we found Fuel-great restaurant!

Melanie Shapiro
Miami, FL

January 2012

I am a HUGE magazine affectionado and your two magazines are absolutely wonderful! I really enjoy the pictures and the articles and even the ads. Times may be tough in the magazine business, but I hope these two are around for a long time!

Sue White
Houston, TX
 

January 2012

I absolutely adore Maine magazine. In particular, I really enjoy your "48 Hours In..." series, the profiles of different Mainers and, of course, the "Eat" section. I think that the magazine already does a good job of this, but one thing I would like to continue to see is a push to go beyond the world of Portland and southern Maine. Especially for those readers "from away." I think exposure to the rest of Maine is a great feature of the magazine.

Hillary Petersen
Boston, MA

 

December 2011

I have been reading Maine and Maine Home & Design since I moved here 6 years ago, but we only recently bought a home in Freeport and I know I'll have a reliable address for the subscription. I actually just became engaged and I was passed your wedding issue from a friend as an early gift.  I was so happy to see the Migis Lodge excerpt on the back cover - that is where we are getting married this fall. Keep up the great work.

Sarah Robbins
Freeport, ME
 

December 2011

I picked up a copy of Maine magazine in the Bangor airport.  I was returning from a trip to visit my daughter. She is getting her BS in Nursing from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Through this adventure she has met a local young man and is now living in the Houlton area. Thus, that is why I have an interest in your lovely state. I am looking forward to spending more time in Maine and I like to know about the places where my children call home.

Candice Hamilton

Fort Wayne, IN


December 2011

I've been a fan of Maine since it first launched. I was even at the epic launch party in South Portland, ME a few years ago. I haven't been to a party as fabulous as that since. It was high time I get a subscription and it was way too good of a deal to pass up. Please tell Sarah Braunstein that her piece on Jacob Augustine was outstanding. Jacob's an extremely interesting and passionate person and the article captured that well.  I love how Maine includes music coverage because that's sort of my thing but the entire publication is terrific. The articles, layout, photos, are all impressive and make for an enjoyable read and visual experience.

Aimsel Ponti
Cape Elizabeth, ME

 

 

December 2011

I live in Maine part time in the summer. We do visit our house some in the winter but not often enough. I have bought your magazine in Maine many times but it’s a bit hard to come by here. I figured it would help missing Maine if I could have your magazine on a regular basis. It’s great for us as we always like to discover new areas and interesting restaurants. I look forward to my subscription.

Susan Rodman
Newton, MA

December 2011

I have been buying your magazines on a fairly consistent basis since they were established.  I am particularly pleased to see Maine magazine team up with local organizations, including non-profits to sponsor events. Both Maine and your beautiful Maine Home+Design highlights the places and people especially those who are creative enough to make it here, who make things happen and will help us get out of the "Poor Maine" mindset. Keep cheerleading on what is right about Maine.

Martha Muldoon
West Buxton, ME

 

 

November 2011

This past August I spent a few days at The Black Point Inn in Scarborough, ME. They had complimentary copies of both magazines in our room.  I fell in love in an instant.  I had no idea at the time I was moving to ME. We got the word on a job in October and moved this month. I love both magazines and have gotten a lot of ideas and inspiration from both – thank you. I am originally from New York City area and spent the last 5 years living in Scotland.  I am an artist, business person, lover of food, interested in green living, architecture, design and a farmer wanna be. I find the layout and feel of both magazines similar to design and styling I have come across in the UK  – a comfort I welcome since I miss Scotland very much. I am grateful to find myself in Maine as it also reminds me of Scotland.

Karin Otto
Bucksport, ME

 

November 2011

I am a Maine subscriber from the very first issue. Many issues ago I actually had my name in print praising a piece about living in South Portland. This thrilled me and I bought several copies to "gift" to everyone I knew in Maine. Very unfortunately, my husband's job relocated us to Atlanta, GA and so here I am. I return as often as I am able but reading Maine eases the pain. Today, while reading the Music piece in the Dec. issue, I had an idea I wanted to share. I would love to see a piece done on Woman in Harmony. If you do not know about them yet, you are missing something wonderful. I discovered their beautiful music when I attended their winter concert four years ago at Woodford's Congregational Church in Portland. I love everything about them, their lyrics, their mission. I have no personal connection to the group, other than their music gives me shivers and tears. Give yourself a gift and go hear their music live, it will warm your soul.

Judy Fucci
Marrietta, GA

 

 

November 2011

My partner Evert and I took our first trip to Maine in October 2010.  We spent an extended weekend at the 2 Village Square Inn in Ogunquit, which had copies of your magazine.  We made our return trip a few weeks ago and spent additional time in Portland and went back to Ogunquit.  Evert is a former designer, now chef - so much of our trips revolve around food (Otto's, Fore Street, Standard Bakery, and others were on the list this year) and culture (Portland Museum of Art, Angela Adams studio, etc.).  It is our wish to have a second home in Maine in a few years and it's definitely on our retirement list (though...we have a ways go being in our mid-30s).  We're hoping to make more than one trip in 2012!

Matt Holley
Indianapolis, IN

 

November 2011

There are interesting people and places all over the state of Maine and I appreciate how Maine magazine seems to find them.

Jessica McGrath
Yarmouth, ME

 

 

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