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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

York + Kittery in 48 Hours

Friday Evening: I grew up in York, so I’m interested in spending time there as a visitor. The staff at York Harbor Inn gets us settled in to our historic but newly renovated room, with views of both York Harbor and … Continue reading

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Homer by the Sea

In the wet wash of sand just across the roadway from the Black Point Inn, I find bits of crab and Belon oyster shells, sea glass and seaweed, and then something that I haven’t seen before: a decent portion of a … Continue reading

A Museum for the 21st Century

The peaks of the dark form protruding from the ceiling down the hall emerge on the final few steps up to the museum’s second-floor galleries. The stalactite-like shapes made with seashells reach toward the floor, as if covered in a viscous … Continue reading

Art Road Tip

Spanning two hundred miles, eight museums, and over 70,000 works from Bangor to Monhegan Island to Ogunquit, the Maine Art Museum Trail offers thousands of opportunities for transformative experiences with art across the state. The nonprofit organization provides maps of the various museums online. … Continue reading