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For a budget-friendly stay in Greater Portland, consider the retro Maine Idyll Motor Court in Freeport.

Cheap Sleeps Greater Portland, inexpensive lodgings in Portland & Freeport, Maine

These Portland and Freeport accommodations are relatively inexpensive, providing cheap sleeps along with a bit of, uhm character. (Updated Feb. 20, 2018) Eighth Maine Oceanfront Lodge...

Cheap Sleeps: Southern Maine coast, budget-friendly lodgings

Cheap sleeps are becoming difficult to find to find along Maine's Southern Coast. The region's proximity to Boston and its easy access has made...
The Percy Inn not only has well equipped rooms, but also a great location in downtown Portland as well as free onsite parking. ©Hilary Nangle

Checking in: Portland’s Percy Inn is a great choice for independent-minded travelers

The Percy Inn delivers everything an independent-minded traveler needs. This handsome, 1830 Federal-style row house is sited downtown Portland, Maine, just a few steps...
Original architectural elements enrich a stay at The Francis, a 15-room boutique hotel in Portland, Maine. ©Hilary Nangle

Checking In: The Francis, Portland’s newest boutique hotel

I'm sure ate 19th-century Maine architect Francis Fassett would be pleased with The Francis, Portland's newest boutique hotel. Fassett designed the Congress Street home...
It's best to be hungry if attending Pies on Parade. ©hilary Nangle

Pies on Parade: Have fork, will travel, in Rockland, Maine’s up-and-coming foodie town

If you like pie, you'll love Rockland's annual Pies on Parade. Participants march through town, fork in hand, to taste more than 40 pies...

Perfect Maine foliage escape: Waterford Inne

Updated Sept. 2017 I don't think one could find a more classic country inn in a more perfect location for leaf peeping than the Waterford...
Chefs Mark Gaier & Clark Frasier won a James Beard award for Arrows, in Ogunquit, now they're at MC Perkins Cove. ©Hilary Nangle

Meet the Makers: Chefs Mark Gaier & Clark Frasier

Earlier this summer, I sat down with Chefs Mark Gaier & Clark Frasier, who won the James Beard Best Chef Northeast award for their...
Pretty Marsh is perhaps Acadia's least-crowded picnic area. ©Hilary Nangle

Escape peak crowds on the quiet side of Acadia’s Quiet Side

The first two weeks of August are the peak of peak season in Maine, and that's especially true on Mount Desert Island and in...
Lubec's last sardine-processing plant found new life as The Inn at the Wharf. The Inn on the Wharf, in Lubec, is sited in a former sardine processing plant. ©Hilary Nangle

Lubec’s Inn on the Wharf delivers authentic taste of Maine’s seafaring heritage

If The Inn on the Wharf, in Lubec were any closer to the shoreline, I could cast a fishing line out my window. Instead,...

Marsden Hartley’s Maine: The view from Katahdin Woods & Waters

Artist Marsden Hartley captured the magic and beauty of Maine's Katahdin Woods & Waters region decades before it was even under consideration as a...
Lobster Fishermen, painted in Corea, Maine, by Marsden Hartleyvideo

Marsden Hartley’s Maine: The view from Corea, with Joe Young

I recently toured Marsden Hartley's Maine, on view at Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville through Nov. 12, 2018. The exhibition, which first...

Insider Scoop—Ogunquit, Maine: 5 questions with Allyson Cavaretta

My list of Ogunquit must-see/do includes the gorgeous sand beach, of course, as well as strolling the Marginal Way, poking around Perkins Cove, attending...

Keepers of the Flame: Blind Hope and Passion Fuel Lighthouse Restorations

Credit the Maine Lights Program, launched in 1996, and the National Historical Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, for saving more than 40 of Maine’s...

All agog about Maine’s Gardens Aglow

Wow, just wow! Don't miss Gardens Aglow, the annual holiday light extravaganza at the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. I went last night,...

Maine reasons to shop Freeport beyond Bean’s

Next time you shop the L.L. Bean Mothership and the satellite national outlets in Freeport, seek out the Maine-owned  shops amidst them. Unlike many...