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This blog began as an effort to keep readers of my three books—Maine, Coastal Maine, and Acadia National Park—updated as well as provide a...

Folk arts, bluegrass, and antiques in the garden: a festival-filled weekend in Maine

My all-time favorite, must-go festival in Maine is the annual Grand Lake Stream Folk Arts Festival, held under tents on a grassy ballfield in...

Looping through Lubec

Like Eastport, Lubec's fortunes seem to ebb and flow like the tide. And right now, those massive Passamaquoddy Bay tides seem to be flowing....

Way downeast, way rustic escape

When the world, technology, and the buzz of civilization become too much, consider unplugging and rediscovering life's simple pleasures at this one-bedroom housekeeping cottage...

Charmed, I’m sure

You have to trust me on this. I know the exterior of the Country Charm Restaurant, in Steuben, is rather forlorn, perhaps neglected looking...

Steuben Gems

First, let's get the pronunciation right, it's stewBEN. Next, let's nail down its location: It straddles Route 1, wedged between Gouldsboro (Schoodic Peninsula) to...
This stature was added to the waterfront of Eastport, MAine, during the a movie filming. Hilary Nangle photo.

The view from Eastport + Top 10 experiences in Down East, Maine

Watch enough TV, and you have an image embedded in your brain of a Maine seaside village. It's part Hawkeye Pierce's Crabapple Cove (M.A.S.H.),...

Quoddy Mist Sea Salt, mmmmm

I've long been a fan of sea salt, but now that I've discovered all-natural, Maine-harvested Quoddy Mist Sea Salt, others dull by comparison. It...

Head downeast this weekend for the Two Countries, One Bay Studio Tour

Grab your passport and spend this  weekend on the Two Countries, One Bay Studio Tour. The free, self-guided tour this Saturday and Sunday,...

Craving lobster?

I recently wrote a story for the Boston Globe about my favorite Maine lobster shacks. For those who didn't see it, I've added it...

Four fabulous Maine festivals ring out July

Say good-bye to July in Maine at one of these great festivals. There's something for everyone: folk arts, quilts, artisan quilts, and books. Grand Lake...

10 reasons to visit Maine in late spring

Why visit Maine in late spring? For starters, you'll have the state practically to yourself. The summerfolk have yet to arrive in droves. And,...

Maine’s lobsteboat race season kicks off today

Gentlemen, start your engines. Yup. Maine's lobsterboat racing season kicks off with races today, Sat. June 19, in Boothbay Harbor and tomorrow, Sun. June...

New Year’s Eve X 2

Can't get enough of that New Year's Eve midnight joy? Experience it twice, in Eastport. The first city in the U.S. to see the sun...

Bohemian Mama’s Bakery is a delicious find

Ben Walter, co-owner of Oceanside Meadows, a lovely inn in Prospect Harbor, just called me with a tip: Bohemian Mama's Bakery. "The croissants are...