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They don’t call it “Vacationland” for nothing. Coming in slightly larger than all the other New England states combined, it’s no wonder that Maine, with its lighthouses, lobsters, pine forests, and fine state and national parks, manages to offer something for everyone.

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Seaside hotspots like Kennebunkport and Rockport are synonymous with presidents, artists, and craftsmen, while centrally, Mount Katahdin rises to a mighty peak in Baxter State Park, marking the northern end of the Appalachian Trail. The coastal beauty of Acadia National Park has made it the state’s most visited spot, and with good reason. Boasting 47,000 acres and including Cadillac Mountain (at 1,530 feet, it’s the tallest on the U.S. Atlantic coast), Acadia is the perfect combination of rugged wilderness, salty air, and charming, tourist-friendly locales like Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island.

Popular events throughout the year in Maine range from seasonal favorites to celebrations of local cuisine. In winter, skiing, ice fishing, and even sled dog races will give you a reason to don your warmest parka and head outdoors, while spring commemorates all things maple and moose. Summer in Maine heralds the start of music festivals, garden tours, and a roster of food festivals celebrating everything from the wild Maine blueberry to lobster, potatoes, and even whoopie pies, the official state treat. Finally, to complement the region’s spectacular annual fall foliage, agricultural events like the Fryeburg Fair pay tribute to the region’s long farming history, with a side of carnival-style fun.

So whether it’s outlet shopping followed by picking up a new pair of Bean Boots at L.L. Bean in Freeport, a fantastic meal in the hip seaside city of Portland, or a peaceful weekend retreat at Moosehead Lake (perhaps including a fishing or kayaking expedition led by an official Maine Guide?), the flavors, fun, and beauty of Maine prove that old and new New England can happily coexist.

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Connor Garvey and Putnam Smith

Connor Garvey and Putnam Smith are award-winning performers from Portland, Maine who are frequent collaborators and good friends. Anyone who has attended the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference will take home memories of the indescribable “Pie and Whiskey” guerrilla showcase room.Connor Garvey has the amiable presence of an entertainer,

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31st Annual Wells Christmas Parade

Annual Christmas Parade is sponsored by the Wells Maine Chamber of Commerce. Step-Off at 2:00pm. Post Road (Route 1), Wells Plaza north to the Wells Jr. High School. A sure way to get into the holiday spirit!

Journeys | Inside Yankee

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Journeys | Inside Yankee

Fall brings visitors to New England by the tens of thousands. And no, I’m not speaking here about the leaf peepers who tour during the short, spectacular weeks of color, but the more than 60,000 foreign students who come to New England’s colleges each September. And, also, the thousands of

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Christmas in Maine with Paul Sullivan

The performance begins at 7:30 PM. Doors for seating open at 7:00 PM. Advance tickets $20 adults, $10 youth. Day of concert $25 all ages. Grammy-winning pianist Paul Sullivan arrives in Boothbay Harbor this holiday season along with a small ensemble including flute, cello and percussion for his Christmas in

Feedback | Autumn 2015

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Feedback | Autumn 2015

Our favorite recent letters, Facebook posts, Instagram comments, and tweets.

 Happy 80th  

When we arrived home this Monday, August 24th, from a quick weekend to Wells, Maine, our Yankee magazine awaited us in our mailbox. It reminded me of why I love living in New England. As a native, with roots in

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39th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Holiday shopping made fun and easy. Quality gifts handcrafted by over 90 Maine artisan. Find that special gift that will be cherished long after the holiday is over.

Angels Among Us 2013

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Angels Among Us 2013

 

Yankee profiles three New Englanders who are making an extraordinary difference in others’ lives.

Farm to Table
Bleu Grijalva & Emily Jodka

Bleu Grijalva and Emily Jodka pack a passion for local food that extends far beyond what they bring to their own plates. As founders of The New Urban Farmers in Pawtucket,

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42nd Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

Make it a Maine made holiday. 55 Maine artisans will be displaying and selling their locally made products. So shop local and give a gift of quality, a gift made in Maine.

Maine Food Trail: Lobster Rolls

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Maine Food Trail: Lobster Rolls

A lobster roll is a simple thing: basically, cold lobster meat stuffed into a warm bun. It’s the street food of the rocky Maine coast–a vernacular masterpiece served high and low, at lobster pounds, cookhouses, and seafood shacks, at supermarkets and gas stations, at fast-food chains and in home kitchens.
But

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3rd Annual Veterans Day 5K Road Race

Annual 5K Road Race is sponsored by the Wells Maine Chamber of Commerce. Race starts and ends at the Wells Elks Lodge. Proceeds to benefit a local Veterans charity.

Warm Glow

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Warm Glow

1. Stone artist Lew French carefully chooses every rock that goes into his rustic yet awe-inspiring fireplaces (priced per project). Lew French — Stone By Design, Edgartown, MA. lewfrenchstone.com

2. Hand-poured votives ($4-$8), tapers ($18), sconces ($15-$18), pillars ($15-$90), and shaped candles such as this large pear ($12) are made

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35th Annual Augusta Arts & Crafts Show

Make it a Maine made holiday. Buy locally made gifts at one of Augusta’s largest crafts shows with over 100 Maine artisans displaying their handcrafted products.

Portsmouth, NH: David Krempels

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Portsmouth, NH: David Krempels

This is a story that could have turned out much differently; nobody needs to remind David Krempels of that. It’s also a story about perseverance, about one man giving back to those who’ve suffered through a similar kind of trauma.
In June 1992, Krempels, a 42-year-old building contractor living in Newmarket,

Maine SnowflakeTrail Open House

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Maine SnowflakeTrail Open House

The Snowflake Trail is the annual open house of 12 small businesses in Limerick, Limington and Newfield, Maine on the weekend proceeding Veteran’s Day.

Follow the trail and enjoy local, craft-brewed beer, hand-made, artisan, French style chocolates, Maine Maple syrup, jams made from local honeybees, meet talented artists and craftsmen, admire

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How The Story Happened: Judith Gaines

Judith Gaines moved to Lubec, Maine, because she “loved being part of a fishing community.” A longtime foodie, she joined six chefs aboard a lobster boat (“After the Catch”). “They were surprised at how labor-intensive lobstering is,” she says. “We all learned what makes lobster so expensive.”

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28th Annual Bangor Arts & Crafts Show

Make it a Maine made holiday season. Buy locally made gifts. Over 80 Maine artisans will be displaying their unique handcrafted products at one of Bangor’s largest craft shows.

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How The Story Happened: Richard Schultz

“This was my ‘endless summer,'” says photographer Richard Schultz of his assignment to travel our northeast shore in search of memorable people and landscapes (“Maine CoastaI Odyssey”). “Maine is one of the most beautiful places on earth. There are only a handful of such divine places.”

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1st Annual Brunswick Arts & Crafts Show

A two day shopping event where Maine artisans will be exhibiting and selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, folk and fine art, wood products, specialty foods, fiber arts, soaps, candles and much more. Free parking.

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Inside Yankee: Finding Summer

We wait so patiently, don’t we? We find all sorts of ways to enjoy winter–snow sports, cozy inns, reading by the fire, bragging about snow tires and wood piles–because we either do that or be miserable, or join the snowbirds. So we wait. And spring comes. Café tables appear like

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Northwoods Law/Fish and Wildlife Day

Meet some of the Maine Game Wardens of the popular Animal Planet TV show ‘NorthWoods Law’. Several of this season’s wardens, some with their canines, will be on hand to sign autographs & have their photos taken with their fans. A variety of Fish & Wildlife exhibits & displays will

Homegrown: Green Peas

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Homegrown: Green Peas

More recipes: Recipes with Fresh Peas
While still awaiting New England’s leafy greens and brimming farmers’ markets, you can taste the season’s warmth with the arrival of crisp and crunchy spring peas.
You can plant this fast-growing, cool-weather legume (Pisum sativum) as soon as the soil is workable.

The young plants

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8th Annual Family Jamboree

You are invited to a fun family day at Harbor Park sponsored by the Wells Maine Chamber of Commerce. There will be games, crafts, food plus a few surprises. . .

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Pairings

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Tree-cutting legend

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RicK Charette Concert

As a singer & songwriter, Rick Charette has been capturing the hearts & spirits of young & old alike with his delightful & inspiring children’s songs. His performances blend original contemporary pop music & lyrics with imaginative activities that generate all kinds of audience participation. Many songs performed will be

Art Without Borders

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Art Without Borders

People used to cross the U.S.-Canadian border casually, driving across the St. Croix River from Calais, Maine, into St. Stephen, New Brunswick with a friendly wave of a border guard’s hand. These days, border security is heightened and it takes a passport to move between the two countries. So it’s

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15th Annual Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts

A show and sale of unique handcrafted products made by over 100 Maine artisans. Exhibitors will be selling locally made pottery, jewelry, glass, folk and fine art, wood products, specialty foods, fiber arts, soaps, candles and much more. Ample free parking.

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The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

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Pairings for November/December

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The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

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Nature’s Own Carpet
Your brief piece on diverse vs. monoculture lawns [“Ask the Naturalist,” July/August 2008, p. 30] merited full-length treatment.
For some years, I’ve cultivated wildflowers throughout my yard, even turning the entire front lawn into a carpet of eco-friendly color. Neighbors may think I’m odd, if not radical, but the

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Boothbay Harbor Fest

Harbor Fest is a ten-day celebration that showcases the creativity and individuality of more than 100 Maine businesses and organizations. The non-traditional festival format takes attendees on an adventure around the Boothbay peninsula to experience local foods, live music, fine arts, creative wares, a 5k, Half Marathon, wellness events

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Make-A-Wish Contacts in New England

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is dependent upon finding volunteers with a wide array of skill sets (kids can come up with some unique wishes). Anyone who can do anything can do something to help. If you’re interested, please contact your state office:
Connecticut
877-203-9474, 203-261-9044
ct.wish.org
Maine
800-491-3171, 207-236-3171
mainewish.org
Massachusetts
617-367-9474
mass.wish.org
New Hampshire
603-623-9474
newhampshire.wish.org
Rhode Island
401-781-9474
mass.wish.org/
Vermont
802-864-9393
makeawishvermont.org

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The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

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Open House and Garden Tour

Stroll around the park after hours to enjoy our gardens & our wildlife. Volunteers maintain all of our beautiful & popular flower baskets, barrels & gardens; & they are in full bloom right now! Meet the Gems of Route 26 including Shaker Village, Poland Spring Resort, Preservation Park, Maine State

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Pairings for Jan/Feb

The clues:
First: On April 12, 1934, New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory weather station recorded a surface wind speed of 231 miles per hour — a record that stands today, securing the summit’s reputation for experiencing weather as severe as any on Earth.

Second: Since 1952, the New Hampshire primary has been

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The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

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“Almost, Maine”

On a cold moonless night as the northern lights hover in the starry skies, the residents of a small mythical Maine town fall in and out of love in unexpected ways. Knees are bruised, hearts are broken. But the bruises heal and the hearts mend – Almost. A romantic comedy

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Dear Yankee

Wrong Target
Edie Clark’s bucolic view of country life is certainly charming, but she should have been fretting more about the wandering black bovine eating poisonous pigweed or getting hit by a car rather than getting shot by a hunter [“Raging Bull,” September/October, p. 14]. Encouraging the stereotype of the bumbling

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The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

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Lyme Watch
I think Edie Clark’s piece on the Lyme disease epidemic is one of the finest things she has ever written (“Trouble in Paradise,” July/August). Last year, I, too, had Lyme disease, for the first time at age 74, after working in an abandoned bee balm bed in Maine. Fortunately,

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The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

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The Boots That Made a Legend

Rare is the American outdoors lover who does not have a pair of L.L. Bean’s rubber-bottomed, leather-topped shoes or boots. The boots were a eureka moment for Maine woodsman Leon Leonwood Bean. Legend has it that 90 of the first 100 pairs were returned. Bean’s business sense (and sense of

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The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

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The Fairest of Them All

Whether they’re called fairs, festivals, art shows, or samplers, these events have one important thing in common: They’re a great way to get your holiday shopping done early. So beat the rush at the malls this season and purchase something made with care. These acclaimed annual events have something for

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16th Annual Chili-Fest

Annual Chili-Fest is sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce. “Maine State Cook-Off” sanctioned by the International Chili Society and “People’s Choice” competition. Food, crafters, vendors, Chili and more. . .

Designing Women Fine Art & Crafts Annual Manchester Show & Sale

Join us for a fantastic celebration of over 20 female artisans from all over northern New England featuring beautiful, handcrafted pieces, an emerging artist tent, live music, Maine authors, and Longfellow’s fantastic end of the season sales. This show benefits the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center in Winthrop. Support

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

“Almost, Maine”

On a cold moonless night as the northern lights hover in the starry skies, the residents of a small mythical Maine town fall in and out of love in unexpected ways. Knees are bruised, hearts are broken. But the bruises heal and the hearts mend – Almost. A romantic comedy

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

Life Of The Honeybee

Learn about the industrious life of the honey bee, & the role of the beekeeper. Parts of the bee hive & beekeeping equipment will be on display; & experienced bee keepers will be available to answer your questions. A variety of delicious native Maine honey & other natural products from

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

“Almost, Maine”

On a cold moonless night as the northern lights hover in the starry skies, the residents of a small mythical Maine town fall in and out of love in unexpected ways. Knees are bruised, hearts are broken. But the bruises heal and the hearts mend – Almost. A romantic comedy

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

The Irish…and How They Got That Way

“The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is an uplifting musical celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man). McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and his boundless love

103rd Georgetown Working League Fair

Annual Fair featuring handmade gifts, collectibles, white elephants, jewelry, local artists and crafters, a silent auction, Maine children’s authors, homemade baked goods, and a seafood luncheon. This year’s highlight: raffle of an art quilt commemorating the Georgetown Tricentennial. All proceeds go to student scholarships, the local library, the

Attean Family Pow Wow

Tribal representatives from Maine, New England & around the country will be at the park for two full days with native dancers, drummers, craft vendors, singers & traditional food booths. This year, don’t miss NEW activities, food, music & Grand Entry presented each day. An exciting opportunity to learn more

47th Annual Cumberland Arts & Crafts Show

The 47th annual Cumberland Craft Show, on August 11, 12, 13, 14, 2016 is one of Maine’s largest outdoor craft shows, from United Maine Craftsmen, one of the state’s oldest craft organizations. Craft items are strictly Maine-made from a wide variety of categories of traditional crafts, fine art, clothing and

Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress

Wednesday – Saturday Evenings at 8:00 PM — Jul 27 – 30; Aug 3 – 6, Aug 10 – 13

Thursday Matinees at 2:00 PM —  Jul 28, Aug 4, 11, 18

This madcap retelling of the “Princess and the Pea” is a perfect musical for the young and

Watch a Chainsaw Wildlife Artist

Join 4 local Maine chainsaw carvers Ron Carlson, Tim Pickett, Dan Burns & Andrew Logan as they use chainsaws to create eagles, bears & more. Watch a block of wood become a work of art. A variety of carvings will be on exhibit & for sale.

Bring your cameras & your earplugs!

Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress

Wednesday – Saturday Evenings at 8:00 PM — Jul 27 – 30; Aug 3 – 6, Aug 10 – 13

Thursday Matinees at 2:00 PM —  Jul 28, Aug 4, 11, 18

This madcap retelling of the “Princess and the Pea” is a perfect musical for the young and

New England Mineral Association

Learn about minerals & gemstones found in different localities in Maine; with hands on educations stations & knowledgeable people to help answer questions. A great way to get started in this rewarding hobby.www.nemineraleducation.org

Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress

Wednesday – Saturday Evenings at 8:00 PM — Jul 27 – 30; Aug 3 – 6, Aug 10 – 13

Thursday Matinees at 2:00 PM —  Jul 28, Aug 4, 11, 18

This madcap retelling of the “Princess and the Pea” is a perfect musical for the young and

Chanticleer

The performance begins at 7:30 PM. Doors for seating open at 7:00 PM. Advance tickets $30, day of show $35. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the San Francisco based Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 38th season this year, performing in the United States, including

Radical Reactions with Mad Science

Are you ready for some crazy chemistry? We’ll release a genie from a bottle, spew massive columns of foam using a catalyst, cause combustion to occur with no flame, watch a gummy bear dive to its doom in a chemical reaction & more! Education can be entertaining! www.maine.madscience.orgSponsored by: Gray

Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music

The Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music is proud to present its 53rd season of summer concerts at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor, Maine. The series of five concerts will begin on Tuesday, July 19, with a returning favorite the Shanghai Quartet accompanied by Todd Crow, pianist and music

Bugs-Then and Now

Join Jon Wallace, retired science teacher to explore the world of ‘bugs’. Observe some live ‘bugs’ & their shed skins (exoskeletons); study pictures of some of their Maine relatives; see fossils of ‘bugs’/arthropods from 550 million years ago to the “Ice Age”; & finish by looking at a ‘bugs’’ worst

38th Annual Founders’ Day & Classic Car Exhibit

The 38th annual Founder’s Day to support the Hamlin Library and Museum in Paris, Maine will be held Saturday July 16, 2016.The showpiece of the charity event is The Bahre Collection of antique and Classic cars. The collection, housed at the birthplace of Hannibal Hamlin, Abraham Lincoln’s first vice-president,

Tim Sample

The performance begins at 7:30 PM. The doors for seating will open at 7:00 PM. Advance tickets $20, day of show $25. This master of “Down East Humor” knows few equals. Each summer Tim returns to his hometown of Boothbay Harbor and regales residents and visitors alike with

Breakers Jazz Band

The performance begins at 7:30 PM. Doors for seating open at 7:00 PM. Free, donations encouraged at the door. Overflowing with Maine-based talent, this big band brings back the Ellington, Goodman and big band sounds of days gone by. There will be room to dance tonight, and plenty of room

Island Arts Association’s 4th of July Craft Fair

The Island Arts Association will hold their Annual 4th of July Craft Fair in front of the MDI YMCA on Park Street (across the street from the Ball Field), Bar Harbor from 9am – 3pm. The IAA celebrates our national holiday each year with a wonderful offering of local area

25th Annual 4th of July Blueberry Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Start Freeport, Maine’s, 4th of July festivities at St. Jude for the 25th Annual All You Can Eat Blueberry Pancake & Sausage Breakfast. Follow by participating or watching L.L.Bean sponsored Road Races, a local Parade, evening Concert and culminating with Fireworks.

Sentinels of the Coast: Lighthouses of Maine

Is there anything as romantic as a lighthouse perched upon a craggy ledge, peering out to sea in wait for mariners in distress? Join Freeport’s Michael Perry for a beautiful slide-show journey along the coast of Maine, from Penobscot Bay to the lobstering communities of Jonesport and Beals, where the

Pentagoet Inn

Step back in time in Castine, a serene coastal Maine town with a turbulent history. With lacy curtains, floral wallpapers, and period antiques, the Queen Anne-style Pentago complements its historic downtown setting while pampering guests with contemporary amenities (organic mattresses and free WiFi, to name a few) and an excellent

Noises Off

Noises Off !

Evenings — June 17 – 18; 22 – 25; 29 – Jul 2.

Matinees – June 23, 30

Possibly the funniest farce ever written! Noises off presents a manic menagerie of actors rehearsing and performing a flop of a comedy called “Nothing On.” Doors will be slamming on stage and

Abacus Gallery

Keep your days (and months) straight with a colorful wall calendar ($28) by Maine artist Dana Heacock.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Alden Camps

Established in 1910, this is among the few American-plan family camps left from the Age of Innocence. Eighteen little log cabins along the shore of East Pond in the Belgrade Lakes region provide quiet retreats with docks and motorboats, while the farmhouse dining room serves some of the best food

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Maine is perhaps the most rugged portion of the 14-state hike. There are 281 miles of Trail in Maine, and even the most experienced of hikers can be slowed to an average of only one mile an hour in some parts of the Trail.

Archipelago

What better souvenir or gift than something handcrafted and inspired by a Maine island? Archipelago makes that easy, offering products from accessories and jewelry to children’s toys and pottery to books and clothing. Even better: As part of the Island Institute, sales here help support Maine’s island and waterfront communities.

Atlantic Brewing Company

The Best 5: Local BreweriesA combination beer garden, smokehouse, and brewery tucked behind an unassuming white farmhouse on a leafy country road at the edge of stunning Acadia National Park. The beers are straight out of the old New England tradition: that is, British beer styles that often take advantage

Attean Lake Lodge

Attean Lake Lodge

Sunrise, observed from a dock on a Maine lake surrounded by deep woods. It’s a perfect moment that most people haven’t experienced, since it’s increasingly difficult to find such spots. You can find yourself in such a moment at Attean Lake Lodge, one of the few remaining family-owned lodges in

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

There is no better place in Maine for strolls down historic streets and hikes on historic trails, people watching and whale watching, spring festivals and summer celebrations, lobster bakes and gourmet dining. Bar Harbor is the heart of coastal Maine and Acadia National Park. For more information visit

Bath Iron Works Trolley Tours

Best Insider TourTake a Maine Maritime Museum one-hour trolley tour of the yard and get a peek behind the gates of Bath Iron Works to see how U.S. destroyers are built. Call well in advance for reservations.

Baxter State Park

At more than 200,000 acres, Baxter State Park is a vast area, home to Mount Katahdin and four distinct climatic zones supporting hardwoods, boreal forests, and alpine tundra vegetation. Above 3,000 feet, it’s the place to see Bicknell’s thrush. An amazing amount of bird life here, from waterfowl to warblers

Benefit Street

Stroll through the heart of historic Providence, leaving plenty of time to loiter at each corner and gawk at the 18thand 19th-century homes. The John Brown House (nearby on Power Street) and the reading room at the Providence Athenaeum merit extra time.Yankee Magazine April 2005Tour Benefit Street (contact Providence Preservation

Berry Manor Inn

Not only do guests enjoy an expansive breakfast, but they also have access to pantries stocked with Maine-made Gifford’s ice cream and the inn’s renowned homemade pies, such as to-die-for blueberry, mixed berry, and apple. Rates: from $145. Best Anytime Pie

Bibby & Harold Alfond Children’s Garden

BEST STORYBOOK IMMERSIONOh, the places you’ll go! Visit with a topiary Miss Rumphius, clamber around Sal’s Bear, board the Tidely-Idely, and borrow from a library of Maine-related children’s books to read in the wheelchair-accessible treehouse.

Bold Coast Charter Company

Cruise to the largest Atlantic puffin colony on the Maine coast aboard the Barbara Frost with Captain Andy Patterson–and perhaps even land on Machias Seal Island for an even closer look at these colorful clowns of the sea. BEST PUFFIN TOUR.

Boothbay Railway Village

Boothbay Railway Village

All aboard! Ride a narrow-gauge steam train through a rural village setting, view more than 60 antique vehicles, and explore informative exhibits in historic buildings at one of Maine’s oldest railway museums. Best Railway Museum-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Nowhere else in New England can you experience a steam train ride, historical

Bowdoin College

BEST COLLEGE TOURIt’s easy to while away a few hours on Bowdoin’s in-town campus: The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, an architectural gem, exhibits an impressive collection of works; the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum shows the natural and cultural diversity of the Far North; the Pickard Theater is home to the

Bradford Camps

Best Nature VacationSuffering from nature deficit disorder? Take the waters at a traditional Maine sporting camp, such as Libby’s on Millinocket Lake or Bradford on Munsungan Lake. You’ll be lulled to sleep in a lakeside cabin by the lapping waters, dine on hearty homestyle meals, and in between have unlimited

Bresca

Bresca

Bresca opened in February of 2007 in the historic Old Port district of Portland Maine. The dining room provides an intimate setting in which to enjoy the relaxed yet refined cuisine of chef proprietor Krista Kern Desjarlais.Our menu is designed to be small to take advantage of seasonal ingredients and

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is an 80-passenger cable car that brings visitors to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain. If it’s a clear day, you can see the mountains in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and Canada! And the ride takes only 10 minutes! At the summit, you’ll

Carrabassett Valley

The crowds are few and the options are plentiful in the Carrabassett Valley, where you can ride the professionally designed (and free!) Outdoor Center trails, the Narrow Gauge Trail, and the Maine Huts Trail. BEST MOUNTAIN-BIKING NETWORK.

Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden Tours

Best Garden TourA tribute to poetry achieved with the pen as well as in the garden, the Isles of Shoals home of poet Celia Thaxter on Maine’s Appledore Island is open to the public during the summer months thanks to Shoals Marine Laboratory, jointly administered by the University of New

Center for Maine Craft

Best I-95 ShoppingIn between fueling your tanks (both vehicular and personal) at the West Gardiner Service Plaza (Route 126), browse handcrafted works by hundreds of Maine artisans at the Maine Crafts Association’s retail gallery.

Clipper Merchant

Best 5 Teahouses: While Jacqueline’s in Freeport and MacNab’s in Boothbay get more attention, this new Maine arrival deserves mention. In a 180-year-old, impeccably decorated Carpenter Gothic home, this cozy setting (open April through mid-December) offers an impressive tea list and homemade food. Reservations recommended.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010BEST TEA

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Stretching along two-thirds of a mile of oceanfront, this equally masterly and magical landscape encompasses more than 250 acres of formal gardens, woodlands, and themed pocket gardens. Voted Best Botanical Garden.Discover spectacular ornamental gardens; miles of waterfront and woodland trails; and impressive stonework, sculpture, and water features – all on

Cornish Trading Company

BEST FUN-TIQUINGAntiques, junktiques, folk art, and funky finds fill Cornish Trading Company, a multivendor shop downtown, but don’t stop when you’re finished there. Independent and specialty shops selling everything from old signs to handmade bears, Maine tourmaline to Native American baskets, radiate from here.

Cottage Connection of Maine, Inc.

Cottage Connection of Maine, Inc.

Since 1993, Cottage Connection of Maine, Inc. has been the ONLY full-service vacation rental company in the Midcoast Region of Maine offering over 125 privately-owned vacation homes on or near the water with concierge services. We have a great selection of Ocean, River and Lake properties to choose from

Cristina’s

Cristina’s

A B&B hosted by Cristina and Paul Trahan (she is a teacher, artist,fluent in Spainish and an antiques collector; he is a teacher, newspaper columnist, and former construction project manager). An 1890s Victorian tri-gable sea captain’s house overlooking Saco Bay. Featuring Victorian rooms with period furnishings and a deck and

Culinary Walking Tour

Explore Portland’s historic Old Port and sample the foods that define coastal Maine, from artisanal cheeses to seafood to whoopie pies.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Currier s Flightseeing

It’s one thing to view Maine’s largest lake from the shoreline or a mountain peak, but to really understand Moosehead’s expanse, join veteran pilot Roger Currier on a scenic flight aboard one of his vintage floatplanes. BEST MOOSEHEAD LAKE VIEWS.

Dolphin Chowder House

Dolphin Chowder House

At the Dolphin Marina and Restaurant, you can dine on Maine coastal fare, including Maine lobster dinners, fresh, local seafood, and hand-cut steaks. The waterfront location offers outstanding views of Casco Bay and its many islands. Located on the tip of Basin Point, South Harpswell, and at the water’s edge

DownEast and Acadia Regional Tourism

DownEast and Acadia Regional Tourism

DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism is the official regional tourism promotion organization for Hancock and Washington counties in Maine. We invite you to come experience the darkest night skies, the highest tides and more lighthouses than in any other region of the state. Our attractions include the Penobscot Narrows Bridge

Ebenezer’s Pub

Jen and Chris Lively’s establishment, hidden in the folds of western Maine’s mountains, has 35 Belgian beers on tap, 700 bottled brews, and a beer cellar that holds their 1,000-bottle collection.

El El Frijoles

Best Mexi-Cali-MaineThat’s “L.L. Beans” to you gringos. This take-out restaurant, with outdoor dining area, prepares made-from-scratch California-style empanadas, burritos, and tacos with a Maine accent. Try the spicy lobster burritos.

Empire Grill

Never underestimate the power of the gift of $1.49’s worth of sugar, batter, and blueberries. Being handed a free muffin is an auspicious event. It’s so great, in fact, that at the Empire Grill in Skowhegan, Maine, there’s an endowment—an actual endowment—to make sure it happens to at least one

Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s Role in American Art by offering a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 10,000 works in the collection, you will always find something new and exciting on display view

Flagstaff Lake Hut

BEST LAKE LODGINGLocated on the sandy eastern shore of Flagstaff Lake (excellent for swimming), the hut sits in the shadow of Bigelow Mountain. Hot showers, lights, comfy beds, hearty meals, and even wine welcome guests to this wilderness waterside lodge owned by Maine Huts & Trails. Access from the closest

Flagstaff Scenic Boat Tours

Learn about the lost village of Flagstaff, savor Bigelow Mountain views, spy eagles, loons, and maybe moose, while cruising remote Flagstaff Lake with Master Maine Guide Jeff Hinman aboard his pontoon boat. BEST LAKE TOUR.

FreeportUSA

FreeportUSA

Freeport, Maine is home to over 200 upscale, international brand outlets and a vibrant array of homegrown galleries and shops featuring local artists, artisans and products. And of course, it’s home to the world-famous L.L.Bean Flagship Store and Outdoor Discovery School! Order our free Map & Guidebook, download coupons, and

Giant’s Stairs

Good things come in small packages, and this relatively short (quarter-mile) hike offers quite the reward: unrivaled views of eastern Casco Bay and the open Atlantic, Maine’s signature rocky coastline, and the stars of the trail, ancient volcanic lava formations that look like large steps. Parking is on the north

Gifts at 136

All aboard! Ride a narrow-gauge steam train through a rural village setting, view more than 60 antique vehicles, and explore informative exhibits in historic buildings at one of Maine’s oldest railway museums. Best Railway Museum

Grafton Inn

Grafton Inn

Since 1801, the Grafton Inn in Vermont has provided the finest comforts and amenities to our guests. Located in the heart of historic Grafton Village, they have 45 individually appointed rooms, including seven suites and four guest homes. The award-winning Old Tavern restaurant features locally inspired American cuisine. Phelps Barn

Grant’s Kennebago Camps

Grant’s Kennebago Camps

Grant’s Kennebago Camps is the perfect Maine family vacation destination. It has modern cabins facing the lake where fantastic swimming and boating are just steps away. You’ll also enjoy nature hikes, moose sightings, canoeing, and all the outdoor fun that goes with a family camp getaway. Your accommodations include a

Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Classic Maine CoastPLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE!Lighthouses, lobster, history, sophisticated arts, quaint villages, great shopping… it’s all in Greater Portland Casco Bay — everything Maine.For your free Maine Vacation Planning PacketCall, Click or Come InTel. 800-306-7103www.visitcascobay.com

Grey Havens

Take in dreamy views over lobster boats, spruce-fringed islands, and Maine’s craggy coastline from this gently updated oceanfront hotel, a turreted, Shingle-style classic dating from 1904 and located just up the road from Reid State Park. BEST CLASSIC COASTAL MAINE INN.

Gritty McDuff’s

The Best 5: Local BreweriesNo trip to Maine is complete without a stop at one of these cozy and inviting brewery taverns. Best brews: “Best Bitter” and “Black Fly Stout,” preferably served at one of the pubs via traditional hand-pull. Auburn, Freeport, and Portland, MECome for the beer, stay for

Guided Island Tours

BEST PERSONALIZED BOAT TOURRegistered Maine Guide and professional biologist Captain Walt Reed crafts custom tours for guests aboard the Gael. Among the possibilities: lighthouse viewing, bird and wildlife sighting, island hopping, or circumnavigating Deer Isle.

Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village

Built in 1826, the Round Stone Barn is the perfect introduction to the Shaker genius for creative farming. It’s the centerpiece of the restored village, one of the largest and most successful of the Shaker communities that once stretched from Kentucky to Maine. Voted BEST STONE BARN.

Harbor Inn

Harbor Inn

The Harbor Inn is the perfect place to retire to in your visit to Kennebunkport. Located on Ocean Avenue, the inn is cozy and welcoming, offering rest for the weary soul. When vacationing in this part of Maine, relax in The Harbor Inn.

Hardy Boat Cruises

Hardy Boat Cruises

Hardy Boat Cruises offers ferry service to Monhegan Island mid-May through mid-October departing from New Harbor daily at 9 am and 2 pm and returns from the Island at 10:15 am and 3:15 pm. Our Puffin Watches to Eastern Egg Rock depart daily throughout the summer at 5:30 pm. These

Hatchet Mountain Publick House

Best Tavern-Style FareIt’s well worth noodling through the rolling countryside to have dinner at this meticulously renovated post-and-beam barn, infused with light and accented with antiques. Expect well-executed comfort foods, including what may be Maine’s best fish-and-chips.

Isles of Shoals

Tour the waters surrounding the nine small islands off the coast of Portsmouth (four belonging to New Hampshire, five to Maine) onboard the M/V Thomas Laighton. Choose the “Star Island Stopover” and explore one of the most famous of these islands, with views of White Island Light, a stop at

Jordan Pond House

The view of Jordan Pond and across it to the two “Bubbles” mountains offers plenty of reason to visit, but the popovers with strawberry jam are legendary.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010BEST MAINE TRADITIONAfter hiking one of Acadia’s peaks or biking the carriage trails, reward yourself with tea and popovers ($9.25) on

Katahdin Cruises

Katahdin Cruises

Katahdin Cruises invites you to board the Katahdin, a steamship built in 1914 by Bath Iron Works, for a three-hour cruise on Moosehead lake. “The Kate,” as the boat is called, travels up the lake 12 miles to the widest part just north of Deer and Sugar Islands, the largest

L.L. Bean Flagship Store

L.L. Bean Flagship Store

The L.L. Bean Flagship Store is the source for everything outdoors. L.L.Bean is synonymous for quality apparel, reliable outdoor equipment, and expert advice for more than 100 years. Its products are recognized around the world and the customer service representation is without a doubt the best in the business. Open

Lake Umbagog

Umbagog straddles the New Hampshire/Maine border in Error, New Hampshire, and gets its name from the Abenaki word for “shallow water.” Errol has grown slightly in recent years, with the recreation industry its chief engine. Fishermen, canoeists, and kayakers now all vie for spots under the bridge amid the frothy

Le Petit Cafe

Best Little BistroA warm welcome and prix-fixe perfection with inexhaustible variations; each week’s menu is another four-course eating adventure. Regulars relish the duck cassoulet and rely on chef Roy Ip and his family for special-occasion dining.Four-course country French, loaded with Parisian charm.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012Le Petit Cafe is, as its

Libby Camps

For more than 100 years, the Libby family has welcomed sports and wilderness lovers, sheltering them in lakefront traditional log cabins, feeding them hearty home-cooked fare, and guiding them along the woods and waterways of northern Maine. (Set deep in the woods in the Ashland area; many visitors fly into

Liberty Graphics

The outlet here makes some of the coolest, high-quality T-shirts and sweatshirts, producing them for museums, attractions, and nonprofits across the country. Seconds, often test runs with multiple graphics, begin at $5.Thousands of T-shirts, many of them overruns from garments printed for high-end gift stores, museum shops, nonprofit organizations, and

Loco Coco’s Tacos

BEST MAINE MEXICALITransplanted Californians think they’ve been transported home when they sink their teeth into the burritos, enchiladas, and tacos served at this Cal-Mex restaurant, where some of the recipes have been passed down for generations. Choose from self-serve, dining room, or lounge seating.

Long Grain

Do make reservations to score one of the few seats at this storefront restaurant where Bangkok-born Ravin Nakjaroen creates flavor-rich homestyle pan-Asian fare. Knockouts include mussels in spicy coconut–lemongrass broth, Maine crab-fried rice, and the house-made noodles with kimchi and pork belly. Don’t miss the coconut flan. Entrees: from $10.

Lulu Lobster Boat Ride

Why are shedders a little sweeter? What’s the biggest lobster ever caught in Maine’s cold waters? Captain John Nicolai answers these questions plus a whole lot more. Climb aboard the Lulu, a traditional Down East–style lobster boat, for a humor-filled two-hour cruise covering everything you wanted to know about Maine’s

Maine Birding Trail

Not surprisingly, the Atlantic puffin is on the cover of the Maine Birding Trail brochure. The trail is a collection of 82 sites across eight different topographical regions, from 239-acre Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, a favorite of warbler watchers in mid-May, to the 47,000-acre Acadia National Park, where you’ll find

Maine Central Model Railroad

More than 400 train cars navigate 3,000 feet of track in Buz and Helen Beal’s 900-square-foot Maine Central Railroad model. The detailed landscape includes bridges, trestles, and real Maine towns. Call before visiting; donations appreciated.

Maine Cottage

Maine Cottage’s small “Cubbie Case” ($1,290) is artisan-crafted of renewable hardwood and finished in your choice of 40 cheery (and low-VOC) paint shades; wicker “Monday Baskets” ($150) fit perfectly inside.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Maine Fiber Arts Center

A one-stop resource and gallery for knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, rug hookers, heck, anyone having anything to do with fiber arts. Don’t leave without a copy of the handy Maine Fiber Arts Tour Map.

Maine Huts & Trails

Maine has now become one of the nation’s premier destinations for hut-to-hut cross-country skiing, thanks to two new backcountry systems: Maine Huts & Trails in the state’s western mountains and the Appalachian Mountain Club huts, about 40 miles (as the crow flies) farther northeast, outside Greenville, in Moosehead Lake country.Maine

Maine Island Trail Association

Spreading a low-impact ethic, Welch says, is among MITA’s chief accomplishments over the past 20 years. MITA is now really more of a conservation group with a recreational element, rather than the other way around. From the beginning, MITA has sent out volunteers in empty skiffs, which return hours later

Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Maritime Museum

Spread out on 20 riverside acres are five original 19th-century buildings from the Percy & Small Shipyard, a late-Victorian home, a contemporary museum, and plentiful hands-on exhibits detailing Maine’s rich seafaring heritage. Reserve in advance for a Bath Iron Works yard tour. Best Maritime Museum-Yankee Magazine May/April 2015Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Mineral Adventures

Best RockhoundingDig for gems, such as Maine tourmaline, on a field trip to a mine or quarry in the Oxford Hills. All tools and safety gear are provided, and you get to keep what you find.

Maine Sea Salt Company

Some of the best natural, seasoned, and smoked sea salts (4-ounce grinder $8.49-$9.99; 6-ounce glass jar $10.49-$12) come from the coast of Maine.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010Ten years ago, while shopping at a local health-foods store one day, Steve Cook, a third-generation lobsterman from Marshfield, Maine, had an epiphany when he

Maine State Museum

Maine State Museum

Four floors of engaging permanent and temporary exhibits detailing Maine’s history, heritage, and environment. Displays in the Back to Nature exhibit range from commemorating the extinction of the passenger pigeon to tourmaline mining. Plus, you can’t beat the price: $2 adults; children under 18 $1. Best History Museum-Yankee Magazine May/June

Maine State Music Theatre

Maine State Music Theatre

Maine State Music Theatre offers engaging, live, professional performances and outreach opportunities that entertain, educate and enrich lives with power and passion.The 2010 line-up includes: Always…Patsy Cline, My Fair Lady, CHICAGO and Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. Our children’s shows are Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Alice in Wonderland. Our

Maine Wildlife Park

More than 30 species of Maine wildlife, including moose, mountain lion, and black bear, as well as bald and golden eagles, reside at this state-owned park. Trails weave through the property, and there are feeding stations, gardens, a visitor center, and a warden museum. BEST GUARANTEED WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS.

Maine Windjammer Association

Maine Windjammer Association

Escape with Maine’s historic Windjammer fleet for an adventure of a lifetime. Great sailing by day, snug harbors each night. See lighthouses, seals and porpoises on every cruise. One night everyone enjoys a sumptuous lobster feast. Explore uninhabited islands and small fishing villages. Twelve ships in the fleet offer three-

Maine’s Pantry

Keep bottles of Maine-made aged balsamic vinegar ($16.95) and fig balsamic and garlic dipping oils ($17.95 each) in your pantry for maximum flavor whenever you need it.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

Maine’s Lakes & Mountains

Maine’s Lakes & Mountains

The Maine’s Lakes & Mountains Region is truly a four season recreational destination, boasting some of Maine’s highest peaks, the Bigelow Range and Mahoosuc Mountains, and hundreds of glacial lakes. Some of Maine’s largest lakes are located here, including Sebago, Flagstaff, and Rangeley lakes. Visit us online or call us

Maine’s Lakes & Mountains Tourism Council

Maine’s Lakes & Mountains Tourism Council

Maine’s Lakes and Mountains are not only close – just three hours from Boston – they’re a world away from the daily hustle bustle. Whether planning an outdoor vacation or peaceful retreat, there’s something for everyone: canoe and kayak pristine lakes and rivers, enjoy spectacular vistas along Scenic Byways,

Maine’s MidCoast

Maine’s MidCoast

Maine’s MidCoast: an engaging mix of New England tradition and modern eclecticism along scenic Coastal Route 1 from Brunswick on Merrymeeting Bay northeast to Searsport on Penobscot Bay.Long a place of inspiration and beauty, Maine’s MidCoast welcomes visitors to watch the action at their working harbors, where commercial fishing boats

Marginal Way

Since its inception in 1925, this leisurely (and now paved) 1.25-mile stroll has brought walkers up close to the rugged Maine coast. Soak in the views by taking a seat on any of the 30 memorial benches along the way. Begins at Perkins Cove or on Shore Road in downtown

Meadowmere Resort

Meadowmere Resort

Be You, Be Here – Discover the Heart of Ogunquit at The Meadowmere Resort. A luxury Ogunquit Maine resort offering a warm guest experience. From outstanding amenities, great location and every room choice to make your stay relaxing. When at our hotel enjoying Ogunquit and Maine, unwind with spa, massage,

Merrill Auditorium

The Kotzschmar Organ, at Merrill Auditorium, is a fitting symbol of Portland, Maine—a community that, although only 64,000 residents strong, refuses to be a musical suburb of Boston. Its tradition of symphonic self-sufficiency is largely credited to Hermann Kotzschmar, a 19th-century Prussian immigrant who for 50 years brought the best

Monhegan Boat Line

Monhegan Boat Line

Monhegan Boat Line is the year round ferry service to Monhegan Island, providing three trips daily during the summer. We also offer three Coastal Discovery Cruises: A Puffin/Nature trip which includes an exciting lobster trap hauling demonstration before you head out to Eastern Egg Rock to see the Puffins, a

Moody’s Diner

About halfway up the Maine shoreline on Route 1 in Waldoboro, you’ll find Moody’s Diner, a seemingly run-of-the-mill roadside eatery—that is, until you try the Grape-Nut pudding. No frills, no bells or whistles—just good, honest Yankee seacoast cooking.–Yankee Magazine, September/October, 2010207-832-7468. Rte. 1, Waldoboro. (www.moodysdiner.com)

Moose Country Safaris & Eco Tours

Owner Ed Mathieu has been a Maine Guide since 1989 and knows where to find those big, ungainly critters in the Moosehead Lake region. Choose from tours by water or road, or pair moose sightings with other wildlife sightings, birding treks, or outdoor adventures. BEST MOOSE GUIDE.

Moxie Outdoor Adventures

Moxie Outdoor Adventures

Daily whitewater rafting and inflatable kayaking trips on the Deerfield River in the beautiful Berkshires. Adventures for all ages, 7 and up. Mild to wild, families to fanatics the Deerfield River offers an adventure for everyone.Moxie Outdoor Adventures specializes in providing the finest whitewater rafting in New England. Moxie Outdoor

Nestlewood Inn

After a day of hiking, paddling, or mountain biking in northwestern Maine, pamper yourself at this bright and airy log cabin in the woods at the base of Sugarloaf. Voted BEST MOUNTAINSIDE INN.

New England Outdoor Center

NEOC’s Twin Pine campus edging Millinocket Lake and overlooking Katahdin puts the best of Maine’s adventures at your fingertips. Join guided rafting trips or moose safaris, paddle the region’s lakes and streams, hike the peaks, and return to a full-service base with cabins, restaurant, lounge, and other frills. BEST ADVENTURE

North Country Comforters

Keep little ones cozy with a hypoallergenic comforter ($1$135) made from Maine wool (with organic unbleached cotton muslin shell), hand-tied in a renovated barn workshop.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011

North Light Gallery

Best Art In The North WoodsHad enough of the moose trinkets? Take a gander at fine artworks representing the Katahdin region and inland Maine at Marsha Donahue’s downtown gallery: mountains, lakes, rivers, and, yes, a moose or two.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

This section of the Connecticut River offers lots of sandy beaches for swimming and picnics, and best of all: no portages. Look for great blue herons, river otters, beavers, and minks. BEST CANOEING.The Maine section of this waterway (from Lake Umbagog to St. John River) flows a whopping 347 miles,

Norton of Jonesport

They don’t know they’re adorable and exotic-looking, but the restoration of these “sea parrots” on secluded islands off the Maine coast has created one of New England’s most anticipated eco-tourism trips. These aren’t beach-lined, bring-a-picnic islands, but open Atlantic shelters for nesting puffins, which are once again, after many generations,

Nubble Light

Head to York, Maine, and pretend you’re not a tourist by trying not to take a picture of Nubble Light — perhaps the most photographed lighthouse in the world.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2010Barely 200 feet from the shallows of Long Sands Beach, Cape Neddick Light perches so handsomely on its bony

Odiorne Point State Park & Seacoast Science Center

Rocky coasts, remnants of old World War II bunkers, and a kid-centric science center with a dangling humpback whale skeleton populate this gem of a park, with 330 trail-crossed acres on the ocean. Picnics are practically mandatory, and tidepool explorations a must. Best Coastal State Park–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2015Check out

Old Orchard Beach

You’ve got two basic options at Maine’s Old Orchard Beach: Plant yourself smack-dab in the middle of the honky-tonk heaven around the iconic 500-foot pier, or keep some of the Atlantic to yourself with a seaside stroll that ventures off some three and a half miles in either direction. Your

Old Vines Wine Bar & Tapas Restaurant

Best Wine BarMike Farrell renovated an old barn into an Old World-meets-New World European-style wine bar. Complementing the wines, beers, spirits, and cocktails are nibbles, snacks, and small plates with choices such as lobster panini, broiled Maine shrimp and chorizo, and a white gazpacho that will more than satisfy garlic

One Stanley Avenue

Classic Maine cuisine in an elegant Victorian setting.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012Unexpected haute cooking with an emphasis on local ingredients. Dining rooms are small and romantic in this old Victorian.

Oxford Casino

Oxford Casino

Oxford Casino is a Maine gaming destination you have to see to believe! From our welcoming staff and wood beamed ceilings, to over 850 state-of-the-art slot machines, 26 heart-pounding table games and full restaurant and bar, our gaming experience is uniquely Maine and Wicked Good Fun!Persons under 21 years of

P&H Truck Stop

BEST HIGHWAY DINERTrucks and cars practically steer themselves off I-91 toward this eatery, where American and Canadian drivers (the menu is in English and French) plow into homemade chowders, Yankee pot roast, thick slabs of bread baked on site, and big-rig-size pieces of maple cream pie.Amble past the dozens of

Palace Diner

Maine’s oldest diner is a gem, a 1926 Pollard towed here from Lowell, Massachusetts, by two horses in the same year Lindbergh flew over the Atlantic. Expect classic fare, $3 to $9, with a few surprises, including healthful options. If the counter’s full, get your food to go and dine

Parsons Way Trail

This two-mile jaunt takes you past some of the cooler-named sights on the Maine coast: Spouting Rock and Blowing Cave. Ocean views are complemented by the sight of some truly magnificent homes. Benches; free; paved and grassy path; beachfront roses. And you can climb down on the rocks. Park at

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

BEST PICTURE POTENTIALDepicted on the Maine state quarter, Pemaquid Light is a shutterbug’s dream, topping spruce-studded ledges descending to crashing surf. Don’t miss the museum in the Keeper’s House.

Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

Visit the Jewel of the Maine Coast, a handy destination for weekend or longer getaways located midway between Portland/Freeport and Bar Harbor. Ride a windjammer or kayak to view lighthouses and sea life. Hike 25 miles of trails in a state park “where the mountains meet the sea”. Enjoy great

Pilgrim’s Inn

Pilgrim’s Inn

Overlooking picturesque Northwest Harbor of Penobscot Bay, Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle is the perfect place to experience Down East Maine. Built in 1793, this historic post-and-beam Maine inn welcomes you with an ambience and warmth of a bygone era. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inn

Pittston Farm Lodge

BEST FARM STAYThis historic farm, an oasis of civilization in the wilderness north of Moosehead Lake, welcomes guests with unfussy accommodations and hearty lumberjack-quality meals. Twenty miles from Rockwood via logging roads. Once the hub of activity for Great Northern Paper Company, now a great base for exploring the Maine

Poland Spring Resort & Preservation Park

Poland Spring Resort & Preservation Park

Get an up-close look at the history of Poland Spring, learning about the water, the grand resort, the celebrities who frequented it, and the Ricker family, while touring historic buildings and sites. Donations requested. Best Resort History Lesson-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Poland Spring Resort is one of the best vacation values

Pomegranate Inn

Best Breakfast As An Art FormInnkeeper and cookbook author Dana Moos prepares gourmet breakfasts that are as gorgeous to view as they are delicious to eat. She treats the plate as a canvas, balancing tastes, textures, and colors in dishes such as asparagus/caramelized-shallots/goat-cheese frittata and lemon-zest French toast with Maine

Popham Beach State Park

At the end of one of those fingers of land that dangles off the Maine coast into the Atlantic, Popham is hopelessly exposed to all the elements. There’s nothing manicured about this rare spit of sand sandwiched between rocky shores. Pieces of driftwood lie on the beach, backed by dwarf

Portland Farmers’ Market

Portland’s first farmers’ market dates back to 1768. Nowadays, its vendors line city walkways, all offering Maine-grown produce and products. Foodies will appreciate delicacies such as homemade tempeh, red-cabbage sauerkraut, kimchi, black radishes, raw honey, kefir, and of course, freshly picked Maine blueberries.Saturdays 7am-noon, April-November. Monument Square, Portland. Wednesdays 7am-2pm,

Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light

In Fort Williams Park, just 4 miles from downtown Portland, Maine’s oldest lighthouse, commissioned by George Washington, guards the harbor. Visit the museum in the keeper’s house and picnic in the park. Voted BEST HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Best Wheelchair-Accessible TrailThe mile-long gravel Carson Trail loops through the reserve, passing tidal creeks, salt pans, and salt marshes, and providing excellent vistas for birdwatching. Interpretive signs explain sights.The vast flocks of woodland and shore birds that reside here welcome you — as long as you’re quiet. This refuge amid

Raft Maine

When Wayne Hockmeyer guided the first raftload of thrill-seekers down the roiling Kennebec River in 1976, he started a new way of life in the Forks region of central Maine, which quickly became New England’s epicenter of whitewater rafting. Whether it’s down the Kennebec, the Dead River, or the Penobscot,

Railroad Square Cinema

This beloved theater burned to the ground in 1994, rising again with community support. The highlight of the rebuilding process was the premiere of Nobody’s Fool, based on the novel of the same name by Waterville local Richard Russo and starring Paul Newman. “The Square” co-hosts the Maine International Film

Reny’s

Best Shopping AdventureFind everything from Tom’s of Maine toothpaste to Woolrich shirts, jigsaw puzzles to cookware, at this small Maine chain of discount department stores. Locations: Bath, Belfast, Bridgton, Camden, Damariscotta, Dexter, Ellsworth, Farmington, Gardiner, Madison, Pittsfield, Portland, Saco, Topsham, Wells.

RISD Museum

RISD Museum

The RISD Museum on Benefit Street features an aggressively diverse collection dedicated to exposing its students to many artistic styles. The Museum houses more than 86,000 works of art, including works by a range of Rhode Island artists. The Museum features works by 18th century Newport furniture makers Goddard and

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and Museum

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and Museum is the only active Shaker Community. The Shakers strive to live a life of work and worship, fulfilling the motto of their founder, Mother Ann, to “put our hands to work and hearts to God.” The community at Sabbathday Lake presently consists of 18

Saco Museum

Maine’s Saco Museum houses the largest permanent public collection of John Brewster Jr.’s work, 13 portraits. His portraits convey a quiet intensity, a stillness that is almost unsettling. It’s exemplified by Brewster’s simple yet elegant settings, broad areas of soft, flat color, and pleasing flesh tones. Brewster’s portraits of children

Sebasco Harbor Resort

This pure Maine destination offers a “Downeast” experience in an easy to reach Midcoast setting, just one hour from Portland. Stay in our Lighthouse, traditional Main Lodge, unique cottages and luxurious suites. Enjoy Maine inspired dining, waterfront spa services, golf, kayaking and much more. Open May 11-October

Sebago Lake

Head a half-hour or so northwest of Portland, Maine, a city defined by the sea, and you’ll come to Sebago Lake. Like thousands of lakes in New England, Sebago holds memory and tradition, and a deep sense of belonging. Along its shores are small resorts carved from the woods, summer

Shepherd’s Pie

Perched on the craggy hillside overlooking the small harbor in Rockport, Maine, Shepherd’s Pie–a new gastropub under the direction of chef Brian Hill—commands a view that is in itself a reason to visit. But then there’s Hill’s casual but carefully composed fare—the best motivation of all. The namesake shepherd’s pie

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

The Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, located in the downtown historic waterfront district of Portsmouth and nestled alongside the Piscataqua River, the hotel overlooks the Maine coast and Portsmouth Harbor. Our warm and friendly staff will welcome you into the grand lobby, where sweeping views of the river and harbor activity

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church

BEST WINDOW DRESSINGWho knew? Maine’s largest collection of Tiffany stained-glass windows graces this 1878 church, which has 10 originals plus 32 intriguing non-Tiffany ones. Both self-guided and guided tours available.

Sweet Pea Farm

Twofer! Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner from the wood-fired oven at Sweet Pea Cafe and purchase Maine-made wine, beer, and chocolates at Bar Harbor Cellars Winery, both located on Sweet Pea Farm. Entrees: from $10. Best Twofold Food Stop

Tao Yuan

Small bites reveal nuanced flavors and palate-pleasing textures at Tao Yuan, where classically trained chef Cara Stadler and her mother, Cecile, create distinctive Asian fare from primarily local Maine ingredients. BEST ASIAN FUSION.

The Blue Hill Inn

Conjure an image of the perfect inn, and likely it resembles this Federal-style gem decorated with antiques and surrounded by gardens and fruit trees. Built in 1835 and on the National Register of Historic Places, it retains many original features, including wide pumpkin-pine floorboards, six fireplaces, and nine-over-six windows. Innkeeper

The Driftwood Inn

There’s nothing fancy about this dining room on Casco Bay’s Bailey Island, but the fried eggs taste better here. Could be they’re perfectly cooked, or the briny ocean breeze erases the memory of breakfast anywhere else. Get some pie—they’re made locally by some sort of pie magician.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010The

The Fiddlehead Restaurant

Best Food & Wine PairingChef Melissa Chaiken’s menu changes regularly, but her creative offerings blend Maine and worldly flavors. Co-owner Laura Albin manages the casual dining room. She knows wine and enjoys introducing diners to lesser-known varietals and vintners.

The Freeport Inn

The Freeport Inn

The Freeport Inn is a beautiful 25 acre property set on both sides of the tidal Cousins River. We welcome your pets for a minimal fee. Our 4 legged guests love the lush lawns! The Inn features two guest room buildings, each with a unique, beautiful view of the Maine

The Maine Brew Bus

Leave the driving to Lenny, the Maine Brew Bus, as you sip and tour Southern Maine breweries, brewpubs, wineries and distilleries. Tickets includes transportation, tours, tastings, and gratuities. Most tours depart from The Craft Beer Cellar on Commercial St. Best Brewery Tours

The Maine Float Rope Company

“Down East Doormats” ($49.95 to $79.95) are handcrafted from recycled float ropes (which are no longer used in the Maine lobstering industry because they can entangle North Atlantic right whales). They’re resistant to mildew, mold, and moisture.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010

The Old Tavern at Grafton

The Old Tavern is an inn filled with history and antiques, along with an award-winning restaurant that works Grafton cheddar into its dishes.Try the maple-Dijon-encrusted rack of lamb. A light tapas menu is served weekend evenings in the Phelps Barn.In 1801, Enos Lovell converted his two-story house into an inn.

The Schooner J. & E. Riggin

A multiday windjammer sail is a treat for the sea lover, and the palate, aboard the Riggin, a National Historic Landmark built in 1929 as an oyster dredger. Captain Jon Finger usually mans the wheel, while his wife, Captain Annie Mahle, a food columnist and well-known cookbook author, prepares from-scratch

Theater at Monmouth

The Cumston Hall home of the Shakespearean Theater of Maine is Romanesque architectural eye candy with Queen Anne flourishes. Inside, magnificent plaster ornamentation, carved wood trim, hand-stenciled and frescoed ceilings, and more than 100 stained-glass windows make it delightfully hard to concentrate on the excellent productions. BEST THEATER.

Thurston’s Lobster Pound

End of the road, end of the earth: Look for mountain views, bluebloods, bluehairs, and swarms of fishing boats.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011Thurston’s is tops for off-the-boat-fresh lobster on Mount Desert Island.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012The classic Maine lobster pound is a no-frills eatery where you can usually select your own lobster.

Tully and Marie’s Restaurant

Hovering over Otter Creek, a flavor-packed brunch, lunch, or dinner awaits. The menu skips around the world cuisines of Asia, Latin America, Europe, and, of course, New England, with offerings such as a curried tofu, huevos rancheros, Maine crab cakes, and bracing Bloody Marys.Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Uni Sashimi Bar

A caveat: This is not your go-to place for spicy tuna takeout. But if you’re interested in sushi as real cuisine, Ken Oringer’s small eatery in the lower level of the Eliot Hotel pairs exquisite fish (and pork belly, and foie gras …) with an international palette of flavors. That

Vazquez Mexican

Authentic Mexican in Down East Maine? Ayuh. Expect scratch-made tortillas along with generous tacos, gorditas, tostadas, guaraches, burritos, tamales, and other traditional dishes. Entrees: from $4. Best Mexican Takeout

Vinland

Local. Organic. Maine. That sums up chef/owner David Levi’s philosophy at Vinland, where indigenous food traditions are cele brated and all ingredients are from Maine. The small-plates menu might include Portland strip steak with whey-poached parsnip, wild porcini mushroom, and parsley gremolata, or lobster with wild black-trumpet mushroom emulsion, nori,

Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Wells Reserve at Laudholm

A National Estuarine Research Reserve, based at historic Laudholm Farms, known in the 1920s for its progressive agricultural practices. Hike seven miles of trails winding through 2,250 acres of woods, beach, and coastal salt marsh; explore exhibits at the Maine Coastal Ecology Center and the Laudholm farmhouse; and take part

Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel and Spa

Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel and Spa

Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel and Spa is a gem in the northeast, and New Hampshire is home to the only remaining historic seaside grand hotel in the region. Now owned and operated by Marriott, the Wentworth offers guests 161 luxurious rooms and suites, a full-service spa, two

Wild Blueberry Land

Step inside a humongous roadside blueberry to find freshly baked Maine wild-blueberry pies, muffins, and scones; blueberry jams, syrups, spreads, butter, truffles, ice cream, and more; plus blueberry-scented candles and blueberry-themed everything else. BEST BLUEBERRY EVERYTHING.

Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Allagash Wilderness Waterway

BEST RIVER PADDLINGRegistered Maine Guides Polly Mahoney and Kevin Slater, owners of Mahoosuc Guide Service, will take you down the 92-mile Allagash from spring through fall, but they highly recommend their “Before the Bugs” trip, May 24-29 this year, or the “Fall Foliage” paddle, September 27 to October 2 this

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