That’s right, we’re sending you out to explore all 35,385 square miles of Maine — from mountains to sea, from potato fields to city streets — in pursuit of the best Maine summer ever. There are three ways you can win our Great Maine Scavenger Hunt.
Do any combination of activities that happens to interest you below. Pick a bunch of places and pursuits that sound fun — be sure to include a few you’ve never tried before — then hit the road and enjoy! You’re out having a fun Maine summer, and that, my friend, makes you a winner! You don’t get any prizes, of course, but can you believe some people are stuck trying to enjoy themselves in other states?
Finish all of the tasks in a single category. So you’re a foodie, an outdoorsperson, or a history buff? Complete all of the activities in any one of the seven categories that follow (Outdoors, Food & Drink, History, Arts, Events, Family, and Landmarks), and you’ll win a handsome matted print of the cover of our special Summer 2017 issue, along with a photo and shout-out in a forthcoming issue of Down East, in which we’ll salute all summer scavenger hunters.
How to show us you’ve really completed these undertakings? Each entry includes an explanation of a corresponding selfie request. Grab your phone and shoot a picture of yourself as the entry describes. Then, when you’ve taken a selfie for each and every activity in the category, use the form on this page (coming soon!) to upload your images (all at once, as a batch).
We will confirm with all winners within two weeks of receiving your selfies. Complete all of the activities in more than one category (but fewer than all seven) and we will admire you that much more, although the prize is the same.
Complete all 40 fun, eye-opening, challenging, delicious, adventuresome items on this list. Wow. We honestly have our doubts about whether anyone can even do this. But if you head out and complete all 40 of these activities — across all seven categories — and upload 40 corresponding selfies, matching each task’s selfie description you will have won our undying admiration. And truly enjoyed the best Maine summer ever.
Here’s what else you’ll win: 1) a 10-year subscription to Down East, 2) a matted souvenir photomosaic of your 40 selfies, 3) an open invitation to visit the editorial offices of Down East in Rockport, where an identical photomosaic of your achievement will hang in a place of highest honor for one year. Upon such visit(s) you will be fêted and hailed as a conquering hero.
Ready to upload some selfies?
If you run into any issues email [email protected]
- 1Climb on Tumbledown
- 2Bike in Carrabassett Valley
- 3Swim in South Oxford
- 4Hike in Baxter
- 5Paddle in Stonington
- 6Stretch Your Legs on MDI
- 7Pie in Machias
- 8Al Fresco in South Bristol
- 9Beer on Monhegan
- 10Hot Dogs in Brunswick
- 11Whoopies in Newry
- 12Moxie in Union
- 13Wine Tasting in Lincolnville
- 14Lighthouse on Burnt Island
- 15Trains on the Allagash
- 16Historic Manor in South Berwick
- 17Maritime History in Bath
- 18Old Fort in New Harbor
- 19Murals in Portland
- 20Multimedia in Eastport
- 21L.L.Bean’s Summer in the Park in Freeport
- 22Shakespeare in the Kennebunks
- 23Fast Eddie’s in Winthrop
- 24Gallery Art in Lovell
- 25Fourth of July in South Portland
- 26Yarmouth Clam Festival in Yarmouth
- 27LAUNCH! A Martime Festival in the Kennebunks
- 28Sweet Chariot Festival on Swan’s Island
- 29Acadian Festival in Madawaska
- 30Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach
- 31Hadlock Field in Portland
- 32Step Falls Preserve in Newry
- 33Fun-O-Rama in York Beach
- 34Backpack Stuffing in Portland
- 35Jockey Cap Mountain in Fryeburg
- 36Aroostook County’s Solar System
- 37Penobscot Narrows Observatory
- 38Paul Bunyan in Bangor
- 38Big Indian in Freeport
- 38Big Fisherman in Eastport
- 39Roxmont (Us!) in Rockport
- 40Marshall Point Light in Port Clyde
About Those Selfies
A “selfie” means you have to be in it, with the exception of any of the entries in the Family category, for which having your kids in it is a totally acceptable alternative. If you’d like to squeeze other people into your selfies, then terrific — the more the merrier. If somebody else actually takes the photo of you, that’s perfectly fine too. But please do read the description of the selfie requirement for each item — each pic should show an attempt to include what we’ve asked for in the background.
If it’s imperfect — a sign is out of focus, a mountain gets cut off — that’s okay. Don’t panic. We’re only taking this so seriously. No selfie requirements are contingent upon a purchase or payment of an admission fee. If an act of nature or unforeseen disaster or closure prevents the execution of a selfie requirement as we’ve described it (say, a sign we’ve asked you to photograph has somehow been destroyed), use your best judgment and take a photo that otherwise shows us you’ve completed an activity — you’ll be able to include an explanatory note with your photo uploads.
There’s only one, really, and that’s Labor Day — Monday, September 4, at 8 p.m. eastern time. That’s the hard cutoff by which you must upload your selfies in order to be eligible for a prize. That gives you all of May, June, July, and August to complete the scavenger hunt. Of course, you can and should continue having fun in Maine in September and beyond — you just won’t win anything for it. (If you’re planning to complete the items in the Events category, best to look at your calendar now.)
Click the map icons for a description of each activity (and driving directions)!
Having issues? Have a question? Email [email protected]