Down East Enterprises
The Magazine of Maine evokes and illuminates the spirit and culture of Maine at its best. For nearly six decades Down East has captured the reader’s attention with stunning photography, beautiful story-telling, Maine humor, dining and more. People who love Maine love Down East.
Sixty years ago, the slim first issue of a regional magazine appeared on selected newsstands throughout the length and breadth of Maine. On the cover, a stylized woodcut of a Maine harbor was topped by a hand-painted logo with the words “Down East” — a reference to the practice of sailing downwind to the east in order to reach Maine from Boston during the great age of sail. The new magazine, which was loosely modeled on The New Yorker, was the brainchild of a Mainer named Duane Doolittle.
A gruesome tale of survival and cannibalism still fascinates after three hundred years.