Down East is an identity magazine for Mainers and for anyone whose heart and soul are fed by our state and state of mind. Since 1954, our mission has been simple: to hold a mirror up to Maine, showcasing its landscapes, traditions, flinty character, and unhurried way of life, as well as to confront its complexities intelligently and with heart. We believe rusticity, cool, and smarts can live side by side — because they do in Maine. Our readers and online communities come to us to learn about out-of-the-way lobster shacks, Maine-made gift ideas, and under-the-radar spots to paddle, hike, and explore, but also for insight into the personalities and issues shaping our state. Simply put — and as generations of readers can attest — reading Down East makes you better at loving Maine.
A Maine brand with national relevance, Down East has been honored as Magazine of the Year multiple times by the International Regional Magazine Association. Our stories have been recognized and anthologized in the Best American series of the country’s best magazine writing and are regularly shared on best longform lists across the web. Recent guest editors have included lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and New York Times food editor Sam Sifton. Audiences in Maine and beyond come to Down East for the insight and familiar charm that come from 66 years of outstanding Maine storytelling.