From historical deep dives to political longreads to one extra-large pizza listicle, these are the Maine stories you read and shared most this year.
This year’s most-read and most-shared stories are a classically Down East blend: deeply reported features exploring the personalities and issues shaping our state; roundups of opinionated, insider insight on where to stay and eat and shop; smart and unexpected looks back at the historical moments that have made Mainers who they are. It’s a mix that speaks to the character of a Down East reader, somebody equally invested in Maine’s past, Maine policy, and Maine pizza.
From our May 2022 issue: In 1933, on a surprisingly freewheeling ramble through the Northeast, the reluctant new First Lady crashed with potato farmers, packed a pistol, and realized what she could bring to the office.
From our June 2022 issue: We checked in with some of the ambitious proprietors who make the state’s hospitality sphere sizzle and visited new and updated properties all across the state, from a complex of captains’ houses to a mountain yoga retreat to a reinvented MDI resort.
By Jennifer Finney Boylan | Photographed by Alec Hartman
From our March 2022 issue: When 30-year-old Alec Hartman passed away in 2019, after years of struggles with depression and anxiety, Maine lost a talented photographer at the start of a promising career.
By Virginia M. Wright, Adrienne Perron, Brian Kevin, and Sarah Stebbins
From our July 2022 issue: Seasoned collectors know: Maine’s reverence for history, abundance of old homesteads and estates, and generations of tourist traffic make the Pine Tree State an antiquing destination par excellence.
By Will Grunewald | Photographed by Tristan Spinski
From our June 2022 issue: Maine was the first state to eliminate the possibility of parole. Now, a hard-nosed state legislator and a once-incarcerated PhD student are making the case that parole deserves a second chance. Can they sway a political establishment wary of looking soft on crime?