It's been a great year for storytelling in Maine. From a profile of a lobsterman still fishing at 96 to a ride-along with a tireless dog-rescuer to a gonzo analysis of every single Maine lighthouse, these are our most-read stories of the year.
Interviewed by Jesse Ellison Photographed by Mark Fleming
From our April issue: Guest editor Sam Sifton helped us craft our special issue on Maine Food, including this wide-ranging group Q&A with a murderer’s row of culinary talent. Nationally, restaurant-kitchen culture is still dominated by men, but women chefs have a refreshingly outsize presence in Maine. We gathered a few of the state’s best chefs to talk about why.
Photographed by Chris Bennett, Andrew Drummond, Chris Shane, and Jamie Walter
From our February issue: In winter, as this photo feature showed, Maine’s mile-high Katahdin is a rugged, spectacular world apart. When four friends set out to ski it, the trip represented a physical challenge and a spiritual feat. A glimpse of “The Greatest Mountain” as few ever see it.
From our February issue: Frigid waters, jellyfish hordes, riptides, and things that go bump in the night — it’s all here in this profile of sexagenarian Westbrook aqua-woman Pat Gallant-Charette, who’s out to beat marathon swimming’s ultimate globe-spanning challenge.
By Jesse Ellison, Will Grunewald, Brian Kevin, Frances Killea, Genevieve Morgan, Clark Shepard, Sarah Stebbins, Jennifer Van Allen, and Virginia M. Wright
From our September issue: No story garnered reader feedback this year quite like this categorical assessment of all 65 of Maine lighthouses, inspired in part by the 10th anniversary of Maine Open Lighthouse Day. How did your favorites do?
By Will Grunewald Photographed by Michael D. Wilson
From our July issue: In 2018, Charlotte Gill, of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, made the viral rounds for her attempts to kill lobsters without causing pain — by getting them high. We set out to tell the rest of her story.
By Brian Kevin Photographed by Benjamin Williamson
From our December issue: We set out to tell the quirky tale of an Instagram-famous fish house and found a more intricate story about copycat culture and one fishing town’s struggles with community and authenticity.
From our July issue: In our most widely shared story of the year (thanks dog people!), Kathryn Miles joined 37 very good dogs on a 1,600-mile road trip to understand why the Pine Tree State welcomes so many southern rescue dogs — and how they all get here.