Down East April 2006

April 2006

The table of contents from the April 2006 issue of Down East.


The Spirit of Rockport

People in Rockport have come to appreciate, and anticipate, the surprisingly diverse ships that Taylor Allen launches each spring.

  • By: Aaron Porter

Man with a Plan

This controversial Millinocket rafting guide turned developer doesn’t believe ecotourism should be a dirty word in the North Woods.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore

Rustic at Heart

A Harrington summerhouse is an anchor for a pair of academics.

  • By: Tom Groening
  • Photography by: Brian Vanden Brink

The AT for You & Me

Not up for hiking all 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail? Here are six day hikes that hit Maine’s AT hot spots.

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Fore Street Confidential

An exclusive look behind the scenes at Maine’s hottest restaurant.

  • By: Michael Sanders
  • Photography by: Russell French

Kittery’s Secret Identity

What, exactly, is Kittery? Is it Maine’s gateway or Portsmouth’s conjoined twin? A shipyard town or a shopping destination? Is it the best of Maine’s past or the worst of its future? No one can agree, least of all the people who live here.

  • By: Abby Zimet
  • Photography by: Sara Gray

Ladies of the Lake

Staying at a borrowed camp on Sysladobsis Lake, we found ourselves being drawn into the story of the place.

  • By: Elizabeth Peavey
  • Illustrations by: Marguerite Robichaux

The Reddest State in Red Sox Nation

How to explain the curious love affair between the people of Maine and a ball club from Boston?

  • By: Rob Sneddon


Where in Maine?

This coastal village doesn’t get the same attention as its much-visited neighbor, but that’s fine by folks here.


North by East

Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine.


Smoke-Free Tourism

Maine’s ban on tobacco in bars and restaurants hasn’t hurt business in the least.

  • By: Jeff Clark

Letters to the Editor

Where in Maine? Your February “Where in Maine?” photograph is of the popular Maine Winter Sports Center at Presque Isle in beautiful Aroostook County. My son, daughter-in-law, and grandson enjoy skiing there. —Janet Davis Kaszas Ellsworth, Maine Maine’s Insurance Mess Great article in your February



Maine’s unique offshore islands are just a ferry ride away, as a new guidebook shows.


Home Waters

Part memoir, part nature guide, Temple Stream is a love letter to western Maine.

  • By: Kurtis Clements

Let’s Make a Deal

A state tourism Web site offers some surprising discounts on vacation packages.

  • By: Andrew Vietze

Fulfilling Baxter’s Vision

A deal to protect Katahdin Lake is in the hands of lawmakers.


The Ledges

I couldn’t understand what was happening to my grandmother, but I could stop an ocean.

  • By: Meadow Rue Merrill

Conundrum, Freeport

A restaurant beside a Route 1 landmark has become an unlikely local favorite.

  • By: Michaela Cavallaro

Summer Preview

Here’s a sneak peek at the festivities scheduled throughout the summer in Maine.


Whistle-Stop Smile

A portrait taken in Livermore evokes the era of railroad vacations in Maine.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore