April 2015

Down East April 2015 Cover



Maine’s Best New Restaurants

In the last two years, Maine’s restaurant scene has enjoyed an unprecedented burst of talent and ingenuity. It was a tough job, but we dined and drank our way around the state to bring you this list of our favorite new eateries.

Lost in Transition

The trials and triumphs of Erin French, chef-owner of one of Maine’s most exciting new restaurants, The Lost Kitchen in Freedom (yes, Freedom). By Suzanne Rico.

The Secret Lives of Houses

Shoes in the chimney? Cryptic codes in the woodwork? Every house has its secrets — here’s how to uncover them. By Virginia M. Wright.

Home Grown: An April Shower of Seeds

It’s not too late to start a splendid spring garden. These few simple tips will help to bring May flowers. By Richard Grant.

The Wild Women of Vinalhaven

For four disparate artists, Vinalhaven is a creative enclave and a refuge for free spirits. By Edgar Allen Beem.



Where in Maine?

Can you identify this historic shipbuilding district and the town in which it lies?

Editor’s Note

The Spring To-Do List

Letters to the Editor

What You Said

Your Maine

What does your Maine dream home look like?


North by East

Opinions, Advisories, and Musings from the Length and Breadth of Maine

Down East Dispatches

News You May Have Missed

The Dirt on Mud

A Splattering of Things You Didn’t Know About Maine Muck

What’s in a Picture

Lumbermen at Rest

Talk of Maine

Tough Love for Millinocket: A Q&A With Planner Charles Buki



Living the Maine Life


Industrial Chic


The Pesticide-Free Lawn

My Maine

Waiting for Ice-Out

Room With a View

Rapt Over Raptors



What to Do in Maine This Month


Blaze, Bangor


Kitty Critic Paws Around Down East


When the Sky Is Like Lace


Homes Down East


Go here. Do this. See that.

From Our Archives

April 1961. A look back at Down East fifty-four years ago.


Cover: Gulf of Maine lobster gnocchi from Outliers Eatery by Adam DeTour.

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