August 2019


Southern Maine Beach Guide

Miles of surf and sand, funky towns with a foot in yesteryear, lots of oddball family attractions — southern Maine’s beaches offer the American summer vacation at its beach-blanket best.

By Brian Kevin, Bridget M. Burns, and Jen Hazard

The Goodly River

Twenty years ago, a band of guides, foresters, and conservationists put in on the St. John River to sketch out an ambitious conservation plan. This summer, they returned to take stock.

By Tristan Spinski

Nowhere Land

A speck of a village at the northernmost tip of Maine, Estcourt Station is (sometimes literally) the place you can’t get to from here.

By Virginia M. Wright


North by East

The highway-sign jokers at the Maine Department of Transportation, a Deer Isle performance sure to move the audience, and a fresh perspective on the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Plus, a whoopie pie heist in Maine Dispatches.

Food and Drink

We slurp on Wicked Maine Pops, ferry out for dinner at Crown Jewel, and whip up a piquant Romesco sauce for grilled vegetables. Also, spruce beer and a much-admired chef in Stonington.

Good Things from Maine

Combing for beach-stone jewelry, shopping for antiques in Cornish, and chatting with the worm wranglers of FixIt Farm.

Maine Homes

A pondside cottage in Camden fulfills a longtime dream and author and playwright Monica Wood invites us into her living room. Plus, endless hosta-bilities in Buckfield.


Where in Maine

Maine Moment


Editor’s note, reader feedback, responses to June’s Where in Maine, and more.


Book excerpt: John N. Cole’s In Maine: Essays on Life’s Seasons; Room With a View.

My Favorite Place

Sam Calagione on the landmark that lent his brewery its name: Dogfish Head.

On the cover: Parsons Beach in Kennebunk, by Michael D. Wilson.

Additional photos: Derek Bissonnette; Frederick Bloy; Matt Cosby;

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