January 2019

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Snow Reservations

With incredible (and affordable) winter weekend getaways in every corner of the state, Maine doesn’t hibernate, and neither should you.

By Will Grunewald, Jen Hazard, and Brian Kevin

Figure Study

Abigail Gray Swartz created a totem of 21st-century feminism. Now, she’s out to remix whole cityscapes with monuments to history’s “hidden figures.”

By Erin Stewart Brown

2019 Down East Reader Photo Contest

The results are in. Thousands of you submitted gorgeous shots of the state’s landscapes, people, and wildlife. Here are the 10 shots we loved most.


Special Advertising Section: Vacation Rental Confidential

From lobster-pot procurement to late-pet interment, Maine’s vacation rental agents have always gone above and beyond. Sometimes way beyond.

By Jennifer Van Allen


North by East

The emerald ash borer threatens a tradition of Wabanaki basketry, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art becomes eclectic, a frigid Baxter State Park tradition comes to an end, and more. Plus, we’ll tell you who’s moving to Florida in Maine Dispatches.

Food & Drink

A still maker turned distiller at Etna’s Mossy Ledge Spirits, high-altitude comfort food at The Mountain Room, and White Barn Inn vet Derek Bissonnette’s toothsome all-soup cookbook.

Good Things from Maine

A glassblowing lesson with Montville’s David Jacobson Glass and a visit with the Zootility crew. Plus, Bespolk’s sassy Maine headgear.

Maine Homes

A family-friendly South Portland bungalow, another round of our very own antiques roadshow, and three fantasy islands you can pretend to afford.


Where in Maine

Maine Moment


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

Room With a View

My Favorite Place

Novelist Susan Conley on her family’s Phippsburg camp.

On the cover: Frozen selfie, by Christi Holmes.

Additional photos: Greta Rybus; Derek Bissonnette; John and Cynthia Orcutt; Paul Cyr