July 2008


A Month of Fun

31 Ways to Enjoy July in Maine!

  • By: Robert Jones

Doggone Good

Maine’s best ice cream cookie sandwich.

  • By: Meadow Rue Merrill

First Island

The rugged isle of Damariscove is where New england really began.

  • By: Colin Woodard

Lost in Translation

Can the Penobscot language be brought back from the brink of extinction?

  • By: Abby Zimet

Mush to the Thrush

Foolishly, I agreed to hike up Saddleback in search of Maine’s most elusive mountain bird.

  • By: Elizabeth Peavey

Hidden Beaches

Twelve of Maine’s best hidden beaches.

  • By: Andrew Vietze

A Maine Holiday (in Haiku)

You can find a little poetry in even the most harried family vacations.

  • By: Paul Doiron

The Heart of Cherryfield

Located midway between Ellsworth and Machias, the self-proclaimed Blueberry Capital of the World is a small town that wears its history on its streets.

  • By: Virginia Wright


Recognize this historic downtown?

Maine’s tiniest city makes for a great summer stroll.

  • Photography by: Dean Abramson

Musings From Maine

Down East’s editors discuss Maine’s elusive Longfellow Mountains, the new Acadia (car, that is), and more.

The Road Less Traveled

Introducing Maine’s newest superhighway – Route 201?

  • By: Jeff Clark

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to “Where in Maine?” and other articles.

Maine’s Secret Places

Editor-in-Chief Paul Doiron reflects on revealing some of Maine’s prettiest places.

  • By: Paul Doiron

Shop the State of Maine archive store

The State of Maine archive store goes online.

Surfer Moms

Catch a wave at Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk.

Lost Resorts

Lavish photos, lackluster text document the grand seaside hotels of nineteenth-century Maine and New England.

  • By: Colin Woodard

Island Summer League

On summering on Isle au Haut.

  • By: Sarah Scott

Oh, Orono!

Visit Orono, the home of the University of Maine, in summer.

  • By: Kathleen Fleury

The Maine Viewpoint

Editorial opinions from across Maine.

July Editors’ Picks

A garden party with Martha Stewart, a loon count, and American art in Ogunquit are special events not to miss in Maine this July.

Ready, Aim, Shoot

The Maxim family’s severe faces are nearly as powerful as the deadly machine in this family portrait from 1898.

  • By: Joshua F. Moore

Perfect match

93 Townsend offers a modern marriage of flavors in Boothbay Harbor.

  • By: Lindsay Sterling

Berry Good

Strawberry ice cream from Red’s Dairy Freeze in South Portland is a good way to cool down in July.