July 2016

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Editor’s Note by Kathleen Fleury
[accordion] [item title=”Expand to read”] Kathleen FleuryWe look forward to it every year: our Best of Maine feature, which begins on page 110. It’s a staple summer tradition for mags like ours, but for us, it’s more than that. It’s a chance to pause our hectic lives, take stock of the place we love, and remind ourselves what’s great about living here by calling out some of our favorite things — food trucks to florists to fishing lakes.

In that same spirit, I offer a few of my personal bests from the last year, drawn from my experiences exploring our state. Just another year in paradise, to paraphrase the denizens of Kezar Lake, whom Virginia M. Wright profiles in this issue, beginning on page 94.

  • Meeting Mainers in Arizona: I had the good fortune to take a vacation out West and visit a few national parks. At the Grand Canyon, a man wearing a Sea Dogs cap struck up a conversation. Days later, we summited Mount Lemmon in Tucson and settled into a tiny restaurant, where I overheard the next table talking about Boothbay. I asked where they were from, and sure enough, they were from Port Clyde. Mainers make community no matter where we are.
  • Fort Knox State Historic Site: Absolutely enchanting for any age — and a great history lesson for my 4-year-old. It’s a must-stop for families and history buffs passing over the Penobscot Narrows Bridge this summer.
  • L.L.Bean: My daughter has become obsessed with L.L.Bean. It’s one of the first words she learned to read (on account of it’s on a lot of labels around our house), and she now insists on visiting every time we’re at my parents’ place in Freeport. The sleepless night that my dad and I spent walking my sick baby around the store until after 3 a.m. has mellowed into a lovely memory.
  • Hiking the Precipice Trail at Acadia National Park: A certain editor on our staff (looking in your direction, Ms. Wright) assured me this hike was not difficult. Well, this slightly afraid-of-heights gal found it a terrifying challenge — and, of course, ultimately rewarding. For that, I credit the great company (most of our editorial team) and the dizzying (but breathtaking) views of the Atlantic.
  • An ice cream sundae at The Waterfront restaurant in Camden: I have saved the best for last. The kid in me is so happy every time I order this decadent and delicious treat. Which is often. And I swear the view of Camden Harbor makes it taste even sweeter.

Here’s wishing you another beautiful summer of discoveries in Maine. — Kathleen Fleury[/item] [/accordion]


Best of Maine!

For months, we’ve been eating, shopping, road-tripping, and arguing for our picks. Presenting Maine’s best everything, plus the results of our reader poll. How’d your favorites do?

Endless Summer

Welcome to Kezar Lake, where the water ever beckons, the pace is undemanding, and one day folds softly into the next. –By Virginia M. Wright

Slice of Life

Nothing says Maine summer like a slice of berry pie on a sunny day. We dish on 12 terrific pie shops, Rockland’s pie-baking (and side-splitting) grandmas, and more. –By Annemarie Ahearn

The Destroyer

Revisiting the harrowing night, 150 years ago this month, when the Great Fire of Portland wiped half of the Forest City off the map. –By Andrew Vietze


Where in Maine?

Can you name this bridge and the town where it’s found?


The Mail

North by East

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

Down East Dispatches

News You May Have Missed

Jumping Ship

Bunker, Sweet Bunker

Limestone’s Underground Scene

What’s in a Picture

Tractor Seat Polychrome


Ryan Holt, Naked Mainer


Living the Maine Life


A Pemaquid Seaside Retreat


Castine’s Veggie Kingdom

Making It in Maine

Dri-Ki Woodworking


Pea Soup with Soft Herbs

My Maine

Earnest Goes to Camp

Room With a View



What to Do in Maine This Month


Scarborough’s Pine Point Grille


Susan Amons


Salad Days


Nevada Barr’s Boar Island


Tricky Britches

From Our Archives

Cover Photograph: Fireworks over Camden, by Benjamin Williamson

Additional photographs: Cait Bourgault; Douglas Merriam; Michael Wilson; Douglas Merriam

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