July 2018

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Best of Maine

Thousands of readers took our poll to tell us what they love most about the Pine Tree State. Then we chimed in with a few picks of our own. Here’s our annual list of Maine’s best everything.

Your Maine Mountain Trail Guide

The badass hikers of the Alpine Women Collective share 10 of their favorite trails for all skill levels.
By Lindsey Moran

Is This Man a Victim?

The case of Kenyan runner Moninda Marube illustrates the challenges of investigating and prosecuting trafficking crimes.

By Kathryn Miles

How Allagash White Conquered the World

Top-secret ingredients and MacGyvered dairy equipment. Old World wisdom and cutting-edge tech. It’s all part of the long, heady history of the curious beer that put Maine suds on the map.

By Will Grunewald


Special advertising section: The Maine lakes 2018 power rankings

From Sebago to Rangeley, Belgrade to Winthrop, here are some of the lakes where you’ll find us this summer.

By Caitlin Gilmet


North by East

A quarter-century of Sea Dogs baseball, three Maine music anniversaries to celebrate, our Go Here, Not There crowd-busting advice, and sharp-shooting senator Angus King. Plus, a 2-ton ball of lost fishing gear in Maine Dispatches.

Food & Drink

We mix up quick and easy exotic grub on the trail, drift into Portland’s Drifters Wife, and make fresh strawberry ice cream. Also, the return of three classic eateries.

Good Things from Maine

Stuart Loten turns home lighting into art, Paul Sampson makes a better oyster platter, and we go shopping in downtown Kennebunk.

Maine Homes

Tour a Kennebunkport tiny cottage and learn why gardener Kate McLeod grows plants like no one else in Belfast. Take a look at the room where author Kate Christensen wrote her last two books. If you’ve ever wondered “what’s it worth?”, check out our very own antiques roadshow.


Where in Maine

Maine Moment


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


Talk of Maine: Wiscasset Traffic, Room With a View.

My Favorite Place

Poetry Out Loud state champ Allan Monga on Deering High School in Portland

On the cover: Kayakers off Orr’s Island, by Gabe Souza.

Additional photos: Cait Bourgault; Douglas Merriam; Molly Haley; Sue Anne Hodges