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March 2020

Features

Best Places to Live

Community. Natural beauty. Opportunity. Momentum. These 12 oh-so-Maine towns just might have what you’re looking for in your next home base. (And anyway, it’s fun to daydream!)

Augusta: Go ahead, Call it a Comeback

A new crop of mostly young, mostly native entrepreneurs has a message about our state capital: don’t dis ’Gusta.

By Virginia M. Wright

Rangeley: Who needs a Ski Mountain, Anyway?

As Saddleback Mountain wraps its fifth season in limbo, Maine’s hardiest adventure town has found other ways to thrive.

By Mitch Breton

. . . And 10 Other Maine Towns we Love

From Brooksville to Biddeford, Eastport to Westbrook.

By Jesse Ellison

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Special Advertising Section: Summer Camps

Generations of kids and young adults have honed their social and leadership skills at Maine summer camps. Camp Susan Curtis helps ensure those lessons aren’t only for the privileged.

By Jennifer Van Allen


Departments

North by East

A (bizarrely?) big year for Maine’s destination cred, two new coffee-table books on the state’s art history, a fond tribute to retiring children’s songwriter Rick Charette, and a fellow who has lousy luck with foxes in Maine Dispatches.

Food and Drink

Is birch syrup the next big thing? Plus, a visit to Oxford’s buzzy Oxbow Beer Garden and an encore act for a Portland restaurant hotshot at the New Gloucester Village Store.

Good Things from Maine

Where to find Icelandic goats in Waldoboro and exquisite “junk and dead things” in Whitefield. This and other newsy happenings on the Maine maker scene.

Maine Homes

A Sugarloaf slopeside retreat with style, old-timey clapboards from a Blue Hill craftsman, and a Portland landmark with a hallowed history (and high-minded future).


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Where in Maine

Maine Moment

Dooryard

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

Columns

Timelines: The Waterville Panthers Become New England Champs, Room With a View.

My Favorite Place

Dr. Habib Dagher loves his hi-tech UMaine lab.


On the cover: Downtown Augusta, by Michael D. Wilson

Additional photos: Michael D. Wilson; Tristan Spinski

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