September 2018

Editor’s Note by Kathleen Fleury

This issue pays homage to Route 1, the iconic highway that traverses Maine from top to bottom — all 527 miles of it. For many of you, this road no doubt represents vacation and leisure, getaways and adventures. For me, the vast majority of time I’ve spent on this road is my daily commute to work. I’ve worked at Down East for nearly 11 years and driven the same 4.3-mile stretch of Route 1 every day. Sure, I’m on autopilot most mornings, but when I stopped to think about just how much is packed into this short span, I was amazed. In fact, most of the goods and services we need as a family are found on this stretch of Route 1. I’ve come to know this road very well, and if I’ve learned anything from this quotidian relationship, it’s that Route 1 is more than a means to a destination: it is the lifeblood of this state.

Here’s a visual representation of my own little world on Route 1. I hope this column and the pages that follow help you see this revered road with fresh and appreciative eyes.

Kathleen Fleury
Editor in Chief


Route 1 Road Trip!

Heading north from Key West, the nation’s oldest interstate highway wends its way through 15 East Coast states — but we’re pretty confident Maine has the best of it. Let’s hit the road.

Mile 1–32

Culture, roadside oddities, and tasty chow aplenty on Maine’s southern coast.

By Bridget M. Burns

Mile 33–85

The most developed segment of Route 1 is no less weird and wonderful.

By Mary Pols

Mile 86–172

The drive winds through midcoast villages and accesses daytrip detours.

By Will Grunewald

Mile 173–317

This is the real Down East coast: rugged, briny, and a little off-center.

By Joyce Kryszak

Mile 318–466

Quiet lakes and tumbledown villages give way to Aroostook farm country.

By Brian Kevin

Mile 467–527

The Saint John Valley is a journey into the heart of Acadian country.

By Jesse Ellison


North by East

An intrepid rower cruises the coast, author Susan Hand Shetterly dives into the fascinating world of seaweed, and imagining Maine with self-driving cars. Plus, better a shark in the water than a fox on the deck in Maine Dispatches, and finding peace and joy in concrete.

Food & Drink

Toasts of the town at Rockport’s Seafolk Coffee, Rebecca Charles comes ashore at Pearl Kennebunk, and Bissell Brothers Brewing returns to its founders’ roots.

Good Things from Maine

A living apothecary at Avena Botanicals, and Thirdlee & Co.’s Michelle Provencal reveals how she plays her beautiful shell game. Plus, buying smart at the Maine Antiques Exposition.

Maine Homes

A home that used to be a York train station, a Robbinston garden for the birds and bees, and the Crafty Teacher Lady on living well on a budget.


Where in Maine

Maine Moment


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


My Maine: Moby and Me, Room With a View.

My Favorite Place

Golf pro Shawn Warren on Falmouth Country Club.

On the cover: Ocean Point in Boothbay Harbor, the quintessential Route 1 detour, by Cody Barry

Additional photos: Michael D. Wilson; Stacey Cramp; Eric Storm

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