Editor’s Note by Kathleen Fleury
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
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?
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
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
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
Can you name this bridge and the town where it’s found?
North by East
Opinions, Advisories, and Musings from the Length and Breadth of Maine
Down East Dispatches
News You May Have Missed
Bunker, Sweet Bunker
What’s in a Picture
Living the Maine Life
Making It in Maine
Room With a View
What to Do in Maine This Month
From Our Archives
Cover Photograph: Fireworks over Camden, by Benjamin Williamson
Additional photographs: Cait Bourgault; Douglas Merriam; Michael Wilson; Douglas Merriam