Editor’s Note by Kathleen FleuryThis 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.
Editor in Chief
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.
Culture, roadside oddities, and tasty chow aplenty on Maine’s southern coast.
By Bridget M. Burns
The most developed segment of Route 1 is no less weird and wonderful.
By Mary Pols
The drive winds through midcoast villages and accesses daytrip detours.
By Will Grunewald
This is the real Down East coast: rugged, briny, and a little off-center.
By Joyce Kryszak
Quiet lakes and tumbledown villages give way to Aroostook farm country.
By Brian Kevin
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
Good Things from Maine
Editor’s note, reader feedback, responses to July’s Where in Maine, and more.
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