March 2018

The Swinging Bridge

Our Favorite Letter

Each month, Down East editors select our favorite response to “Where in Maine?” Here is our favorite letter from the March photo of The Swinging Bridge, Brunswick and Topsham, Maine.

Mackworth Island State Park,

Lois Lowry’s Favorite Place

These days, Lois Lowry enjoys mountainous awesome terrain near her summer place in Bridgton. But in the winter, her home is in Falmouth, and her connection to nature is on 100-acre Mackworth Island State Park, linked to the town by a causeway.

Penobscot Valley

How We Do It:
Penobscot Valley Spotlight

It’s long been known as “the heart of Maine,” and it only takes a quick spin through the Penobscot Valley to see why. From the mighty Penobscot River, which once carried timber from the great North Woods, to the University of Maine, to the home of Stephen King, the region is as authentically Maine as they come.

fallen tree

Great Elms

New England Elms, long cherished as ornaments, became symbols, providing more than simply shade.

A is for Allagash, masters of yeast


Around the time that new contributor Carla Jean Lauter was reporting this month’s story on the nascent reboot of Maine’s august D.L. Geary Brewing Co. she was also penning and designing a fond tribute to Maine’s many breweries in the form of a vintage children’s alphabet primer.

maple brunch

Holy Maple!

The thaw is on and the sap is flowing, heralding Maine Maple Sunday, with pancake eat-a-thons at sugarhouses around the state. So how much maple can you pack into one meal?

Laura Serino and baby

All Bundled Up

Portland photographer Greta Rybus ferried to North Haven to shoot contributor Laura Serino and her family for our March cover.