Maine | The Pine Tree State
Photo/Art by Richard Ennis
Maine – wilderness and character, where the mountains meet the sea …
Pounding waves and a rocky coastline spiked with lighthouses … In Maine, you’ll live to the rhythm of the tides, winding through fishing villages past sea captains’ homes, eating shellfish on the rocks. This rugged fortress of a state looks out over the Atlantic like a proud figurehead on a ship from days gone by. Lobstermen still prowl Maine’s waterways, but today’s coastal villages are also havens of culture and cuisine. Portland’s food scene is legendary, and towns such as Kennebunkport and Rockport are synonymous with presidents, artists, and craftsmen. Inland villages have their own sturdy beauty, and centrally, Mount Katahdin rises to a mighty peak in Baxter State Park, a spectacular gift of more than 327 square miles from a former governor. No one knows the wilderness like the legendary Maine Guides, who’ll take you fishing, kayaking, or whitewater rafting (or maybe even help you spot a moose), upholding a century-old tradition. Another tradition—outlet shopping in places like Freeport, home to L.L. Bean—proves that old and new New England can happily coexist.
It’s seafood that I’m thinking about as I tool down Commercial Street on my way to the Old Port to do some last minute gift buying. Not the lobster roll I crave in summertime, but something more filling— scallops, haddock, perhaps a steaming bowl of chowder. That decision will have...Read more
Yankee Classic from August 1983 by Ron Winslow Steve Kress worked diligently to establish a breeding colony of puffins at East Egg Rock. First the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the seagull population, then Kress and helpers imported puffin chicks from Newfoundland. The first real sign of success was when...Read more
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