Maine’s handmade traditions offer one-of-a-kind memories

Not so long ago, the ideal holiday, in the collective American imagination, looked something like this: an all-inclusive luxury cruise with all-you-can-eat buffets, waterparks and large-screen theaters, or perhaps a whirlwind Parisian getaway with fine dining and high-end shopping on Rue Saint-Honoré. In recent years, however, explorers of all stripes have been seeking something more […]

In Maine, minimalism is, quite simply, a natural fit

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” When Thoreau wrote those words in a 10-by-15-foot cabin furnished with little more than a bed, a table and three chairs, he laid down an essential truth for generations of simple-living advocates seeking greater fulfillment by owning […]

Maverick sporting brands are redefining Maine’s outdoors industry

In 1896, the Second Annual Sportsmen’s Exposition opened its doors at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The state of Maine was prominently featured with a peeled-log cabin, taxidermy trophies and a charismatic woman named Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby. A skilled hunter, fisher and writer, Crosby was already a celebrity sports columnist in her home […]

Maine is fertile ground for literary talent

In 1846, Henry David Thoreau set out to climb Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, deep in the northern interior forests. With two companions and a guide, they traced moose trails, scaled granite boulders and climbed up the sides of waterfalls, clinging to the roots of firs. Disoriented by thick curtains of mist, they fell short […]

Intrepid chefs shake up Maine’s culinary scene

Photo Credit: Honey Paw Stroll down Portland, Maine’s wide brick-laid sidewalks these days, and you’re likely to see—and smell—the signs of the city’s culinary boom. In onetime factory buildings and warehouses just inland from the wharfs, young Turks of the food world are serving up flavors from far-flung corners of the globe—Indonesia, Polynesia, Mexico and Japan—in addition to modern […]