July 2014

Portland Lobster Company

No food quite encapsulates Maine like lobster. In the summer, all those ubiquitous lobster shacks that looked eerily abandoned in the winter suddenly overflow with throngs of hungry diners. Many towns throughout the state boast multiple eateries dedicated solely to … Continue reading

Matt Barton

Originally from Cape Elizabeth, Matt Barton earned a degree in economics and worked in finance before making the radical decision to leave his original chosen field and learn yacht design at the Landing School in Arundel. He now works as … Continue reading

Of Boats and Books

How the most essential piece of nautical literature made it to print Ask anyone who has been lucky enough to spend time poking around in one of the world’s great cruising grounds and they will tell you must, must bring your vessel … Continue reading

Maine Branded

Reimagining the romance of Vacationland, one logo at a time The black and white vintage sign that says “Murphy Empire Design” looks anachronistic. Mounted on a historic Center Street building, the enigmatic, spare emblem offers few clues. No lights, no … Continue reading

Boaters’ World

A community that runs deep at the water’s edge It is a few minutes before the starting horn of the Portland Yacht Club’s Thursday night race. In a light breeze, sailboats of various shapes and sizes glide across the sheltered, … Continue reading

The Maine Center for Creativity

Fostering the art of the possible There is a beautifully surreal glow on Portland’s Congress Street on this late May afternoon, the kind of bittersweet hue that comes after a thunderstorm. Hints of color emerging from forsythia shrubs and birch … Continue reading

Merle Hallett

“The ABCs of Sailing” and other nautical tales from the man who built Handy Boat. A person’s house can tell you a lot about them. The things they accumulate, the mementos they keep, the art they surround themselves with—these items … Continue reading

Boothbay Harbor

Photographs + stories by Maine magazine staff:Jen DeRose, Managing Editor, Old Port magazine   Jen DeRose, Managing Editor, Old Port magazine It’s Memorial Day weekend, and as my husband, Sam, and I drive through quaint Boothbay, we’re happy to find … Continue reading