July 2017

Cook’s Lobster and Ale House

I’m visiting with Nick and Jennifer Charboneau two days before Memorial Day weekend. It’s quiet at Cook’s Lobster and Ale House this afternoon. A few parties of older couples sit along the edge of the dining room in one of the wooden … Continue reading

All Saints by the Sea

There are places in Maine where road signs are few, and travelers must depend upon the kind instructions of strangers—and a bit of intuition. Southport Island is one of these. Just past a marker for Pig Cove Road, an unassuming … Continue reading

Destination Moorings & Anchorages

THE BASIN | PHIPPSBURG Drop anchor in this tidal cove and spend the afternoon watching wildlife like blue herons and eider ducks. On the southeastern side, the Nature Conservancy owns the Basin Preserve, a 1,900-acre protected forest that includes ten … Continue reading

Starring Role

In an old barn in Rockland outfitted with screens, swivel chairs, and high-tech equipment, Sam Mateosian helps me adjust a virtual-reality viewer on my head. I see an artistic rendition of a classic Maine scene: island, lighthouse, lobster boat, kayak. Each element … Continue reading

Singing Out to Sea

From in and around the old white farmhouse on Swan’s Island, a melodic hum floats on the warm August Breeze. A fiddle player lounges in the grass, picking out a tune, while someone naps in a hammock on the porch. Inside, … Continue reading

Somes Boats

What I know when I start driving toward Mount Desert Island on a sunny day earlier this summer is that Hinckley Yachts are beautiful, and prized. A boat captain friend back in South Carolina happens to call while I’m on … Continue reading

Northern Union

When I visit Northern Union to meet owners Matt and Lauren Wickert, it is one of the first warm days of spring. They have the windows open, and as we sit to talk, Lauren asks, “Would you like a glass … Continue reading

Ashley Bryan

The Monday morning boat from Northeast Harbor has a full complement of passengers. A man with a skateboard and a timid Chihuahua hangs out on the stern, near several boxes of groceries destined for Great and Little Cranberry Islands. In … Continue reading

The Thistle Inn

“Everyone has a story about the Thistle Inn,” says co-owner Dick Reid. That’s no surprise for a place that’s been in business as a locals’ favorite for over 50 years. The Greek Revival-style inn was originally a sea captain’s home, … Continue reading

Pool Lobster

There’s no shortage of seaside lobster shacks in Maine, but Pool Lobster is much more than that. The store/restaurant serves as a gathering spot for the Biddeford Pool summer people, all day long from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The … Continue reading