What’s your favorite place in Maine and why?
Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle (but not just for the beer, which is delicious). The route from the west through Alna is of the prettiest drives in Maine and the only one where you’ll pass a sign for an expletive-named corner. The brewery itself is marked with a small wooden sign along Route 194 and seems to be proof that beer is the best way to bridge the “two Maines.” You are as likely to see someone visiting from New York as you are to see a farmer from down the road.
Who is your favorite Maine artist?
Linden Frederick. His realistic depictions of ordinary scenes—often homes or other buildings set at dusk or at night—beg for some kind of back story or narrative. His latest exhibition, shown at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in 2017, did just that, pairing his paintings with short stories by authors, including Rick Russo and Lily King.
What is your favorite state park?
Growing up in Hallowell, my family would go camping every summer at Mount Blue State Park, sometimes at group sites with other families. There’s plenty to explore in the campground on Weld Lake, and nearby Tumbledown Mountain is one of the most rewarding short hikes (less than four miles there and back) in the state, with a pond at the top.