Around Maine

Brunswick + Topsham

Friday  Evening My wife, Elyssa, and I check into the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, our home for the next 48 hours. Our room is spacious and comfortable, with views down Maine Street and toward the free public ice rink constructed … Continue reading


Friday Evening A new venture from the creative couple behind Portland Hunt and Alpine Club, the West End’s Little Giant is bright and welcoming on this 10-degree evening. Bar manager Max Overstrom-Coleman greets my boyfriend, Sean McCarthy, and me and … Continue reading


I captured this photo of the supermoon on January 2 at 7:15 a.m., right before sunrise. I planned this shot, waking up extra early just for this photograph. I checked my phone’s weather and coordinates application for positioning, and then … Continue reading

Fishing Life, Chebeague

Maybe you heard the wild story last summer. While lobstering off the east end of Chebeague Island about 15 miles northeast of Portland, boat captain Alex Todd hoisted one of his 800 traps to find that he’d caught a rare, almost … Continue reading

Island Magnets

Islesboro’s magnet school program, which attracts upwards of 30 students who commute daily to the island from the mainland, is located in a lovely renovated stone mansion with a recent addition to accommodate this innovative educational program. The success of … Continue reading


Friday Evening My friend Phi and I arrive at our home base for the weekend, the Pressey House Lakeside Bed and Breakfast in Oakland, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Waterville. With a view of Messalonskee Lake from both our … Continue reading

Westbrook, Gorham + Windham

Friday Evening PineCrest Inn is a short walk from Gorham’s downtown, which will make exploring the town easy. My friend, Zach, and I have reservations at MK Kitchen, so I walk over after checking in to my room. The restaurant is … Continue reading


When I was 12 years old and had just moved to Maine from New York City, I went out for the first time on a boat that belonged to a friend from school. I remember he told me about a remote … Continue reading

Main Stay, Rockland

We’re driving in from the Camden Hills and a sudden whip of wind creates a midmorning white-gray haze across the road. There’s no line of traffic today on Route 1, now that we’re far from the season of schooners, lobster, … Continue reading

Appalachian Mountain Club’s Medawisla Lodge

Friday Evening It’s approaching peak foliage season, and my sister, Jillian, and I know we’re almost at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Medawisla Lodge and Cabins when we hit the dirt road just past Kokadjo. There’s still enough daylight to see … Continue reading