48 Hours In

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


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

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

Lewiston + Auburn

Friday Evening My parents and I check in at the Inn at the Agora, where innkeeper Jan Barrett and her friendly puppy, JoJo, are awaiting our arrival. Barrett shows us around the inn, pointing out the fudge and sherry waiting … Continue reading

Carrabassett Valley: Winter

Friday Afternoon: Experienced skiers and riders know that bona fide epic days on the mountain are defined by either heaps of fresh snow (even if it’s still falling) or full-out sunshine and blue skies. If you’re lucky, like we are … Continue reading

48 Hours in Bethel: Summer

Friday Afternoon: My husband, Trent, and I check into our spacious room at Jordan Hotel and spend a few minutes admiring the breathtaking view from our balcony. On our way out, we stop by the front desk for some area recommendations … Continue reading

48 Hours in Bethel: Winter

Friday Evening: We leave work early so we can hit up our friend’s retrofitted Mobil station restaurant, Standard Gastropub, in downtown Bridgton on our way to Bethel. A wall of coolers full of hundreds of canned beers creates an alluring aluminum … Continue reading