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The Loop

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  • Top 4 fall foliage drives in Maine

    Pick a date and take a date on one of these four pretty drives during peak foliage season. Read on

  • Rockport dining: the mystique of Salt Water Farm Cafe & Market

    Don't miss the magic of dining at the Salt Water Farm Cafe overlooking picture-perfect Rockport Harbor. Read on

  • BBQ, Brew HaHa, BINGO, Chebeague Chebang: 10 things to do in Maine this weekend

    This weekend is your chance to milk some of those last drops of summer. Do that during a beachside picnic in Saco (water balloon toss AND BYOB!) or during the Chebeague Chebang. The Portland Brew Festival returns Friday and Saturday and there's a Brew Haha at Rising Tide Friday night. Win at bingo (it's a play, but still gives out prizes), take a haunted tour or have dinner with someone from beyond. Read on

  • Arcadia National Bar opening Sunday (Aug. 31): play video games & drink beer in downtown Portland

    Update: The opening should be Sunday, Aug. 31. Arcadia National Bar will have about a dozen pinball machines and another dozen arcade games, a 10-stool bar, a grilled cheese menu. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 Portland-area restaurants known for fabulous desserts

    A great dessert finishes off a restaurant meal with a flourish. These five restaurants offer sweet endings that are well worth the extra calories. Read on

  • They could be cocky, but they’re not: Portland’s Through the Door Productions is growing audience and winning

    Their short film "P-Town Peeps" just won the Audience Choice Award (Group B) and overall Best Film at this year's 48 Hour Film Festival, they've got a serious online presence on Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's comedy website Funny or Die, and have several projects in the works, including a feature film. Read on

  • Of Women by Women: 2 artists’ perspectives on women & self image at Elizabeth Moss Galleries

    Together, both women tackle themes that relate to self image and how women are perceived and portrayed in culture. Their joint exhibition is on view at the Falmouth gallery through Sept. 20. Read on

  • See the light: Take a tour of Wood Island Lighthouse in Saco Bay

    As part of its fundraising efforts (restoring a centuries-old lighthouse is no cheap endeavor) Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse runs tours out to the island a few times a week during July and August. Read on

  • Paws for a Cause dog-friendly fundraiser at L.L. Bean reels in wags and dollars

    Paws for a Cause, hosted by L.L. Bean's Dogs Days of August festival in Freeport, was a howling success. Get the scoop on the fundraising action and meet some canine stars. Don't miss The Maine Wag pupparazzi photo slider at the tail end with 24 fun event photos. Read on

  • Portland’s inns and B&B’s are proof that small is beautiful

    At these eight properties, you won't find 24-hour room service or fitness clubs, but you will find stylish, comfortable rooms, delicious breakfasts and caring innkeepers. Read on

  • Portsmouth, NH: Explore this fun little city’s breweries, parks, shops and try to meet Emilio

    Portsmouth is fun and closer than a lot of our Maine-based mini adventures. It's a fun place to shop, catch a show and explore. For instance, try to meet Emilio, the king of non sequitur etymology lessons. Read on

  • Jazz singer Tierney Sutton does it right in Joni Mitchell tribute album – see her Friday in Ogunquit

    Naturally, when I heard that a jazz singer unknown to me until a few weeks ago had put out an entire album of Mitchell songs, I worried. That lasted all of 24 seconds into the first song. Once I heard Tierney Sutton's voice, all worry vaporized. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride. And, when the gorgeous strings came in, I sank further back into my seat. Read on

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