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  • A walking tour of Portland sculpture: From ‘Michael’ to Longfellow, 8 public pieces worth seeing

    The city's sculpture collection includes many monuments and statues that stand in tribute to prominent figures from the past and a handful of contemporary pieces. Read on

  • Concert Review: Thompson’s Point has summer festival feel with Primus show

    The show with Dinosaur Jr. and Primus offered a full festival feel ideally suited for a wide cross-section of Portland's rock tastes in a new venue that passed with high marks for being spacious, scenic and great-sounding. Read on

  • Filmmakers asks total strangers to stay overnight in their house, ‘American Bear’ examines that experience

    Two NYU film students spent 60 days driving through 30 states asking strangers if they'd put the duo up for the night. "American Bear," playing at Cinemagic Grand in South Portland on Thursday night, is the result of their lessons in kindness and cultural bias on the road. Read on

  • Barbara Prey departs from her routine, turns to oils

    Known for her watercolors, the artist's latest work captures Port Clyde's architecture, charm. Read on

  • Theater Review: ‘Nice Work’ at Ogunquit Playhouse is memorable, captivating

    Stars, broads, bootleggers, colorful choreography and well-known Gershwin songs, combined with an intoxicating brew of laughter and Americana pizzazz, make Ogunquit Playhouse's rendition of Joe DiPietro's musical "Nice Work If You Can Get It" a memorable evening. Read on

  • 35 of the best places in Maine…to say out loud

    Meddybemps. Sagadahoc. Junk of Pork. Some places in Maine - from town names to waterfalls - are just fun to say. Read on

  • Crooners & Cocktails will fly you to the moon with a great happy hour

    A classy joint with a major throwback vibe to the 50s and 60s era of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Crooners & Cocktails offers classic cocktails, beer on draft, a great happy hour, and a full dinner menu. Read on

  • 8 outdoor Maine adventures to do as a group (with old friends or to make new ones)

    Maine is full of adventures – including adventures for groups. Whether you’re looking to have a getaway with your 14 closest buddies or if your 14 closest buddies are all busy and you don’t want to vacation alone, here are eight fun group trips. Read on

  • Dog-friendly Maine Guide: Dog beaches, travel and adventures

    You're not the only one who wants to adventure in Maine - your dog does, too! And to help you suss out all the best dog-friendly places to go, we've put together this guide to dog-friendly Maine, including dog-friendly beaches, hotels and excursions that you and your pooch can enjoy together. Read on

  • Eat here now (before it’s too late!): Seasonal Maine restaurants & bars that won’t be open forever

    Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days when we can eat at Maine's seasonal restaurants before they close up for the winter. And no one wants to spend Maine’s frigid months regretting what they didn’t eat last summer. So let's not let the season pass us by. Let’s make a date to get to our favorite seasonal spots! Read on

  • 3 great places to hike Down East – inland reserves offer rugged trails, great views

    Ambling about the top of Schoodic Mountain, my son and I savored not only the views but the just-ripe wild blueberries sprouting about. I had anticipated the stunning vistas but was also taken with the trail itself. Orangey red mushrooms, some as big as my palm and others as small as a tack head, adorned the path. A switchback revealed a scenic view. At one spot we “squeezed” between room-size boulders. But mostly the woods themselves charmed me. Read on

  • Get trapped here: 20 Maine tourist traps that even we locals can love

    Maine has developed its fair share of so-called tourist traps - those shacks, shops and roadside stops (heck, sometimes entire towns) that beckon to the out-of-towners. But some of them beckon to us, too, because great is great, even if you're surrounded by out-of-state plates. Read on

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    Maine’s Greatest Lobster Roll winner: The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport!

    When it comes to lobster rolls, we all have our opinions on some of the particulars (butter versus mayo, whether lettuce or celery belong. But fans of The Clam Shack were clear: They're doing it exactly right at The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport. Read on

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