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  • 10 easy paddles in southern-ish Maine: Calm waters to explore by kayak, canoe or SUP

    You don’t have to have be an expert paddler to explore many of Maine's waterways - and you don’t have to go far to find them. Read on

  • How to savor a Maine summer (and make it feel as long and leisurely as it did when you were a kid)

    The messages blasting us from supermarket check-out stands is especially clear now that summer's official June 21st start date has passed: There is no time to waste, so pack it all in right now or be sorry when the leaves start to turn. Read on

  • Nominate: Maine’s Greatest Happy Hour

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  • Date Night: Plan your evening with dinner, theater and drinks

    The idea of dinner and a show is as old as dating itself. A little food before a play, a couple of hours in the theater and a drink afterward is the framework for a lovely evening. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 notable restaurants in Boothbay Harbor and Boothbay

    Its picturesque harbors and myriad attractions make the Boothbay peninsula a popular summertime destination. Whether you’ve spent your day visiting the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, hiking a land trust trail or out on a whale watch, you’ll work up an appetite. Having spent many summers in the area, these five places are among my favorites. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Eat and Run: A veg burger with local ingredients top notch at Cafe Nomad in Norway

    The place was humming with a sense of community with a lot of local touches to make it worth a stop when you're in the Norway area. Read on

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