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  • 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

  • Maine Huts & Trails has cheap accommodations in autumn ($35) so you can hike, mountain bike, paddle and fish in western Maine

    As the forest colors change from leafy summer green to autumn orange, red and gold, take to the extensive trails and waters set in the shadow of the lofty Bigelows for some pretty fine days of hiking, mountain biking and paddling combined with relaxing nights of hearty food, good company and comfy backcountry accommodations. Read on

  • Songs of Summer….on the brink of fall

    Songs to show August the door and say hello to September! Yeah! Right? Read on

  • Jennifer Jones – ballerina, bartender

    I would like to introduce you to Jennifer, although you may have already seen her before. If you are the artsy type, you've likely seen her perform as a ballerina at the Portland Ballet Company. If you are a saltier type, you might have seen her at Portland's favorite dive bar, Rosie's, where she pours drinks every Friday night. It's an unexpected dichotomy: the ballerina at the bar Read on

  • The Grumps rock a free show at Portland Lobster Company tonight

    Also Ragged Jack rocks a free show at Fast Breaks in Lewiston, Chicken Wire serves up some great Americana at Otto in Portland, Dead By Now, Zvi and Stasis blow the roof off of Geno’s, a free open mic event with Jacob McCurdy at Bull Feeney’s, as well as a lot more terrific tunes to take in this Tuesday! Read on

  • Here’s your self-guided foodie tour through Portland’s East Bayside: Popsicles, gin, hand pies and beer

    Everyone keeps calling East Bayside "up and coming." I mean, it's pretty much here, isn't it? Coffee, check. Liquor, check. Popsicles, check. What more do you need? More coffee, beer and hand pies? Got those. 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

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    OutdoorsVia Portland Press Herald

    Wild ride on Maine river highlights North Woods’ potential

    The East Branch of the Penobscot River runs through the new Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area. Read on

  • Alanis Morissette shined at the Maine State Pier Saturday

    On her "Intimate & Acoustic" tour, Morissette was electric. Read on

  • On the road: The Harrison Farmer’s Market

    For a snap shot of small-town farmers' markets, visit the lakes region town of Harrison in the foothills of western Maine. Read on

  • Hackmatack’s “Trip to Bountiful” a touching quest for home

    Playing through Aug. 30, the modest play is a late-summer highlight. Read on

  • How to be the only single person in the room (and happy)

    Being the only single person in a room full of happy lovers shouldn't make you feel insecure or self-conscious. It should empower you and inspire you. Here are a few things to remember when surrounded by lovebirds. Read on

  • It’s time for another brew fest: Portland Brew Festival this weekend

    This Labor Day Weekend brings with it the Fourth Annual Portland Brew Festival and your favorite brewers from Maine and beyond. Read on

  • Bar Harbor on a budget: 14 free (or cheap) things to do in Maine’s famous coastal town

    So let's get this out of the way first: The cheapest thing you can do here is simply enjoy the jaw-dropping natural beauty. Just crossing the bridge from Trenton qualifies as a postcard moment. But there are plenty of free - or really cheap - things to do here that will help make sure your visit to Bar Harbor leaves you with an overflow of fond memories and zero vacation debt. Read on

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