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  • 3 Maine islands you should stay on this summer (for cheap or free)

    You don't have $500 to blow on an island adventure, but you need to get out of dodge — like, really really really out of dodge? I have 3 islands you should know about. You can stay at them for $0-60. Sweet. Islands are magic. Read on

  • 11 things to do with out-of-town friends & family in southern Maine

    These ideas will help you keep everybody entertained, well-fed and happily exhausted by day's end. Careful, though - your visitors are going to fall in love with Maine (and they're going to think you're the best tour guide ever) and they'll be coming back every year. Lucky you. Read on

  • 13 Fun Meetups in/around Portland: Meet new people who like doing what you like doing!

    The best way to meet people who you're likely to like is to do stuff you like to do. And thanks to the internet and sites like, finding groups of people who like doing what you like doing is easy. Read on

  • Worth the hike: 13 amazing Maine (and nearby) mountaintop views

    My family does a lot of hiking and we have visited some amazing mountain tops. These places require some effort – some more than others – to get to the view. To tantalize your senses, here is a video roundup of some of our favorites. Read on

  • 2017 can’t-miss spring events in Maine

    Spring is for falling in love (awww). But mostly it's about hiking and kite flying and finally being able to drink a beer on an outdoor patio again. Here are a bunch of events happening this Maine Spring 2017. Read on

  • For Portland runners who drink beer: Join Old Port Pub Run for a run followed by beer every Thursday

    "People who run and drink beer tend to be really good people," joked Dillon. And judging by my inaugural run with Dillon and the group, they're a friendly and welcoming sort, too. Read on

  • Get in, float, relax: Try out a floatation tank with Float Maine in Portland’s West End

    At first, there was nothing to see and nothing to hear except the beating of my own heart, which had the same tuh-tunk rhythm of a passing freight train. I wondered how something that sounded so loud right now could go unheard most of the time. Read on

  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby): A new parent and baby mingle at Little Tap House

    New parents can come with with baby in tow, socialize, have a beer, meet other new parents and not have to worry about the stink eye coming from every table within a 15-foot radius. Read on

  • Tough Mudder is coming back to Westbrook Sept. 26 and 27, this time with tear gas

    The event is coming back to Westbrook on September 26 and 27. The more than 10-mile course will feature new obstacles, too, like the tear gas obstacle known as "Cry Baby," which we told you about last week. Read on

  • 26 of Maine’s most beautiful places (to see before you die)

    Maine's a beaut. Ain't no doubt about it. She's smart, too, and has quite the personality, but we can't help stopping to stare at her rocky coast, cascading falls, and miles of mountaintops. No matter where you go in this state, there's something unique to gawk at, but we've culled together a list of some of the finest spots to get an eyefull of Maine. Read on

  • The best places to nerd out and play games in Southern Maine – pinball or Halo, start your thumb stretches now

    I nominate Portland, Maine as the nerdiest city in America. The benefit: Lots of places to play games with friends. Read on

  • Cheap cheep: Become a birder with Thursday morning hikes in Falmouth

    It's a blackbird! It's a plover! No, it's a ... wait, what is that? Read on

  • Bingo in South Portland: cheap weekday fun

    If you're looking for something a little off-beat, new and fun to try I'd highly recommend giving bingo a whirl. Bingo is its own world with its own language, etiquette and rulesets. But if you can bring a friend, a troll doll and a sense of humor you'll be fine. Read on

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