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  • Take it outside: 59 outdoor decks and patios to drink in the sun

    Feel that? It's called the sun. It's nice, isn't it? Take advantage of the rays and warm weather and have your drink outside on one of the sweet decks at these Maine bars and restaurants, because cocktails always taste better outside: 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

  • 25 free summer concerts within an hour of Portland

    There are at least two dozen free shows (or technically free, with a suggested donation) scheduled at venues within an hour or so of Portland. Read on

  • Summer Shakespeare: Free Bard in Deering Oaks to Romeo & Juliet & Zombies in Stonington

    There's plenty of Shakespeare in Maine this summer, from Kennebunk to Portland to Stonington. Much of it is free and outdoors. Read on

  • 7 of the most beautiful beaches within 45 minutes of Portland

    You could visit a different beautiful beach every day of the week - all within 45 minutes of the city. Beaches around here are a little like our restaurants; different ones appeal to different moods and different tastes. Read on

  • Five places to dine down on the farm in Maine this summer

    From casual dinners on picnic tables under the stars to elegant evenings in historic barns, Maine offers a variety of places to enjoy fresh-from-the-field food in a bucolic setting. Read on

  • 9 Maine food and drink events to jump start your summer

    It's June, which in Maine means the days are (mostly) warm enough to be outside without a jacket and feet are slipping back into flip-flops. It's also when you can eat and drink to help hungry kids, learn to make cheese, and drink lots and lots of local beer. Read on

  • 3 top summer canoe trips in Maine

    Here are the three best river trips in Maine if you're looking to experience our state and make memories you'll look back on for decades. Any experience level, any length of time - you're covered. Put it on the calendar. Read on

  • 5 outdoor sculpture shows to see in Maine this summer

    See some art outside. Check out these five places for outdoor sculpture. Also check out Maine Audubon’s outdoor sculpture hiking tour. The Art Gallery at the University of New England in Portland hosts its annual Sculpture Garden Invitational from June 6 to Oct. 31. The works of 17 sculptors will be on view in the… Read on

  • Summer guide to great barbecue (recipes)

    It’s barbecue season, so here are a few helpful hints to achieve great barbecue and a few recipes to get you started. For starters, achieving great barbecue is all in the method: slow smoking over coals and wood. Read on

  • Your essential summer reading list: 9 great books

    Because it's that time of year: You have extra time, extra daylight and you want to spend it in a hammock, a tent or on a beach towel with a book. Read on

  • This summer’s waterfront concerts on Maine State Pier

    The Maine State Pier has been pretty quiet the past few years. Sure, there's an occasional fisherman yelling because he finally hooked the big one. But the drum thumps and guitar twangs of rock concerts, which were pretty much an annual event on the pier between 2006 and 2011, have been absent. Read on

  • Maine summer bucket list: 24 ways to make the most of it

    It's August. We all know summer in Maine breezes right by (it feels like it already has, no?) so we've got to make the most of every 70-degree moment. Your mission: Make this summer the most memorable summer ever. Read on

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