• Biking in Acadia
    Biking in Acadia
    “This place is a biking paradise. It’s got great pavement and beautiful views of the ocean. Every morning I’m here I’m like, ‘I live here?’”
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  • Discover archipelago with an expert paddler
    Discover archipelago with an expert paddler
    Depending on how one defines an island, there are as many as 75 islands in the immediate vicinity of Stonington.
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  • Experience 19th century high-life at Woodlawn
    Experience 19th century high-life at Woodlawn
    American history fans need look no further than Ellsworth’s Woodlawn Museum to get their fix. The heart of the estate, which covers 180 acres, is The Black House, built by Col. John Black between 1824 and 1827.
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  • Horseshoes a popular pastime at local pub
    Horseshoes a popular pastime at local pub
    Iron hit the ground in an explosion of dirt and gravel. A horseshoe slid around the stake, and the clang of metal rang throughout the foggy Sunday afternoon.
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Over two million visitors flock to Acadia National Park each year. The region's natural beauty does not stop at the park's boundaries, however. There are many vibrant communities and attractions within a half-day's drive. Check out all Downeast Maine has to offer.

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Pinniped Kayak founder and instructor Nate Hanson led a group of future kayaking guides on an overnight kayak trip from Webb Cove and into Jericho Bay where they camped on Saddleback Island.  
PHOTO BY DAVID ROZA

From a distance, the six sea-kayakers looked quite graceful. The bows of their 16-foot, banana-colored craft cut smooth circles into the calm blue waters of […]

Lifelong marathoner Gary Allen says running Acadia National Park’s carriage roads is like “literally like running through a postcard. It’s so beautiful you can’t stand it.”
PHOTO BY DAVID ROZA

Local runner Gary Allen is almost 60 years old, but he feels like a kid again when he runs on the gravel carriage trails of Acadia National Park.

Chad Perkins and Steve Pater talk back and forth with each other at the Telephone Museum in Ellsworth.
PHOTO BY DAVID ROZA

When the “phone phreaks” of the mid-20th century hacked into phones, it was the start of an arms race in network security between hackers and programmers that continues with the firewalls and malware of today.

Tim Whitten works on an intricate bell rope at Marlinspike Chandlery in Stonington. He sells a kit containing material and instructions for making such a piece. 
PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Walk into Marlinespike Chandlery, a small Stonington shop on a one-lane road overlooking Penobscot Bay, and you’re bound to have lots of questions.

Behind the Black House is a garden enclosed by a clipped lilac hedge. Built in 1903, the garden later supplied cut flowers for Woodlawn’s afternoon teas.
PHOTO BY DAVID ROZA

American history fans need look no further than Ellsworth’s Woodlawn Museum to get their fix.

PHOTO BY DAVID ROZA

“I’m the mad scientist,” said Tom Hoey, 70, the founder and sole operator of The Sow’s Ear Winery, which churns out all-natural, pesticide-free, hard apple ciders and fruit wines outside Brooksville.

Rackliffe Pottery potter Philip Rackcliffe created this sugar bowl adorned with a seal sculpted by his twin sister Sheryl Whitmore.
PHOTO BY ALLEN FENNEWALD

Overlooking Blue Hill Bay, Rackcliffe Pottery sits atop Greene’s Hill on Route 172 in Blue Hill.

The Downeast town of Lubec once boasted more than two dozen sardine-packing plants as well as smokehouses along its waterfront. Over the years, overfishing of herring led to the fishery’s dramatic decline.
PHOTO COURTESY PENOBSCOT MARINE MUSEUM

Today we have Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook. But in 1909, Americans were enamored with another — albeit slightly slower — app for sending pictures […]