• Meet Maine's retirees
    Meet Maine's retirees
    Maine retirees are drawn to the state’s rocky coastline, close-knit communities and bustling arts scene.
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  • Fall, winter, spring, summer. Repeat.
    Fall, winter, spring, summer. Repeat.
    Experience Maine's four seasons and all they have to offer.
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  • Hiking the Maine Ice Age Trail
    Hiking the Maine Ice Age Trail
    Harold “Hal” Borns, a University of Maine geologist and founder of the school’s Climate Change Institute, might as well add “time traveler” to his business card.
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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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When George “Butch” Harris Jr. turned 18, he had over 2,000 days of working at sea under his belt. That’s more than triple the number […]

Stonington painter Jill Hoy, with her easel and colorful skirts, has become part of the Deer Isle landscape. 
PHOTO COURTESY JILL HOY

Jill Hoy is forever chasing the light and color in her vibrant-hued skirts around Stonington and Deer Isle. The plein-air painter has been spending summers […]

On Mount Desert Rock, The lighthouse keeper’s house and generator shed/carpentry shop next to the granite tower were severely damaged and the boathouse swept away by Hurricane Bill in 2009. Allied Whale, a program of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, uses the facility as a remote outpost for marine mammal research.
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Oh, the stories they could tell, the 57 lighthouses strung along Maine’s rocky coast and on its outer islands: Stories of epic storms and daring […]

These glacial erratic boulders are scattered along the shore of McGlathery Island, one of the many possible routes paddlers can enjoy in the Stonington area. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL DAUGHERTY

When Michael Daugherty talks about his background, you wonder at first how he ever got into sea kayaking. A Midwesterner, he spent part of his […]

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One of two routes up the south side of Dorr Mountain, the A. Murray Young Path is a hidden jewel in the Acadia National Park […]

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In the early 1900s, a battle erupted when the first cars began negotiating the roads of Mount Desert Island. Some saw these “devil carts” as […]

College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins pauses during a midday climb up Acadia National Park’s Huguenot Head. The 1.2-mile trail is less travelled at lunch time. Last year, the 46-year-old outdoorsman ascended all 250 peaks, covering 1,000 miles, in Acadia.
PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

With even more than the usual 2.5 million annual visitors expected during this summer’s centennial celebration, officials are advising that it may take a little […]

At Rollie’s Bar & Grill, classic pub fare such as stuffed potato skins, burgers, fries and nachos should be washed down by one of 26 beers on tap.  
PHOTO BY TAYLOR BIGLER

From its industrial roots as a 19th century shipbuilding town and the home to chicken, sardine and potato-processing plants in the 1950s, Belfast over the past decade is flourishing in a new phase: that of a hip, thriving and creative coastal community.