• 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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Colin Wagner and Tom Gagnon walk by the hemlock castle before a paintball match. The castle is owner Frank Spizuoco’s favorite part of the paintball field.
PHOTO BY ALLEN FENNEWALD

Whether it’s with a bang or a splatter, Maine Military Supply has what visitors need for high-caliber fun.

About a quarter mile along the Bangor Forest’s East Trail, the Orono Bog Boardwalk begins taking visitors through a lush, dense forest before the trail opens up revealing the 616-acre peat bog.
PHOTO BY ALLEN FENNEWALD

When the kids get restless at the Bangor Mall and you’re ready to escape the hustle and bustle, take time out in the nearby Rolland […]

lobster-roll

When Quoddy Bay Lobster co-owner Sara Griffin is asked what makes their lobster rolls so good, she’ll tell you customers are served a plain top-split bun.

Oceanarium intern Beth Horner holds a sea star.
PHOTO BY ALLEN FENNEWALD

The Mount Desert Oceanarium, which highlights coastal marine life and habitat, is like a combined science class and petting zoo.

“Ice cream is a happy business,” said Karl Holmes (right), who has opened Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop with his husband, Eric Treworgy. 
PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Karl Holmes and Eric Treworgy have opened Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop at 1276 Surry Road.

A goat at Seal Cove Farm
PHOTO BY DAVID ROZA

Visit Seal Cove Farm in Lamoine, and you will find the 120 or so goats there enjoying a leisurely lifestyle. They are milked at 5:30 […]

For 25 years, Jack Gilley has honed his carving skills through 10-week classes offered each winter at the Wendell Gilley Museum.
PHOTO BY ALLEN FENNEWALD

Jack Gilley is still deft with a blade at age 83. He’s no knife fighter, but wood carving — specifically lifelike loons, puffins and other […]

Works of Hand dr 10: On the second floor of Works of Hand, light streams through the window, illuminating brightly colored baskets woven by Mexican artist Veronica Soriano from the town of Ocotlán de Morelos in the state of Oaxaca. 
PHOTO BY DAVID ROZA

On Main Street in Winter Harbor, Works of Hand’s front yard overflows with red roses, white and pink peonies, purple irises and yellow lady’s mantle.