When Maine’s gardeners want to disappear, where do they go? Not to London, or Paris, but to their own backyards, where irresistible hideaways range from the clever to the romantic.
- Photography by: Lynn Karlin
Sharon Daley is the only health-care provider caring regularly for residents of Maine’s most remote offshore islands.
- Photography by: Herb Swanson
A radical lakeside home uses technology and bold design to reinvent the Maine camp experience.
Details, details: handcrafted elements lend any home a custom look.
Contrary to popular belief, the pussy willow is one of the toughest plants in existence.
- Photography by: Jennifer Smith-Mayo
While the north won the Civil War, Maine lost far more than we often realize. On the war’s 150th anniversary, we look back at its bitter legacy.
How to plan your dream home for a Maine retirement.
- Photography by: Rusty Ward
Remodeling a 1949 cook space in Eastport became a history lesson for both the designers and the homeowner.
Have you ever checked out this underground library?
- Photography by: Amy Wilton
Black Friday — the popular name for the Friday after Thanksgiving, the biggest shopping day of the year — couldn’t have come soon enough for fans of the shopping blog Maine Maven. That’s the day blogger and former Bangor Daily News shopping guru Kristen Lainsbury, and her husband, Jason, opened their new retail store, also called Maine Maven, in Orono (31 Mill St., 207-866-3557, www.mainemaven.com). This isn’t your average Maine products store.
An all-season Santa in West Gardiner, Winslow Homer, fashion plate, and more.
How my grandmother won a skirmish with the IRS.
How prescription drugs became Mainers’ contraband of choice.
Crash Barry’s unexpurgated tale of love and poverty Down East.
Spice up your spring with a new perfume made right in Portland. 2 note Perfumery (10 Moulton St., 207-838-2815, www.2noteperfumery.com) has an assortment of fifteen distinct scents. Made from pure botanical essences, these all-natural perfumes are named after musical terms, a nod to the professional music careers of co-owners Darcy Doniger and Carolyn Mix, who play cello and violin respectively.
Photograph by Lori Traikos
One hundred and fifty years ago, Confederate batteries opened fire on U.S. Army forces stationed at Fort Sumter, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. The date — April 12, 1861 — is widely recognized as the beginning of the American Civil War. This month, Down East marks the war’s sesquicentennial with a special report (page 56) by contributing editor and award-winning historian Colin Woodard, author of The Lobster Coast and The Republic of Pirates.
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A Portland parade offered the chance to lighten up back in 1920.
Asian food shines at the midcoast’s newest dining mecca.
- Photography by: Amy Wilton
Sarah Graves’ “Home Repair is Homicide” series continues this month with the release of her newest mystery, Knockdown (Bantam, New York, NY; hardcover; 288 pages; $25). Heroine Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree becomes the one in peril as her past as a financial manager puts her in harms way when a former client’s son seeks vengeance. And, of course, there’s the home repair, too, based on Graves’ real-life 1823 Federal-style home in Eastport.