Maine Places

On Toddy Pond

Maine Places

Living in a city, I have grown accustomed to a certain amount of noise. When I’m outside, the sounds of birdcalls, barking dogs, leaf blowers, and car engines tend to meld into a kind of background music I barely even notice. By contrast, when we visit my in-laws’ place in Surry (population 1,466), I am […]

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Cornish, Maine

Cornish House Tour

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For years, when I heard someone refer to Cornish, I thought of game hens, the people of Cornwall, England, and some vague, imaginary ailment (i.e., “I’m feeling a little cornish today.”). Then, soon after I moved back to Maine from New York, I hosted a group of editors from Rachael Ray Every Day at my […]

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Monhegan Island

Monhegan House Tour

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Mark and I visited Monhegan island the other weekend and the whole time we were there, all I could think was, “I’m walking around in a Jamie Wyeth painting.” Arriving on the ferry, we sailed past the columned home featured in Wyeth’s Partridge House, Monhegan Island, Maine, and docked near The Red House, with its […]

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Orono House Tour

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Here are the two things I knew about Orono before my sister-in-law and her family moved there: it is home to the University of Maine, the state’s largest higher-education institution (and only research university), and it’s the birthplace of Pat’s Pizza, a chain that has become as synonymous with Maine cuisine as the Italian sandwich. […]

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The Summer Rush

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Whoever coined the phrase “lazy summer days” must not have lived in a place where bona fide warm weather lasts a mere three months. Far from remaining idle, most Mainers I know view this fleeting window as a call to action — like summer is a massive melting ice cream cone and we must race […]

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Stonington on My Mind

Maine Places

You know that moment when you arrive in a beautiful Maine town and start plotting how you might move there? This phenomenon is not limited to those who live out of state. We locals experience it all the time. I have mentally relocated to coastal villages and mountain towns all over Maine, but the place […]

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On the Road

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I have seen many spectacular stretches of highway in my travels around Maine, but my heart belongs to Route 3. And, no, I’m not talking about the much-lauded loop around Mount Desert Island, which serves up natural beauty in staggering proportions. “My” Route 3 is the western leg that starts in Augusta and intersects with […]

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Readers’ Favorite Photos

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Last week, I unveiled the judges’ picks in our inaugural Reader Photo Contest; now it’s time to reveal the readers’ choice winners. We kicked off this contest with the question, what does a dream home in Maine look like to you? And while images poured in of houses of all sizes and architectural stripes, the […]

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Reader Photo Contest Winners

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In between the travels and events I write about here, I have many weeks that feel more like Groundhog Day than a grand adventure (wrangle children into the car for school/camp, work, pick up children, recommence wrangling, repeat). During these times, the photos you submit of beautiful places around the state buoy me. And when […]

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Deer Isle Day Trips

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For the last three years, I have kept a daily one-sentence journal. Every night, I write down something funny one of my kids said, or something we did, and relive memories from previous years. (There’s one page for each day of the year and each page holds five years’ worth of entries — or three […]

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