How We Do ItFor every one of us living the good life in Vacationland, there’s somebody somewhere merely dreaming about it. For our special primer on making a Maine dream a Maine reality, we asked a few of our favorite writers for the skinny on how to:
Make Sense of a Maine Home
What does that light switch do? And what’s with the tarp? An expert weighs in.
By Hannah Holmes
Pull off a Creative Career
If Spose can be a successful rapper here, you can be whatever you are.
By Ryan “Spose” Peters
Get Real About Money
On a life lived closer to the bone.
By Jillian Bedell
Know Everyone in the Refrigerated Aisle
Because anonymity is overrated.
By Mary Pols
The reality behind the fantasy of Maine homespun entrepreneurship.
By Carrie Braman
Beat Back Homesickness
One long, chatty lunch at a time.
By Marco Avilés
Have a Baby on an Island
And preferably not on a lobsterboat stuck at sea.
By Laura Serino
Learn to Love the Hustle
When living your Maine dream means working four jobs.
By Irene Yadao
Date (and not lose hope)
Don’t panic if Tinder tells you Maine is fresh out of singles.
By Jesse Ellison
Hint: You’re going to want help from friends and neighbors.
By Johanna S. Billings
North by East
An impromptu marathon in Millinocket, a preview of Portland’s mega-diverse Sunaana music and beer festival, and a chat with Maine Public Radio’s Abukar Adan. Plus, malevolent owls and lucrative meteors in Maine Dispatches.
Food & Drink
We whip up the ultimate maple brunch, check in at Portland’s Chaval, and dish on our favorite stands at the United Farmers Market of Belfast.
Good Things from Maine
Wabanaki traditions meet high style from Decontie & Brown, and Bigfoot Pushovers are your new mud season savior. Also, an indie-retail lover’s guide to lively downtown Hallowell.
Peek inside a Kittery Point bungalow that’s big for its size, tour our favorite high-design Maine inns, and check out a few of artist Dietlind Vander Schaaf’s favorite things.
Where in Maine
Editor’s note, reader feedback, responses to January’s Where in Maine, and more.
Geary’s Redux. Letters from Adult Summer Camp. Room With a View.
My Favorite Place
Author Lois Lowry on Mackworth Island State Park.
Additional photos: Greta Rybus, Molly Haley