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Down East Magazine, June 2021

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Where to Eat Now

After more than a year of adapting and adjusting, Maine’s restaurant scene is as dynamic as ever. With the summer ramping up, these 20 spots — classic to contemporary, classy to casual — are where we can’t wait to grab a table (or a take-out feast).


Fish Like a Mainer

Wade into some quintessential ways to wet a line, learn your native species, and meet the anglers who intimately know Maine’s streams, lakes, and coastline in our whopper of a guide to Vacationland fishing.


Turbid Water

A fatal shark attack last summer jolted Mainers into acknowledging that great whites regularly swim off our shores — and that there’s plenty about them we don’t know.

By Kathryn Miles



North by East

A young birder has a Big Year, while two old windjammers sail into their 150th year. There’s a new book about growing up Down East and a new arts collaborative in Waterville. Plus, in Maine Dispatches, a real-life treasure hunt.

Food and Drink

Portland’s non-dairy delight, a farm bakery’s fluffy focaccia, USM’s high-tech beer laboratory, and Bridgton’s barbecue open house.

Good Things from Maine

A Caribbean transplant stitches swimsuits in landlocked Lewiston. Portland has its own mad hatter. The Maine Historical Society’s dress collection makes a fashion statement.

Maine Homes

A potter dreams up a Spanish Revival in Hollis, and a Portland couple spends three decades creating a flowery urban oasis.


Where in Maine

Maine Moment


Editor’s note, reader feedback, responses to April’s Where in Maine, and more.


My Maine: Mom’s Crab Hammer. Room With a View.

My Favorite Place

Maine Preservation’s Greg Paxton, on the Mayo Mill in Dover-Foxcroft.

On Our Cover: Chicken and waffles at Augusta’s State Lunch, by Mark Fleming.
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