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Down East Magazine, March 2018

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How We Do It

For 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

Survive Winter

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.

Maine Homes

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

Maine Moment


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

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