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Down East Magazine, May 2018

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The 2018 Great Maine Scavenger Hunt

Once again, we’re sending you out to search Maine high and low: 40 tasks in seven categories, maybe 2,000 road miles, at least a couple of boats. One unforgettable summer. Are you up for it?


Up mountains and down canyons, in the water and on the water, explore our state every which way.

Food & Drink

From a wee-hours breakfast to a shared bean supper to a lobster roll at sea.

Arts & Artisans

Get cultured at a frescoed rural meetinghouse, a coastal arts mecca, and an urban art walk.


Past is present at 2,000-year-old shell middens, the last Shaker village, and . . . your local Renys?


Limber up for a codfish relay and boogie down at a Bangor street fest.


Sheep and goats, candy, fishing, huggable mascot moose. What’s not for kids (and grown-ups) to love?


Find a secret Down East seastack, a guerilla-art birdhouse, and the state’s finest boulder roadside mural.


North by East

A ride-along with Maine’s own ghost busters, the case for our grand old state flag, and wild wooden horses by sculptor Richard Allen. Plus, rogue chickens and a letter to Oprah in Maine Dispatches.

Food & Drink

We nosh on Amish charcuterie, fight the crowd at Caribou’s Northern Maine Brewing Company, panfry flounder fillets, and crunch the numbers on mail-order lobster rolls.

Good Things from Maine

Form meets function with elegant handmade teapots, magic is made real with the fairy lady of Maine, and a word from artist Peter Beerits, purveyor of fine jams and jellies.

Maine Homes

Step inside an airy passive-solar abode in Georgetown, meet SoPo’s hardest-working fixer-upper, and marvel at Maine’s new crop of fancy-pants campgrounds.


Where in Maine

Maine Moment


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


My Maine: Happy Hunting. Room With a View. Conservation: Eagle Freaks.

My Favorite Place

Network TV star Noah Gray-Cabey on Umbagog Lake.

On the cover: Gulf Hagas, by Jerry Monkman.

Additional photos: Family fun at Freeport’s Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment Courtesy of Wolfe’s neck Center; With delicate handles, lids, and spouts, teapots challenge even expert potters by Adam Detour; Maine Moment: “Robins, Lubec” by Marty Saccone

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