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Down East Magazine, October 2019

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Fall Off the Radar

Ready for a foliage road trip? We’re taking you on an autumn ramble through western Maine’s backwoods and back roads.

Photographed by Benjamin Williamson

The Cruise Ships Are Coming

Love ’em or hate ’em, floating resorts are bringing boatloads of day-trippers to your favorite Maine towns.

By Will Grunewald, Joel Crabtree, and Joyce Kryszak

Burnt Out

Starks is a quiet, lovely little town that’s also Maine’s long-reputed epicenter of marijuana culture. So how come no one there seems real blissed out about legalized pot?

By Jesse Ellison



North by East

A renowned boatbuilder reimagines a 78-year-old sardine carrier, a pair of mad lighthouse keepers star in a dark and stormy tale, the Madam of Maples is in hot pursuit of fall foliage, and author Tess Gerritsen spins her first ghost story. Also, a diver finds a sunken WWII patrol boat in Maine Dispatches

Food and Drink

We go all in for Maine drinks, sipping fruity, vinegary Herbal Revolution shrubs, visiting New England’s first cider bar, and pairing up Maine’s foremost wine and beer experts. Plus, our guide to Portland’s best happy hours.

Good Things from Maine

Obadiah Buell makes light and fluid sculptures from scavenged granite tailings, and a mother-daughter team caters to modern and traditional quilters alike at Nobleboro’s Alewives Fabrics.

Maine Homes

A 200-year-old Cape in Jonesboro gets a cheery makeover, and another round of our antiques road show


Where in Maine

Maine Moment


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

My Favorite Place

American Idol judge and songwriter Kara DioGuardi on York’s Hartley Mason Reserve

On the cover: Height of Land, near Rangeley, by Benjamin Williamson.

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