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Down East Magazine, October 2020

Down East Magazine

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An Affair of Changing Light

Autumn in Acadia National Park is a time of transitions, vivid contrasts, and quiet beauty.

By Kimberly Ridley

Photographed By Benjamin Williamson

Port in a Storm

The little city of Eastport tried for years to lure mega cruise ships to its docks. Then, amid a global pandemic, it got one, along with the ship’s skeleton crew of coronavirus exiles.

By Jaed Coffin

We’re in the Business of Buying Scenery

A new network of waterfront parks on Cobscook Bay is the latest project by a global philanthropic foundation with an increasingly large Maine footprint — and an unconventional approach to conservation.

By Brian Kevin

Special advertising section: A Newcomer’s Guide to Maine

A few essential pointers for anyone consdering a move to the Pine Tree State.

By Jennifer Van Allen


North by East

A complicated midcoast legacy of corporate largesse is going . . . going . . . gone. So too is the beloved Old Port Music Hall. But Maine writer Ruth Moore’s forgotten novels are making a comeback. Plus, in Maine Dispatches, a dog is not a bear.

Food and Drink

A “drink local” bonanza: from lobster beers to lobster cocktails, raw milk to milkshakes, we’re sloshing the Maine-iest beverages from each of the state’s 16 counties.

Good Things from Maine

Wooden-toy maker Phil McCrillis — a.k.a. Uncle Lumpy — is old-school, old-school Maine brand L.L.Bean is getting kinda slick, and some slick tech keeps old-school ag fairs going.

Maine Homes

In Lincoln, a lakefront home holds five kids, four dogs, three cats, and two adults, and in Portland, a dining-room display of Caribbean-influenced art is a feast for the eyes.


Where in Maine

Maine Moment


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


Timelines: Maine’s Constitutional Convention, Talk of Maine: Putting DNA Evidence on Trial, Room With a View.

My Favorite Place

Tom’s of Maine founder Tom Chappell, on Kennebunk.

A view of Long Pond from Beech Mountain, in Acadia National Park, by Benjamin Williamson.

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