Donn Fendler, as almost any Mainer knows, became lost while hiking on Katahdin with family and friends in 1939. Lost on a Mountain in Maine, the riveting story of his nine-day ordeal, is required reading for Maine fourth graders, and every year Fendler, now a hale and hearty eighty-six, makes dozens of public appearances to tell his tale of survival. His story naturally lends itself to visual interpretation, and in 2011, Fendler, with author Lynn Plourde and artist Ben Bishop, did indeed re-tell it as a graphic novel, Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness (Down East Books). But there has never been a movie version. Find out why — and learn about the two young filmmakers who are determined to make it happen — in the September issue of Down East. View a trailer for of the movie and watch interviews with Donn Fendler at Lost on a Mountain in Maine: the Donn Fendler Film Project.
An entire settlement vanished when the United States Navy built its air station in east Brunswick in the 1940s. In what some regarded as a patriotic sacrifice, the inhabitants of the New Meadows neighborhood relinquished their farms to the navy and made new homes elsewhere. But they left a few family members behind. Read The Lost Graveyard in the August issue of Down East.
One of my favorite places is Acadia National Park. I know it well — my family spent many summer vacations there. More recently, I had the privilege of researching a book about the park for Down East Books. Ultimate Acadia: 50 Reasons to Visit Maine’s National Park is my love note to this special place. I approached the project from the perspective of creating a keepsake for those who love Acadia as I do, but the book also could serve as an idea board for anyone planning a trip. The photographs by Mark Fleming are gorgeous — after seeing them, how can you not want to visit? For a preview, check out the excerpt in the August issue of Down East magazine. (For detailed trip planning, I highly recommend Moon Handbook’s Acadia National Park by my friend, Hilary Nangle, the Maine Travel Maven.)
A whisper of a village lies off the beaten path to Pemaquid Point Light in the sprawling midcoast peninsula town of Bristol. Pemaquid Beach (population: it depends on the week) occupies a tranquil point on Johns Bay. Here you’ll find one of the sweetest sandy strands in the state of Maine, a replica of a late-seventeenth-century British fort, a small collection of Victorian cottages with white picket fences, and the languid, carefree air of an old-fashioned summer vacation, which is what this hidden little hamlet means for most of the people who are here. Read A Summer Place in the July 2013 issue of Down East magazine. Check out our Best of Maine picks, too!
Your glass of water seems to refill itself. A fresh, folded linen napkin materializes where you left a crumpled one when you briefly left the table. Your courses arrive with orchestral precision, and no one at your table ever sits unserved, gazing hungrily at another’s meal, not even for a second. This is dinner at Kennebunk’s venerable The White Barn Inn, but you’d be forgiven for momentarily fantasizing that you are one of the aristocratic Crawleys of the British period soap opera Downton Abbey. Read about The White Barn Inn in the July issue of Down East.
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Amanda Hallowell’s delicious and beautifully presented suppers have brought national attention to Nebo Lodge — and helped revive farming on the island of North Haven thirteen miles off the coast of Maine. The ferry schedule makes it challenging for day-trippers to enjoy a meal there, but this summer the inn has partnered with Equinox Island Transit, which will make the trip from Rockland three nights a week. Read Island Delight in the May 2013 issue of Down East.
“Maine: The Way Life Should Be.” The expression, found on welcome signs at the state’s borders since the late eighties, is as deeply rooted in our collective consciousness as the much older (circa 1936) license plate slogan “Vacationland.” Read the story behind the slogan in the May 2013 issue of Down East.