Join Judy Taylor’s Painting Expedition to a Private Island off Mount Desert Island, Maine

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Aug 222013
 
Join Judy Taylor's Painting Expedition to a Private Island off Mount Desert Island, Maine

In 2011 the Spanierman Gallery in New York City brought together the work of 24 artists, including Will Barnet, George Bellows, and Marsden Hartley, to examine how Maine had inspired them.  Entitled “Maine – An Artist’s Retreat,” the show revealed many representations of the state’s coastline and islands.  Yet, what sets Maine apart, the catalog said, is how Maine’s forests, rocky shores, marshes, and harbors always present themselves as fresh, alive, and unexplored, no matter […]

Wildlife in Maine’s Acadia National Park: Bring Your Binoculars!

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Aug 142013
 
Wildlife in Maine's Acadia National Park: Bring Your Binoculars!

Eight guests had signed up for an exclusive “cooking adventure” at Ann’s Point Inn in Bass Harbor, Maine.  Working alongside Chef James Lindquist of Red Sky Restaurant, they were preparing the evening’s menu:  dumplings filled with just-picked mushrooms, steamed clams and mussels over freshly made pasta, halibut with a triple citrus beurre blanc, and lobster steamed in seawater and seaweed collected outside the inn.  After Chef Lindquist deboned and skinned the halibut, he suggested they […]

Name the World’s Best Islands

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Aug 052013
 
Name the World's Best Islands

What do Oahu, Majorca, Fiji, and Mount Desert Island have in common?  Well, discerning travelers have just ranked them among their favorite islands in Travel + Leisure’s 18th annual poll to identify the “World’s Best.” This much-anticipated publishing event occurs every August and fuels bucket lists for avid travelers worldwide.  It provides rankings not only of destinations, including cities, but also hotels, cruises, and airlines that “define the very best in travel.”  Travel + Leisure […]

Maine Pie Entrepreneur Gains Bigger Piece of A Market Locals & Vacationers Love

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Jul 282013
 
Maine Pie Entrepreneur Gains Bigger Piece of A Market Locals & Vacationers Love

Nothing typifies the Maine vacation experience more than lobster and blueberry pie.  And this year Thurston’s Lobster Pound in Bass Harbor, considered by many the best lobster pound on Mount Desert Island, switched its pie purveyor to a start-up baker, who three years ago was worrying about how to pay for new siding on her house. That’s how Mary Musson describes why she started IslandBound Treats.  “It was on a lark,” she grins.  “We were […]

Pemetic Mountain in Acadia National Park: A Hike that Has It All

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Jul 212013
 
Pemetic Mountain in Acadia National Park: A Hike that Has It All

What’s your favorite kind of hike?  A stroll alongside a pond?  A heart-pumping scramble across boulders?  An exciting squeeze through a narrow ravine?  Anything that provides the reward of spectacular views? Hiking the west side of Pemetic Mountain provides all of these and more. At 1,248 feet, Pemetic Mountain is only about 300 feet shorter than Cadillac, Mount Desert Island’s highest peak and star attraction for visitors to Acadia National Park.  Yet, unlike Cadillac, which […]

The Journey is the Reward: Dinner at Fore Street Restaurant in Portland

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Jul 142013
 
The Journey is the Reward: Dinner at Fore Street Restaurant in Portland

As we drive north on Route 295, more and more vehicles are racked with bicycles and kayaks.  Licenses plates decorated with chickadees and pine cones, loons, moose, and lobster increase, too.  Like kids entertaining themselves in the days before “devices” did that work, we begin counting Subarus.  It’s summertime in Vacationland.  We’re in Maine. On this trip to Mount Desert Island, we decided to break up the 493-mile drive from New York City to our […]

Lobster Rolls and Blueberry Pie at the Quietside Café on Mount Desert Island

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Jun 302013
 
Lobster Rolls and Blueberry Pie at the Quietside Café on Mount Desert Island

What are you looking for when you go to Maine?  Views of the rocky coastline, lighthouses, and Cadillac Mountain?  Lots of lobster and blueberry pie?  Hiking and biking in Acadia National Park? I go to Maine because I also want to “get away.” To me this means spending time in stores and cafes with a much slower pace than what I experience in New York City, where I live.  I find that a discussion about […]

Acadia National Park: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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Jun 232013
 
Acadia National Park: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Google “U.S. national parks on islands” and, after five pages on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Channel Islands in California, you’ll find a listing about Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Shhhhhhh.  You may want to keep this discovery to yourself.  Mount Desert Island gets only one-third the visitors to Cape Cod, for example, and half of this spectacular island, which is almost exactly the size of Martha’s Vineyard, has been […]

Hiking in Acadia: If You Love the Precipice, Try Beech Cliff Ladder Trail

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Jun 162013
 
Hiking in Acadia:  If You Love the Precipice, Try Beech Cliff Ladder Trail

Let me tell you about a favorite hike in Acadia National Park that has historic origins and rewarding views.  It’s only a half-mile up, but it’s treacherously–and thrillingly–steep.  (So, I’ll include a tip so that you don’t have to go down the way you came up!) Let’s go to the western part of Mount Desert Island, known for good reason as the Quietside, to the shores of Echo Lake.  From its western shore rise high […]

Why I Hope My Daughter Chooses Mount Desert Island in Maine for Her Wedding

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May 182013
 
Why I Hope My Daughter Chooses Mount Desert Island in Maine for Her Wedding

April showers bring May flowers, then June graduations and weddings.  And, although my daughter graduates from college in June, she’s pretty far from a wedding (although she has been dating a great guy for three years). I was the one who began thinking about weddings recently when my online browsing introduced me to Maine wedding photographer Brea McDonald.  Her work would convince any couple to choose Mount Desert Island as the destination for their wedding! […]