Autumn In Maine (2022) is part of “America The Beautiful” Series. Directed by: Aubrey Babas
Acadia National Park is a stunning national treasure on the coast of Maine in the USA. This “insider’s” vacation guide covers all of the best places to see and the towns and villages in the Acadia Region from Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island to Winter Harbor on the Schoodic Peninsula. Wherever you choose, the views are spectacular and nature abounds. No wonder this is one of the most visited parks in the United States and in all of North America.
Bar Harbor, a small seaside resort on the northeastern side of Mount Desert Island, has a unique symbiotic relationship with Acadia National Park. Together, they are like conjoined twins, both born of the same mother – and she is the land and ocean combined.
Historical roots are at play here, a special blend of salty air and the classic Down East character that is recognized and loved by millions. Together, these “conjoined twins” offer an unforgettable Maine vacation.
Filmed in Summer of 2022
With a rich history in agriculture and shipbuilding, Kennebunk today retains her connection to the land and sea. With easy access to the ocean, river, and wooded trails, the town is one of those special communities that seems to have it all, even the prestige of name (there is only one Kennebunk in the country).
Kennebunk balances a rural feel with true convenience – Portland is only 25 miles away and catching the Downeaster train in Wells makes the commute to Boston a snap. Featured on the town seal is the Lafayette Elm, which was planted to commemorate General Lafayette’s 1825 visit to Kennebunk. The handsome tree is one of the only survivors of the Dutch Elm that destroyed hundreds of trees that once lined Kennebunk’s streets.
The residents are a bit like the mighty tree: able to withstand the changing of seasons and passing of time with a sense of quiet nobility. In this tight-knit, laid-back community, it’s easy to be a good and helpful neighbor.
Down East Magazine – July 2022 Features
In With the Old
We’ve rounded up 40 of our favorite antiques stores, vintage shops, flea markets, and more along four winding antiques trails. Treasure hunters, it’s road-trip time.
Down East Americana
In the easternmost counties in the country, fragments of a nostalgic American aesthetic linger along the byways and back roads.
“Sunday Morning” visits otters on the hunt for fish at a pond in Portland, Maine. Videographer: Mauricio Handler.
The North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis) is the species of otter found in Maine, and you’ll find lots of them along the entire coast (and probably inland as well). River otters are mostly nocturnal members of the weasel family (Mustelidae) and rather large, growing up to 3.5 feet long and weighing around 30 pounds. They are referred to as “semi-aquatic,” since they spend most of their waking hours in water and come to land when denning, moving from one body of water to another, or marking a territory.
14 Great New England Road Trip Food Spots
The Green Spot | Oakland, Maine
Expect killer pies and great lobster rolls at this beloved gourmet grocery and café.
Sunny Day Diner | Lincoln, NH
This cute-as-a-button spot makes superb banana bread French toast and a road trip–worthy Reuben.
Red Hen Baking | Middlesex, VT
Some of the best breads in New England are baked here. Don’t miss the egg sandwiches and tartines.
King Arthur Baking Café, Bakery & Store | Norwich, VT
From bread, jam, and porridge to a perfect grilled cheese, this café has day-trippers covered.
Four Aces Diner | West Lebanon, NH
There’s a 1952 Worcester diner car hidden in this non-descript building, and its eggs Benedict and poutine are terrific.
Bob’s Clam Hut | Kittery, ME
While the menu is vast, it’s really all about the fried clams (ask for them “Bob’s style”).
Puritan Backroom | Manchester, NH
They claim to have invented chicken tenders, so you have to try them — either straight up or baked parmigiana-style.
The Farm Table | Bernardston, MA
Several restaurants inside Kringle Candle serve brunch through dinner (hit the more casual Tavern for excellent flatbreads).
Publick House | Sturbridge, MA
The bread basket, with its cornbread and sticky buns, is the stuff of legend. So is the classic turkey dinner.
Modern Diner | Pawtucket, RI
You can’t miss with any of the many daily specials here, but we love the chouriço special and yummy custard French toast.
Rein’s Deli | Vernon, CT
Of course the main route between NYC and Boston has a terrific deli. Love the matzo ball soup and corned beef.
Dottie’s Diner | Woodbury, CT
The doughnuts here are so beloved, their recipes are held like state secrets. Same with the plump, buttery chicken pies.
The Lunch Box | Meriden, CT
This is the best place to try Connecticut’s signature steamed cheeseburgers, full stop.
Clam Castle | Madison, CT
Come for fried fish and hot butter lobster rolls, then — if you time it right — catch a beach sunset at Hammonasset State Park.
Where are your favorite spots in New England to get road trip food?
These “Editors’ Picks for Food Lovers” originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Yankee.
“Sunday Morning” takes us on a visit to a spring litter of red foxes, at home in Durham, Maine. Videographer: Mauricio Handler.
The red fox is the largest of the true foxes and one of the most widely distributed members of the order Carnivora, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere including most of North America, Europe and Asia, plus parts of North Africa. It is listed as least concern by the IUCN.