Destination: Maine


Favorite Places in Maine: Sandy Stream Pond, Baxter State Park

By Robin Follette, Special to the BDN on Sept. 21, 2011, at 4:09 p.m.
Sandy Stream Pond, with Mount Katahdin and Turner Mountain in the background, is one of my favorite places. An easy four-tenths-mile hike crosses Roaring Brook, brings you up and down hills, over roots and rocks, through wet spots and over single-wide walkways made of logs. Moose cross the trail in …
Seboeis Lake

Favorite Places in Maine: Seboeis Management Unit

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 14, 2011, at 8:19 p.m.
It has been years, too many to recall, since I last visited Seboeis Lake and the Seboeis Management Unit of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. But the memories persist. And for sure I want to return. It’s remote, to say the least, 16 miles north of Brownville Junction …
Warren Island State Park

Favorite places in Maine: Warren Island State Park

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 07, 2011, at 5:18 p.m.
If you love the ocean, and you love camping with a healthy dose of island life thrown in, then Warren Island State Park should be on your list. Accessible only by boat, Warren Island lies just south of Grindle Point, home of the Islesboro ferry terminal. Islesboro “gave” the island …
Otter Cliff Trail, Acadia National Park

Favorite places in Maine: Acadia National Park

By Shelia Grant on Aug. 17, 2011, at 12:05 p.m.
Two million or so people visit Acadia National Park each year for a variety of reasons. For the past few years, my daughter, Becky, 16, and I have been among them. Most people go to see Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Cadillac Mountain. We enjoy all of those places, but …
Kanokolus boat launch area on Unity Pond.

Favorite places in Maine: Kanokolus boat launch, Unity

By Dana Wilde on July 27, 2011, at 3:52 p.m.
The southeastern tip of Unity Pond, also known as Lake Winnecook, lies just about at the intersection of two lines drawn from Bangor to Augusta and from Belfast to Skowhegan. At the convergence of Routes 139 and 9-202 there in Unity village, a narrow paved road ambles off toward the …
Houston Brook Falls in Pleasant Ridge is a short walk from the main road.

Favorite places in Maine: Houston Brook Falls

By Ardeana Hamlin on July 20, 2011, at 4:58 p.m.
The voice of a waterfall is a siren song. One of my favorites is Houston Brook Falls in Pleasant Ridge in Somerset County. It can be reached in less than 10 minutes from the main road by following a path that meanders along a narrow brook through tall cedars and …
Husson University junior and co-captain Kevin Byrne putts to hole one during an October 2009 round of the North Atlantic Conference Golf Championship at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.

Favorite places in Maine: Penobscot Valley Country Club

By Eric Russell on July 13, 2011, at 6:36 p.m.
Some people like a barefoot walk along the sand and rocks at Popham Beach, where the ocean beckons for miles. Some prefer the vertical ascents of Mount Katahdin, where 360-degree views await those who reach the summit. Me, I like the smell of fresh-cut grass, gently sloping hills and the …
Hampden residents Darby Ricker, left, and Cory Ricker play on a massive rock that sits to the left side of Hunter's Beach.

Favorite Places in Maine: Hunter’s Beach

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 06, 2011, at 12:22 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND | Where Hunters Brook empties into the Atlantic Ocean offers a quintessential picture of what this coastal island is all about — beautiful views of the sea and a pebble beach that seems to call you with music created by waves that roll the small, smooth …
Ethan Merrill, grandson of Paul E. Merrill, stands by the 1920 Model H truck representing Merrill Transport at Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor. Ethan’s mother recently donated the truck to the museum.

Favorite Places in Maine: Cole Museum an overlooked gem in the Queen City crown

By Andrew Neff on June 29, 2011, at 2:38 p.m.
BANGOR | When you live in a state nicknamed “Vacationland,” the focus — especially this time of year — is on outdoor activities. But whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, the Cole Land Transportation Museum is a great destination to stimulate the mind, take a trip back through …
A circular path at Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor brings visitors to this charming “bridge” across a narrow stream, one of many visually delightful “rooms” in the garden.

Favorite Places in Maine: Asticou Azalea Garden

By Ardeana Hamlin on June 22, 2011, at 1:06 p.m.
Hiking, paddling and biking are great ways to get outside and enjoy Maine, but sometimes I just want to slow down and be at one with leaves, flowers and earth. One of the best places to do that is at Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor. Asticou Garden can be …
The Bayside, Northport pier.

Favorite Places in Maine: Bayside, Northport

By Tom Groening on June 08, 2011, at 4:42 p.m.
The colorful gingerbread-trimmed houses clustered around a village green that slopes to a pier and anchorage are enough to make Bayside, a village within the Waldo County town of Northport, worth a visit. For my wife and me, it’s the starting point for the walk we enjoy a few times each …
Nine-year-old Brandon Tardif and I enjoy kayaking on Stump Pond a year ago.

Favorite places in Maine: Lincoln’s Stump Pond

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2011, at 11:19 p.m.
A teardrop-shaped body of water about a mile long, Frost Street’s Stump Pond isn’t even a standout in Lincoln — which has 14 lakes and ponds in the region — never mind anywhere else, but I love the place. Since I took up kayaking three years ago, it …
These stone towers mark the entrance to the Dartmouth trail on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley, midway between Waterville and Skowhegan on Route 201.  The towers were erected in 1915 by the Dartmouth Outing Club, using local fieldstone. A number of other historic stone monuments can be found along the forested trails of the 2,400 acre campus.

Favorite Places in Maine: Good Will-Hinckley

By Meg Haskell on May 25, 2011, at 1:42 p.m.
What’s that you say? You haven’t yet explored the miles of hiking and biking trails that meander through the 2,400-acre campus of Good Will-Hinckley? Well, there’s no better time to explore this lovely and overlooked woodland. Here, midway between Waterville and Skowhegan, you will find a gentle and historic forest dotted with …
A female horseshoe crab, the larger of the two, and a male mate in the sea grass on the Bagaduce River on a high tide.

Favorite Places in Maine: Horseshoe crabs of Bagaduce River

By Karen Francoeur, Special to the BDN on May 18, 2011, at 11:14 a.m.
Kayaking into the reversing waterways of the upper Bagaduce in Sedgwick is an annual ritual that coincides with the horseshoe crab mating season. Near the Bagaduce Falls in Sedgwick, these amazing creatures that have been around since the dinosaurs converge, waiting for ideal conditions. The females travel over 50 miles from …
Gene Arsenault, right, a fish culture supervisor for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, shows a group of children some samples of fish eggs in various stages of development on Friday in Skowhegan.

Children delight in fish-stocking demonstration

By Christopher Cousins on May 13, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN | Dozens of children crowded around Gene Arsenault on Friday to inspect a series of vials containing fish eggs in various stages of development. “First question: Does anyone know where a fish comes from?” asked Arsenault, a fish culture supervisor at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and …
An Acadian flag flies near the granite Acadian Cross on the southern bank of the St. John River in Madawaska.

Favorite Places in Maine: St. John Valley

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 11, 2011, at 10:32 p.m.
The summer of 1972, it was a miraculous thing to ride along Route 1 with my fiance, knowing that the same sun that warmed us also was shining on that other country out the window — Canada. From Fort Kent to Van Buren, and back again, the St. John Valley was …

Orono Bog Boardwalk Opens for Season

on May 02, 2011, at 6:08 p.m.
Ron Davis works the combination lock on the gate to the Orono Bog Boardwalk in Bangor on Sunday as bog walk director Jim Bird waits. Davis immediately set up his tripod to photograph a rarely seen bird, and Bird went out to repair a few floats that were out of …
A Wood frog sits in the University of Maine Forest last week.

Frog on the Forest Floor

on April 20, 2011, at 11:03 p.m.
Fort Knox is reflected in the Penobscot River looking from Bucksport  in fall 2010.

Favorite Places in Maine: Fort Knox

By Karen Douglass on April 20, 2011, at 10:22 p.m.
PROSPECT | On a recent spring day, I decided to take a walk on the grounds of Fort Knox with my two dogs in tow. I’m sure there aren’t many locals who haven’t visited this historical treasure at one time or another. Having grown up nearby, I have many …
The view of our skyline from the dock at "Idle Isle" on East Grand Lake in Forest City in the summer of 2010.

Favorite Places in Maine: Forest City and East Grand Lake

By Corky Pinette on April 06, 2011, at 10:19 p.m.
My definition of a city was formulated during my childhood when my grandfather did a very wise thing. He purchased property in Forest City near the southern tip of East Grand Lake (part of the Chiputneticook chain and headwater of the St. Croix River) in Washington County. The winter population …