Moon Maine

Award-winning writer and Maine native Hilary Nangle provides an insider’s view of the Pine Tree State, from the “in” restaurants and grills of Portland to the historic towns and villages of the Acadia Region. Nangle is the perfect tour guide, providing travelers with unique itineraries like Microbrews of Maine. Packed with information on dining, transportation, […]

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Looping Around the Phippsburg Peninsula

Along Maine’s mid-coast, Bath retains centuries of historical and architectural tradition. Maine expert Hilary Nangle provides resources and an easy driving route for exploring the scenic peninsula that extends south from Bath.

At the waterfront, a hand-lettered painted sign advertising the Harraseeket Lobster Co. and the food they serve.

Locations in Maine: A Pronunciation Guide

Countless names for Maine cities, towns, villages, rivers, lakes, and streams have Native American origins; some are variations on French; and a few have German derivations. This quick reference guide will give you a leg up when requesting directions along the Maine coast.

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Coastal Maine’s Best Restaurants

In recent years, Maine’s restaurant scene has gained increasing national attention, with top awards and mentions in the most influential foodie magazines. If you want to dine your way through Maine, here’s where to go to hit the biggies.

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Maine Food Specialties: From Blueberries to Beanhole Beans

Everyone knows Maine is the place for lobster, but there are quite a few other foods that you should sample before you leave. Author Hilary Nangle introduces fiddlehead ferns, wild blueberries, and Maine’s maple syrup. She also talks about the unique beanhole bean suppers that are common events at local churches.

A plateau of smooth mossy stones offers a dramatic view of Maine greenery and the ocean dotted with small islands.

Best of the Maine Coast in Two Weeks

This itinerary from Maine expert Hilary Nangle covers all of the state’s coastal regions in two weeks. If you have more time, you’ll be rewarded if you spend longer in any of the locations—especially Mount Desert Island.

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Budget Tips for Visiting Maine

At first glance, Maine might seem pricey, but take another look and you’ll find that it’s possible to keep a vacation within a reasonable budget. Here are a few tips from author Hilary Nangle for a thrifty trip through Maine.

Yachts and boats move through the waters of Southwest Harbor while fog creeps along the coastline.

Discover Coastal Maine

From the glacier-scoured beaches of the Southern Coast to the craggy cliffs Down East, Maine’s coastline is as diverse as the people who live there. Hilary Nangle introduces the individuality of the residents, culture, and geography along Maine’s coast.

At the water's edge, charming houses are built on pilings.

Coastal Maine’s Off-Season Escapes

Hilary Nangle offers up trip ideas for off-season travel along Maine’s coast. Although it’s true that some coastal communities all but roll up the sidewalks after Columbus Day, not all do. Visiting in the off-season, from mid-October through late May, has its merits, including winter recreation and an increase in cultural offerings.