Harbor Features

Harbor Features
Maine's harbors are famous the world over for their beauty, and also for all the great things they have to offer the cruiser, visitor, and resident. We cover museum and gallery exhibits; guide you to libraries and movie theaters; help you find places to eat, stay and shop; and suggest things to do from trips aboard our wonderful fleets of windjammers to special musical and cultural events.

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    A student from Belfast, Maine, shares her experience of a daily commute by ferry to attend the Islesboro Central School’s magnet program for mainland students in grades 5-12.

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    Built for a Louisiana hotelier and his wife, the jaw-dropping rooms of Portland’s Victoria Mansion constitute the first and only extant interior by 19th-century design star Gustave Herter. Today, more than 150 years after it was built, the mansion retains 90 percent of its original furnishings and grants a rare look at 19th-century design.

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    Rope’s history in Maine is as long as the coastline that once housed the long buildings, known as ropewalks, where lines for fishing boats and sailing vessels were made. Like sail lofts and chandleries, ropewalks were a necessary part of any seaport, yet few of the buildings remain today. Writer Laurie Schreiber explains why.

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    Maine has a thriving oyster growing industry. Until recently most of these oysters were raised from commercial seed. As the industry has grown and coastal water temperatures have inched up, cultured oysters have begun to multiply on their own, particularly in the brackish waters of the Damariscotta River.

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    She may be 99, but Stell Shevis, master enamellist and life-long artist, continues to look for new experiences and creative outlets.

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    Teresa L. Carey, who spent two years sailing alone on a boat and writes a blog called “Sailing, Simplicity, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” shares her thoughts about why the water makes us happy and why we should spend more time in boats.

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Coastal Adventures

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