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Portland Magazine Extraordinary Perspective. Award-winning design. Fresh stories. Maine's City Magazine since 1985. With Extraordinary Perspective, Portland Monthly celebrates the region’s native appeal with revealing, highly detailed stories on fascinating personalties; unbiased reviews; cuisine news in our acclaimed Hungry Eye pages; and our signature interviews.
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Not monetized, not compromised, and created for our readers over everything else, our stories dare to be different and dare to provoke. Portland, Maine deserves nothing less. Portland Monthly Magazine was established in 1985 by Colin and Nancy Sargent. Since its inception, Portland Monthly Magazine has been the winner of numerous awards and honors, including 72 American Graphic Design USA Awards. In 2017, Design Director Meaghan Maurice was named one of Folio Magazine's "30 Under 30" top magazine executives nationwide, viz. The New Yorker, Glamour, Vogue, Town & Country, Seventeen, Elle, Esquire, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Vanity Fair.

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The latest redevelopment plan for The Ski Resort That Must Not Be Named to be rebranded as the four-season Moosehead Lak...
01/30/2021

The latest redevelopment plan for The Ski Resort That Must Not Be Named to be rebranded as the four-season Moosehead Lake Resort calls for a 6o-room hotel, new base lodge, brewpub, outdoor skating rink, marina on Moosehead Lake, and restoration of the upper mountain lift.
Here's where to ski while you're not holding your breath: https://bit.ly/PMSkiGui

Photo: Burnt Mountain, Sugarloaf

It's always soup weather at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. Read our story "Stone Soup" to see how Rachel Adam...
01/29/2021

It's always soup weather at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. Read our story "Stone Soup" to see how Rachel Adams's latest ingredient stirs into the community recipe. bit.ly/PM_StoneSoup

SOLD. We spoke with Eliot Cutler about his one-of-a-kind home in Cape Elizabeth in 2017: “My favorite spot is the breakf...
01/28/2021

SOLD. We spoke with Eliot Cutler about his one-of-a-kind home in Cape Elizabeth in 2017: “My favorite spot is the breakfast area off the kitchen. It’s surrounded 180 degrees by massive windows. On a clear day you can see Portugal. I’ll never have as great an office as I have here now.”
Get a closer glimpse here: bit.ly/HiddenShore

With built-in social distancing, could pole dancing be the new Pilates? Red Hot & Ladylike Dance Studio #workoutwednesda...
01/27/2021

With built-in social distancing, could pole dancing be the new Pilates? Red Hot & Ladylike Dance Studio #workoutwednesday bit.ly/PM_UnchainedMelodies

Dreaming of a more scenic work from home environment? Here are three homes with million-dollar views for under $250K: bi...
01/25/2021

Dreaming of a more scenic work from home environment?
Here are three homes with million-dollar views for under $250K: bit.ly/PM_RealSteals

With all the Oscar buzz about One Night in Miami, will Leslie Odom Jr. start getting as many Sam Cooke requests as Hamil...
01/25/2021
An Interview with Hamilton Star Leslie Odom Jr. | PORTLAND MAGAZINE

With all the Oscar buzz about One Night in Miami, will Leslie Odom Jr. start getting as many Sam Cooke requests as Hamilton requests? Place your bets now, and check out his Maine checklist: bit.ly/PMLeslieOdom

November 2017 Colin W. Sargent of Portland Monthly checks in with the Hamilton star ahead of his visit to see how hungry he is for a taste of Maine.

We've officially broken the internet.
01/22/2021

We've officially broken the internet.

Coming to you straight from Maine: Patrick "McDreamy" Dempsey dashing through dreamy Maine scenery. Can spring water pai...
01/22/2021

Coming to you straight from Maine: Patrick "McDreamy" Dempsey dashing through dreamy Maine scenery. Can spring water paired with this much eye candy be healthy?
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Find out what this Maine dreamboat dreams of on a moonlit night: bit.ly/PMDempsey

It's not every day Phippsburg Police Chief John Skroski gets a call to rescue a Snowy Owl injured by a car or truck whil...
01/21/2021

It's not every day Phippsburg Police Chief John Skroski gets a call to rescue a Snowy Owl injured by a car or truck while flying across the road. What better bedtime story for Percy while he recuperates at Avian Haven in Freedom than Snowy Owl & the Seven Sailors, the true story of how a Snowy Owl rescued by the Audubon Society migrated north on the schooner Bowdoin after missing his flock's departure from Portland?
Snowy Owl and the Seven Sailors is available on Amazon: bit.ly/SevenSailors

Photo by Caroline Skroski

For Maine history buffs, the day that Kamala Harris will be sworn in as America's first woman vice president and second ...
01/20/2021

For Maine history buffs, the day that Kamala Harris will be sworn in as America's first woman vice president and second vice president of color calls to mind Hannibal Hamlin's staunch opposition to the expansion of slavery in America throughout his long political career as a representative from Maine's 6th District, governor of Maine, senator from Maine, and the first vice president from Maine, under Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865). Stay tuned for Summerguide to find out who was the second!

Get 2021 off to a scrumptious start at the virtual Maine Agricultural Trade Show January 19-23 bit.ly/MaineAG and keep o...
01/19/2021

Get 2021 off to a scrumptious start at the virtual Maine Agricultural Trade Show January 19-23 bit.ly/MaineAG and keep our Tasty Times close by for monthly tips on which good eats to watch for the rest of the year: bit.ly/PMMTastyTimes

Civil rights pioneer, NAACP co-founder, and Maine summer regular W. E. B. Du Bois died the day before Martin Luther King...
01/18/2021
The W.E.B. Du Bois Files | PORTLAND MAGAZINE

Civil rights pioneer, NAACP co-founder, and Maine summer regular W. E. B. Du Bois died the day before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. Where better to evade the FBI for 30 years running than the shores of Lake Cobbossecontee? bit.ly/PMDubois

Every summer the African-American intellectual leader disappeared to a lake in Maine.

Rain on the coast means snow on the slopes! Find a winter sports center near you in our statewide Ski Guide: bit.ly/PMSk...
01/17/2021

Rain on the coast means snow on the slopes! Find a winter sports center near you in our statewide Ski Guide: bit.ly/PMSkiGuide

Photo by Jamie Walter - Courtesy Sugarloaf

Think hibernation's over-rated? We can help! Look inside the latest Portland Monthly for a state-wide guide to winter sp...
01/15/2021

Think hibernation's over-rated? We can help! Look inside the latest Portland Monthly for a state-wide guide to winter sports, pandemic wedding planning tips, real estate dreams for every budget, a DIY Portland celebrity tour, and more: bit.ly/PM_Winterguide

What a view to wake up to! 211 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach is on the market, spectacular sunrises included: htt...
01/15/2021

What a view to wake up to! 211 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach is on the market, spectacular sunrises included: http://bit.ly/JewelofGrandBeach
Photo by Marcy Pluznick-Marrin

While your feast may look a little different this year, we hope it's full of love. Happy Holidays from all of us at Port...
12/24/2020

While your feast may look a little different this year, we hope it's full of love. Happy Holidays from all of us at Portland Magazine.
http://bit.ly/FeastofLove

We’re excited to share that our editor and publisher Colin W. Sargent’s “Red Hands” has been named one of the top six bo...
12/20/2020

We’re excited to share that our editor and publisher Colin W. Sargent’s “Red Hands” has been named one of the top six books of 2020 by The Morning Star in London.

“In Red Hands, author Colin Sargent employs a part-autobiographical, part-fictionalised first person account of the troubled life of Iordana Ceauscescu, wife of Valentin, the eldest child of Nicolae and Elena.

“Fittingly, haz de necaz — the Romanian term for rueful laughter — appears a number of times in this novel and it pretty much describes Red Hands’s tone, one of tragedy leavened by comedy.”

You can see their full round-up of the Best Books of 2020 here: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/books-with-paul-simon

Looking for a movie tonight to get you into the holiday spirit? Here's our flick pick: "Holly Star" was filmed in the Sa...
12/18/2020

Looking for a movie tonight to get you into the holiday spirit? Here's our flick pick: "Holly Star" was filmed in the Saco/Biddeford area and is available on streaming services! Read our interview with director Michael Nickles here: http://bit.ly/MaineCinema

Snowy Old Port afternoon ❄️
12/17/2020

Snowy Old Port afternoon ❄️

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but watching the tree cam from the comfort of your home on a snowy day is so deligh...
12/17/2020

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but watching the tree cam from the comfort of your home on a snowy day is so delightful!
Check it out here: https://bit.ly/portlandchristmas

Thanks for the entertainment, Portland Downtown!

Nothing beats a snow day breakfast!
12/17/2020

Nothing beats a snow day breakfast!

12/15/2020

Tired of all the same old Christmas music videos already? Tune in to 207 on WSCH this evening for a fresh take on what makes this the most wonderful time of the year in Jacob Sutherland's rendition of "This Time of Year" from the holiday musical "Laughing All the Way" by playwright, screenwriter, songwriter, and frequent Portland Magazine contributor Brian Daly.
https://open.spotify.com/album/7KmFgHM3wo3T7j3Ii2dzYq

Dreaming of a cozy cabin getaway? We compiled a list for purchase, lease, vacation, or inspiration. Browse away: https:/...
12/11/2020

Dreaming of a cozy cabin getaway? We compiled a list for purchase, lease, vacation, or inspiration.
Browse away: https://bit.ly/logcabinfever

Shopping locally online for gifts this year? Buy a subscription for yourself and gift one to a friend for FREE!  http://...
12/02/2020

Shopping locally online for gifts this year? Buy a subscription for yourself and gift one to a friend for FREE! http://bit.ly/2I3I41S

Trying to buy a house? You're not alone. High demand has forced the median home price up 20% in Maine. Read more in our ...
12/01/2020

Trying to buy a house? You're not alone. High demand has forced the median home price up 20% in Maine. Read more in our story "Merry Mortgages" by Sofia Voltin: https://bit.ly/merrymortgages

Tomorrow is the last outdoor farmers' market of the season! Stroll through Deering Oaks and pick up all the fixings for ...
11/20/2020

Tomorrow is the last outdoor farmers' market of the season! Stroll through Deering Oaks and pick up all the fixings for your Thanksgiving feast. Read our story about the history behind some of the beautiful squashes and gourds you're sure to encounter: http://www.portlandmonthly.com/portmag/2020/10/throwback-veggies/

Hey, Press Herald! You ran a story from the AP this weekend on the famous Paris bookstore Shakespeare and Company but di...
11/09/2020
The Don Quixote of Paris? | PORTLAND MAGAZINE

Hey, Press Herald! You ran a story from the AP this weekend on the famous Paris bookstore Shakespeare and Company but did not mention the Maine connection. Longtime owner George Whitman spent summers with his family in Norway, Maine. You can read about it in our interview:

Summers in Maine formed the star chart that young George Whitman followed to the City of Lights. By Colin W. Sargent Maybe you can't keep them down on the

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is well underway on Thompson's Point. We spoke with talented creatives, tech ge...
11/06/2020

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is well underway on Thompson's Point. We spoke with talented creatives, tech geniuses, and local businesses that have come together to realize the dream of the new space; read "Stone Soup" here: http://www.portlandmonthly.com/portmag/2020/10/stone-soup/

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Travis Roy, former Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed just 11 s...
11/02/2020
Travis Roy | PORTLAND MAGAZINE

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Travis Roy, former Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed just 11 seconds into his first collegiate game. We interviewed him one year after the accident:

"When I'm asked about the accident I try to tell people how well I'm doing now—I'm not dwelling in the past." Yarmouth's Travis Roy is a marvel of determination

Our November 2020 issue is now live and being dropped off curbside! See who is stealing our lighthouse, get excited abou...
10/29/2020

Our November 2020 issue is now live and being dropped off curbside! See who is stealing our lighthouse, get excited about the new Children's Museum and Theatre being built on Thompson's Point, and dream about spending next summer in Christmas Cove in this month's "Talking Walls."
Flip through the new issue here: http://www.portlandmonthly.com/

Coming in for a landing! After 196 days of working on the International Space Station, Maine astronaut Chris Cassidy ret...
10/23/2020

Coming in for a landing! After 196 days of working on the International Space Station, Maine astronaut Chris Cassidy returned to Earth on Wednesday. Read his story as told to us here http://www.portlandmonthly.com/portmag/2015/07/dancing-on-the-ceiling/

Just last fall, fellow Mainer and astronaut Jessica Meir participated in the first-ever all-female spacewalk before swapping places with Cassidy in April.

We'll miss Lee Sharkey, a prizewinning poet, force for Maine literature, and co-founder of the Maine Writers & Publisher...
10/21/2020

We'll miss Lee Sharkey, a prizewinning poet, force for Maine literature, and co-founder of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.
Portland Magazine publisher Colin Sargent has fond memories of reading with her. Here's one of her poems from Kenyon Review:

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