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KETCHIKAN, Alaska Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit's board members.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:38

Pedaling and paddling with Explore Bangor

New downtown business to offer bicycle, kayak rentals

Published in Biz
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 17:06

GBCVB announces 2016 Tourism Awards

BANGOR - The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and presenting sponsor, Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Tourism and Hospitality Eagle Awards. Peter D'Errico will receive the Lifetime Achievement Eagle Award, Anah Shriners will receive the Organizational Achievement and the Maine Brewers Guild will receive the GBCVB Impact Eagle Award. The awards will be handed out during the 21st Annual Tourism Awards Event & Silent Auction on May 11, 2016 at Spectacular Event Center in Bangor.

Published in Biz
Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:29

All the whistles and bells

Downeast Scenic Railroad

There ain't nothing sweeter than riding the rail.
-Tom Waits

ELLSWORTH The railroad has a long and storied history in America. It was both the backbone and lifeline of industry and commerce in many places, and it was no different in Maine. Volunteers have gone above and beyond to not only preserve this history, but ensure that future generations can actually experience rail travel for themselves with the Downeast Scenic Railway.

'[The Downeast Scenic Rail] informs people of history of the line and what its meaning has been to the community, and how it helped develop the area,' said Tom Testa, president of the Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, Inc. 'This was the link to the world.'

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:05

Oceanside wildlife

Seeing a different side of Maine with Robertson Family Cruises

MILBRIDGE Many people have commented on the idea that there are two versions of Maine. But I've always found that notion, though somewhat true, to be overly simplistic. There are hundreds of Maines, if not thousands. This state is like an intricately carved gemstone, with many facets that make it interesting and beautiful, depending on your angle.

I've been to many parts of the state. I've been up mountains, in rivers, in the air and on the beaches. But there's a lot to see, and clearly I haven't been everywhere or done everything.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:09

Playing tourist

The warm weather is here. We've had more sun this spring than I can recall in recently memory. It's gorgeous, with cool breezes and minimal rain. And the tourists really haven't started getting out yet. All this makes for an ideal opportunity for those of us who stick around all year to get out there and enjoy what our fine state has to offer before it gets too crowded.

When I'm doing a stay-cation I like to stay within a two-hour drive from my home base. So it worked out great when I had an interview in Camden last week. As many of you know, Camden is a tourist Mecca. And for good reason - but since it's still a couple weeks before Memorial Day weekend, the flood of tourists hasn't taken over yet. This meant I could follow Route 1 and 3 all the way back to my neighborhood, looking at the towns with a tourist's appreciation, but without bad traffic.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:48

A rock and a hard place

Visiting New Brunswick's Hopewell Rocks

HILLSBOUROUGH, New Brunswick Here in Maine, it's easy to become accustomed to being constantly surrounded by the beauty of nature. We're lucky enough to see it every day so much so that many of us take it for granted.

The beauty of New Brunswick is comparable in many ways to what we have here at home: lush, verdant greenery, magnificent vistas, intricate coastlines and the like. However, while there are many similarities, there are also some unique differences that are well worth the few hours it might take for you to get to them.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:05

Missouri tourist mecca of Branson turns 100

BRANSON, Mo. - As the southwest Missouri tourist mecca of Branson prepares to celebrate its centennial, organizers can't help but notice that disaster binds the city of today with the city of 100 years ago.

The EF-2 tornado that struck Feb. 29 brought winds of up to 130 mph as it hopped along the Branson Strip. The storm damaged about four dozen commercial structures, including six of the town's 50 theaters and 22 of its 200 hotels and motels.

It turns out that just months after the city was incorporated on April 1, 1912, a fire destroyed much of its downtown. According to the centennial website, the city did not have a fire department.

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