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Americana in Maine

Apr 17th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Maine | by Michael Williams

I’ve been meaning to post these photos from my top secret mission to Maine a little while back. The state has so much to offer even visiting for just two days and we met a lot of interesting people and saw some top notch Americana along the way. I was living the dream drinking the High Life, eating lobster and talkin’ shop. Check out my photos below.






Comments: 22

22 Comments to “Americana in Maine”

  1. Paul
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 9:11 AM

    Great photos — very Downeast. Love those diners and small eateries. You’ve captured some of the essence of the USA!

  2. Sam Jacobs
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 9:26 AM

    Is Becky’s Diner in the city of Portland, or somewhere outside? I’m a sucker for collecting coffee mugs with diner names on them. Most places I’ve been to that have that end up giving me the mug for free (if I ask nicely). A few times I’ve had to buy them, but it’s still worth it.

  3. jason
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 9:29 AM

    god damn that’s one good looking lobster roll.

  4. Joshua
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 10:04 AM

    Best looking store I’ve seen in quite a while. Has what so many retailers only hope to achieve…style, substance and most importantly…character. I can smell the salt water and wood right now…and it’s not sprayed from a bottle.

  5. robbie
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 10:31 AM

    great stuff, especially the sign for the porthole.

    thanks for sharing.

  6. Mainer
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 11:34 AM

    It doesn’t look like you left Portland at all. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but the city of Portland is hardly Maine. I lived there for many years and ate at Becky’s, drank at the Top of the East, etc., but wonder if you might have found something more resembling “Maine” if you stepped a bit further north.

  7. Michael Williams
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 11:38 AM

    Top picture is from Bar Harbor, gas station signs were from near Ellsworth, work wear store was in Brewer. Does any of that count Mainer?


  8. sam
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 11:54 AM

    Man I could use that trip right now, thanks for the post.

  9. Greg D
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 12:10 PM

    Great post. The food looked good and so did the pics. Thanks.

  10. sam
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 12:19 PM

    damn – lobster roll right before lunch hour… killin me. would love to see one of those on!

  11. greenjeans
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 12:50 PM

    Now I’m hungry and I want a fisherman’s sweater…

  12. andrew k
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 2:55 PM

    the cameo by pacific ocean blue really makes my day.

  13. Andrea
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 4:57 PM

    It looks like you’re going to have to go back for another visit, because I don’t see that you managed to get your minimum daily requirement of doughnuts at either Tony’s in Portland, and Frosty’s in Brunswick.

    Also, you seem to have missed Moody’s diner in Waldoboro (my old hangout.)

  14. Anne
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 7:32 PM

    Becky’s Dinah, Nothin’ Finah!!
    It’s always worth the wait!

  15. Matt Fox
    on Apr 17th, 2009
    @ 8:18 PM

    Amazing photos. Love Maine.

  16. tons of land
    on Apr 18th, 2009
    @ 2:45 PM

    love your response to mainer. as a native mainer myself, i absolutely love portland as one fantastic piece of a fantastic state. disappointingly living in CT for the last 5 years, i yearn for a return to portland almost daily.

  17. plaidout
    on Apr 20th, 2009
    @ 8:52 AM

    Must admit, I got really excited to see the RG boys are rockin’ out to Dennis Wilson.

  18. fresh365
    on Apr 20th, 2009
    @ 2:32 PM

    ahhh…I love Maine!

  19. Steven
    on Apr 27th, 2009
    @ 5:49 AM

    I grew up in Connecticut, but went to college in Maine. The state has this incredible effect on people, making even temporary residents like myself feel like Mainers at heart. I have encountered few places that have such a lasting impact on one’s sense of belonging.

  20. sorrentolens
    on May 8th, 2009
    @ 7:28 PM

    Bethel, the amethyst mines near Songo Pond. More Maine. Mt. Zircon Ginger Ale — Ah, now that’s Maine. My Grandmother would load us up with homegrown peas and a couple of cases of ginger ale — good stuff – good memories.

  21. dave
    on May 26th, 2009
    @ 4:39 PM

    Great post! I grew up in Maine. Now I’m out in Oakland. I miss Maine sometimes. Portland is anamazing city.

  22. Kazeem
    on Jul 15th, 2009
    @ 3:45 PM

    Cool to see style and Maine come together. Thanks for a fantastic blog – just discovered today and found The Rake Magazine – just about to subscribe. Peace.