A bimonthly magazine featuring articles on the latest technologies in offshore sailing, Ocean Navigator caters to ambitious captains, first mates, and buccaneers. A one-year subscription, good for seven issues, also comes with Ocean Voyager, an annual handbook that keeps seafarers in the loop, recapping the year in offshore sailing and providing instructions on how to install a model of the ocean in backyards and office cubicles. Amateurs and experienced sailors alike can brush up on their skills with pages full of seafaring jargon, reviews of marine electronics, and discussions of vessel electrical systems, as well as outlines of practical skills, such as weather-navigation tactics and merman-spotting tips. Readers can challenge their modern-day oceanic comforts by blasting off into celestial navigation, taking in articles about boat upkeep and safety, and perusing buyer guides designed to keep savvy skippers apprised of their options.
Acadia Air Tours grants passengers a birds-eye view of the coastal scenery of Acadia National Park and its surrounding environs—all while maintaining a respectful distance a half-mile outside the park boundaries to preserve the peace and quiet for park-goers down below. The company employs a fleet of biplanes that traverse the skies above Acadia on various tours. Each year, Acadia Air Tours donates flights to be auctioned off at various charity events.
With a seasoned captain and crew at the helm, Boothbay Whale Watch's 100-foot Harbor Princess ferries up to 149 passengers into the glistening Atlantic in search of exotic marine life. Voyages meander from scenic Boothbay Harbor into the feeding grounds of whales, dolphins, sharks, and seals, with each marvelous sight indicated and explained by the boat's naturalist, Mechele Vanderlaan. Equipped with an open-air top deck and heated cabin, the boat grants sightseers the ability to watch for marine life year-round without baking in the sun or warming up next to a sympathetic harbor seal. Though alcohol is banned from the boat, the Harbor Princess houses a full-service galley that slings light meals and soft drinks throughout each cruise.
When Captain Lemuel Moody designed and built The Portland Observatory in 1807, he could hardly have imagined that his maritime signal tower would outlive all of its siblings to become the oldest one remaining in the United States. Though the winds and high seas have relentlessly conspired to bring it down, the tower continues to stand more than 200 years after its construction. It owes its longevity in large part to Greater Portland Landmarks, a conservation society whose efforts led to the observatory’s designation as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Today, Greater Portland Landmarks continues to introduce new generations to one of the city’s oldest treasures through guided tours. Led by knowledgeable docents, tours focus on maritime history and chart the many changes that have taken place in Portland since the tower’s founding. One thing that hasn’t changed is the breathtaking view from the observatory’s deck, where one can look out on Casco Bay, Back Cove, and Spanish galleons arriving in port after grueling, century-long journeys across the Atlantic.
With its whitewashed siding, green roof, and porch fronted by six pillars, the Colonial–style clubhouse at Wawenock Golf Club recalls a bygone era of gentility. Its old-fashioned character extends to the Club's nine-hole course, where golfers hunt birdies amid fairways intersected by ribbons of mature trees—some of which have been there since the course was built in 1928.
The fourth hole, a par 5, is a gem that will test golfers of all handicaps. A river cuts across the fairway, making the initial drive a maddening one. But it's the second shot that tends to determine your fate on this hole, as it bends around a pond that hugs the fairway and extends close to the green. To create a distinct front- and back-nine experience, Wawenock offers two pairs of tees and golf carts that reverse their steering functions after the first nine holes.
It was love at first sight when Zach and Allison Poole moved to Maine. Not with each other, but with the area's rich food and beer culture. Zach dreamed up the Maine Brew Bus as a way to share his epicurean discoveries with others and promote local businesses in the process. Zach takes groups to breweries and pubs across Southern Maine during six all-inclusive themed tours that cover every step of the beer-making process, from adding hops to checking bottle for miniature ships.
Maine Brew Bus wouldn't be able to function without its all-time employee of the month, Lenny—a 14-person bus that once transported children to and from school, but is now outfitted for a life of beer tours. The bus sports a bright green exterior painted by a local artist, a eye-catching nod to the vehicle's biodiesel engine and the business's commitment to preserving the environment.