"The goal of Down East has always been to hold a mirror up to Maine — its storied past and lively present — and to celebrate its flinty, independent character and unhurried way of life. As Maine has changed with the times, however, so has Down East. Today the state has come to embrace its future as well as its past. Accordingly, the magazine now focuses more on contemporary Maine life and what the future might bring and less on historical background and quaint rusticity. Booming circulation and advertising gains demonstrate the wisdom of this editorial shift."
Portland Public Library's collection of Down East is complete, and begins with the first issue, August 1954. The hard copies are available in the Portland Room.
Submissions from 2020
100 Books Every Lover of Maine Should Read, Down East staff writers
200 Reasons to Love Maine, Down East staff writers
2020 in the Bag, S. S.
All of the Bald Mountains, Virginia M. Wright
All the Edible Parts of a Lobster, Virginia M. Wright
A Very General Store, Joyce Kryzak
A Well-Dug Bean Hole, W. G.
Back, Unexpectedly, to the Land, Buzz Poole
Best Places to Camp, Down East staff writers
Best Places to Live, Down East staff writers
Birds of a Feather, W. G.
Braaap-ers' Delight, Mitch Breton
Bring Back the Christmas Goose!, Brian Kevin
Century Notes, Susan Sharon, Patty Wight, and Robbie Feinberg
C is for Cookie (And Cookie is for Sea), Kate McCarty
Comeback Story: The Rising, Kate McCarty
Covered Bridges, Joel Crabtree
Creetons and Poutine and Ployes, Oh, Mon Dieux!, Joel Crabtree
Crossover Cooking, Kate McCarty
Dawnland Dispatches, Will Grunewald and Brian Kevin
Die Hard, V. M. W.
Dining: Local Joint, Brian Kevin
Dining: Ski In, Eat Out, Will Grunewald
Dining: White Barn Inn Restaurant, Will Grunewald
Eat Outside: 33 Beautiful Places to Feast in the Fresh Maine Air, Will Grunewald
Filter Bubble, Sarah Stebbins
Food and Drink: A Communal Table, Will Grunewald
Food and Drink: BuffaLove, Katy Kelleher
Food and Drink: Flour to the People, Will Grunewald
Food and Drink: Griddle Me This, Will Grunewald
Food and Drink: Picking up Steam?, Amber Kapiloff
Food and Drink: Silver-Lining Services, Will Grunewald
Frozen Assets, Emmeline Willey
Garden: A Slice of Country, Aurelia C. Scott
Get Thee to a Nunnery?, Brian Kevin
Gingerbread Man, Sara Anne Donnelly
Going Up to Camp, Franklin Burroughs
Good Material, S. S.
Good Things From Maine: Fashion Statements, Amy Sutherland
Good Things from Maine: Iron Man, Virginia M. Wright
Good Things from Maine: Knotty and Nice, Sarah Stebbins
Good Things from Maine: Put a Lid on It, Sara Anne Donnelly
Good Things from Maine: Reviving a Lost Art, Melissa Lizotte
Good Things from Maine: The Fabric of Her Life, Jesse Ellison
Good Things from Maine: The Fleece Goes On, Amy Sutherland
Green Acres, Katy Kelleher
Hard Water Heritage, Michael D. Wilson
Heed the Plow, V. M. W.