Down East magazine, has been publishing since August 1954, and continues as one of Maine's most prominent monthly magazines. Their web site's history page provides the following description:

"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 2018

Viewpoint; Paul and Me, Ron Currie

Vintage Fix: (Maine) Antiques Roadshow, Sarah Stebbins

Vintage Road Tour, Virginia M. Wright

Way Fab Prefabs: In their quest for affordable, energy-efficient homes, some Mainers are thinking outside the site-built box, Sarah Stebbins, Virginia M. Wright, and Brian Kevin

Welcome to the Genus, Will Grunewald

What's in a Picture?, Joel Crabtree

Whoa Tannenbaum!, Willy Blackmore

Your Maine Mountain Trail Guide: Brought to You by the Badass Hikers of the Alpine Women Collective, Lindsey Moran and Cait Bourgault Photographer

Submissions from 2017

10 Big Cheeses, Martha Stewart, guest editor; Virginia M. Wright, senior editor; and Heidi Klingelhofer

10 Most Iconic Maine Photos of All Time, Brian Kevin, Jesse Ellison, Ben Williamson, Kathleen Fleury, Angela Waldron, Libby Bischof, Virginia M. Wright, and Rob Sneddon

2017 Down East Reader Photo Contest, Down East staff writers; Steven Perlmutter, photographer; Colleen Phaedra Wilson, photographer; Mike Czosnek, photographer; Tom Olson, photographer; Mike Cullivan, photographer; Michele Barker, photographer; Laura Zamfirescu, photographer; Jeannie Holden, photographer; Anne Stauffer, photographer; and Kevin Job, photographer

20th Anniversary of Phish Concert, Will Grunewald

Among the Puffins, Down East staff writers

A Moving Essay, Kathleen Fleury

A Place of Grace: It's not in the mountains. It's not on the coast. But something about friendly little Pittsfield perfectly evokes the Maine community ethic. (Also, ballerinas!), Virginia Wright and Greta Rybus Photographer

A Slice of Culture, Virginia M. Wright and Adam Detour, photographer

Aw, Shucks! Chocolate truffles and heart-shaped candies are for amateurs- true romantics know that oysters make the best Valentine's Day treat.

Bad Proms, Tragi-Coms, and More: It's a quiet season for theater, but curtains are up this month on four gripping productions, with Maine and Maine writers taking center stage, Will Grunewald

Beacon of Welcome: For 20 years, Cape Elizabeth's Beach to Beacon 10K road race has attracted the world's most elite runners, with locals opening their homes to host them, Tristan Spinski and Tristan Spinski Photographer

Best of Maine 2017

Best of Maine 2017, Editorial staff writers

Best of Maine 2017, Editorial staff writers

Best Places to Live in Maine, Down East staff writers; Sue Ann Hodges, photographer; and Susan Cole Kelly, photographer

Big Al’s is Huge!!!, Ron Currie and Michael D. Wilson, photographer

Christina and Me, Christina Baker Kline and Jing JIng Tsong Illustrator

Cold Frontier, Carrie Braman and Chris Bennett, photographer

DIY Maine Gifts, Amanda Blake Soule

Dog Days of Summer Travel, Virginia Wright

Dooryard. Garden: Pots and Pans, Martha Stewart

Dooryard: Garden; Site Specific: A Passion for Plants Transforms a Humdrum Home into a Waterfront Delight, Kiley Jacques and Douglas Merriam Photographer

Dooryard. Home: A Century of Skylands, Sarah Stebbins

Dooryard. Home: Fire and Ice; For Descendents of Maine's 19th-century Finnish Immigrants, the Sauna Ritual Has Lost None of Its Sanctity, Ike Johnson and Molly Haley, photographer

Dooryard. Home: Forward to the Past, Virgina M. Wright

Dooryard. Home: Haystack, Joel Crabtree and Jared Kuzia, photographer

Dooryard; Home; Hearth & Soul: Amy and Alden Philbrick strip, polish and perfect one of Cape Elizabeth's oldest homes, Kiley Jacques and Brian Vanden Brink Photographer

Dooryard; Home; Home at Last: After several itinerant decades, a couple puts down roots in historic Paris Hill, Sara Anne Donnelly and Rachel Sieben Photographer

Dooryard; Home; Modern Family: Owners of an Eisenhower-era ranch discover what's old is cool again, Sarah Stebbins and Jared Kuzia Photographer

Dooryard. Home: The Sailor's Nest, Virginia M. Wright and Jared Kuzia, photographer

Dooryard. Home: Victorian Revamp, Meadow Rue Merrill and Meredith Perdue, photographer

Dooryard: Living the Maine Life; Holy House! A Late-19th-Century Neighborhood Chapel is Transformed into an Airy, Eclectic Home, Meadow Rue Merrill and Cait Bourgault Photographer

Dooryard; Living the Maine Life; Home; Home is Where Their Art Is: Down sizers carve out space for themselves- and their collection- in 1,200 square feet, Sarah Stebbins and Molly Haley Photographer

Dooryard. Making it in Maine, Frances Killea

Dooryard; Making it in Maine; Apple of His Eye: Bob Sewall's Lincolnville Farm--Maine's oldest organic apple orchard--is his life's passion and a wellspring of innovation, Will Grunewald and Molly Haley Photographer

Dooryard. Making It in Maine: Bird Man, Jaed Coffin and Michael D. Wilson, photographer

Dooryard. Making It in Maine: Hit Maker, Joel Crabtree and Brian Fitzgerald, photographer

Dooryard: Making it in Maine; Out of the Blue and Into the Black? A Pair of Winemaking Buddies is Betting on Maine Blueberry Bubbly, Tina Fischer and Brian Fitzgerald Photographer

Dooryard; Making it in Maine; Past Master: Portland's Kristen Gwinn-Becker is throwing open the archives, Erin Stewart Brown and Sean Alonzo Harris Photographer

Dooryard; Making It In Maine: Past Master: Portland's Kristen Gwinn-Becker is throwing open the archives, Erin Stewart Brown and Sean Alonzo Harris Photographer

Dooryard. Making It in Maine: Peace, Love, and Tofu, Jesse Ellison and Gabe Souza, photographer

Dooryard; Making it in Maine; Tall Drink of Water: The entrepreneurs behind Tourmaline Spring are betting on a thirst for purity., Joe Ricchio and Gabe Souza Photographer