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 2019

A Kitchenware-lover's Banquet, Amy Sutherland

An Island Supper, Sam Sifton

Antiques Roadshow, Virgina M. Wright

Art: In the Moment, Will Grunewald

A Thomaston Turnaround?, Malcolm Bedell

Cage Fight, Joel Crabtree

Captain Harpswell, Brian Kevin

Charting a New Course, Philip Kiefer

Cookbook: Bisquey Move, Will Grunewald

Cookies for a Cause, Arielle Greenberg

Dining: Elda, Joe Ricchio

Dining: Flux, Mattie John Bamman

Dining: The Mountain Room, Joe Ricchio

Drinking Buddies, Jesse Ellison

Even Flow, Jamie Lovley

Fancy Feast, Will Grunewald

Figure Study, Erin Stewart Brown and Erin Little Photographer

Food and Drink; Spirits: Still Life, Joel Crabtree

Forest Ave Food Crawl, W. G.

Free the Udders!, Virgina M. Wright

Full Plates, Genevieve Beaudoin

George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018, various authors

Good things from Maine: Big Foot, Virginia Wright

Good Things from Maine: Carry On, Virgina M. Wright

Good Things From Maine; Craft; Glass Act, Molly Haley Photographer and Jesse Ellison

Good things from Maine : Marilyn Robertson, Caitlin Gilmet

Good Things from Maine: Opening Day, Virgina M. Wright

Good Things from Maine: Sprig Woodwork, Virgina M. Wright

Good Things from Maine: The Shape of Light, Tina Fischer

Handle with Care, Brian Kevin

House Tour: It's Not Complicated, Sara Ann Donnelly

House Tour: This Old (Mod) House, Virginia M. Wright

Maine Dispatches

Maine Homes; Antiques Roadshow, Sarah Stebbins

Maine Homes: Hidden Treasure, Sara Anne Donnelly

Maine Homes; House Tour; Cold Comfort, Meadow Rue Merrill Photographer

Maine Homes: My Space: Culture Trip, Sarah Stebbins

Maine Street Style, Arielle Greenberg

Maker: Tooling Around, Tina Fischer

My Favorite Place: Dr. Edison Liu, Bar Harbor Shore Path, Brian Kevin

My favorite place: Jennifer Rooks, Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, Sarah Stebbins

My Favorite Place: Sam Morse: Sheer Boom Trail, Sugarloaf, Sarah Stebbins

My Favorite Place: Timothy Simmons, Hello Hello Books, Rockland, Will Grunewald

My Favorite Place: Water Cove, Phippsburg, Benjamin Williamson Photographer

Nine on the Line, Jesse Ellison

No Elder an Island, Jesse Ellison

North By East; The Maine Woods: Last Stand, Philip Kiefer

Oceans 7, Will Grunewald and Gabe Souza, photographer

Offshore, Gabe Souza, photographer

Outdoors; Twilight of the Diehards: Baxter State Park retires an age-old and way cold tradition, Brian Kevin