Maine: An Explorer's Guide, Thirteenth Edition

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This fully-updated special edition of the original "Maine Bible" highlights the book's twenty-five years as the best-selling, most in-depth, up-to-date, and savvy guide to the state.

The release of a new guidebook is rarely a cause for celebration. But every once in a great while even a simple travel book earns a place of special recognition. More than twenty-five years ago, Christina Tree set off in her car with her young sons to explore the entire state of Maine, researching and visiting rental cottages, ice cream stands, beaches, and more. The result was Maine: An Explorer's Guide—the first-ever complete travel guide to Vacationland. Published in 1981, this first edition of what would become known as "the Maine Bible" was a mere 185 pages.

Much has changed in twenty-five years. Now with more than 1,000 restaurant, B&B, and shopping recommendations, Maine: An Explorer's Guide has sold more than 200,000 copies, and has given birth to a critically-admired and expanding travel series that covers destinations throughout the U.S.

But much has also stayed the same. Along with Nancy English, Christina Tree continues to hit the road every two years for months at a time to make sure that all the information in Maine: An Explorer's Guide is the most honest, up-to-date, and comprehensive info available.

As most modern guides seem to be losing their authoritative voice (and risk losing the role of the guide in guidebook), Maine: An Explorer's Guide gives travelers the tools and knowledge they need to discover every corner of the state, including a friendly, reliable voice that brings the book's guidance and insights to life. Whether a traveler is looking for that perfect traditional Maine sporting camp, an outfitter to guide a rafting trip, trailheads, artists' colonies, historic homes, or museums, this most comprehensive guide to the state continues to have the answers.

Now with hundreds of Web site listings, this special edition includes opinionated accommodations listings, from inns and B&Bs to vacation cottages and campgrounds. And just as it was 25 years ago, no payment is accepted for book listings.

This guide also includes:
· Hundreds of dining recommendations, from lobster pounds to four-star restaurants
· 34 up-to-date regional and downtown maps
· An Alphabetical "What's Where" subject guide to aid in trip planning
· Handy icons that point out places of extra value, family- and pet-friendly establishments, wheelchair access, and popular wedding venues
· 100 black & white photographs, 34 maps, index.

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About the Author:

Christina Tree is a longtime travel writer for the Boston Globe and a contributing editor to the Yankee Magazine Guide to New England. She is credited with creating and defining the Explorer's Guides' high standards more than 25 years ago—a standard that she continues to influence to this day. She is also the co-author of Explorer's Guides to New Hampshire, Vermont, and the Berkshire Hills and Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nancy English writes essays and freelance articles for The Boston Globe, The Portland Press Herald, Yankee and Portland Magazine. She is also the author of the Countryman book Chow Maine and is the restaurant reviewer for the Maine Sunday Telegram, the state's largest circulation paper. She lives in Portland, Maine.

Review:

No wonder they call this the 'original Maine bible.' -- Chicago Tribune

The most encyclopedic and useful guide to the state. -- Travel + Leisure

The most helpful and well-researched. -- Condé Nast Traveler

Thoughtfully organized, easy to use, sparing with soaring description and wonderfully profligate with minor details. -- The New York Times, Wayne Curtis

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