DownEast Tidbits – Whiting Store and Int’l Welcome Center

International Visitors Center

You want to explore all that Down East Maine has to offer. You’ve wandered through the blueberry barrens in Jonesboro. You’ve maybe stopped for lunch or a bit of shopping in Machias and now you’re still headed east. Just when you think, “Holy jeepers, where the heck am I going?” you’ll come to a crossroads. […]

DownEast Tidbit – The DownEast Sunrise Trail

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Have you ever heard of the DownEast Sunrise Trail?  It’s a multi-use trail that starts (or ends) in Calais, Maine, rambles through Machias, Columbia Falls, Cherryfield and other picturesque little towns on it’s way to Ellsworth  and connects with other trails all the way to Key West, Florida!  You can bike, walk, ATV, snowmobile, cross-country […]

DownEast Tidbit – The French Cellar

Wine and Cheese Picnic

Washington County may be hours from the nearest city, but it does have some culture.  The French Cellar carries local and imported wines and melt-in-your mouth cheeses and craft beers.  They often have wine tastings and are also a seller of delicious Bold Coast Coffee.  Just add the actual BOLD COAST — just a few miles […]

OMG! I didn’t think of that! Basics for renting out your vacation home.

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Back when I worked as an exclusive buyer’s real estate agent, most of my clients were looking to purchase vacation homes.  Almost every home that we looked at, the selling agent included in his or her sales pitch, “And it would make a great vacation rental”. So just WHY do people consider renting out their […]

Poll: Have your vacation rentals been affected by major listing site changes?

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It’s been about just over a year since Expedia completed its purchase of HomeAway. It’s been a year since the never-ending waves of changes started occurring in the the vacation rental industry. I’ve tried to explain all of the changes to prospective clients — folks who have never rented out their houses before — and […]

Am I thrifty or a crazy hoarder? Confessions of a dump picker

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Where’s the best place to visit in New England?  Ask around and you might hear the Cape Cod National Seashore, Mystic Seaport, Tanglewood, Acadia National Park.  But real New Englander’s know the real best place to visit —  their own town dump.   My own fascination with the dump started when I read the Boxcar […]