Virginia Wright

Virginia M. Wright is the senior writer at Down East.



Musher Ashley Patterson says the Can-Am Crown is the most physically and mentally challenging dog sled race in the East.


A Winter Place

Much of Maine goes into hibernation in winter. Indeed, in some parts of the state, entire villages become virtual ghost towns. Not Fort Kent.


Alone Together

Islesford and Great Cranberry Island face the Atlantic — and the future — side by side. By Virginia M. Wright / Photographed by Douglas…


Maine’s Oddest Graves

October is the month for strange stories of the dead, and Maine has more than its share. We’ve dug up four of our favorites.


A Chat with Olympia Snowe

The former Maine senator speaks about gridlock and hyperpartisanship on Capitol Hill — and what we can do to shape a more productive government.


Beth’s Farm Market

Come fall, this farm offers a variety of family-friendly activities, along with apples, pumpkins, squash, and a super-tough corn maze.


A Visit to Searsmont

In a world that’s changing with lightning speed (or so it can seem), Searsmont retains the sweet, timeless air of a country town.