Where in Maine?


Can you identify this sleeping harbor?

Photograph by Hillary Steinau

Ghostly in their protective wrap, schooners rest in a deserted, ice-filled harbor on a snowy January day. Barely visible on the shore are snowcapped restaurants that only a few months ago were filled with yachtsmen and tourists sipping cocktails and watching a steady parade of boats come and go. Many of those dining spots are shuttered now, as is much of the 19th-century village, which is nestled between the harbor and a small mountain range. Even in winter, this town looks as postcard perfect as it did 60 years ago, when Hollywood filmmakers selected it as the setting for a racy movie about a beautiful town with ugly secrets. Locals may miss the summer bustle, but nevertheless, they find much to love this time of year: the skiing (both Nordic and downhill) is fine, the traffic flows easily through town, and there’s always a table available at their favorite restaurant (provided it’s open, of course).


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