The Maine Coast - so distant from most of America - is in fact where America began. Rugged and raw, it has inspired a nation's creative genius - poets, painters, and ponderers.
And still today it is the coast to which millions of Americans turn for recreation or re-creation. It borders the state of Maine, but this is America's coast.
In this exquisite video, explore its length (3500 miles), see its sights (simply beautiful), share its lives (beautifully simple).
Through seasons and centuries, exult on America's coast.
Narrated by Jack Perkins, with a musical score by John Cooper, Maine: America's Coast is a stunning video and a beautiful gift.
Jack Perkins hosts programs on the A&E Network, contributes television essays to the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and lives, gratefully, on the coast of Maine.
John Cooper, who composes and performs the original score, is a well known jazz performer and music educator, teaching currently at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.
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Portland, located on Casco Bay, is Maine’s largest city as well as its creative hub. Many craftspeople, artists, and other creative types have chosen to live and work here, positioning the city as one of the most fashionable locations in the Northeast. Portland’s Old Port, constructed in the 1800s, has been converted into a first-class shopping and dining district. However, the original Federal-style architecture of the area has been impeccably maintained.
In addition to its commercial shipping traffic, the city’s “new” port is also the departure point for the ferry to Nova Scotia and commuter boats to the Casco Bay’s Calendar Islands. There are lots of things to do in culturally-diverse Portland, from hot air ballooning to deep-sea fishing. For food lovers, Portland has an abundance of restaurants and cafes. In addition to performances by local theater and dance companies, the city has its own symphony orchestra and opera company. It is also a great spot to catch top rock and jazz acts. There are several interesting museums to check out, including a first-class art museum, children’s museum and a museum dedicated to African tribal art. Scenic drives and walks can be found in and around the city. Cliff Walk, in nearby Prouts Neck, leads to the site of famed artist Winslow Homer’s former studio. To get in on the local sports action, see if the Portland Pirates (minor league ice hockey) or the Portland Sea Dogs (minor league baseball) have a home game scheduled.
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Like many of Maine’s coastal towns, Kennebunkport first prospered as a shipbuilding center. In the late 1800s, affluent summer visitors would arrive by train from Boston and stay at the more than 30 grand hotels and mansions that peppered the coastline. Today, the town is a year-round community and remains popular among the well heeled as a summer destination.
Kennebunkport is chock-full of fine dining establishments and high-end accommodations. However, you can still find moderately priced places to stay with a little planning, and some of the best spots to dine are low-key lobster pounds where great food at a good price can be had. Boutiques, some with sister locations in exclusive Palm Beach, Fla., line the streets. Visitors will enjoy taking the scenic drive along Ocean Avenue, which runs along the Kennebunk River to the ocean. The route provides equally stunning views of the Maine coastline and the palatial homes of Kennebunkport’s rich and famous, including the summer retreat of the 41st U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush.
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Marc and Christine travel from their tiny town in Mississippi all the way to the big city of New York to deliver a table that Marc built. Amazing adventures follow: from the cliff walks of Rhode Island to the sands of Cape Cod to the Bread & Puppet Circus in Vermont and the highest zipline in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Join them for this wild ride.
Newport View is a compelling half-hour video production featuring a narrated tour of the greater Newport area visiting landmarks, historic sites, and scenic vistas while highlighting advertisers and sponsors along the way. The high-end production airs in hotels, inns and lodging establishments throughout Newport County.