Whether you are from away and visiting Maine for your summer vacation, or if you live here like I do, I promise you that you will find new and fun things to do in all the areas we cover in this guide. 95 North is published throughout the summer months—a new issue for each month—to spotlight 10 fun and interesting things to do off of each exit of the I-95 Turnpike. We know there is life beyond the Turnpike, but let’s face it, most of use the Turnpike to get around.

The idea for this magazine was born when I took my two teenage daughters to Hawaii in August of 2006. We were going to be there for about 10 days, visiting three different islands. On each island, I had two or three “must see” destinations—but then I used the area travel guides to choose the rest of the activities for the day. I also scoured ads to find cool places to eat and shop, etc. Just about every night I would use the guides to figure out the next day’s plan.

When I returned home, I started to think about this and how it might relate to our summer visitors in Maine. Thousands of tourists come to Maine and many have one primary place that they stay for a week or two. I figured that these people were probably not that different from me and would want to know what else they could do and see, nearby, while they were here in Maine. I also know that many of us who live here take advantage of the summer months to be “tourists” and visit other areas from where we live. So…95 North magazine was born, and for the past 10 years, we have published this guide with a new Top 10 list of things to do off each exit of the Maine Turnpike, every month during the summer season. I hope that you will find a “hidden gem” or a wonderful new restaurant—or see something that takes you beyond your usual travel area.

I picked a couple from this issue that I will definitely explore:

Wiggly Bridge Distillery Experience
Named after the iconic Wiggly Bridge in York Harbor—the world’s smallest suspension bridge—this family-owned business makes award-winning small-batch bourbon, vodka and whiskey. To get the “Distillery Experience,” including a tasting, tour and a cocktail of your choice, reserve tickets on for $14.95 each. Show up a few minutes early at the big old barn on Route 1 (441 Route 1, York), and don’t forget your ID. (Please drink responsibly; don’t drive wiggly.)

Taste of Tidewater
This fundraiser for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is a celebration of the visual arts, culinary arts and master gardeners on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tastes by several local chefs and live music by The Pinetones set the stage as party-goers check out 75 pieces of original art by local artists, many of whom are on hand to talk about their work. Each piece sells for $200, with half going to the artist and half to the Cooperative Extension. The event is at the Parish Hall at the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary in Falmouth. Tickets are $75 per person or two for $125 and can be purchased online through the University:

Whatever you choose to do, have a blast enjoying all that you do while exploring Maine.

Lee Hews