The Front Room. Portland, Maine. Janna and I met during the coldest summer that California had seen in decades, in 2010. She had perma-tanned skin despite the near-constant cloud cover, and an entirely disarming smile, even though she was an editor at SURFER magazine while I was an intern there. Even though she was a former competitive surfer from Kauai. Even though, yes, she is one of those Ironses. She was also the only woman on SURFER’s editorial staff. Eventually, […]
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. Boulder, Colorado. What’s your New Year’s resolution? M: I decided last year that I wasn’t going to do New Year’s resolutions; I was going to look back on the previous year and appreciate all of the awesome things I have done. A: I think the closest thing I have to a New Year’s resolution is to just ski a lot.
Matt, Tim, Pat. Beth’s Kitchen Cafe. Bridgton, Maine. These guys eat adventure for breakfast. In September, they’ll embark on a six-month motorcycle odyssey through Central and South America. Go with them: The Unknown Roads Instagram
Local 188. Portland, Maine. Greta Rybus and I met while she was shooting beautiful photos of beautiful food for the Sunday River issue of Maine Home + Design magazine. She photographed my dry, winter hands holding garnished cocktail glasses and mitigated my embarrassment by saying, “It’s winter in Maine. Everyone’s hands look like that.” I liked her immediately. A year and a half later, I opened a different magazine, at a different job, and saw her name on the page […]
Melby’s Market and Eatery. Waterford, Maine. Describe your most frustrating travel moment. Billy: “I was flying back from Los Angeles, from the International Science and Engineering Fair. While we were there, they had a big heat wave, so it was about 105 degrees every day. Flying out of LA, the jetport bridge jammed and they spent about an hour trying to fix it. Then, with a stroke of genius, they realized that they owned the bridge right next to it. […]