1. Brooklin—E.B. White
Windjammers sometimes anchor in Allen Cove, just below E.B. White’s saltwater farm where the original Wilbur first kicked up his heels. Classics of this beloved author include Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, One Man’s Meat and Elements of Style just to name a few. Living on the farm for nearly 50 years, Mr. White often suffered seasonal bouts of hay fever, but he was quoted as saying, “I would really rather feel bad in Maine than good anywhere else.”
2. Bucks Harbor—Robert McCloskey
Many of Mr. McCloskey’s favorite children’s books (Blueberries for Sal, Time of Wonder) were set near this picture-perfect harbor, a favorite windjammer anchorage on a Monday night. Condon’s Garage, made famous in One Morning in Maine, retains its original charm and is still operating to this day.
3. Little Cranberry Island—Ashley Bryan
An inner-city artist and author, Ashley now lives on Islesford (year-round population: 75), where he continues to illustrate and retell the powerful African folk tales for which he is so well known. With 30 books to his credit, The Dancing Granny and Sing to the Sun are two of his most popular works.
4. Vinalhaven—Margaret Wise Brown
A prolific writer of hundreds of children’s books including Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny and The Little Fur Child, Ms. Brown owned a former quarry master’s house on the island of Vinalhaven that she used as a summer writing retreat. With no running water, electricity or even a bathroom, the simplicity of island life inspired many of her published works. Her ashes were scattered in the sea below her home, which the windjammers pass every time they sail through Leadbetter’s Narrows.
Linda’s name first gained notoriety in The Perfect Storm as the first and only female swordfishing captain in the Grand Banks fleet. She has since published three books of her own, including The Hungry Ocean, The Lobster Chronicles and All Fishermen Are Liars. During the summer months, windjammer guests can often spot Linda tending her traps aboard her lobster boat Mattie Belle.
6. Harborside—Scott and Helen Nearing
Known for their philosophy of simple living, the Nearings moved to Harborside in the 1950s where they built a homestead and raised blueberries. Committed to “living the good life,” these well-known back-to-the-landers/writers pursued a lifestyle that included a daily regiment of work, play and community service. The windjammers sail past Forest Farm every time they round Cape Rosier in Penobscot Bay.
Richard Russo won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his fifth novel, Empire Falls, which was made into a movie in 2005 starring Paul Newman. Regarded as one of the best writers about small-town America, it’s not unusual to find him writing at the Camden Deli because, according to Russo, “I’m less self-conscious when it’s not so quiet.” Half of the windjammers in the Maine fleet are homeported along Camden’s bustling harborfront, just a stone’s throw from the author’s historic home.
8. Somes Sound—Terry Goodkind
Fantasy readers will enjoy sailing along Somes Sound, North America’s only true “fjord,” as it is also Terry Goodkind’s back-yard view from the home he and his wife built in the 1980s. With a writing career that began along the shores of Mount Desert, this best-selling author has nearly a dozen books to his credit including Wizard’s First Rule, Sword of Truth and Phantom.
Julia Child is credited with introducing mainstream America to the French cuisine. Long before she became a famous chef, author and television personality, she honed her culinary skills cooking on an old steel stove at her family’s summer hideaway overlooking Bass Harbor. Were she alive today, she would no doubt approve of the windjammer style of cooking… delicious meals prepared on a woodstove using fresh, local ingredients. Bon Appetit!
10. North Haven—Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Spending childhood summers at her family home near the entrance to Pulpit Harbor, Anne Morrow Lindbergh is most famous for writing A Gift from the Sea, a meditation on the meaning of a woman’s life written 50 years ago. Anne and her aviator husband Charles honeymooned on nearby McGlathery Island, another favorite windjammer anchorage near Penobscot Bay. According to Maine historian Charles McLane, this famous couple “eluded a relentless band of air-borne photographers and reporters by camouflaging their boat with spruce boughs.”