Exploring Unscripted Maine with GLP Films

I’ve gone missing again from the blog these past few weeks. My excuse: I was busy experiencing the grand outdoor life in the state of Maine, on assignment as a writer for GLP Films. This is a quick update on what I was up to – I’ll be sharing much more in the months ahead.

GLP Films is a content marketing agency known for its award-winning films that capture the essence of a place through its characters and tell stories of sustainability. Click here to see one of their recent films on the country of Georgia.

I’m thrilled to be a part of their Maine project, focused on Maine’s outdoor heritage. I’ve just returned from a week of exploring – from landscapes to food, museums to outdoor activities – and meeting incredible Mainers from the MidCoast and Islands to the Lakes & Mountains Region (plus one day in Portland).

Left to right: Jenna Howard from MidCoast Maine & Islands, our awesome local guide; Kirsten Alana, myself, Annette White and Niz Proskocil.

Our creative team consisted of four talented ladies – two travel writers (including yours truly), and two bloggers/photographers/influencers. Another four were part of the filming crew, including GLP Films founder Rob Holmes.

We ladies road tripped in a rental minivan (ask us about that later) across the state’s MidCoast peninsulas and islands, followed by a remote adventure in Bethel, Rangeley Lakes and the Carrabassett Valley, among other places.

An invaluable part of the experience, of course, are Mainers. Despite having a reputation for having the least diverse state in the United States, I found locals incredibly welcoming and open – whether I encountered them solo or with our group. There were our hosts in the various regions who oozed passion for their hometowns, for the preservation of their outdoors and culture, and without whose wit and knowledge our trip wouldn’t have been as illuminating. And then there were the creative, independent entrepreneurs we met along the way – from farm brewers to ceramic pottery makers and hostel owners, among others, many of whom were women.

You can find our collective posts under #UnscriptedMaine.

Jenna on our hike at BoothBay Region Land Trust, MidCoast Maine. It’s one of the state’s many nonprofit conservation organizations.

I also spent time with our film crew and our local hiker on the Maine Huts Trail; you’ll have to stay tuned for that story.

While I’ve mostly covered the Caribbean region in my work, I found so many similarities in Maine – the summer coastal lifestyle, the relaxed pace of life and in restaurants, the mountains and fresh water-swimming culture, the love for lobster and seafood… it was familiar, yet different and with a cooler climate that was so welcome.

Numerous times during my trip across the pine tree state, I asked myself over and over: how have I never made it up here, even though I lived in Maryland and DC for decades?

maine lobster and fisherman

Visitors are primarily from neighboring Massachusetts, Vermont and Canada – but it seems most visit Acadia National Park, Bal Harbor, Kennebunkport, Rockland and Portland. Those who venture beyond these areas to the MidCoast and Islands and to the Lakes and Mountains region have kept that secret well.

Stay tuned for my articles and photography on #unscriptedMaine, trickling over the next six to nine months and hopefully coinciding with the release of GLP Films’ campaign video.

Have you been to Maine before? Did you know about its peninsulas and islands, or its lakes and mountains?

My trip to Maine was hosted by Visit Maine, Midcoast Maine & Islands and Maine’s Lakes & Mountains, in collaboration with GLP Films. Next up, tomorrow: I’m heading to the much anticipated annual Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference (#STC2019), organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and hosted by Discover St Vincent & The Grenadines.

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