Penobscot Bay was the site of The Collective Quarterly's fifth issue. As a magazine, we’re constantly trying to discover the essence of a region during a moment in time. When we visited Maine, we found a place trying to come to terms with its waning natural resources and its disappearing social culture. (Only a few decades ago, there were 300 inhabitant islands off the coast. Now there are 15.)

When you and your kind live shoulder-to-shoulder at theedge of the sea, and suck your life from it each day,it’s almost akin to being a barnacle. You learn to hold fast to your piece of the rock, and you grow a tough crust—one that can handle the waves and the weather, and keep your neighbors in their place. You strike a Faustian bargain with the ocean: It brings you alive, but all the while it’s pounding on you.

Despite this tumult—or perhaps because of it—Maine is a wild, fascinating destination for the visually-minded. And because we have a rich network of local friends and guides who are willing to open their doors to us, we can take you to places most outsiders don’t get a chance to see. 


  • Sunday, August 27 through Friday, September 1, 2017
  • Six days, five nights.