Hilary Nangle: Maine Travel Maven aka Mainegal

I have three passions in life: Maine, traveling and skiing. Okay, four: chocolate. Maybe five, spa-ing (is there such a word?). I guess writing would be my sixth passion. And cheese, oh yeah, artisan-crafted and farmstead cheeses. What can I say, I’m a passionate kinda gal.

When I dropped out of grad school, I became a ski-and-whitewater bum, working at ski resort in winter, for a kayaking and whitewater rafting company in summer, and supplementing my wages year round by bartending and waitressing. So I’m pretty well versed in tourism and outdoor recreation.

When I got tired of hearing my parents ask: “When are you going to get a real job?” I became communications director of the U.S. Men’s Professional Ski Tour. That’s where I learned the difference between glamour and reality. Glamour=traveling the country with a bunch of hunky guys from around the globe and visiting ski resorts. Sign me up! Reality: 18-hour work days, driving back and forth across the country, and a $15 (no, there’s no digit missing) per diem. (I can work a buffet like no one, baby).

I put the writing experience to work a few years later as managing editor for Gourmet News, a trade tabloid for the gourmet foods industry. Twenty-five pounds later, I segued to a position as features editor responsible for arts and travel for a daily newspaper. Lost the weight, but not my taste for good food.

Now I freelance year round, writing for publications ranging alphabetically from AARP to Yankee, topically from Art & Antiques to National Geographic Adventure. I’ve contributed the Maine chapters to more than two dozen Fodor’s guides in the past, but now I concentrate my efforts on Avalon Travel Publishing’s Moon guidebook series for Maine, with three titles under my name: Moon Maine, Moon Coastal Maine and Moon Acadia National Park. This blog will help keep buyers of any of these updated.

My husband, Tom, and I split our year between coast and the western mountains, with frequent forays elsewhere in the state and beyond it. In this blog, I’m sharing my finds and thoughts, not only about Maine, but also about wherever else assignments take me.  And don’t be surprised to see occasional stories about pet travel featuring my dogs, Bernie and recent-addition Dooley, both Leonbergers (no, not cheese, just a giant overly friendly, overly furry breed with an ancestry that includes St. Bernard, Great Pyrnees and Newfoundlander–but no drool!).

12 Responses to “Hilary Nangle: Maine Travel Maven aka Mainegal”

  1. vincent maniaci Says:

    Hilary,
    Sounds like you really enjoy life! Have you ever been to The Cheese Iron? I think you’ll like what we have. Stop in sometime.

    Thanks,
    Vince Maniaci

  2. Maureen Cosgrove Says:

    I would just like to say that Vince is correct – I think that you would also enjoy The Cheese Iron!
    Next time you are on MDI please stop by our little place in Town Hill (Town Hill Bistro) – we are also opening a wine and cheese shop/art gallery in about 2 weeks time, also in Town Hill.
    Cheers,
    Maureen Cosgrove

  3. hilarynangle Says:

    Thanks for the heads-up on your new wine and cheese shop/art gallery. I’ll definitely look for that next time I’m on the island–late June. And thanks, too, for the reminder about your bistro. I’ve heard good things. Hope to sneak in next visit or so.

    H.

  4. lorraine mulligan ryan Says:

    Good luck with the blog, Hilary. You’re THE Maine expert.

    Things have really picked up, gastronomically speaking, from our early shared meals at Kimball Dining Hall at Holy Cross!

    I look forward to reading all your entries – I have just jumped in and already I am hungry and ready to hit the road again.

    All the best,
    Lorraine

  5. MARY GLICK Says:

    HELLO!! I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND”MAINEGAL” WHAT A GREAT SITE! I LOVE MAINE AS WELL, ESPECIALLY THE RANGELEY AREA. MY SON DEVELOPED AN AMAZING SUBDIVION AROUND ROUND POND. I JUST MADE IT UP TO THE TOP OF THE PROPERTY CALLED ROUND TOP. 1900 FEET UP, THE VIEW WAS AMAZING. BE OUR GUESTS TO TRY THAT HIKE IT IS NEAR THE WILHEM RIECH MUSEUM UP DODGE POND ROAD ABOUT A MILE. YOU CAN WALK UP WHERE IT SAYS PARCEL 13 BEST REGARDS, MARY

  6. Kerry Altiero Says:

    I like Hilary’s style and take on places. Next time in Rockland check out Cafe Miranda, the Restaurant that started (and still here!)the food trend in the mid coast.
    Yep< a cheap plug cuz I own the place! Kerry

    • Hilary Nangle Says:

      Thanks, Kerry. I love Cafe Miranda, and it’s in my books. Cafe Miranda was the first of what has become an increasingly interesting selection of restaurants in downtown Rockland. Last time I visited, we sat at the bar and watched you work your magic. Thanks for the reminder, it’s been a while since I’ve eaten there; must return.

  7. Lynn Says:

    Hi, Hillary! So glad I chanced upon you as I was myself lamenting the closing of Port in a Storm bookstore, which is across the street from my house in Somesville. I share your passions for Maine, eating, and outdoor stuff, which I also blog about here as “A New Yorker Talks to Herself about Maine” – because my friends stopped listening to me. I publish a site about exploring, eating, and relaxing on Mount Desert Island, as well — http://www.ouracadia.com. Please, you need not publish this — I just want you to know I’m glad I found you and I love Maine, too! Thanks for writing about it. -L

    • Hilary Nangle Says:

      A new edition of my Moon Acadia National Park book should hit bookstores this month. Check it out, and let me know what you think.

      Your Somesville location is fabulous. You’ll have to let me know what moves into the old Port in a Storm location. Makes my eyes tear up just to think that it’s gone.
      H (with one L).

  8. Laura Cramer Says:

    Hi there,
    Next time here, please treat your senses to a trip to my shop. Cheese, chocolate and wine with an emphasis on cheese. As many Maine made goods as I can comfortably fit in. It is a heavenly shop. The Cave, Brooklin

  9. Kathie Murphy Says:

    Hilary,

    Do you know where Chef Earl Morse has gone? He is no longer at Eve’s at the Garden at Portland Harbor Hotel – .

    thanks.

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