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Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Peaks Island, ME

As men age, they experience both positive and negative changes. Many middle-aged men learn to let the little things go and focus on family and friendship. They develop new hobbies and reach their peak earning potential. On the flip side, many men undergo unexpected hormonal changes around this same age. That's a hard pill to swallow for a lot of males, but contrary to common belief, having low testosterone isn't reserved for elderly men.

Studies show that around 55% of males suffer from low testosterone. For many, that drop-off happens in their 40s and 50s. But the truth is that testosterone levels can start to decline as early as age 30, leading to various physical and emotional changes such as decreased energy, increased aches and pains, and even sexual performance issues.

If you're a man experiencing symptoms of low testosterone - like ED or erectile dysfunction - you may feel embarrassed, depressed, or like all hope is lost. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Male health clinics like Med Matrix offer advanced, FDA-approved treatments like testosterone replacement therapy in Peaks Island, ME, to help restore your hormone levels. When your hormones are balanced, it's almost like everything clicks back into place without having to take pills or suffer through surgery.

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Did you know that testosterone is the foundation of all male performance? It's the reason why, in your early 20s, you could have a fun night out on the town and wake up the next morning ready to hit the basketball court. It's the reason why you feel the drive to succeed and find a mate.

Unfortunately, testosterone levels start to decline around the age of 35 (and sometimes sooner, depending on various factors). Past that age, your T levels drop even more. 40% of men over 45 have sub-optimal levels, which can have a negative effect on things like your:

  • Energy Levels
  • Libido
  • Workout Recovery
  • Focus
  • Body Fat
  • Strength
  • Ability to Build Muscle
  • More

Many men approaching middle age aren't even aware that their testosterone levels are dropping. Other males simply don't care and begrudgingly accept the new, uninteresting life that looms in front of them. Today, however, more and more men are ditching that mindset and reclaiming their lives with testosterone replacement therapy in Peaks Island, ME.

How Does TRT Work?

One of the most common questions we get at Med Matrix is, "What does TRT do?" Testosterone replacement therapy does what its name implies: It's a science-backed therapy that replaces low testosterone levels in men. The main objective of going on a TRT regimen is to improve your life and wellbeing by balancing your hormones. Also referred to as androgen replacement therapy, TRT helps many men deal with and overcome the debilitating side effects of low T.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy works by giving your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy levels of testosterone, the male body can't maintain the natural processes necessary for overall health. In fact, men with low testosterone levels are more prone to serious health problems such as type-2 diabetes and even heart disease.

Until their testosterone levels are restored to normal, most men suffer until they find a solution. That's where TRT comes into play. With balanced hormones, the body can finally begin to heal, causing most symptoms of low testosterone to diminish greatly.

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Med Matrix Does TRT Right

Unlike some male health clinics, doctors from Med Matrix approach TRT in the right way. We provide custom plans and helpful tools that change as your body does. Patients choose our testosterone replacement therapy programs because they are:

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Personalized

When you trust Med Matrix with your TRT plan, you never have to worry about working with inexperienced practitioners or "professionals" who don't have your best interests at heart. Instead, you'll gain access to hormone and peptide protocols based on your biology and goals, delivered by experienced medical doctors. We never prescribe TRT based on someone who matches your height, weight, and age. We conduct advanced testing and craft your plan based on you, not someone else.

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Results-Driven

Doctors from our male health center in Peaks Island make it a point to stay in touch and analyze how your TRT regimen is going. From cutting-edge diagnostics to deep clinical expertise, get the science-backed tools and support you need to reach your peak - and stay there.

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Safe, Easy, & Non-Invasive

Getting on testosterone replacement therapy in Peaks Island, ME, is safe and easy when you work with Med Matrix. You don't have to worry about surgery or long recovery times. Once we get to know you, your body, and your goals with TRT, the only thing you have to focus on is living your best life.

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During your consultation, we'll get to know you better, go over your bloodwork, and learn more about your needs and goals as it relates to TRT. This consultation can take place via telehealth or from our male health clinic in South Peaks Island - the choice is up to you.

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Med Matrix offers competitive hormone pricing and access to other cutting-edge treatments such as peptides and stem cells.

Here are the 5 Biggest Benefits of Going on TRT in Peaks Island, ME

Up to this point, we've talked a bunch about how beneficial TRT can be for men who have declining testosterone levels. But you may be wondering how TRT specifically benefits you and your body. Here are just a few of the biggest benefits of starting testosterone replacement therapy at Med Matrix.

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Higher Levels of Energy

The effects of TRT are not immediate and may not be noticeable at first. However, typically, psychological improvements can be felt within three to four weeks of starting treatment. Most individuals experience reduced fatigue, improved sleep, and an overall feeling of being more rested after about a month of treatment. By this time, you may also notice increased motivation to engage in physical activities, which are crucial for your wellbeing and quality of life.

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Better Sex Life

If there's one thing that men hate most about having low testosterone, it's that their ability to perform in the bedroom becomes compromised. In fact, diminished sexual function, including low sex drive and erectile dysfunction, is one of the most common reasons why men seek treatment for low T. That's for good reason: Recent research shows a strong correlation between libido and testosterone levels.

Fortunately, testosterone replacement therapy in Peaks Island, ME, can enhance healthy sexual relations with your spouse or partner. Increased testosterone levels in men often lead to increased sexual activity. At Med Matrix, many of our patients report having a higher sex drive within the first three to four weeks of treatment. Many men also reported having stronger and longer-lasting erections.

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More Mental Clarity and Focus

Testosterone has a significant impact on cognitive performance, including memory, concentration, and reasoning. When testosterone levels are low, mental function can suffer. When you begin TRT, the heavy cloud that has been hanging over you can start to dissipate. Mental focus, cognition, and memory show signs of improvement after the first few weeks of treatment. Feelings of depression and sudden mood swings start to subside within three to six weeks. By 18 to 30 weeks, you will notice a significant improvement in self-confidence and mental clarity, as well as an inner strength that is more prepared to face life's challenges.

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Normalized Blood Sugar Levels

When experiencing hypogonadism, your insulin sensitivity may be compromised, leading to fluctuations in blood sugar levels and an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Testosterone replacement therapy boosts your insulin sensitivity, enabling your body to efficiently absorb glucose from your blood after a meal.

Typically, significant improvements in blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity are observed after about three months, with the full effect manifesting after a year. Also, remember this: TRT has been shown to increase your motivation. The tiniest spark of motivation can propel you to become more physically active, further boosting your insulin sensitivity.

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Healthy Red Blood Cell Count

Your body produces red blood cells through a process called erythropoiesis. When you suffer from hypogonadism (low T), red blood cell production can slow, leading to anemia. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can help improve red blood cell count, reduce fatigue, and stabilize blood pressure. Results may vary based on age and dosage, but improvements are typically noticeable after three months, with peak benefits at nine to 12 months.

We should note that some TRT patients have higher hematocrit levels than normal (>51%) and need to donate blood regularly as a result. That's why it's important to work with seasoned male health doctors - like those at Med Matrix - when you're considering TRT in Peaks Island, ME.

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Build Bigger Muscles

Who doesn't want a great physique? Diet, rest, and exercise are crucial for success. However, when your testosterone levels drop below the normal range, your strength decreases, your body mass decreases, and your once-unstoppable endurance diminishes. Testosterone plays a key role in improving these areas.

Do You Have These Symptoms of Low Testosterone?

Are you used to blasting through your day with productivity and positivity? Have you noticed that you're losing muscle mass and the desire to be with your spouse? Has your partner been complaining that you're too irritable to be around? If you're usually not a curmudgeon, your body is probably trying to tell you something. It could be time to speak with a doctor about testosterone replacement therapy in Peaks Island, ME. Keep a running tally of whichever of the following symptoms you notice happening in your life.

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Two words that send shivers down the spines of every man are "erectile dysfunction." Unfortunately, when your T levels are lower than they should be, this is one of the most common symptoms that men must endure. Being unable to get it up isn't just embarrassing - it can be downright depressing and lead to issues with mental health. It's a hard topic to discuss, but a personalized TRT plan from Med Matrix can help.

Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Nowadays, we know better. Most doctors understand that low energy levels can be linked to low testosterone levels. If you're finding it difficult to engage in activities you used to enjoy, like playing with your kids or going for a workout, it could be a sign of low testosterone. Sure, it's normal to feel tired from time to time. But persistent fatigue and a serious lack of drive might mean something more.

A study from 2011 revealed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep may experience a 15% reduction in testosterone levels. Additional research found that almost 15% of workers get five hours of sleep or less per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss can negatively impact testosterone levels and wellbeing. The big takeaway here is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but struggle to sleep through the night, you may be one of those men.

Many people over the age of 50 experience memory loss and lack of concentration. It's a normal part of aging. However, those signs can also mean you have low T. A study from 2006 discovered that males with low testosterone levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. This suggests that low testosterone can contribute to reduced cognitive ability. If you can't stay focused on tasks or can't recall words like you used to, have your testosterone levels checked. You could be a prime candidate for TRT.

If you're like millions of other men, coming to grips with hair loss isn't something you want to do. Closely related to hormone imbalances and testosterone decline, hair loss is stressful and embarrassing. It's often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Too much DHT in your body can cause hair follicles to stop production, causing them to die. Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing altogether. While you can't alter your genes, you can address low testosterone in your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and solutions like peptides and stem cells can stop your head from shedding hair.

Gynecomastia, also known as "man boobs," is the enlargement of male breast tissue, often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. Elevated estrogen levels during andropause, also known as male menopause, usually occur due to a lack of testosterone. If you're a man between 40 and 55 and feel embarrassed about having large breasts, ask your doctor about TRT. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it could be the solution to your problem without needing surgery.

Live Life on Your Own Terms with Help from Med Matrix

Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you have to accept a decline in your health and wellbeing. Our male health clinic was founded to give patients like you - men suffering from low T - hope that life can get better. With our doctors and male health practitioners by your side, it's easy to take the first step.

When combined with healthy life choices and regular exercise, TRT in Peaks Island, ME, is one of the best ways to turn back the hands of time without going under the knife. If you're looking to bridge the gap between an unsatisfying past and a promising future, it's time to contact our male health clinic.

Men with low T choose Med Matrix because we:

  • Prioritize Custom TRT Prescriptions
  • Get a Full Understanding of Your Needs and Goals
  • Provide Compassionate Care from a Team of Licensed Doctors and Experts
  • Specialize in Affordable Male Health Services

Unlike some TRT clinics, we know that your health and wellness goals are unique. At Med Matrix, you'll never have to worry about a "set it and forget it" approach. We're with you every step of the way. If you're ready to reclaim the best parts of being a man, contact our office and ask about setting up your testosterone replacement therapy consultation today.

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Crews busy working to clean up devastating storm damage on Peaks Island

Community members are dealing with washed-out roads and the destruction of several landmarks after record flooding impacted Maine's coastal towns and cities.More VideosPORTLAND, Maine — Portland Department of Public Works crews were busy from Saturday to Tuesday on Peaks Island, working to clean up from Saturday's devastating wind and rain storm which brought flooding and and washed out roads to coastal communities throughout th...

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PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Department of Public Works crews were busy from Saturday to Tuesday on Peaks Island, working to clean up from Saturday's devastating wind and rain storm which brought flooding and and washed out roads to coastal communities throughout the state.

Work slowed Tuesday afternoon during a snow episode, with Portland Public Works Supervisor Marty Mulkern picking up recycling for Peaks Island residents.

"There is still some road work we need to do," Mulkern said.

Mulkern brought NEWS CENTER Maine to Seashore Avenue, the road that runs along the coastline on the east end of Peaks Island. The winds from Saturday's storm came from the east, so that's where the brunt of the waves crashed into homes and the sea wall, which turned into a pile of rocks seemingly within minutes.

"The water has the ability to move the rocks like this and your little golf cart... you're going to end up on the other side of the road," Mulkern said. He showed us a video where large rocks, sometimes three to four feet large, in the middle of the road and into bushes on people's property.

"Obviously people are devastated by the storm but people will recover," Mulkern said. "The islanders have been outstanding supporting us and we were back-to-back... we will be back after all this [snow] stops."

A historical tourist sight on the east end of Peaks is Whaleback Rock, which had the "head" of the whale split off by the storm. The rock, which is around a hundred feet long, stretches from the sea wall to the water, mimicking a whale.

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"It was a crazy storm, it was a lot of damage," Nikolai Moxay said. He was walking along the washed-out Seashore Avenue with Simone Durane.

"I thought this might happen for some time but I guess in the storm it got cracked and pushed over... that's been here for a long time and it looks totally different now," Durane said.

The City of Portland said it is still working to estimate the true financial extent of damages from Saturday's storm, and said it hopes to have one by Jan. 22.

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This Maine veterinarian still makes house calls. Because her clients live on islands in Casco Bay, she comes by boat.

SHAREAnyone who lives on the islands of Casco Bay knows that securing the most basic of amenities can be challenging. Caring for pets, depending on the animal, can be even harder.That’s where Dr. Kate Domenico comes in.Domenico works as a clinician at Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care, but she also runs Island Veterinary Service, conducting house calls for pets on the islands of the bay.“It bridges my two passions: Veterinary medicine and being on the water,” she said on a recent t...

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Anyone who lives on the islands of Casco Bay knows that securing the most basic of amenities can be challenging. Caring for pets, depending on the animal, can be even harder.

That’s where Dr. Kate Domenico comes in.

Domenico works as a clinician at Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care, but she also runs Island Veterinary Service, conducting house calls for pets on the islands of the bay.

“It bridges my two passions: Veterinary medicine and being on the water,” she said on a recent trip Thursday, Aug. 3.

Twice a week, weather permitting, Domenico goes down to Aspasia Marina in South Portland hops on the Rita Joan -- her 27-foot converted lobster fishing boat -- and ventures into the bay. Pet owners meet her on the docks of islands for everything from basic exams and vaccinations to diagnosing and treating more serious ailments.

Dr. Kate Domenico, owner of Island Veterinary Services, secures a line on her converted lobster boat at the dock at Peaks Island Thursday. (Spectrum News/Sean Murphy)

“We can do pretty much anything a brick-and-mortar clinic can do except surgery,” said Elspeth Pennel, one of two vet techs that usually join Domenico on her trips.

Domenico, a Chicago native, spent much of her childhood with her parents on sailboats on Lake Michigan. She came to Maine nine years ago, and heard about Island Veterinary Service, which had been run by Dr. John Flood for more than 10 years.

“Somebody told me somebody was going around to all the islands, and I said, ‘I’m going to do that,’” she recalled.

So she did, joining Flood three years ago. When Flood retired in 2022, Domenico took over the business. It was already doing well, fueled almost entirely by word of mouth, but since taking over she has added a strong social media presence, which has given the business a boost.

Domenico estimated having as many as 250 different animal patients throughout the bay, enough to keep her busy just about year-round.

A typical day can involve trips to as many as six different islands, with multiple pets lining up on the docks to see her.

Elspeth Pennel, center, a vet tech with Island Veterinary Service, feeds a treat to Harley, a four-year-old Greaer Swiss Mountain Dog, while his owners, Mark Fazio, right, and Karen Fazio, left, help maneuver him onto a scale for weighing on the dock of Great Diamond Island. (Spectrum News/Sean Murphy)

On Thursday, there was a light schedule: Two island stops to see three different pet owners and their animals.

First, Domenico and Pennel ventured to Great Diamond Island. They pulled a large, battery-powered dog scale from the boat and placed it right on the dock as they greeted Harley, a four-year-old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

Harley’s owners, Mark and Karen Fazio, who live in the Philadelphia suburbs and summer on the island, helped maneuver the good-natured giant onto the scale, which indicated roughly 168 pounds. Mark Fazio said the size of the dog alone makes the value of Domenico’s service obvious.

“It would be planes, trains and automobiles trying to get him to the mainland,” he said.

His wife agreed: “This was a 10-minute walk, as opposed to a 20-minute ferry ride.”

This wasn’t a routine visit for Harley. The Fazios recently found a large lump under the skin of his neck, roughly the size of a tennis ball. Mark Fazio said a previous pet had gone through a long and painful illness before passing away, which had been gut-wrenching for the couple. When he saw the lump, he said, he feared the worst.

“I thought, ‘Here we go again,’” he said.

Happily, after a short exam, it was clear Harley was not suffering from anything so dire. Domenico diagnosed it as an abscess, most likely caused by an infection from the bite of a playmate.

Dr. Kate Domenico, owner of Island Veterinary Service, treats Strawberry, a a five-year-old Buff Orpington chicken, on the deck of her converted lobster boat while docked at Peaks Island Thursday. Domenico performs house calls for island-based animals twice a week. Here, vet tech Elspeth Pennel, right, and Abbott Kelley, 11, the bird's owner, center, keep her calm. (Spectrum News/Sean Murphy)

When asked if she was relieved to hear the news, Karen Fazio said, “You have no idea.”

After draining and cleaning the wound, Domenico gave the Fazios a prescription for antibiotics to fill on the mainland, and she was on her way.

Next, Domenico traveled to Peaks Island to meet “Strawberry,” a five-year-old Buff Orpington chicken. The bird’s owners, year-round island residents Scott Kelley, 60, and his son, Abbott, 11, brought Strawberry down to the dock for a case of bumblefoot, essentially an infected wound on the chicken’s foot.

While Abbott Kelley held Strawberry still, Domenico cleaned and dressed the wound, remarking, “I’ve never bandaged a chicken foot before. This is new.”

While Domenico worked, Scott Kelley said the family keeps several chickens, along with a rabbit, a dog and even a lizard. He said he’s grateful that Domenico’s service comes to them.

“Going into town, everything’s harder,” he said, then corrected, “Going into town makes everything harder.”

Scott Kelley said he can’t imagine trying to wrangle animals of any kind across the bay.

“Going anywhere, doing anything, is just,” he said, trailing off and shaking his head.

Finally, summer resident Pat Hughes, 67, brought a cat carrier onto the boat bearing “Leo” and “Marsha,” two one-year-old cats of unknown breed. Both received an annual checkup and rabies vaccine.

“It’s so convenient to walk down to the dock,” Hughes said.

Both cats’ treatments didn’t take long, and after processing more electronic payments for her services, Domenico was off back to South Portland. She said this was a light but good day, while Pennel, who used to live on Peaks Island, said she loves getting the chance to return.

“I guess the island communities always have a special place in my heart,” she said.

Island life in Maine: Fine dining, fog, and ferries

CASCO BAY, Maine — The omnipresent fog didn’t bring me down. It made my experience on the Casco Bay islands more authentic. I was here to explore the cluster of islands just minutes from downtown Portland. Even when the fog grew thicker than coagulated clam chowder, I forced a smile while straining to see through the mist and gloom.Maine, the way fog should be.But my smile melted away when the torrential rains began. On my first day here, I kayaked from Portland to Fort Gorges, an imposing Civil War-era granite cita...

CASCO BAY, Maine — The omnipresent fog didn’t bring me down. It made my experience on the Casco Bay islands more authentic. I was here to explore the cluster of islands just minutes from downtown Portland. Even when the fog grew thicker than coagulated clam chowder, I forced a smile while straining to see through the mist and gloom.

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But my smile melted away when the torrential rains began. On my first day here, I kayaked from Portland to Fort Gorges, an imposing Civil War-era granite citadel perched on Hog Island Ledge in the middle of the bay. The fort, which was constructed during the Civil War but never saw battle, is on the National Register of Historic Places and open to visitors. By the time my kayak tour group came upon the 19th-century fort, thunder clapped in the distance. We were mere feet away from the fort — at least I think we were, I couldn’t tell in the fog — and were told to turn back.

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That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but despite the inclement weather, the Casco Bay islands are unique. You can take the Casco Bay Lines ferry from Portland to six islands and find yourself transported from the hip downtown restaurants to petite family-run lobster shacks and remote nature trails in minutes, all for around $10 round trip. You can bring your car on some routes, but I managed fine without one.

The islands are rustic, rural, and incredibly peaceful after the ferries full of day-trippers have finished their routes. Long before I saw the weather forecast, I planned to visit three islands, specifically those with grand old hotels: Chebeague Island, Peaks Island, and Great Diamond Island.

Chebeague Island

Chebeague (pronounced sha-big) is geographically the largest of the islands not connected to the mainland by a bridge. It’s just over 3 miles long and has a lovely grand dame hotel, the Chebeague Island Inn, a golf course, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town center.

The inn is located on a hill overlooking the ocean. It faces west, and I was told it has a gorgeous view of the sunset from the wraparound porch. I had to use my imagination to picture the sun painting the evening sky with swaths of orange and pink. I’d never stayed in a hotel room that was truly boho chic before Chebeague Inn, but this was the real deal. My room was painted all white, even the old wood floors were white. Contrast that with modern art adorning the walls and a Queen Anne chair with dramatic seashell upholstery and you get the vibe. Think of it as a Maine island hotel by way of Soho. Rates during the summer hover at $269 a night. If you don’t stay over, you can still grab dinner at the inn and easily see the island in less than a day.

The inn has the best restaurant on the island. Lobster would have been the most logical dish to order. It comes directly from the nearby dock. But I spotted a delicacy called pollack schnitzel on the menu. I always feel compelled to order anything made with brown butter emulsion. Unlike it’s porcine cousin, the pollock schnitzel felt far healthier as it tenderly flaked under my fork. If you stay at the inn overnight, the blueberry pancakes are a necessity. Don’t even pretend you want yogurt, just get the pancakes.

It rained through dinner, but the following morning, the fog appeared to be burning off. After pancakes, I optimistically grabbed one of the hotel’s bikes and pedaled before the precipitation had a chance to return. I rode through an incredibly quaint downtown and continued to a handful of tiny (and deserted) beaches. There are beaches on the Casco Bay islands, some quite nice, but if you’re planning an extended beach vacation, I would likely stick to the large sandy beaches south of Portland. I found the islands best for hiking, relaxing, and eating. Not necessarily in that order.

I opted for a self-directed hike to the scenic rocks at Deer Point to finish off my time here. It was the perfect place to eat my sandwich from Doughty’s Island Market.

PEAKS ISLAND

As my ferry approached Peaks Island, I thought I saw sun, but it was difficult to tell through the orange haze of the Canadian wildfire smoke. But there was no rain (hurrah!), and I was ready to explore. The ferry ride to Peaks Island, which is approximately 15 minutes, will set you back $7.70 round trip from Portland. The island is a metropolis compared to Chebeague. There are a few art galleries, a handful of restaurants and shops, the inn, and, most importantly, Down Front, an ice cream shop that has heavenly moose tracks ice cream.

As I learned from my ill-fated kayaking voyage to Fort Gorges, Casco Bay was once a hotbed of military activity. The 5th Maine Museum was built as a social hall by the veterans of a local volunteer Civil War Regiment. It now houses a museum that looks at the history of Peaks Island, plus the Civil War and the island’s role in WWII. There’s more war history at Battery Steele, a concrete structure that was used as a coastal gun battery during World War II. It’s now empty and the long, dark interior rooms are covered in graffiti. It’s the kind of place where you might see Leatherface and his family staying for a respite between chainsaw murders. Bring a flashlight if you decide you want to do some creepy exploring.

I skipped Battery Steele because I was more interested in trying the local seafood than getting murdered. The Island Lobster Company is a “trap-to-table” restaurant with staples such as lobster rolls and whoopie pies. When I arrived for a late lunch, there was casual day drinking and fried food all around me. I was craving a clam roll, and it arrived in a perfectly toasted golden bun with a small mountain of crisp fried clams. I returned to collapse in my room at the Inn on Peaks Island.

The Inn on Peaks Island has eight suites, so unlike the 41-room Chebeague Island Inn, it tends to book quickly. The largest suite sleeps 16 (that’s not a typo), and goes for about $1,000 a night during summer. I choose the lovely Chebeague Island Suite, which sleeps two for $350 a night. I’m normally not a TripAdvisor kind of guy, but I opted for the number one restaurant on the island (that’s out of three eateries), the Cockeyed Gull. I was expecting another fried seafood clam shack, but the Inebriated Gull, as I renamed it, has a menu with dishes such as jerk chicken bites, cheesesteak, and almond-encrusted haddock. There’s also a beautiful terrace outside. I opted for inside, as the rain and fog decided it wasn’t done with me.

As with all the bay islands, there are a finite number of activities. On Peaks Island, you can locate most offerings as soon as you disembark the ferry. One of those activities is the kookiest place I’ve ever seen, which is really saying something. The Umbrella Cover Museum which pays homage to the sleeves that cover umbrellas, holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the largest collection of umbrella covers in the world. There are more than 2,000.

The star of the museum is Nancy 3. Hoffman. Yes, her middle name is the numeral 3. She finds any excuse to bust out her accordion and start singing the museum’s two theme songs, because every museum should have two theme songs. If you ask nicely, she’ll play selections from her CD of umbrella-related songs. I immediately asked for Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” which she does not know. I asked for the Carpenters’ “Rainy Days and Mondays,” but she didn’t have it memorized. Instead she sang the love theme from the 1964 film “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” with lyrics that she created herself. I decided my time on Peaks Island was over, primarily because I was afraid that Hoffman might track me down and start playing her accordion again.

GREAT DIAMOND ISLAND

As my island adventures were nearing an end, the sun decided to pay a visit. I ended on Great Diamond Island, which offers little in the way of commercial activities, but much in the way of relaxation. There are no cars, with the exception of a few commercial vehicles. People traverse the island by golf cart. It’s dominated by brick barracks that were once home to Fort McKinley, a base constructed to defend Portland Harbor during the Spanish-American War. There is a museum where you can learn more about the island’s military past.

The brick barracks, constructed at the turn of the last century, are now condos that overlook a charming town common. These long brick structures and their surrounding grounds are private, and there are signs on every corner to remind you. The luxurious Inn at Diamond Cove also served as a military barracks.

I’d describe the Inn at Diamond Cove as more of a retreat or resort than an inn because of its peaceful surroundings and remote nature. The price also reflected its posh nature. Summer rates flirt with $450 night. I’d recommend spring or fall, which runs a more reasonable $250 a night. But remember, you can day trip to any of the islands. In the case of Great Diamond Island, take the ferry to Diamond Cove, and you can easily cover the entire island in less than a day.

I opted to use my time to sit by the pool at the inn, which I considered work because I needed to make sure it was suitable for readers. My verdict is that it was more than suitable. But with the sun blazing, I had time to hike and linger on the beaches. Diamond Cove beaches are dominated by pebbles, but they’re tucked away. You can bring a beach chair or towel and watch the boats buzz through the bay. After a week of fog, I took this as my reward. I decided the Fort McKinley Museum could wait, at least until the fog found me again or Nancy 3. Hoffman showed up with her accordion.

These 13 Unique Attractions In Maine Are An Absolute Must-Visit

In addition to beautiful landscapes and lovely people, Maine is home to some of the strangest attractions in New England. From deserts in the middle of nowhere to more than one larger-than-life monument, the state will give you a dose of strangeness you didn’t know you needed. Once you’ve checked off the ones on this list, you can return to your regularly scheduled appreciation of our state’s coastal and inland beauty. Here ...

In addition to beautiful landscapes and lovely people, Maine is home to some of the strangest attractions in New England. From deserts in the middle of nowhere to more than one larger-than-life monument, the state will give you a dose of strangeness you didn’t know you needed. Once you’ve checked off the ones on this list, you can return to your regularly scheduled appreciation of our state’s coastal and inland beauty. Here are some of the most unique places to visit in Maine.

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Melissa M. | July 14, 2022

What are some must-see attractions in Maine?

Aside from the unusual attractions mentioned above, there are numerous natural attractions in Maine that are worth seeing in person. Take in the views of the Bay of Fundy with its towering cliffs. And then there’s Vaughan Woods which is like a fairy tale forest complete with waterfalls and a stone bridge. There are so many magnificent places to see in Maine, and here are some more that we recommend:

Check out this previous article to read more about these must-see attractions in Maine.

What are some of the most unique things to do in Maine?

Maine is a fairly large state best explored on a day trip. Maybe you’re in the market for some unique day trips in Maine and we have you covered! Spend some time on Peaks Island, explore the charming town of Bath, or take a drive to view some of the state’s most majestic lighthouses … the possibilities are endless! Want more? Here’s an article featuring some unusual things to do in Maine.

What are some of the most unique places to spend the night in Maine?

A unique state like Maine certainly has plenty of one-of-a-kind accommodations. Some of the most unique places to stay in Maine include a houseboat in Georgetown, a lighthouse in North Haven, and camping yurts in Millinocket.

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Meet the Milkweed Man on a Quest to Help Monarch Butterflies

Steve Bushey’s passion for the humble weed is spurred by a love of native ecology.Before dawn on an October morning, a thick fog wends its way down the many trails of Maine’s Peaks Island, coating the trees and fields in a gray blanket. A man makes his way along the trails, peering through the mist to admire the gardens kept by the thousand or so year-round residents. You might think that he is just an early riser on a casual walk, but Steve Bushey is on the hunt for milkweed seed pods of the common milkweed (asclepias ...

Steve Bushey’s passion for the humble weed is spurred by a love of native ecology.

Before dawn on an October morning, a thick fog wends its way down the many trails of Maine’s Peaks Island, coating the trees and fields in a gray blanket. A man makes his way along the trails, peering through the mist to admire the gardens kept by the thousand or so year-round residents. You might think that he is just an early riser on a casual walk, but Steve Bushey is on the hunt for milkweed seed pods of the common milkweed (asclepias syriaca), and he knows just where to find them.

Bushey and his wife, Angela Faeth, moved to Peaks Island more than 20 years ago. From their home, they run a map company that focuses on outdoor activities and documenting trails. As soon as he joined the small community, Bushey became the de facto trail guru for the many paths covering the island’s 750 acres in Casco Bay. In managing the trails, Bushey found himself focusing on the trees and bushes that grew alongside as much as the paths themselves. Peaks Island, along with the rest of the state, struggles with invasive bittersweet, honeysuckle and Norwegian Spruce.

That was the beginning of Bushey’s fascination with native and invasive plant species in Maine. He studied how they grew and ways to disrupt the growth cycle of the invasive plants to allow native species to thrive again. Then one day, he watched a documentary on the migration of the monarch butterfly.

At first, he did not connect the needs of monarch butterflies and their 2,500-mile migration to his work on Peaks Island. The monarchs’ travel takes them from the northern US and Canada to their breeding grounds in Mexico, and the trip spans generations of butterflies. They rely exclusively on milkweed plants to sustain their migration and feed each generation of monarch caterpillars. There are 73 varieties of milkweed growing in the United States, more than 30 of which are hosts for the monarch butterfly and its caterpillars. It contains a chemical compound called cardenolide, which is toxic to most would-be predators. This provides the caterpillars safety from being eaten, and it remains in the bodies of butterflies after they transform.

A monarch caterpillar (left) and butterfly (right). (Photos courtesy of Steve Bushey)

The population of monarch butterflies has declined by more than 90 percent since the 1990s. This is partially due to logging in their overwintering grounds in Mexico and severe weather during their migration. But studies suggest that a downturn in the nation’s milkweed supply has been the leading cause of the dramatic decline in the monarch butterfly population.

The toxin of the milkweed makes the plant incompatible with fields hosting grazing cattle or intended for hay, and milkweed is renowned for aggressive growth that chokes out field grasses. This makes it a natural enemy of many farmers, who deploy herbicide sprays to eradicate the plant.

Fascinated by monarchs, Bushey thought about going to Mexico to see the butterflies in their breeding grounds. Then he realized he could help them on their journey from his backyard in Maine. “I flipped it around, and I thought it has to be a terrible journey trying to work your way down the East Coast through all those urban areas.”

“I had a lot of conversations with people on the island,” says Bushey. “I became an advocate for the bees and the butterflies. I became an advocate for encouraging people not to pull up the milkweed and to plant native flowers.”

Bushey was immediately impressed with the resilience of the milkweed plant. “Milkweed is an aggressive native grower,” he says, admiring how it can appear in disturbed areas of soil and how one seed can give rise to a plant that, through rhizomes, spreads into an entire cluster.

With his experience in mapmaking, Bushey recognized that he could help the monarch butterflies from home through propagation of the milkweed plant. He started to track where milkweed was growing on Peaks Island. “On my morning walks, I began mapping the locations of all the milkweed patches I could find,” he says. “I spent three or four weeks doing these long walks, poking around corners and talking to people in their yards.” Using GPS mapping technology, Bushey came up with more than 60 locations of milkweed patches on the island. And he noticed something interesting: “There were not many wild locations where milkweed was growing. Most locations were in gardens.”

Steve Bushey with a milkweed plant. (Photo: Sarah Bryant)

Bushey was determined to expand the milkweed options for weary butterflies, and so as the monarchs began their fall migration and the milkweed went to seed, he turned from mapmaking to seed saving.

“People would pick their milkweed pods and hand them to me in brown paper bags,” he says. “I had one woman stop me in the middle of the street to hand me a bag from her car window into mine—it probably looked like a drug deal, but I was just receiving pods.” Bushey ended up receiving hundreds of pods.

Milkweed seeds are dried and stratified within their pods in the natural temperatures of a Maine winter, which helps the vitality of the seed. The seeds take five to six weeks to dry, and they can be laid out on screens or strung between rafters in a barn or shed, leaving plenty of room for air flow around the pods and allowing for the temperatures to drop naturally. Eventually, the pods begin to crack open, releasing their seeds. At this point, the seeds can be removed from their “parachutes”—the soft white fluff that allows them to blow and spread on the wind.

Bushey sees seed pod gathering as an opportunity to foster community and intergenerational connection. “You can go outdoors and watch milkweed grow,” he says. “Watch the caterpillars, then the chrysalis, and at some point the butterfly comes out, and then you can start collecting the seed pods. Keep it within your community—so learn where to find the seeds, talk with people, get people to give you seed pods.” After the seeds are collected, the fun starts. “You can have seed parties, which can be messy but are great fun for kids. Then you can all make packages. It’s a lot of handwork—you can’t make money at this, but it builds friendships and a bond between the older generation and the youngest.”

Milkweed plants (left) and Bushey’s seed packets. (Photos courtesy of Steve Bushey)

Bushey did not just dry, store and spread seeds for himself. To encourage milkweed growth across Peaks Island and the state of Maine, he started selling packets of milkweed seed. He took homemade seed packages to his local garden center where they set a display up at the register, and he shared the packets with anyone interested in growing milkweed. Before long, many of the gardeners of Peaks Island had started milkweed in their seedling trays.

For residents of New England, Bushey is happy to share milkweed seeds for pollinator gardens. Just reach out through the email contact at MapAdventures.com, he says, and he’ll put a packet of seeds in the mail for you. He prefers to keep his seed packages within New England so as not to introduce common milkweed to areas where it is not native, and he recommends researching on which variety native of milkweed monarchs feed in other regions.

Now the milkweed man of Peaks Island, Steve Bushey’s vision for the life-giving weed goes much further than Casco Bay. He imagines a world where milkweed is no longer seen as a weed but as a favored flower and connection point between generations of gardeners and seed collectors.

“The monarchs’ journey is a multi-generational journey,” he says. “They die along the way and they have to lay their eggs and hatch butterflies, and it’s the next generation that makes it to Mexico. Imagine three generations of humanity sitting around a table talking, helping another species on their multi-generational trip.”

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