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Katherine Englishman

Writing about the outdoors from inside.

Job Freelance Writer / Yoga Teacher

Lives In Munjoy Hill

I am a full-time freelance writer and copywriter living in beautiful Portland, Maine. Over six years of experience has made me a versatile writer, and I love the challenge of keeping things fresh and interesting across different platforms. These days, my work is centered around the outdoors in the Northeast, but I've also been incredibly fortunate to do a few other things, such as: interviewing leaders in the wellness world for Pure Green Magazine, write punny and compelling emails at west elm, eat (and cook) food, then write about it at Food52, and report on news in the outdoor industry for SNEWS. 

Aside from writing, I have an unhealthy obsession with skiing, Maine microbrews, and pigeon pose. Currently, suffering from an incurable case of FOMO. 

Why did you choose Portland? My husband and I wanted all the perks of an outdoor-adventure hub, but without the traffic and overpopulation of other cities. Maine gave us coastline, community, and endless opportunities for adventure! Oh, and beer. Lots of delicious beer.

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? There's no one person specifically, but I'd say I admire the overall vibe of the folks who live and love Maine. Their energy and passion for this place is what called us to put down roots here.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Anyone who visits us from out of town will get to experience equal parts outdoor adventure and the food and drink scene. Whether it's nordic skiing or fat biking the trail system and lunch at Oxbow Beergarden, or a hike at Bradbury State Park, followed by a trip to Maine Beer Co., there are so many options. I guess they should expect to be tired and well-fed!

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? The park on North Street. On a clear day, you can see the entire city and Back Cove, set against the backdrop of the White Mountains in the distance. When you time it right, the sunset is epic, and it is breathtaking. Plus, there is always a lot of cute dogs. Win-win.

What's the most surprising thing about this city? It's bursting with creative energy and super friendly people.

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? The enchiladas and margs at Terlingua are next-level. It's a last meal type of place!

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? The enchiladas and margs at Terlingua!!!!

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. Late summer or early September when the weather is just right and the bugs (and crowds) have disappeared, we'd start with an outdoor show at Thompson's Point. There's good vibes, great company, and tunes all night-long. And of course, a beautiful sunset! Obviously, we're going to Terlingua for — spoiler alert! — enchiladas and margs, at some point. So, there's that. The next morning, we'd go to a yoga class at Good Medicine Collective and chow down on a delicious breakfast at LB Kitchen West.

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? Everywhere??

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