Southern Maine's sand beaches surrender to rockbound peninsulas in Portland, the state's largest city. Portland feels more like a small town, it has good food scene, overall lifestyle, outdoor recreation options and healthful environment.
North of Portland, broad river-fed bays framed by rocky, seaward-reaching fingers of land, dotted with fishing harbors and summer colonies, shape he coastline. Freeport is a shopping destination, while Brunswick is a culture hub.
The lakes and mountains of western Maine and the hills and waterway of the Kennebec River Valley are the seedbed of many o love affair with Maine, often rooted in childhood memories of summer camp or family fishing trips.