As published on on February 28, 2018

Maine: Lewiston

While Maine’s coastline is a popular source of calendar-ready lighthouses and yacht rock enclaves, we’d implore you to head inland to hit up the fully repurposed mill town of Lewiston and its sister city across the Androscoggin River, Auburn. Bridging the two is, well, a bridge, adjacent to the Great Falls riverwalk, prime real estate for viewing Liberty Festival fireworks or the annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.

You can skip on L.L. Bean, not just because they’ve lifted their legendarily forgiving return policy, but because you’ve got local vendors to shop at like Quoddy, a four-generation Maine cobbler that makes custom designed, hand-stitched moccasins. You’d be remiss to not try one of Maine’s signature desserts, the whoopie pie, at the spot where it was created, Labadie’s Bakery. With a recipe having migrated from the Amish in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, what sets the New England whoopie pies apart is the use of Marshmallow Fluff in its frosting filling between a pair of dense spongy chocolate cookies. — Sean Cooley

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