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Bethany’s guidebook

Bethany

Bethany’s guidebook

Food scene
A great local restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I recommend going for breakfast or brunch on Sunday- they have delicious choices for reasonable prices. Don't miss their giant shareable cinnamon buns when they're fresh from the oven.
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The Good Table
527 Ocean House Road
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A great local restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I recommend going for breakfast or brunch on Sunday- they have delicious choices for reasonable prices. Don't miss their giant shareable cinnamon buns when they're fresh from the oven.
Fantastic homemade hard ice cream- hit this place up before or after the beach!
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Kettle Cove Creamery and Shack
2 Bowery Beach Road
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Fantastic homemade hard ice cream- hit this place up before or after the beach!
A nice restaurant for a fancy evening out. They also serve breakfast and lunch. Located at the Inn by the Sea near Crescent Beach.
Sea Glass
40 Bowery Beach Rd
A nice restaurant for a fancy evening out. They also serve breakfast and lunch. Located at the Inn by the Sea near Crescent Beach.
A great place to stop for breakfast or lunch. They serve a variety of sandwiches, salads, pastries, and other goodies. Also a great place to pick up wine and specialty food and cheeses or locally made gifts.
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C Salt Gourmet Market
349 Ocean House Rd
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A great place to stop for breakfast or lunch. They serve a variety of sandwiches, salads, pastries, and other goodies. Also a great place to pick up wine and specialty food and cheeses or locally made gifts.
During strawberry season (Late June-July) pick your own in the fields on rte 77 or Two Lights Rd.
Maxwell's Farm
527 Ocean House Rd
During strawberry season (Late June-July) pick your own in the fields on rte 77 or Two Lights Rd.
Eat typical Maine seafood by the rocky shoreline of the ocean with views of the two local lighthouses. They also have non-seafood and vegetarian options. Get a homemade whoopie pie (the official Maine state sweet treat) or homemade blueberry pie (the official Maine state dessert). The line to order can be quite long at peak dining hours, get there early to beat the crowds. You can also BYOB.
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The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
225 Two Lights Road
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Eat typical Maine seafood by the rocky shoreline of the ocean with views of the two local lighthouses. They also have non-seafood and vegetarian options. Get a homemade whoopie pie (the official Maine state sweet treat) or homemade blueberry pie (the official Maine state dessert). The line to order can be quite long at peak dining hours, get there early to beat the crowds. You can also BYOB.
Best bagels around. They also sell delicious breads, sandwiches, pastries, and cakes. I recommend the sea salt bagels with herbed creamed cheese from the fridge. From the dessert case, don't miss the coconut cake. This is not a dine in location. The also don't toast the bagels for you- it's grab and go and they sell out of bagels by noon usually. There are a few outdoor seats. They also have a toast bar at a separate location nearby but they don't sell their desserts there.
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Scratch Baking Co
416 Preble Street
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Best bagels around. They also sell delicious breads, sandwiches, pastries, and cakes. I recommend the sea salt bagels with herbed creamed cheese from the fridge. From the dessert case, don't miss the coconut cake. This is not a dine in location. The also don't toast the bagels for you- it's grab and go and they sell out of bagels by noon usually. There are a few outdoor seats. They also have a toast bar at a separate location nearby but they don't sell their desserts there.
A great local Mexican restaurant. Don't miss their unique salsa bar and delicious horchata. The dining room is small and not air conditioned and the line can get long during peak dining times. Call in your order ahead for pickup and take it to picnic at one of the many nearby parks.
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Taco Trio
119 Ocean Street
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A great local Mexican restaurant. Don't miss their unique salsa bar and delicious horchata. The dining room is small and not air conditioned and the line can get long during peak dining times. Call in your order ahead for pickup and take it to picnic at one of the many nearby parks.
CIA stands for Coffee, Ice Cream, Art. They also sell sandwiches at lunch time. Great place to stop in for a coffee and look and buy locally made arts and crafts.
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Cia Cafe
72 Ocean Street
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CIA stands for Coffee, Ice Cream, Art. They also sell sandwiches at lunch time. Great place to stop in for a coffee and look and buy locally made arts and crafts.
Old fashioned soft serve ice cream. Very popular among locals and visitors.
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Red's Dairy Freeze
167 Cottage Road
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Old fashioned soft serve ice cream. Very popular among locals and visitors.
A great place to grab-and-go a pre-made meal. They sell specialty food and wines and terrific homemade pasta and sauces.
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Terra Cotta Pasta Co. So. Portland
501 Cottage Road
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A great place to grab-and-go a pre-made meal. They sell specialty food and wines and terrific homemade pasta and sauces.
Delicious wood oven pizza right in the old port of Portland with water views from the deck.
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Flatbread Company
72 Commercial Street
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Delicious wood oven pizza right in the old port of Portland with water views from the deck.
Best vegetarian and vegan restaurant in town (so good even meat eaters like it). They don't take reservations.
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Green Elephant
608 Congress Street
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Best vegetarian and vegan restaurant in town (so good even meat eaters like it). They don't take reservations.
A super fun restaurant with a variety of vegan and carnivore specialties. Eating brunch out on their deck is highly recommended- make sure to try their bloody mary.
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Silly's
40 Washington Avenue
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A super fun restaurant with a variety of vegan and carnivore specialties. Eating brunch out on their deck is highly recommended- make sure to try their bloody mary.
Think Sicilian style pizza with delicious sauce. They're open late and often have music on their outdoor deck.
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Slab
25 Preble Street Extension
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Think Sicilian style pizza with delicious sauce. They're open late and often have music on their outdoor deck.
Super original and fun ice cream flavors you can't get anywhere else!
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Mount Desert Island Ice Cream
51 Exchange Street
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Super original and fun ice cream flavors you can't get anywhere else!
If you're looking for delicious but healthy food this is the place to go. Amazing bowls, smoothies, and wellness lattes. I recommend the bahn mi bowl and the golden milk latte!
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LB Kitchen
249 Congress St
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If you're looking for delicious but healthy food this is the place to go. Amazing bowls, smoothies, and wellness lattes. I recommend the bahn mi bowl and the golden milk latte!
Fantastic, best-in-town, donuts. They have 3 different locations and this on in smack in the middle of the old port. Lines can be long so going early is recommended. My favorite flavors are the dark chocolate sea salt and sweet potato ginger.
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The Holy Donut
7 Exchange Street
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Fantastic, best-in-town, donuts. They have 3 different locations and this on in smack in the middle of the old port. Lines can be long so going early is recommended. My favorite flavors are the dark chocolate sea salt and sweet potato ginger.
Delicious ramen and other Japanese small plates.
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Pai Men Miyake
188 State Street -200
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Delicious ramen and other Japanese small plates.
Amazing modern Chinese food with local Maine ingredients. My favorite thing on their menu are green beans and their hot and sour soup.
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Empire Chinese Kitchen
575 Congress Street
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Amazing modern Chinese food with local Maine ingredients. My favorite thing on their menu are green beans and their hot and sour soup.
The closest you can get to an old school French bakery in Portland. Everything is delicious- I love their morning buns.
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Standard Baking Co
75 Commercial Street
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The closest you can get to an old school French bakery in Portland. Everything is delicious- I love their morning buns.
A fun mixology bar with super original drinks and a gift shop to buy any bar items you may need. They do fancy mocktails as well.
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Vena's Fizz House
345 Fore Street
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A fun mixology bar with super original drinks and a gift shop to buy any bar items you may need. They do fancy mocktails as well.
The perfect romantic spot for an evening drink and dessert.
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Bar of Chocolate
38 Wharf St
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The perfect romantic spot for an evening drink and dessert.
A great place to try tons of different beers from near and far with a fun outdoor deck with corn hole.
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Novare Res Bier Cafe
4 Canal Plaza
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A great place to try tons of different beers from near and far with a fun outdoor deck with corn hole.
Super delicious latin cuisine including fresh made empanadas. Make sure to try one of their delicious homemade limeades- the passionfruit flavor is my favorite!
Quiero Cafe
3 Deering Ave
Super delicious latin cuisine including fresh made empanadas. Make sure to try one of their delicious homemade limeades- the passionfruit flavor is my favorite!
A great place to grab coffee while downtown
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Bard Coffee
185 Middle Street
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A great place to grab coffee while downtown
Delicious fresh smoothies!
Maine Squeeze Juice Cafe
5 1/2 Moulton St
Delicious fresh smoothies!
This market has several different food vendors so everyone can find something they like for lunch. There's seating and vendors upstairs or take you lunch to eat outside in Monument Square.
Public Market House
28 Monument Way
This market has several different food vendors so everyone can find something they like for lunch. There's seating and vendors upstairs or take you lunch to eat outside in Monument Square.
Necessities
Local grocery store to pick up any last minute items you may need.
IGA
339 Ocean House Rd
Local grocery store to pick up any last minute items you may need.
CVS
335 Ocean House Rd
Sightseeing
Beautiful state park with forest trails and trails by the rocky coastline.
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Two Lights State Park
7 Tower Drive
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Beautiful state park with forest trails and trails by the rocky coastline.
The largest beach close by. Great for sunbathing, swimming, and beach combing for seaglass. There are restrooms and a snack shack by the parking lot, but you can walk from our house to avoid paying the car fees.
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Crescent Beach State Park
66 Bowery Beach Road
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The largest beach close by. Great for sunbathing, swimming, and beach combing for seaglass. There are restrooms and a snack shack by the parking lot, but you can walk from our house to avoid paying the car fees.
The smaller sister beach to Crescent has great tide pools and a wooded path that takes you out to a rocky point for a great look back at both beaches. Parking here can often be full.
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Kettle Cove
Kettle Cove Road
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The smaller sister beach to Crescent has great tide pools and a wooded path that takes you out to a rocky point for a great look back at both beaches. Parking here can often be full.
Come to this historic park to see the famous Portland Headlight. Don't miss the old fort ruins. There are also swings and a playground for kids. The famous "Bite into Maine" lobster roll food truck is parked here during the summer. They recently started charging for parking.
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Fort Williams Park
1000 Shore Road
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Come to this historic park to see the famous Portland Headlight. Don't miss the old fort ruins. There are also swings and a playground for kids. The famous "Bite into Maine" lobster roll food truck is parked here during the summer. They recently started charging for parking.
On the SMCC campus this lighthouse is super fun to walk out to on the stone breakwater. There are also old fortifications nearby to explore.
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Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
Fort Road
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On the SMCC campus this lighthouse is super fun to walk out to on the stone breakwater. There are also old fortifications nearby to explore.
Get a great view of Portland's Old Port from this South Portland park, and walk out to the small lighthouse.
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Bug Light Park
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Get a great view of Portland's Old Port from this South Portland park, and walk out to the small lighthouse.
Take the 15 min ride on Casco Bay Ferry from the Old Port to this island. You can rent bikes or a golf cart to explore the island. There are a few beaches, some fun shops and restaurants, and an abandoned fort called Battery Steele that has lots of interesting graffiti art.
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Peaks Island
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Take the 15 min ride on Casco Bay Ferry from the Old Port to this island. You can rent bikes or a golf cart to explore the island. There are a few beaches, some fun shops and restaurants, and an abandoned fort called Battery Steele that has lots of interesting graffiti art.
Take a ferry out to Peaks or one of the other Casco Bay Islands. They also have some sight seeing cruises as well.
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Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal
Maine State Pier
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Take a ferry out to Peaks or one of the other Casco Bay Islands. They also have some sight seeing cruises as well.
Sail aboard the Eleanor Hawkes with our friend and Captain, Ian. They have daily two hour public sails that will have you cruising past lighthouses, historic forts, and seals swimming in Casco Bay. https://sailportlandmaine.com/
Sail Portland Maine
58 Fore St
Sail aboard the Eleanor Hawkes with our friend and Captain, Ian. They have daily two hour public sails that will have you cruising past lighthouses, historic forts, and seals swimming in Casco Bay. https://sailportlandmaine.com/
A beautiful spot to watch the sunset or take a picnic and walk around. It's a hot spot for outdoor music and food trucks, especially on weekend mornings and afternoons.
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Eastern Promenade
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A beautiful spot to watch the sunset or take a picnic and walk around. It's a hot spot for outdoor music and food trucks, especially on weekend mornings and afternoons.
The art museum has a great base collection and often gets great visiting exhibits. A great place to hit up on a rainy day. They also regularly show new documentary films.
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Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square
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The art museum has a great base collection and often gets great visiting exhibits. A great place to hit up on a rainy day. They also regularly show new documentary films.
See some old school Portland on the working waterfront. Walk down this cobble stone street and stop in the fish market or shop at sea bags where they make bags out of recycled sails.
Custom House Wharf
See some old school Portland on the working waterfront. Walk down this cobble stone street and stop in the fish market or shop at sea bags where they make bags out of recycled sails.
Take a guided sea kayaking tour out to Fort Gorges in Casco Bay. Or take a paddle board lesson.
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Portland Paddle
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Take a guided sea kayaking tour out to Fort Gorges in Casco Bay. Or take a paddle board lesson.
Breweries
Brews and sandwiches. One of many great local breweries.
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Foulmouthed Brewing
15 Ocean St
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Brews and sandwiches. One of many great local breweries.
A great little brewery to hit up for a pint and some cornhole. Try the Milk Stout!
Fore River Brewing Company
45 Huntress Ave
A great little brewery to hit up for a pint and some cornhole. Try the Milk Stout!
Austin Street's newer location in the East Bayside neighborhood has a wonderful tasting room and is close to other breweries and distilleries.
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Austin Street Brewery
115 Fox St
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Austin Street's newer location in the East Bayside neighborhood has a wonderful tasting room and is close to other breweries and distilleries.
Super popular and delicious brewery with a great tasting room. Try their signature "Substance Ale". "Swish" is another favorite in our household.
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Bissell Brothers Brewing Company
4 Thompsons Point
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Super popular and delicious brewery with a great tasting room. Try their signature "Substance Ale". "Swish" is another favorite in our household.
Another fantastic Portland brewery and tasting room. Try their coffee porter "Waypoint."
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Rising Tide Brewing Company
103 Fox Street
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Another fantastic Portland brewery and tasting room. Try their coffee porter "Waypoint."
Book a tour with the Maine Brew Bus so you can check out many of the local breweries and not have to worry about driving!
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The Maine Brew Bus
79 Commercial Street
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Book a tour with the Maine Brew Bus so you can check out many of the local breweries and not have to worry about driving!
Super fun tasting room with a newly added food window by Duck Fat (known for their duck fat fries).
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Oxbow Blending & Bottling
49 Washington Avenue
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Super fun tasting room with a newly added food window by Duck Fat (known for their duck fat fries).
It looks like you're headed to an empty garage but the entrance is around back and you'll be in for a treat of great brews at their tasting room.
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Bunker Brewing Co
17 Westfield Street
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It looks like you're headed to an empty garage but the entrance is around back and you'll be in for a treat of great brews at their tasting room.
This area should be called "brewery way" hit up this brewery and the others in the same complex.
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Foundation Brewing Company
1 Industrial Way
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This area should be called "brewery way" hit up this brewery and the others in the same complex.
You can get a tour of the brewery and free samples!
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Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way
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You can get a tour of the brewery and free samples!
The original Portland Microbrewery that started the trend over 20 years ago. Get a tour and have some samples in the tasting room.
Geary Brewing Co. (Tasting Room)
38 Evergreen Dr
The original Portland Microbrewery that started the trend over 20 years ago. Get a tour and have some samples in the tasting room.
Probably one of Portland's most well known breweries, you can get a tour and some delicious samples and then stock up on your favorites with mix and match 6-packs.
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Shipyard Brewing Company
86 Newbury Street
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Probably one of Portland's most well known breweries, you can get a tour and some delicious samples and then stock up on your favorites with mix and match 6-packs.
Shopping
My favorite local bookstore. They have a great selection of Maine authors and books as well as gifty items.
Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shop Portland
49 Exchange St
My favorite local bookstore. They have a great selection of Maine authors and books as well as gifty items.
Specialty food items made in Maine. They will let you sample almost anything you want. I recommend their famous wild Maine Blueberry Jam and their Old Farmhouse Chutney.
Stonewall Kitchen Portland Company Store
182 Middle St
Specialty food items made in Maine. They will let you sample almost anything you want. I recommend their famous wild Maine Blueberry Jam and their Old Farmhouse Chutney.
Sells items made by local artisans- a great place to shop for gifts
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The Merchant Company
656 Congress Street
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Sells items made by local artisans- a great place to shop for gifts
Maine's most famous store is open 24/7 going late a night to miss the crowds can be strange and fun. Make sure to grab a pic with the giant boot out front
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L.L.Bean
95 Main Street
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Maine's most famous store is open 24/7 going late a night to miss the crowds can be strange and fun. Make sure to grab a pic with the giant boot out front