The August issue of Outside Magazine named my hometown of Portland, Maine, the best town in the East for outdoor lovers (via LiveWork Portland). Portland was also featured earlier this summer here on MNN as a top destination of the week.
Portland is a great little city. The city proper only has 62,875 citizens (there are 188,080 if you count the surrounding neighborhoods and small towns), but because it's situated on a peninsula, it feels like a real city. The arts scene is an active one anchored by schools like the Salt Institute and the Maine College of Art (check out the local doc site Sunday Best). Portland has a plethora of great restaurants, all of which you can walk to from anywhere on the peninsula (if you don't mind a 20-minute walk for some — Bonobos is that far from my house and is well worth it).
The Portland Green Drinks regularly brings out hundreds of people, and the city is home to green architects, wind power developers and sustainable marketing firms. Entrepreneurs also do well in Portland; It pulled in #20 on Inc. Magazine's 2006 Boom Town List of Hottest Cities for Entrepreneurs. It was ranked No. 1 on Forbes.com America's Most Livable Cities.
In short, Portland, Maine, is a rad place to live. You should move here.
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