(photo by Travis Penny)
People can't stop writing articles about how "cool" "eclectic" and "dreamy" Portland, Maine is--here's another recent one.
"Yet Portland is decidedly modern, packed with more rewards than you'd expect from a town of 66,000. It is eclectic, creative, edgy and alive.
The evidence is in the vibrant arts district of galleries, theaters and a sign promising "Ca$h for your Warhol." It's spread across Exchange Street, where you'll find gourmet ice cream (Mexican chocolate, sea-salt caramel), gourmet popcorn (Maine maple, dill pickle) and a "sexuality boutique" that is "women owned and operated since 2004."
About five miles outside of downtown, there's world-class beer from Allagash Brewing. Even the buskers impress; on an unseasonably warm Wednesday afternoon a classical violinist in a long skirt and sandals played a block up from a tattooed guy in a pork pie hat blowing some jazz saxophone.
Then there was the guy driving through downtown in a pickup truck, purple bandanna wrapped around his head, singing along to the Grateful Dead that spilled from his speakers."
Sounds like an average day. Check it out: San Francisco of the East--Chicago Tribune
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