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Median Home Price: $243,900
Hot Job: Small-business owner
The Scene: Urban Mainers—think progressive yet agreeably rugged—are calm amid their small city's bustle. Their secret? Constant stress relief: escaping to the beaches of Popham, paddling the coves of Casco Bay, and biking Bradbury Mountain.
OPTIONS: Zip by the Headlight and a collection of lighthouses on a cycling jaunt around Cape Elizabeth, or hike Evan's Notch for spectacular views of Mount Washington. Just over the border in New Hampshire your winter adventure awaits—ice climbing North Conway.
OUTFITTER: Bone up on your kayaking skills with L.L. Bean Discovery School's (888 552 3261) three day kayaking course on Casco Bay.
GOOD EATS: Even though Stephen King was born here, Portland has nothing gothic about it, unless you consider the coffee clutch culture spooky. Try Flatbread Co's (+1 207 772 8777) organic flour pizza with whole milk mozzarella cooked in a wood-fire oven. A slice of each sale is donated to local charities on Tuesdays.
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