How This Small Maine Town Quietly Became The Coolest Place In New England

Portland seems to get all the hipster cred in Maine, but all those tourists and media attention make the Southern Maine hotspot so last week for the edgy set. Here’s the truth: While you were growing your beard out and turning Uno into a drinking game at Novare Res in the Old Port, one Mid-Coast town was quietly emerging as the most effortlessly cool place in New England. Have you been to Belfast yet?

Above all, Belfast is real, and that’s what cool is all about. With so much awesome in such a small town, it’s little wonder that DownEast Magazine has named it one of the best places to live in Maine. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a bigger city that still packs that cool factor, Bangor does a bang-up job.