Every state has small towns, but the small towns in Maine just feel better. The community vibe here is strong and seeing independent businesses thrive reminds us just how important it is to visit these places. The next time you have time to explore, consider sticking close to home and visiting the small towns in Maine. And, while you’re there, head to these downtown areas to support the local community. They’ll appreciate it, and you’ll love it!

What are some of your favorite towns in Maine? And, what are some must-visit downtown areas we should add to our list? Let us know and we’ll check them out! If you have any specific stores or restaurant recommendations, let us know, and we’ll see if we can feature them in an upcoming article!

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What are some of the best small towns in Maine?  

Isn’t every town in Maine, in a way, a small town in Maine? We think so, but we digress: which ones are the best to visit if you’ve just got one day to explore? We have lots of favorites! Visit Boothbay Harbor, whose population is less than 2,000 people. It’s quite the picturesque little bay town, and while you’re here, you’ll feel like you’re in some kind of maritime paradise. Castine is another favorite, with stunning views, inlet coves, and more, having served as the capital of a French colony back in the 1600s (and conquered by the British in the 1700s). Be sure to stop and admire the Dice Head Lighthouse if you get a chance – it dates all the way back to the 1830s!  

What are some cute shopping towns in Maine?  

Maine is known for an array of cute small towns with excellent shopping. Some of our favorite shopping towns in Maine include Bangor, which might be the largest town/city on this list, followed closely by Bethel and Bath. There’s also Hallowell, Kittery, and Castine; other favorite places to go shopping in Maine include Wiscasset, Rockland, and Portland.  

Where are some of the best places in small-town Maine?  

Tired yet? Good, because we have lots more picks for the best small-town Maine places because Maine’s small towns are nothing short of wholesome and delightful. There’s the stunning seaside village of Rockland, which has an amazing Main Street filled with unique local shops, eateries, and more. Camden is like something out of a jigsaw puzzle; it has an upscale-type downtown area and is in close proximity to beautiful Camden Hills State Park. If you prefer to visit a popular place for tourism in Maine, check out Kennebunkport, which tends to be quite the busy place in summer but rather quiet the rest of the year.