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Old 01-17-2008, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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If you want a small town, everything in walking distance, where the people are friendly and welcoming---then Eastport is a great place If you want all that plus a Wal-Mart, Calais, which is 28 miles from Eastport and on the St. Croix River, is the place


PS--Machias would be a strong possibility too, an hour away from Eastport in the other direction from Calais, but no Wal-Mart I'd look them up at the city-data page and go to their town sites.

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Old 01-17-2008, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Hands down, it's Damariscotta. Not exactly on the beach, but there is no shortage of ocean water and plenty of boating opportunity, shopping and eateries. Busier during the summer, but pleasant and a bit cozier during the winter.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Big skies....woohoo
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:41 PM
 
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I may be forgetting, but I don't recall a grocery store in downtown Damariscotta?
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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I may be forgetting, but I don't recall a grocery store in downtown Damariscotta?
You're right. Some people can't think outside the box and apparently I can't think outside the car. My bad.
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Eastport, Maine
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I would definitely recommend Eastport. However, the supermarket is a bit of of the town center. That might be a bit too far to walk carrying your items.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:05 PM
 
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Someone posted this link awhile back. It is very useful for your situation
Walk Score - Helping homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:42 PM
 
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If you want to be able to walk everywhere, then Eastport really wouldn't be the right place. There are places for coffee and a library, but is there a bookstore? The grocery store isn't downtown, Maybe I misunderstood, but I was trying to think of a town/small city that has a shoe store, clothing store, etc. right on Main St.
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:18 PM
 
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Wow, lots of great info already...

Hey, Mainer61, you didn't misunderstand. Having those things I listed ALL within readily-walkable downtown is the ideal I'm shooting for. I know that's not necessarily an easy-to-find list in a small town, but I'm sure those towns are out there, and it's not like I'm restricted by employment.

I'd love to hear some opinions on Belfast, since not only has it come up a few times already, but a quick online classifieds check shows small apartments "downtown" for less than 500/m, with utils included. Is that pic that was posted considered the "downtown" area of belfast?

Thanks again to everyone who has replied. I'll be following closely.
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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If you want to be able to walk everywhere, then Eastport really wouldn't be the right place. There are places for coffee and a library, but is there a bookstore? The grocery store isn't downtown, Maybe I misunderstood, but I was trying to think of a town/small city that has a shoe store, clothing store, etc. right on Main St.
yes, Eastport has a bookstore. The grocery store isn't downtown, but there is a general store downtown.....everything in Eastport is within walking distance. It is about 3 blocks (not city blocks) from the waterfront to the grocery store, maybe 4 depending what street you walk up.


It sounds as if you've not been to Eastport in a while. Also, based on your previous posts, I know how you feel about Washington County. You've said nothing positive about it, so perhaps you should leave the locals to providing the information. We have a better chance of being accurate I think.
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