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Old 01-17-2008, 08:49 PM
 
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I may be forgetting, but I don't recall a grocery store in downtown Damariscotta?
yellowfront grocerystore use to be on mainstreet but needed to expand, moved up the road a piece, still within walking distance (damariscotta)

a few towns that comes to mind;

brunswick, searsport, southwest harbor, thomaston, hallowell, richmond,
bath, boothbay harbor
blue hill
northeast harbor
belfast
camden
rockland

id suggest driving up rte one (coastal rte) all the way up the coast to eastport and get a firsthand look at many mainstreet towns, see which one fits you.
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:15 PM
 
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Default Belfast

More pictures of downtown Belfast.

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Old 01-17-2008, 10:30 PM
 
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Belfast- what a great city!!!
Thanks for sharing those summer photos with us
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:20 AM
 
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yellowfront grocerystore use to be on mainstreet but needed to expand, moved up the road a piece, still within walking distance (damariscotta)
I know where Yellowfront is - it's almost a half mile from downtown Damariscotta, on a very busy road (edit to say that I can't remember if sidewalks are there or not - but still not what I'd call real walk-able, especially in not so good weather).

agree, the Belfast pictures are lovely....

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Old 01-18-2008, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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If you are looking in the Portland area, Yarmouth might fit.
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:20 AM
 
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You're right. Some people can't think outside the box and apparently I can't think outside the car. My bad.
You can walk to Rising Tide quite easily though.
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:27 AM
 
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Boothbay Harbor is my hometown. There is a small grocery/convenience store right in the town, not a difficult walk to Hannaford's, which is the large store in town. Lots of neat places in town to get a coffee, but the "funkier" coffee bars are only open in the summer. Mama D's on the other side of the harbor is a great place for coffee/sweets and lunches. A nice library in town. Sherman's is the local bookstore, they are good at ordering anything you want if they don't have it. A great asset is the old Opera House which has now been renovated (taken over by the town folk) and hosts concerts or all sorts, local talent, open mic nights, coffee and conversation lecture series and so forth.

The biggest drawback is employment (which is why we sold our home last summer and moved to VA) but if you are working from home that is ideal, and the fact that there is NO public transportation at all. To get to the bus (which can take you to the Portland or Boston airports if you need to get somewhere) you need to get off the peninsula and into Wiscasset, which takes about a 20 minute drive...so you can't walk it!
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:08 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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The IGA in Eastport is about 1 block from our house. It's walkable from anywhere in the city and most people have those 2 wheel wire carts that they use to carry their groceries, packages, most anything. There is also a General Store of sorts across from the Post Office, a tea room, a pizza place, several restaurants, a book store, museums, shops, library, hot dog stand, live entertainment at The Rose Garden in the evenings, most places serve cocktails, beer and wine if they serve food. All of this between 3 and 5 walkable blocks from each other. In the summer, there's even more stuff open and walkable to, get one of those 2 wheel grocery carts.
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:25 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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Also, 2 banks, a convenience store, fully stocked hardware store, two beauty parlors, Post Office, City Government Building, 2 schools, mustard factory, ball field, Farmer's Market (Spring, Summer, Fall), several antique shops. You can walk to pay your water bill, your oil bill, your sewer bill, your tax bill and save on stamps. There is mail delivery as well as PO boxes. Most people in Eastport tend to walk everywhere or to ride those battery powered little two wheeled scooters. Even the old people like me ride them. Mine is purple and is called a "Mod Betty", has a basket on the front for my purchases and there's no city restrictions on riding them on city streets.

Here's my scooter - Razor Pocket Mod Betty | Electric Pocket Mod Betty
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:44 PM
 
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Hi again, and thanks to all for the continuing info and suggestions!

I'm loving the look of Belfast, and will almost certainly work it into my itinerary when the Maine portion of my location scouting comes around.

I'm looking into Boothbay Harbor now, but early observations seem to indicate that rents there average about $200 more across the board than in Belfast. Not that I'm really all that restricted by rent cost or anything, but why settle for more, when you can settle for less? FWIW, "coastal," while fine and dandy, is by no means a must for me. I'm just as happy gazing zenlike into the trees as I am gazing into the ocean.

Can anybody suggest a place to get some prices on Eastport rentals? I took a look at the online edition of "The Quoddy Tides," but the classifieds link appears to connect to nothing...

TIA
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