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    39 Reasons Living In Maine Ruins You For Life

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    1. Because Acadia National Park has some of the most beautiful views on earth.

    2. And Mount Katahdin is breathtaking all year round.

    3. Because you've never felt as peaceful as when you're canoeing on one of Maine's pristine lakes.

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    4. Because warm weather means sand between your toes and hunting for sea glass.

    5. Because Mainers know how to keep it local...

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    There is no Cyber Monday, only Cider Monday.

    6. ...but you never have to go far to feel cultured.

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    Fifteen miles to Paris? That's just a short ride on a four-wheeler.

    7. Because someone you know probably owns a boat.

    8. But even if they don't, you can still spend a lazy afternoon on a sunny, salty pier.

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    9. Because this is your idea of an elevator...

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    10. ...and this is what traffic looks like.

    11. Because you know where the word "moxie" came from.

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    It's not root beer, it's not cola โ€” it's Moxie! Love that bitter, metallic goodness.

    12. Because there's a world of wildlife right in your dooryard.

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    13. And if you're looking for rare species, Maine is a birder's paradise.

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    14. Because you look forward to fiddlehead season every year.

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    15. Because you know the smaller berries are the sweetest.

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    16. And if you try blueberries from anywhere else, it's just not the same.

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    17. Also, let's not forget about the beautiful blueberry barrens.

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    18. Because you'll run into old friends at every local festival.

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    19. Because it has an ENTIRE TOWN where you can go shopping.

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    It's pretty much required that you stop at the Freeport outlet stores on your way up the coast.

    20. Because you know what a real winter looks like...

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    21. ...and you know how to handle it.

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    22. Because summer means spending a whole day at the fair.

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    23. Because there's always another lighthouse to explore.

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    24. And the most scenic places are often steeped in history.

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    The Portland Head Light is more than 220 years old.

    25. Because you don't have to go far to find a lush, tranquil forest.

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    Maine has a higher percentage of forest than any other state โ€” about 90%.

    26. Because you don't know seafood unless you've eaten at a place like this.

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    27. And you can have lobster rolls for lunch every single day.

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    From Red's Eats in Wiscasset, ideally.

    28. Because you're never too far from a piece of pie from Moody's Diner.

    29. Because apple picking is a can't-miss autumn ritual.

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    30. Because Bean boots are appropriate for any occasion.

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    31. And you can never be overdressed.

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    32. Because you never lose that peculiar sense of humor.

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    Just ask the Humble Farmer.

    33. Because the museums are one of a kind.

    Yes, they also have rooms full of antique cars and dolls at the Bryant Stove Museum.

    34. Because the state that gave us Stephen King is sometimes beautifully creepy.

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    35. Because this is your skating rink.

    36. And this is your swimming pool.

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    37. Because the sunsets make all the day's worries melt away.

    38. Because you're used to looking up at night and seeing this.

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    39. Because whether it's winter...

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    ...spring...

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    ...summer...

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    ...or fall...

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    ...you know it's the way life should be.

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