1. Portland, ME
Maine's largest city—around a two hour drive north of Boston—attracts foodies from around the country. Wander the charming, hilly Old Port district, where every kind of boutique imaginable touts colorful wares and quaint pubs and dimly lit cocktail bars, like the excellent Blyth & Burrows, which combines the best in innovative mixology and pairs it with equally scrumptious small plates, are set along cobble stoned lanes. In the West End arts district, enjoy the I.M. Pei-designed Portland Museum of Art and the State Theatre, which hosts national acts, both musical, comedic, and theatrical.
The food scene lives up to the hype: Dine at Evo Kitchen + Bar for progressive twists on Mediterranean cooking, and Union, a vibrant local-centric foodie haunt in The Press Hotel, set in the former home of the Portland Press Herald, the state’s largest newspaper.