some apples or select your Halloween pumpkin from out in the fields. The University of Southern Maine makes Gorham a college town and enhances the intellectual life of the com- munity. From coffee shop discussions to gallery openings, the influence of the university is felt throughout the area. In Westbrook, the intimate Performing Arts Center is a modern venue in which to enjoy theatrical, musical, and dance performances. Despite the old-fashioned architecture of downtown Westbrook, this up-and-coming area is buzzing with great places to eat and shop.
There are multiple parks in the area, from the well-groomed and popular Bicentennial Park & Skate Park to the more isolated trails that run along the river. In the winter, ice-skating is a popu- lar pastime, as is cross-country skiing. In the summer, take a dip at the public pool in Westbrook, or bring your fishing rods up to Highland Lake. You can also rent kayaks and stand-up paddle-boards from the City of Westbrook and enjoy a beautiful stretch of the Presumpscot River between Saccarappa Falls and the historic Elms.
Inland & Upbeat –Gorham &Westbrook
STAY 76 / visitportland.com / #visitportland / @visitportland Historic buildings abound in these sleepy towns, from lovely old churches to stately libraries. Mills once stood along the rivers—Westbrook can count both the Presumpscot River and the smaller Stroudwater River within its boundaries—turning the flowing water into a source of energy for industry. Agriculture was always important in these inland towns, and it remains so to this day; stop at a local orchard to pick
Village Life –Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth
Just a few minutes north of Portland on Route 1, these residential towns offer salt-water views, acres of forest, and easy access to islands. Follow road signs for Falmouth Foreside just north of Portland on I295 and enjoy a walk or cross-country ski around Mackworth Island, with panoramic views of the city across the bay. Continue north on Route 1 in Falmouth and turn onto Route 88, one of the most beautiful drives in America. Stop into Town Landing Market in Falmouth Foreside and walk down the hill to Falmouth Town Landing, offering spec- tacular views of the harbor. Continue up Route 88 to explore Cousins Island, easily accessible by car. From here, you can hop a ferry to Chebeague Island, or stay to wander around the town parks on the mainland. With this much coastline, it’s only logi- cal to have top-notch seafood spots, but if you really want to sample the best of the ocean’s bounty, visit Yarmouth during the third week in July, when the annual Clam Festival takes over the town center. The family-friendly event features plenty of clams and chowders, as well as amusement rides for the kids. One of Maine’s largest agricultural fairs is held annually in Cumberland; it's a Continued on page 78
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