Popular Website’s List of Coziest Winter Towns to Visit Includes Two From Maine
Two Maine towns received very high praise from a popular website in regard to the winter season.
Congratulations to both Kennebunk and Bangor for making Stacker's list of 50 Cozy Towns to Visit This Winter. The list was put together from reviews, ratings from national travel sites, close attractions, available activities, and more. You can read more about the methodology in the post.
Both of Maine's towns made the list for completely different reasons, which makes the selections even more unique.
Southern Maine's beautiful seaside town of Kennebunk is not a surprise to find selected. It came in on the list with the 19th ranking. The town is no stranger to national recognition, especially with its amazing downtown district right on the water.
Here is what Stacker had to say about Kennebunk's selection.
If you've ever yearned for a New England Christmas by the sea, Kennebunk is your place. This tranquil Maine town has plenty of charms in the winter.
Kennebunk, along with its neighbor Kennebunkport, are absolute musts to visit during the holiday season. The area truly gets into the holiday spirit, with a wonderful Maine flare.
Bangor may be a little more surprising to see on the list. The jewel of Eastern Maine was listed as the 38th best town in the winter. If you are questioning the selection, you won't after the reasons given.
Despite the harsh weather, Maine doesn't spend winter in hibernation. Bangor's performance venues—the Penobscot Theatre, Cross Insurance Center, Collins Center for the Arts, and the Gracie Theatre—offer theater and concerts throughout the season. And if you want some fresh air, lace up—many of the town's outdoor parks are turned into ice-skating rinks.
That's a hell of a write-up from the site. It also means Bangor has gotten quite the reviews and ratings from various travel sites and tourists. And they aren't lying. Bangor is a hidden gem. The art scene is as strong as Stacker says. And who doesn't love an outdoor ice rink? Honestly, it's a shame the one at Thompson's Point in Portland is closed this year.
Kennebunk and Bangor are not the only New England towns to make the cut. The two are joined by:
Newport, RI - 3rd
Stowe, VT - 9th
Lenox, MA - 16th
Montpelier, VT - 21st
Woodstock, VT - 35th
North Conway - 47th
In the least shocking news ever, no Connecticut town made the list.