America’s Greatest Main Streets

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Cheers to these small towns for great Main Streets, where you can admire architecture, sample the local flavor, and find a lost America.

Bath, ME

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Dry docks and cranes rising from the shipyard along the banks of the Kennebec River just south of downtown speak to the town’s nickname, the City of Ships. Bath itself is compact, brick-solid, and walkable. Explore leafy Front Street, with its brick buildings and an outpost of Reny’s, a small discount department store chain that’s a throwback to an earlier era. Detour down side lanes for bakeries, restaurants, and variety shops.

Worth a Stop: The Maine Maritime Museum gives a comprehensive, entertaining overview of Bath’s noble shipbuilding history, from wood to steel.

—Wayne Curtis

America’s Greatest Main Streets

Bath, ME

Dry docks and cranes rising from the shipyard along the banks of the Kennebec River just south of downtown speak to the town’s nickname, the City of Ships. Bath itself is compact, brick-solid, and walkable. Explore leafy Front Street, with its brick buildings and an outpost of Reny’s, a small discount department store chain that’s a throwback to an earlier era. Detour down side lanes for bakeries, restaurants, and variety shops.

Worth a Stop: The Maine Maritime Museum gives a comprehensive, entertaining overview of Bath’s noble shipbuilding history, from wood to steel.

—Wayne Curtis

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