America's Most Charming Accents

Portland, Maine
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Courtesy of Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Whether a distinctive twang or lilt, some regional accents make travelers feel especially welcome.

No. 13 Portland, ME

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These Yanks may sound somewhat like their friends in Boston (want to take a day trip? Try going to Maine’s “Bah Habbah,” as locals might say). But they also boast their own lingo, such as calling lobsters “bugs.” Bugs or no, everything here seems to taste good when washed down with the local microbrews, which ranked at No. 3. The city won the survey, meanwhile, for feeling safe.

Portland, Maine

America's Most Charming Accents

No. 13 Portland, ME

These Yanks may sound somewhat like their friends in Boston (want to take a day trip? Try going to Maine’s “Bah Habbah,” as locals might say). But they also boast their own lingo, such as calling lobsters “bugs.” Bugs or no, everything here seems to taste good when washed down with the local microbrews, which ranked at No. 3. The city won the survey, meanwhile, for feeling safe.

Courtesy of Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau
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