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{Portland Culture}

As far as we’re concerned, our location in Portland, Maine’s largest city, is one of the biggest perks about spending a semester at Salt.

Portlanders get the best of all worlds – in downtown Portland, locals enjoy the bustling restaurant and bar scene (Bon Appetit named us America’s Foodiest Small Town) and a wealth of local arts and music. Walk a few minutes down to the Old Port or the Eastern Promenade and you’re looking at the Atlantic Ocean – or drive ten minutes out of town, and spend some time at a few of Maine’s beautiful oceanfront state parks. It’s no wonder Forbes Magazine awarded Portland the title of America’s #1 Most Liveable City (and Travel + Leisure dubbed us the fifth best on the list of America’s Best Cities for Hipsters, which we’ll choose to take as a compliment!).

Below are some of our favorite spots in Portland to eat, drink, shop, and explore.