The greatest state in the nation is being hailed as, wait for it, one of the best states in the nation.

Maine is receiving the love from the very popular travel site The Impulse Traveler. The site recently published an article that detailed the 20 best states to live in. To nobody's surprise, Maine made the cut.

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Of course, Maine is one of the best. Seriously, where else would you rather live? Maine has a little bit of everything that defines a perfect place to live.

First off, the state is beautiful. Whether it's the Wetsern foothills, fabulous parks, Downeast, or the vast and amazing coastline, Maine absolutely shines with its diverse and wondrous scenery.

A rocky shore on the Isle au Haut in Maine's Acadia National Park.
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Maine is also famously remote. If you're not a fan of the human race, then this state is ideal. Even the largest city, Portland, has more of a suburban town population that an actual city.

Another great feature of Maine is the fantastic culinary reputation. The state is loaded with great restaurants, bars, cafes, diners, and coffee shops that use fresh and local ingredients and absolutely shine with service. Towns like Portland, Biddeford, Bar Harbor, and Camden have been featured nationally for culinary prowess. And I can't even tell you how many restaurants have been featured on television shows.

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And how could you talk about Maine and not bring up the state's greatest export: craft beer? Hundreds of breweries have flooded Maine with innovative styles and flavors. It's a wonderful variety of local goodness.

But enough about what I think. Here's a little from The Impulse Traveler on why they chose Maine as one of the best states to live in.

Maine has beautiful scenery, friendly people, and a strong sense of community. The state is also known for its excellent seafood and outdoor activities, such as hiking and fishing.

I'm glad the site touched on the people. Mainers are a rare breed of tough, fair, and kind. It's a wonderfully eclectic mix.

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Congrats to our wonderful state making the popular site's list. Maine is a special place. It's always fun to see folks "From Away" come here and absolutely fall in love.

Maybe it just that Mainer sunny disposition. Or maybe it's the lobster.

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Thanks to our great listeners we were able to compile a list of many of Maine's great restaurants, cafes, pubs and bakeries that are worth a long drive to get to.

These great spots can be found across the state and waiting for you to give them a try.

How many have you been to?

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