A town in Midcoast Maine has been given some serious and deserved recognition.

The popular travel site Cheapism published a very interesting article about the country's most underrated towns. In fact, the site selected the most underrated town from each state. Maine's representative was the beautiful village of Damariscotta.

Located just miles from the coast, this quaint little town looks like it's right out of a reference book. If you were to ask what an ideal Maine town looks like, it's this. Damariscotta sits right on the Damariscotta River, with the village bordering along.

It features many cute shops, cozy eateries, and delicious cafes, which makes it just an ideal spot for locals and tourists to explore. It's also easy to find a plethora of fresh seafood options, including the famous Damariscotta oysters, to indulge on.

The town is al famous for its pumpkin festival and regatta. The annual event brings together the state's best pumpkin growers to determine who in Maine has grown the largest gourde. It also includes decorating the entire town, numerous events for children and adults, pumpkin treats, and pumpkin chunking.

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta via Facebook
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta via Facebook

It also includes the world-famous regatta, where folks row (or motor) down the river in large, carved out pumpkins. Its easily one of the most fun spectacles of the year in the state.

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta via Facebook
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta via Facebook

But Damariscotta is more than just a town to visit, it's also a wonderful place to live. Here's a little more of why Cheapism selected the town to represent Maine on this list.

...Damariscotta boasts a three-season waterfront, good public and private schools, a rich history dating back to American Indians who lived there for at least 2,500 years, a vibrant arts community, Colonial-era structures, and natural beauty that's impressive even by the standards of Southern Maine.

Congrats to Damariscotta on making this prestigious list. I always love seeing the under-appreciated places in Maine receiving the recognition they deserve.

Now, does this mean Stonington isn't underrated anymore? Will it now be overrated, because we all call it underrated? I'm going to end the article before I get even more confused.

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