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Good eats and independent shops in Bath, Maine

Known to many as “the city of ships,” Bath has a newer, hipper slogan: “Maine’s cool little city.” Adding street cred to its coolness factor: Bath’s main drag, Front Street, was named one of the country’s Top 10 Great Streets by the American Planning Association, an honor also bestowed on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. But you’ll definitely feel the maritime vibe. This midcoast hamlet launched its first ship more than 400 years ago, and shipbuilding continues to define its culture, thanks to its sprawling shipyard, Bath Iron Works, and the 50-year-old Maine Maritime Museum, located downstream on the Kennebec River. Downtown shops and restaurants hug the riverfront along Front Street, and they include three must-haves to achieve “cool city” status, in our book: good eats, bookstores, and independent shops.

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