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Beyond the bargains, delightful surprises in Kittery, Maine

This relatively unheralded southern coastal town, one of the oldest in Maine, is often overshadowed by its better known neighbors, Portsmouth, N.H., to the south and York, Maine, just north. Most visitors hit the two-mile stretch of designer outlet shops along busy Route 1, and leave with their bags of bargains, without ever seeing the more picturesque and interesting parts of town. Next time, stick around a bit and explore a historic fort, take a scenic drive along coastal backroads, and take flight on one of the largest aerial rope courses in the state. The local dining scene is a delightful surprise, too.

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