You know the expression “That was then, this is now?” Well, that’s a perfect way to think of Lewiston-Auburn living. Once thought of as an old, worn-out mill area, Lewiston-Auburn started dramatically amping-up its Hip Factor in the early 2000s. Slowly but surely, the transformation became so hard-to-miss that even journalists in the cultural mecca of Boston started getting hip to the hipness. Shooting the area a major thumbs-up, a travel editor at The Boston Globe wrote:

“Today there are signs of change, and many people are making [Lewiston-Auburn] artsier, hipper, and more attractive to visitors. L/A has a first-rate art museum, world-class dance, and interesting music, theater, and restaurants.”

The “first-rate art museum” lauded by The Globe is The Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston. An integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of the area, the world-class museum showcases dynamic exhibitions that spotlight great works by nationally and internationally renowned artists.

Sonder & Dram and Other Hip Heavens for Foodies

Are you looking for a Hip Factor that extravagantly pleases the taste buds? Lewiston-Auburn has you covered there, too. Not only does the area feature fantastic restaurants of its own—such as the place-to-go New American cuisine bar, Sonder & Dram, plus Fish Bones American Grill, Forage Market, DaVinci’s Eatery, and Mother India—it’s also just 45 minutes from Portland. Why does that matter? Because Bon Appétit magazine hailed Portland “The Restaurant City of the Year” in 2018. And Yankee magazine piled on the praise, too, asserting, “to go to Portland is to enter an urban garden of earthly delights … a food scene that hits every of-the-moment note … a veritable theme park of boho-hipster foodie-ism.”

Yoga, Lewiston-Auburn Style

After you’ve sampled the amazing culinary joys of Lewiston-Auburn and Portland, you may be looking for a way to burn off those foodie calories, and stay feeling great. Lewiston-Auburn living makes that easier than ever. The area is home to fantastic yoga studios—for everyone from beginners to highly experienced yogis—and you can find exactly the right program at such studios as Chill Yoga, Poise Yoga Studio, and Inner Light Yoga of Maine/Maine School of Yoga. Offering the best of yoga’s life- and health-affirming principles and practices, these studios also surround you with the classic Maine vibe of down-to-earth fun, fellowship, and community. And what could be hipper than that?

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