In small rural America, places like Maine, the sense of community, connection is a strong one.People, family, friends not things are what are important. Some wonder how would anyone live without a dozen mall choices. But at the same time wouldn't it be neat to not need dead bolt locks. Not know what a gang is, not spend so much time stopped, or barely inching along and wasting all that time in traffic.
Rural states like Maine don't have real estate bubbles that expand, burst and then painful market corrections take over. We live pretty much a frugal, get value or don't buy approach to life. The community members are the life blood of the area flavor, spark and define the subtle differences as you roam around Vacationland.
Maine means outdoors, spending time hiking, biking, on one of the 6000 lakes. Downhill or cross country skiing. White water rafting on the Dead, Penobscot, Kennebec Rivers. It's farmers markets.