l-A area towns

The Great Falls connecting the cities of Lewiston and Auburn creates a thunderous sound that can be heard from a mile or more away during the spring melt. These twin communities give visitors and residents access to enriching cultural and year-round recreational and community assets. Lewiston’s Lisbon Street is lively during the Artwalk, and Festival Plaza in Auburn brings a smile when they strike up the community band during the summer.

Long-standing events like the Great Falls Balloon Festival and the Dempsey Challenge, as well as inspiring works presented at the Bates Dance Festival, serve as the springboard for events in surrounding towns—Moxie Fest in Lisbon Fall, for example. Visiting one or more of the surrounding towns and villages can add excitement. Revel in the rolling tree-covered hills, welcoming waters, and open fields across Minot, Buckfield, and Greene along winding country roads dotted with red and white farmsteads and historic one-room schoolhouses.

If sticking to town is more in your plans, uncover a few hidden delectable dining treasures along the downtown streets. With such an array of options, finding your way in the L-A Metro area won’t take long.

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Hopeful by Charlie Hewitt, even more symbolic on the wall of Bates Mill No. 5, Lewiston, ME

Downtown Lewiston

Maine’s second-largest city, running east of the Androscoggin River, Lewiston, is home to historic mills that tell a story of industry and immigration. Today, the revived downtown district is a walkable neighborhood with restaurants, breweries, small businesses, and arts.

Since 1936, the landmark spire of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul has helped define the Lewiston skyline. The church is home to a wonderful pipe organ and striking rose window modeled after Chartres Cathedral in France.

One of the most diverse cities in Maine, Lewiston’s downtown reflects the cultures of the city’s diverse citizens—French-Canada (Franco), Irish, Somali, Bantu, LatinX, and numerous others.

Lisbon Falls is home to Moxie and the Moxie Festival

Lisbon & Lisbon Falls

Set along the Androscoggin River, Lisbon welcomes visitors with its rich history, scenic landscapes, charming downtown, and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Founded in 1799, Lisbon and its village of Lisbon Falls was originally part of the Pejepscot Purchase. Farming, sawmills, and gristmills were the early industry. Later, larger brick mills followed to manufacture textiles. This history is reflected in its well-preserved buildings and landmarks that continue to tell the town’s story.

Lisbon Falls is the home to the annual Moxie Festival, in honor of Maine’s most unique beverage, Moxie®. Many also recognize the former Worumbo Mill from Stephen King’s novel and TV movie, 11/22/63.

Turner Public Library, formerly the Leavitt Institute

Turner Center

Settled in 1772, nearly all the early residents of what is now called Turner came from towns around Plymouth, Massachusetts. Beginning as a farming town, the exceptional water power of the Nezinscot River led to the establishment of a variety of mills and factories.

Today, the river’s path from Turner Center, behind the Old Town House, and finally reaching the Androscoggin River, offers abundant opportunities for canoeing and kayaking, as well as fishing.

Those interested in history should stop by the Turner Historical Museum, located on the fourth floor of Turner’s historic Leavitt Institute Building, or the charming shingle-style Turner Public Library. 

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