Not so long ago, Kittery, Maine’s southernmost town and its oldest incorporated one (1647), was just a quaint, blue-collar hamlet catering to the Portsmouth Naval Yard workers (which is in Kittery, not neighboring Portsmouth, New Hampshire). Now, it’s a fast developing foodie hub, centering on the downtown area, known as Kittery Foreside. We’re talking about a downtown that takes two minutes to stroll through. Nevertheless, Kittery’s center boasts multiple breweries, a whole animal butcher, and a seafood purveyor. There are enough bearded baristas and bartenders on hand to make you think Kittery is a Williamsburg wannabe. But, seriously, Kittery is what Williamsburg would love to be.
Linda Clarke is a freelance travel writer whose work has been published in the Boston Globe, New York Daily News, and several other print and online publications.