Love Maine. Love their little jetport. I had a friend who used to live in Augusta so he'd drive us to Freeport and we'd spend the day there just shopping the outlets. And though they've seen bigger outlets, my sister and parents would understandably go crazy whenever they get a chance to drop by.
the wife and I did some serious contemplating about moving to Portland, she had a couple interviews set up and we were looking around at houses - but we started convincing ourselves that we'd rather live in brooklyn. its not like the weather in NYC is any better than maine. we could always just have an SUV to get around in the winter. The southern eastern states are awesome, but I actually like winter and snow and 4 seasons.