As the call for outdoor dining grows louder, several businesses in Portland are finding themselves in a bit of a jam. What do you do when you've maxed out all the useable space around you? The answer seems to be to look up. Rooftop decks and bars are quickly becoming a thing in Portland with another popular restaurant/bar set to add one in the near future.
Shared on Facebook by The Yard, they've officially had their plans for a rooftop deck approved by the City of Portland this week. As you can see in the artist rendering, The Yard plans to have vast seating on the rooftop deck, with some open-air fire pits and likely other surprises as plans get fleshed out further. When it opens, it'll become the second rooftop deck in the fast-moving neighborhood, joining Bayside Bowl and their super popular penthouse-style deck nearby.
So when will it open? That can get complicated. Even the best laid construction plans can run into snags and delays but judging by The Yard closed their Facebook post with "Cheers to summer nights up high", it sounds as though The Yard is hopeful to have their rooftop deck open by some point this summer. If it does open this summer, it'll join another new rooftop deck along Commercial Street called Luna, which will be part of the new Canopy Hotel set to open in the Old Port.
LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America
Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker
consulted data from WalletHub
, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here
. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.
Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.
LOOK: Full List of the Best Places to Live in Maine
compiled a list of the best places to live in Maine using data from Niche
. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com
. On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks.
Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.