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Auburn (Maine)

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Auburn (Maine)

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Auburn is a town in Maine, part of Androscoggin County. Together with Lewiston, the area comprises of the largest population concentration in the entire state.

By car, Auburn is about 45 minutes North of Portland, and 45 minutes South of Augusta. Auburn is also about 1 hour and 45 minutes south of Bangor.

Understand[edit]

In the Central Maine region, Auburn is located west of the Androscoggin River, and was historically used mainly as the residence area for the people who worked the mills across the river in Lewiston, back when the towns were first established. Home to it's own college, Central Maine Community College, many people live in Auburn and work in the neighboring towns or counties, but now there also are many small business owners who set up shop along Route 4. Today, Auburn is a small town with a deep sense of community.

View of the Androscoggin River heading downstream from near Festival Plaza.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • Maine Turnpike (Interstate 95), Exit 75.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound Bus, [1].  edit Two stations in neighboring Lewiston.

By air[edit]

  • Portland International Jetport, in Portland.
  • Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport (LEW), 80 Airport Drive, 207-786-0631 [2].

Get around[edit]

  • L-A Cab Service, 207-689-5080.  edit
  • citylink, [3].  edit Local public transportation system, known for their purple buses.
The Railroad Memorial foot bridge connecting Bonney Park in Auburn to the Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston.

See[edit]

Part of the Riverwalk in Bonney Park.
  • The Riverwalk, Along the Androscoggin, behind the Great Falls Plaza is an easy-going, free community path. It begins at the Falls, allowing a close-up look of the cliffs as well as a view of the mills and dam. The path continues downstream, underneath the Governor James B. Longley Memorial Bridge off of Court St. Beyond that, it will take you to Festival Plaza before ending at the foot bridge connecting Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston to Auburn. It's very short and sweet.
Festival Plaza with the river and Lewiston in the background.
  • Festival Plaza, Next to Gritty's, this is a public park and performance area for the town. Marked by unique sculptures, locals often can be found showcasing musical talent for passersby either alone or in a local band, with many types of music. Near Christmas, the Edward Little High School choirs come together for a public caroling under the town Christmas tree. In the warmer months, it's a great area for a picnic, or for kids to play with the fountains. Periodically, the town hosts a local fitness group, Wolfpack Fitness, offering classes open to the public overlooking views of the Androscoggin River.

Do[edit]

  • Lost Valley, 200 Lost Valley Road, 207-784-1561 (), [4].  edit A favorite for snowboarding and skiing. 15 trails across the face of the mountain and 2 chairlifts.
  • Great Falls Ballon Festival, Festival Park, [5].  edit Annual hot air balloon festival; one of the largest tourist draws to the area. Normally the 3rd weekend in August. Events take place in Auburn and the neighboring city of Lewiston as well.
  • Mt. Apatite, A scenic and easy hike to a quarry. Great for picnics and fishing. Free and open to the public.
  • Fox Ridge Golf Course, 6800-yard, links style golf course situated on 200 acres of rolling farm land in southern Auburn. Offering some of the Twin Cities’ most challenging golf, Fox Ridge is the home of several tournaments, including the 2006 Maine State Open.
  • Prospect Hill, 18-hole recreational golf course that is truly player friendly. A number of its interesting holes have beautiful water hazards.
  • Community Little Theatre, 30 Academy St, Auburn ME 04210, 207-783-0958 (), [6].  edit In the auditorium of and old school building, the CLT puts on several shows every year. They do a wide variety of performances: musicals, comedies, straight plays, and more, with local talent in all aspects of theatre.
  • Wallingford's Fruit House, This is an absolute must-visit in the fall. The farm offers hayrides into the orchard to pick apples and an area for kids to play in called the Backyard (complete with toys and obstacle course). For Halloween, they hold a pumpkin carving contest and display the lit jack o'lanterns in the barn as well as a tame haunted corn maze to support local Edward Little High School.
  • Flagship Cinemas, The local movie theatre, showing the most recent releases in small, comfy theaters. They've been known to showcase local movies as well.
  • Norway Savings Bank Arena, [7].  edit The local ice rink, host of all hockey and ice skating related activities for the immediate area. They offer public skating times and host high school hockey games as well as local team meets, which full schedules of events and tournaments listed on their website.
  • Roy's All Steak Hamburgers and Golf Center, 2514 Turner Road, 207-782-2801, [8].  edit Near Lake Auburn, Roy's is both a casual outdoor food shack and amateur golf center. Good for summertime, Roy's has a driving range, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and a 9-hole golf course at Pine Acres.
  • Sapphire Night Club and Event Center, 150 Center Street, 207-241-0066, [9].  edit A nightclub in Auburn featuring two rooms with a variety of entertainment. It has 3 bars, 3 VIP areas, and 2 spacious rooms: the Tap House and the Night Club. The Tap House is used for more casual, intimate shows with local musicians, as well as just hanging out playing darts or foosball. The Night Club area features more high-energy shows and has a dance floor, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. They also host different special events throughout the year.

Buy[edit]

  • The Auburn Mall, An enclosed shopping mall. People come from several towns around Auburn to shop in the various stores in here (including JC Penney's, GNC, Claire's and Maurice's, plus more). It's surrounded by other nearby stores like Hobby Lobby, Goodwill, and Kohl's, among others.
  • Axis Natural Foods, This family-owned grocery store is the immediate area's only comprehensive health food store. They have a large variety of organic foods, an extensive line of vitamins and supplements, diet foods, cruelty-free beauty supplies, home-brewing kits and more. Customers can grind their own completely natural peanut butter and coffee beans.
  • Wallingford's Fruit House, In addition to being known for being an apple-picking spot, Wallingford's keeps a farm goods store, selling candy, pastries, and other dairy and fruit products. They are most well-known for their delicious apple cider donuts, and have a station inside allowing customers to watch the donuts being made right in front of their eyes.

Eat[edit]

  • The Munroe Inn, 123 Pleasant Street, 207-376-3266, [10].  edit A comfy, cozy bed-and-breakfast resting in a quiet neighborhood in downtown Auburn. Each guest room has it's own theme, and visitors will have access to modern amenities as well as organic food in a fine dining environment.
  • Rolandeau's Restaurant, 775 Washington Street, 207-784-2110, [11].  edit Fine dining restaurant, also offering banquet services for a wide variety of party sizes and purposes.
  • Margaritas Mexican Restaurant & Watering Hole, 180 Center St, 207-782-6036, [12].  edit Great Mexican food in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. They have both regular sit-down dining as well as a bar section, where they sometimes offer specials like Trivia or Karaoke Nights.
  • Rolly's Diner, 87 Mill Street, 207-753-0171.  edit An All-American diner, offering breakfast and lunch. A local favorite located in the New Auburn district.
  • Tripp's Primal Farm and Kafé, A small, local family-owned café/bakery/farm store rolled into one, right in town on Center St. Open 6 days a week, they offer different gluten-free foods like their original Sweet Potato Bomb, or gluten-free Whoopie Pies daily.
  • Jasmine Cafe Asian Fusion and Lounge, Delicious traditional Thai food mixed with variations of Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and other South Asian dishes. Fun dining in a sleek lounge and bar setting.
  • Dairy Joy, 137 Spring Street, 207-783-2318.  edit Everyone's favorite ice cream joint. Once the weather warms up and the season starts, there's always a small crowd waiting to order. People go crazy about it every year.
  • The Great American Grill, 14 Great Falls Plaza, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 207-784-4433.  edit
  • Gritty McDuff's, 68 Main St, 207-376-2739, [13].  edit Great food, micro brews, warm atmosphere and live entertainment.
  • Mac's Grill, 1052 Minot Avenue, 207-783-6885, [14].  edit Local western-style steakhouse.

Drink[edit]

  • Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub, 68 Main Street, 207-376-2739.  edit A Maine brew pub overlooking the Androscoggin River, near Festival Plaza.

Sleep[edit]

  • Hilton Garden Inn, 14 Great Falls Plaza, 207-784-4433, [15].  edit A neat and tidy hotel on the bank of the Androscoggin River. Sometimes you can find local musicians performing for guests in the lobby. Many of the rooms offer views of the Lewiston skyline as well as views of the Falls right out back.
A view of Auburn from the other side of the river.

Get out[edit]

  • Route 4 leads North towards Turner
  • Washington St takes you South to New Gloucester and on-ramp to I-95 N or S
Routes through Auburn
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