Last weekend I did something that I've always wanted to do. After living in the outskirts of town, I moved into an apartment on the Portland Peninsula. I'm officially a resident of the East End and I've never been more excited to explore my new neighborhood. I've spent a little time in the East End before moving onto the hill but I've got so many more places to explore.

These five places are first on my list as I get settled into the new digs. I've already stopped into a few. What else should I add to my list?

DRINKS

The Snug

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When a friend brought me to The Snug for the first time last month, I did not receive any info on the place except for that it was small bar at the bottom of Munjoy Hill. I'm so glad no one warned me about the bartender, Michelle, because getting a full dose of her sarcastic, raunchy, offensive humor was exactly what I needed on that Thursday night. There's a reason she's been voted best bartender in Portland by The Portland Phoenix like, a million years in a row. Go get a drink and get berated at The Snug.

EXPLORE

Repurposed: Maine Antique & Architectural Salvage

Repurposed Portland

Get lost and find some treasures at Repurposed on Washington Avenue. This spot has unique finds like old chairs, doll houses, and architectural pieces and reclaimed wood.

EAT

The Front Room

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Brunch. There is no word as sweet as brunch and The Front Room does it right. Try them out for lunch and dinner, too. It's cozy and walkable from anywhere in the East End.

SEE

Portland Observatory

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It's a Portland landmark with incredible views of the city and the ocean. Climb to the top and admire our Port City and the East End from a unique view.

SHOP

Rosemont Market & Bakery

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Go pick up some produce, fresh baked goods, and other local treats at Rosemont Market. Maybe pack them up and take a walk to the Eastern Promenade for a picnic.