Bowdoin is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine. The campus is adjacent to Brunswick, a charming coastal town with a New England feel. Along Maine Street are many restaurants, B and B’s and shops. In warmer weather students are out biking, hiking and in the winter, skiing at Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Saddleback.
Breakfast: Little Dog is good for quick breakfast options—bagels, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and smoothies. The Brunswick Tavern serves a fantastic brunch on the weekends and their weekday breakfast is delicious and quick. The iconic Brunswick Diner, open 24 hours, is housed in a vintage rail road dining car dating back to 1946.
Lunch: Located on Maine Street students head to Big Top Deli for great sandwiches and Wild Oats Cafe for their hot soups, fresh salads, smoothies and baked goods. For a real taste of Maine, Libby's Market is famous for their lobster rolls, and is just a short drive from campus. Family run, Scarlet Begonias has something on their large menu for everyone featuring salads, sandwiches, pastas, burgers and personalized pizzas.
Casual: Thanks to Brunswick's close proximity to the water, student hot-spot Little Tokyo serves some of the freshest sushi and sashimi Maine has to offer. Popular with students and locals alike, Frontier Café has some of the best organic meals in town overlooking the Androscoggin River. More than a café, Frontier is also a cinema that hosts live music, readings, theatre, and lectures. Check their schedule to see up-to-date information for your visit. The Great Impasta is Brunswick’s Italian option, with delicious pasta dishes and a "just like home" feel. All are located right on Maine Street, a short walk from the campus.
A Step Up: Tao Yuan is considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in Maine, garnering killer press for its inventive Asian fusion menu. Named Best New Chef in 2014 by Food and Wine Magazine, Chef Cara Stadler works alongside her mother Cecile, creating dishes based on her experiences in French and Asian kitchens. The meal is casual, with many small plates to choose and share. We hear the pork buns are to die for. Reservations are recommended and often necessary. For upmarket Greek and Italian specialities in a cozy, bright space make a reservation at Trattoria Athena.
Late Night Snack: Gelato Fiasco is a must-have when visiting Brunswick, and possibly the town's most prized possession! It’s always packed on weekends, but don’t worry the line moves quickly and is well worth the wait. It’s on every Bowdoin student's bucket list to be at Frosty's at 4am when it opens to enjoy the fresh-out-of-the-oven donuts.
Local Attractions: Bowdoin has two noteworthy museums right on campus that are worth a visit: The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, a small treasure chest of art related to Bowdoin's rich history, and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, a unique space filled with artifacts from Arctic expeditions in the early 1900’s. Stroll Brunswick’s Maine Street, peeking into the local shops. Antique lovers could easily spend hours wandering the stalls at Cabot Mill Antiques, a multi-dealer emporium located in Fort Andross, a restored textile mill on the scenic Androscoggin River. Outside of Brunswick, Freeport is about 15 minutes away, home to the famous L. L. Bean store and many outlet and boutique shops. One student said: "If you have time I would recommend exploring the area, taking a hike or walk, going to Thomas Point Beach—just experiencing the beauty of Maine!"
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