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America’s Coolest Small Town – In our Backyard? 

A Maine town known for it’s lobstering industry and once called Lime City is up for the award of America’s Coolest Small Town. Got a guess? If you picked Rockland you’re right. With a population of nearly 8-thousand Rockland isn’t actually a town, it’s a city, but Budget Travel doesn’t mind. The magazine only asks that the nominees have a population under 10-thousand. Budget Travel has had more than 150 nominations, which have been cut down to 22 now. The magazine that has about 1-million subscribers isn’t looking for the small country store type town, but rather a place with an edge that’s offering a variety of attractions from museums to nature trails. Folks who live and visit Rockland told TV5 News Monday that the working waterfront city is a place that has so much to offer, including a vibrant downtown, art galleries galore, and of course the Breakwater Lighthouse. You can vote for Rockland as your top pick by logging onto Budget Travel. Voting ends April 3.