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This remote corner of Maine welcomes short-term rentals

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Short-term rentals are angry in many parts of Maine, especially in the coastal areas where they are blamed. Push up house pricesReduce long-term rents and make nearby properties less desirable.

However, in less traveled areas of the state, they are welcomed as contributors to the local economy. Rent a car at Lake Meddybemps in Washington County, a 15-mile drive to the Canadian border. Lake Downeast is adjacent to four less populated towns, Bailey Building with 1,318 people, Alexander with 525 people, Bearing with 201 people and Medivenps with 139 people as of 2020.

Steve Clark, owner of Nook & Cranny Restaurant in Bailey Building, said: “I think they are accepted as helping the local economy.”

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