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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: February 14, 2014

Portland is one of ‘The Toughest Towns in America’

Written by: Susan Axelrod

A little snow never keeps Portlanders inside. Press Herald file photos

Snowstorms bring some cities to their knees (sorry, Charlotte, N.C.), but not Portland, which has just been called out on yet another list — These 7 Cities Can Actually Handle a Snowstorm: The Toughest Towns in America. based its findings on average snowfall and how much snow it takes for schools to close — in Portland, it takes a foot.

Portlanders are also tough because when it snows, we don’t stay inside, fretting that we’ll run out of milk. No, we strap on the snowshoes or cross country skis and head out to Little Tap House for Plow-WOW, the pop-up party that happens every time there’s a parking ban. Or we park ourselves at the bar at The Salt Exchange for discounts on bourbon.

Huzzah to Portland, where the snow is just another part of the way life should be.



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