Tolik, for a number of reasons VT made more sense for me to relocate to, but I’d go to Maine in a heartbeat. Maine is an excellent choice, and as far as cities go, Portland is pretty decent. 30 miles out is good distance. This coming weekend I’ll be helping my nephew move about 35 miles outside of Portland. Its a small world as they say.
KOS, being able to cook is definitely a good post-SHTF skill to have. Most of us will be eating comparatively bland I imagine for lack of chef skills.