Maine Places to Love
  • Published
    August 17, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Bowdoinham

    Incorporated in 1762, the pleasantly small town of Bowdoinham (pop. 2,889 in the 2010 U.S. census) offers a relaxed quality of life, and much more: the great physical beauty of its setting on the west side of Merrymeeting Bay; a village center of architecturally distinctive, 19th-century homes; a rich shipbuilding heritage; small, organic farms; and an active community life, from the weekly farmer’s market to the annual Celebrate Bowdoinham event.

  • Published
    August 10, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Cape Elizabeth

    It’s hard to overstate the beauty of Cape Elizabeth. Picturesque homes overlook the rocky coast, offering views of Casco Bay and its islands. The town’s Fort Williams is home to Portland Head Light, the world’s most photographed lighthouse. Sandy beaches complement the town’s iconic rocky coast, and a drive through ‘Cape’ (as the locals call it) takes you along winding roads lined with trees. Excellent schools, ocean proximity and quiet neighborhoods offer residents an upscale yet laidback lifestyle.

  • Published
    August 3, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Saco

    One of Southern Maine’s and York County’s most desirable municipalities, the City of Saco is renowned for its oceanfront setting; for fine schools; for a traditional, walkable downtown with shops and fun places to eat, e.g. Rapid Ray’s (est. 1953); for the rural beauty and farmlands of the city’s west side; and for a robust community spirit that has made Mary’s Walk and 5K the largest road-race charity fund-raiser in Maine.

  • Published
    July 27, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Falmouth

    Boasting ocean views, plentiful outdoors amenities, superb schools, and a peaceful, small-town atmosphere, Falmouth is one of southern Maine’s most attractive communities. Recreational amenities keep residents busy year-round and include three golf courses, a yacht club, a public beach and boat launch at Town Landing, and nature preserves. Coastal islands are easily reachable from Falmouth’s mainland, and West Falmouth features farmland. Marking its 300th anniversary this year, Falmouth is one of Maine’s oldest towns.

  • Published
    July 20, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Scarborough

    At 360 years old, Scarborough shows no signs of slowing down. The historic coastal town is one of Maine’s fastest-growing communities, attracting new residents with its natural beauty, excellent schools, restaurants, and neighborhoods both new and old. Sandy beaches, plentiful trails, and the Scarborough Marsh give residents the chance to get outdoors just minutes from their home or workplace. From busy Route One down to the quietest of beachside paths, Scarborough offers plenty for residents of all ages to explore and to enjoy.

  • Published
    July 6, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Willard Beach

    Willard Beach, on the east side of South Portland, is not only a sweet, family-friendly destination with engaging views of Casco Bay islands, Spring Point Ledge, and boat traffic. It’s also a wonderful and walkable neighborhood that includes the shops of Willard Square, and the Spring Point Shoreway. Traditionally a fishermen’s haven, Willard Beach has for a number of years now been one of Maine’s most sought-after residential locations.

  • Published
    June 29, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Deering Center

    It has been noted that the fortunate residents of Deering can acquire a fine education, from kindergarten through college, without even leaving the neighborhood. The heart of this Portland district is Deering Center, a walkable area of schools; services such as the Burbank Branch Library and the Portland Vet Center; restaurants and shops; and appealing, leafy residential streets that illustrate why Deering was dubbed “A City of Homes” in 1897.

  • Published
    June 22, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Kennebunkport

    Renowned as a vibrant summer colony and as a home to presidents, Kennebunkport is also “the place to be all year”™ (kennebunkport.org).The town is celebrated for its natural beauty, and includes the historic village of Cape Porpoise; the gorgeous expanse of oceanfront that is Goose Rocks Beach; stunning domestic architecture; lovely inns; and the hub of shopping and restaurants that is Dock Square. Which is also on the water, of course.

  • Published
    June 15, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Old Orchard Beach

    In southern Maine, few things say “summer” as eloquently as the words “Old Orchard Beach.” Who can resist the walkable town’s gorgeous expanse of sandy oceanfront, or its seasonal attractions such as the Pier, Palace Playland and Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf? Old Orchard Beach has a rich history, too. Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Frank Sinatra were drawn to perform here; Charles Lindbergh landed here. When visitors discover “OOB,” they return. Residents happily stay put.

  • Published
    June 8, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Kennebunk

    Renowned for sandy, uncommercialized beaches (you won’t find a hot dog stand here); for the stunning architecture of sea captains’ homes along Summer Street, just off the historic downtown; and for the 135-acre Nature Conservancy Kennebunk Plains Preserve (“Blueberry Plains,” to locals) Kennebunk offers the superb quality of life that people move to Maine hoping to find. Shipbuilding and agriculture are key components of the heritage of the town, which was incorporated in 1820.


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