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Maine Places to Love

  • 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”™ ( 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.

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    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.

  • Published
    June 1, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Peaks Island

    A pleasant and convenient 17-minute Casco Bay Lines ferry ride from the Old Port, Peaks Island is a Portland neighborhood, one whose year-round population multiplies during the summer, and whose scenic beauty and range of attractions (biking, kayaking, restaurants, inns, shops, small museums, and walking and golf-cart tours) draw scores of day-trippers. People who visit tend to conclude that residents are very lucky to live on Peaks.

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  • Published
    May 25, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Scarborough

    One of Maine’s oldest towns, historic Scarborough today is a fast-growing community renowned for its quality of life, great natural beauty, excellent school system, and restaurants and other businesses large and small. Attractions include several fine beaches; golf courses; the Eastern Trail, the new Pleasant Hill Preserve, and the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center; and the Black Point Inn. In sum, Scarborough provides everything there is to love about coastal Maine.

  • Published
    May 18, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: West End

    With its quiet blocks, wide and walkable streets, parks, historic homes, and stunning architecture, the West End of Portland has long been recognized and sought out as one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. This area of the peninsula can be defined as extending from Victoria Mansion on Danforth Street, to the grassy acres and stately homes of the Western Promenade, which offers panoramic views out to the White Mountains and Mount Washington.

  • Published
    May 11, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Yarmouth

    Yarmouth epitomizes the best in Maine communities, with its Main Street Village, a beautiful parkway along the Royal River, a sheltered port, and a diversified commercial base along U.S. Route 1. So many residents contribute to make the town warm and welcoming, its motto is "Our Latchstring Always Out." Yarmouth has one of New England’s finest public educational systems; a premier private school, North Yarmouth Academy; and many parks, trails and open spaces. (

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    May 4, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Ogunquit

    Ogunquit offers a village quality of life, and is a renowned haven for artists. According to legend, it was named by the Abenakis; the word means “beautiful place by the sea.” People who live here agree, and have many reasons for finding Ogunquit beautiful, including the scent of beach roses on sea breezes wafting along the Marginal Way walking path; playing tag with the incoming tide; and the nostalgic feel of strolling among quaint buildings, coves, and pedestrian bridges. (

  • Published
    April 27, 2018

    Maine Places to Love: Cumberland

    Incorporated in 1821, Cumberland was named by Ephraim Sturdivant, a prominent sea captain and the town’s first treasurer. There are three major areas: Cumberland Center (government, education, library, shops); the beautiful shoreline of Cumberland Foreside; and West Cumberland, known for its farms and orchards, and now also home to many small, local businesses ( Top schools (Greely High is ranked fourth in the state –; and amenities such as the Twin Brook Recreation Facility help make the town one of Maine’s most desirable places to live.