Life in Southern Maine

“Maine, The Way Life Should Be”

Year-round, residents of the Pine Tree State wake up in the morning and are exactly where they want to be: Vacationland.

Maine is an outdoor playground for adventurous types, whether the blankets of snow have primed the mountains for winter sports, or have cleared away to reveal a beautiful backdrop for endless summer activities. Skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, sailing, hunting and birding … there’s an activity for all ages and activity levels. A stone’s throw from Boston’s thriving metropolis and New Hampshire’s White Mountains, many of Maine’s quaint New England villages are nestled right up against some of New England’s hottest spots for day-long excursions and weekend destinations in the great outdoors.

Most Mainers will tell you, “When you don’t like the weather in Maine, wait a minute.” This knowledge comes from years of experience layering clothes, scarves, hats and sunglasses, eager to change on a moment’s notice. All too often do Mainers find themselves sunning on the rocky coast in the sweltering heat, and within hours they’re snuggled up against the glowing heat of a smoky campfire to keep warm on a cool summer night.

Offering a small-town lifestyle with big-city availability, Portland, Maine is a cultural mecca for artists and musicians regularly celebrating the economic and social vitality of the Portland area. The cobblestone streets of The Old Port, a place considered one of the most notable success stories in the rejuvenation of inner-city business districts in New England, were traveled by some of the earliest settlers in American history. Once home to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Portland has provided the inspiration for literary greats, all of which can be learned about in the city’s historic district.

Adults in a constant state of intellectual and self-discovery will find themselves immersed in the academic community at one of Maine’s fine colleges, including the University of Southern Maine and Center for Continuing Education right in the heart of Portland.

With the hottest restaurant scene north of Boston, Maine residents can dine in style at a diverse range of sit-down restaurants and bars, or grab quick meals at any of New England’s fine fish “shacks” for fresh seafood finds. Portland nightlife is always booming, whether in local Irish bars where everyone seems to know your name, or at nightly events, movies, concerts, and festivals put on by Portland’s Downtown District.