Best Dog Friendly Trails in Portland Maine

Dog Walking TrailIt’s a great time of year to enjoy beautiful fall foliage while exploring all of the wonderful trails in Maine. If you want to stay close to town with your furry friend, here’s a list of some of the best dog friendly trails in the Portland area.

Back Cove Trail - Great views of the Portland skyline and one of the oldest trails in the area. Great for walking and biking. Length: 3.6 miles.

Baxter Woods - 30 acre nature preserve with quiet and shaded trails for walking and biking. Length: .75 mile.

Bayside Trail - Paved trail provides access to local businesses and downtown through the Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods. Length: 1 mile.

Capisic Brook Trail - Great birdwatching and views of Capisic Pond, Portland’s largest freshwater pond, from this 18 acre preserve.

Eastern Promenade Trail - Waterfront trail with spectacular harbor and ocean views. Beaches, picnic tables, and swimming. Length: 2.1 miles.

Fore River Sanctuary - This trail features Portland’s only waterfall, Jewell Falls. Great for birdwatching. Length: 5.6 miles.

Harborwalk Trail - Paved trails connect South Portland’s Bug Light Park and Portland’s East End Beach. Length: 5.2 miles.

Jack Path - Wooded trail is popular for students and residents. Provides some of the best views in Portland.

Mackworth Island - Easy trail offering excellent views of Casco Bay. Legislated bird sanctuary. Length: 1.25 miles.

Martin’s Point Trail - Great views of Portland and the islands of Casco Bay. Paved trail with picnic tables. Length: .25 mile.

Oak Nuts Park - This popular trail connects to the Presumpscot River Preserve. Unpaved wooded trail. Length: 1 mile.

Ocean Ave Recreation Area - Offers a range of trails from easy grade and level to moderately sloping and uneven. Length: 2.5 miles.

Riverton Rail Trail - Also known as “Sandy Road”, this flat and scenic trail is great for running and biking. Length: 1.5 miles.

Riverton Trolley Park - Riverfront trail features glimpses of historic ruins on hilly terrain. Length: 2 miles.   

To get more information about Portland Maine or Portland Maine real estate, contact Meservier & Associates today!


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    5 Great Reasons to Visit Portland Maine this Fall

    Maine Fishing Boats in the HarborFall is just around the corner and it’s a wonderful time to visit Portland, Maine! The summer crowds are gone, the kids are back in school, and the weather is pleasant. Here are a few more reasons to visit our historic seacoast town this fall.

    1. Great Seafood

    Portland has a ton of fabulous restaurants featuring some of the best lobster and fresh seafood in the country. 

    2. Outdoor Recreation

    Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and paddleboarding while admiring the beautiful fall foliage.

    3. Festivals

    Enjoy lots of food, wine, and beer festivals. This year, Oktoberfest Portland is on Saturday, September 8th. Harvest on the Harbor takes place October 16th - 21st and Portland Beer Week is November 4th - 10th.

    4. Old Port

    Explore art galleries, museums, and theaters from Congress Street to the West End. The beautiful cobblestone streets in Old Port overlook the ships and fishing piers and you’ll find a variety of great restaurants, boutiques, and bars.

    5. Whale Watching

    There’s still time to see the whales before they head to warmer waters in late October. View some of the area’s beautiful marine wildlife and the gorgeous rocky coastline from the water.

    If you would like more information about Portland Maine or Portland Maine real estate, contact Meservier & Associates. We look forward to hearing from you!



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      Best Beaches in the Portland, Maine Region

      Maine BeachesYou’ll find a wonderful variety of beautiful beaches in the Portland, Maine region. Whether you want to swim, surf or just sit back and enjoy the gorgeous ocean views, here are a few of our top picks within 30 minutes of Portland.

      Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth

      This mile long oceanfront park features a light surf, grass studded dunes, picnic areas, and great views of Richmond Island. Enjoy watching the fishing boats or take a leisurely stroll along the beach in the summer. In the winter months, use the trails along the beach for cross-country skiing.

      East End Beach, Portland

      East End is the only public beach in Portland. This sandy beach features panoramic views of Casco Bay, picnic tables, walking trails, and a boat launch. This is a great place to relax after a long day of shopping in Old Port.

      Ferry Beach, Scarborough

      This sandy beach runs along the Scarborough River channel and features crystal clear water and long grass at the top of the hill. The gentle tide makes this a great place for families with small children. It’s not uncommon to spot a few harmless hermit crabs here.

      Higgins Beach, Scarborough

      Warmer waters and lots of waves makes this is a popular spot for surfers and kayakers. This is also a great place to sunbathe or take a stroll.

      Old Orchard Beach

      Old Orchard Beach features 7 miles of sandy beaches with lifeguards. Old Orchard’s Pier is the center for recreational opportunities and Beachfront Palace Playland Park is the only beachfront amusement park in New England.

      Pine Point Beach, Scarborough

      This long sandy beach is a great place for fishing, surfing, swimming, kayaking, and strolling. Enjoy playing a game of catch on the beach.

      Scarborough Beach, Scarborough

      If you like pounding surf and rip currents, Scarborough Beach is the place to go. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to stay in the designated swim area.

      Willard Beach, South Portland

      This 4 acre sandy beach offers a gentle surf and a great view of ferries, fishing boats, freighters, cruise ships. This is a popular place for swimming, too - just watch out for the rocky ocean floor at the water’s edge. 

      Thinking about moving to Portland, Maine? Contact Meservier & Associates today and learn how we can help!


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        Why Work with Meservier & Associates?

        Buying and selling a home is one of the biggest decisions you make in your life. Because these decisions are so important, it’s essential to choose the right team of agents. Meservier & Associates has served Maine home buyers and sellers since 1988 and has more than 60 years of combined industry experience. As one of Maine’s top agent teams, we are known for our high standards of service and local expertise. Our partnership with Bean Group provides our clients with a comprehensive collection of resources and services.

        Here’s why our clients enjoy working with our team:

        “We worked with Sarah Foster, and we are so happy we did! She was not only professional and informative, but really fun to work with as well. Sarah was patient and knowledgeable and could answer all of our anxious first-time home-buyer questions with confidence. The whole process went quickly and smoothly, and we couldn't be happier to be in our wonderful new home. Thank goodness for Sarah!!!” - Katie Kiel and Ian Bouffard

        “We worked with Tony to sell out home. He was incredibly responsive, thoughtful, and communicative. He made the whole process so easy and as relaxed as possible. His whole team was great to work with and very professional. I would highly recommend working with him (and them) again!” - Cory Munsey

        “Sue and her team were a pleasure to work with. The City had acquired a very challenging property and Sue worked tirelessly with us through the process from listing through closing. I would strongly recommend Sue Meservier and her team.” - Derek Boulanger, City of Auburn

        To read more reviews and learn how we've helped so many happy clients, click here.

        Thinking about buying or selling Maine real estate? Contact Meservier & Associates today! We look forward to working with you.


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          Best Patio Dining Options in Portland Maine

          Outdoor DiningThis is a great time of year to enjoy a delicious meal outdoors on a beautiful deck or patio. Portland boasts a wonderful selection of restaurants. Here is a list of some of the best options for patio dining in our fun foodie town.

          Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room
          86 Commercial Street

          This waterfront restaurant offers two large decks and an outside bar with plenty of outdoor seating. A great place downtown with delicious seafood.

          Gilbert's Chowder House
          62 Commercial Street

          Located on the working waterfront, Gilbert’s offers a beautiful view with a breeze. The menu includes chowder, sandwiches, and some of the best french fries in town.

          79 Portland Street

          This bistro offers an eclectic, seasonal menu with a unique twist and a hidden patio.

          Novare Res Bier Cafe
          4 Canal Plaza

          This spot in The Old Port offers a wonderful beer selection and a simple menu primarily featuring meats and cheeses. The large patio area is fantastic!

          Portland Lobster Co.
          180 Commercial Street

          With a large deck stretching out over the water and an outside bar, this popular spot is in the middle of the action on Commercial Street. Enjoy seasonal lobster rolls and live music.

          Silly's Restaurant
          40 Washington Avenue

          This is one of East End’s most popular outdoor dining spots. Features a great back patio and menu items include burgers, pizza, and awesome Rice Krispy Treats.  

          Slab Sicilian Street Food
          25 Preble Street

          The huge patio features authentic German biergarten tables and live music. A very popular place to go during the summer months.

          The Porthole Restaurant and Pub
          20 Custom House Wharf

          Great food and daily live entertainment on the largest waterfront deck in The Old Port. Menu features raw and fried seafood.

          The Thirsty Pig
          37 Exchange Street

          Hang out on a back alley deck in The Old Port enjoying the summer breeze while sipping on a cold beer and eating a tasty house-made sausage.

          The Treehouse
          84 Stevens Avenue

          This intimate eatery is the place to be in the summer with a two-tiered deck, cocktails, and Mediterranean-inspired comfort cuisine.

          1 Danforth Street

          This restaurant and sushi bar has a popular outdoor area overlooking a beautiful Japanese garden. Located near the waterfront.

          Remember to Contact Meservier & Associates for all of your Portland, Maine real estate needs!





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            Meservier & Associates Wins 2017 Platinum Circle Achievement

            We are proud to announce that Meservier & Associates has received the 2017 Platinum Circle Achievement from The Maine Real Estate Network. This is the highest achievement level recognized at The Maine Real Estate Network and it is granted to agents who close over $12 Million and/or close 60 or more transactions.

            This achievement speaks to the combination of tireless commitment and outstanding real estate expertise demonstrated by the agents here at Meservier & Associates. We look for to continued success for our clients in 2018 and beyond.




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              South Portland is a Great Place to Live

              South Portland MESouth Portland is on Money Magazine’s top 100 best places to live in 2017. The populations of the selected towns and cities are between 10,000 to 100,000. Other criteria included the cost of living, economic health, public education, amenities, and more.

              With a median house price of $205,625, a median household income of $56,472, and an average commute time of 17 minutes, South Portland is a great place to live.

              South Portland has a diverse economy and is the fourth largest city in the state. The suburban city is home to a working waterfront and the largest railroad yard in New England. Also known as the retail capital of Maine, South Portland is home to The Maine Mall, the biggest and busiest mall in the state; Mill Creek shopping center, and Waterfront Market. The primary runway and passenger terminal of Portland International Jetport, Maine’s busiest airport, are in the city.

              The high school graduation rate is 87%. The city has one high school, two middle schools, and five elementary schools. Two private schools are in the area: Holy Cross School and Greater Portland Christian School. South Portland also has three higher learning institutions: Kaplan University, Southern Maine Community College, and New England Bible College.

              There are several local attractions, including the South Portland Historical Society Museum, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Bug Light Park, Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Liberty Ship Memorial, and Willard Beach. Performing arts theatres include Portland Players, the oldest community theatre in Maine, and Lyric Music Theater. Golfers enjoy Sable Oaks Golf Club and South Portland Golf Course.

              Residents attend popular annual events, such as the Bug Light Kite Festival, South Portland Mill Creek Park Holiday Fest, and the Independence Day Classic Car Show and Barbecue. In the fall, the community has lots of 5Ks, walks, and bike rides.



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                Beautiful 3 Bedroom Home in Lewiston

                Lovely Renovated Ranch

                27 Charles ST
                Lewiston ME

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                Move in ready! This lovely renovated ranch features an updated kitchen with new stainless steel appliances. Master bedroom has new flooring, paint, and lighting. Newly sealed driveway. Basement has a finished office/den. Sunroom opens to the back yard. Great neighborhood is near shopping, turnpike, and hospitals. Farwell School District.

                View the full listing here. Contact us for more information or to schedule a showing.

                Beautiful Contemporary Cape

                8 Meader ST
                Lewiston ME

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                Gorgeous contemporary cape with open concept and 2,900 square feet of living space. Master suite with private bath and a potential in-law apartment. Lovely landscaping and gas fireplace. Well-established neighborhood offers an easy commute to downtown.

                View the full listing here. Contact us for more information or to schedule a showing.


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                  5 Tips For A Stress Free Thanksgiving

                  1. Put Time On Your Side
                  Thanksgiving Table SettingRunning out of time is one of the most stressful parts of Thanksgiving entertaining. Give yourself some help by setting your table days in advance and prepping side dishes the night before; this allows you to focus on the most important things like the turkey and entertaining. Mashed potatoes, casseroles, and stuffing are easy to make in advance and keep in your fridge until they're ready to head to the oven. Making a list for the week before will also make sure you stay on task and you aren't forgetting things. Thanksgiving day can be rather hectic, so making sure you have everything planned out by the half-hour is a great way to make sure you aren't forgetting anything!

                  2. Ask For Help
                  You don't have to do the whole thing yourself! Ask someone to be your assistant — husbands, kids, and best friends are great for this. Have them greet guests, take coats, and fill drinks so you can stay focused on what's happening in the kitchen and they stay out of your hair. 

                  3. Set The Right Mood
                  Before guests arrive light a few candles, play some music, and dim the overhead lights. Not only will this set a relaxed and festive mood, dim light also helps to disguise a not-so-perfectly cleaned room. Playing music from a website like Pandora allows you to play music that will perfectly fit the mood and you are able to play it for hours without having to change CDs in the middle of dinner. Avoid scented candles near the table as you want all that food you worked so hard on to be the main event.

                  Thanksgiving Dinner on a plate4. Serve Food Buffet Style
                  Serving food buffet style adds a casual element that can make dinner about eating rather than making sure the green bean casserole gets passed all the way around the table. It also frees up more space on the table for glassware and table settings. Set up food on one side of the room and drinks on the other to keep traffic flowing and to prevent bottlenecks.

                  Thanksgiving Dessert5. Don't Take Things Too Seriously
                  At the end of the day, your guests will remember your company and not whether your table and meal looked like they came out of a magazine. Remember to relax and enjoy the day with your loved ones — that's what it's all about after all.  


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                    You Won't Want to Miss these 2 Homes!

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                    Modern Living with Farmhouse Charm

                    137 Stevens Mill Road

                    Auburn. Maine 04210

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                    137 Stevens Mill Road - Garage137 Stevens Mill Road - Backyard

                    This 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom farmhouse, located on a 1-acre lot in town, offers the charm of a 200-year-old farmhouse with the comfort of modern living. Recently updated, this home is truly one-of-a-kind. It offers a spacious backyard, updated kitchen, and a detached 2 car garage. View the full listing here

                    Contact Sue Meservier to schedule a showing today!

                    The Perfect Home for a New Family

                    16 Morningside Street

                    Lewiston, Maine 04240

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                    16 Morningside Steet - patio16 Morningside Steet - Backyard

                    This beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom colonial sits at the end of a quiet residential neighborhood. Boasting hardwood floors, an attached 2 car garage, built-ins, a front porch, and back deck, this is a great home to raise a family in. View the full listing here

                    Contact Sue Meservier to schedule a showing today!



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