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2018 Holiday Events in Portland Maine

Holiday DecorationsIt’s wonderful to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. You may want to get everyone together and explore some of these holiday happenings in Portland. There are plenty of festive events for everyone to enjoy.

2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl
Saturday, December 8th

Break out your tackiest holiday sweater, shirt, pants, or other accessories and join the fun in downtown Portland.

East End Holiday Stroll
Saturday, December 8th

Explore the East End shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes while doing your holiday gift shopping.

Portland’s Holiday Express
Saturday, December 9th & 15th & Sunday, December 9th & 16th

Enjoy a ride on vintage rail cars with Santa and his elves through the heart of the city.

Old Port Winter Holiday Historic Walking Tour
Every Saturday in December

Bring the family on this historical adventure and learn about Old Port’s rich history and places of interest. 90 minute walking tour.

Horse & Wagon Rides
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through December 16th

Enjoy a free 30 minute horse & wagon ride through the beautifully decorated historic downtown Portland. Pick up and drop off in Monument Square.

Winter Lights
All Season

Come and see the fantastic colors and shapes of these beautiful winter lights that bring radiance and warmth to downtown Portland throughout the holiday season.

Questions about real estate opportunities in Portland, Maine? Contact Meservier & Associates

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    Things to Do on Peaks Island

    Coastal island in MainePlanning a visit to Peaks Island in the 2019 season? Peaks Island offers a variety of scenic walking and biking paths and a great mix of sandy and rocky beaches. Here’s a list of some popular local attractions, places to eat, and things to do around the beautiful island.

    Explore the Island

    Peaks Island Tours
    75 minute golf cart tours
    2 hour walking tours for groups of 10+
    Open May - October

    Mike’s Carts
    Golf cart rentals

    Brad’s Bike Rentals
    Bike rentals & repair shop

    Maine Island Kayak Company
    Guided sea kayak tours
    Open May - October

    Horse Island Day Camp
    Trail rides & events
    Week, day & half day camps
    Open during the summer

    Museums & Galleries

    Umbrella Cover Museum
    World’s first and only umbrella cover museum
    Open summers through Labor Day

    5th Maine Museum
    Civil war memorial & cultural center
    Open May - October

    Richard Boyd Art Gallery
    Features paintings and sculptures with a connection to the state of Maine
    Open year round

    Places to Eat

    Peaks Island House
    Lunch & dinner 7 days a week in season
    Open April - September

    Cockeyed Gull
    Casual fine dining in a friendly atmosphere featuring views of Portland Harbor
    Open year round

    The Inn on Peaks Island
    Lunch & dinner
    Open with limited hours off season

    If you’re considering buying or selling real estate on Peaks Island, contact Meservier & Associates today. You may also want to also explore current real estate listings on Peaks Island.


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      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 paddle boarding 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 have any questions about Portland Maine or Portland Maine real estate, contact Meservier & Associates. We look forward to hearing from you! You can also learn more about Portland here.


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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! Learn more about Portland here.


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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. 

            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 our 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! Learn more about Portland Maine here.


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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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