Maine is a truly wondrous part of the country. The landscape is inspiring. Recreational opportunities are abundant. The food is delicious. There is plenty to explore all throughout the state when you find the perfect home and establish roots in the Pine Tree State (aptly nicknamed as it has over 17 million acres of forests). Here are some of the top reasons to live in Maine. We can think of more, just give us a call. We look forward to having you join the community in our lovely state.
Natural Beauty: You will enjoy the stunning beauty of fall foliage season, the majesty of snow capped mountains in the winter, and the awe inspiring nobility of the Pacific Ocean in coastal towns all year long. The natural beauty is well received by the local population of bears, moose, white-tailed deer, and beavers (they know when they have a good thing) and migrating whale populations feasting in local waters.
Boston born painter Winslow Homer moved to Maine in 1883 at the age of 47. He discovered the natural beauty and committed his experience to canvas in the many iconic sea scenes he painted in the 1880s. They were painted while he was living less than a 100 feet from the ocean in the carriage house on his family’s estate. He was inspired. You will be too. It is a beautiful state.
Outdoor Recreation: Maine has 32 state parks with over 500,000 acres of land. There are 18 alpine ski areas. Hiking, biking, climbing, camping, fishing, kayaking, boating, snowmobiling, skiing, and snowboarding are all in a day’s adventure.
The state is also recognized as one of the last frontiers of surfing. There is a small community of surfers, but that community is growing. Be sure to upgrade your wetsuit, as the ocean waters are cold. A 4/3 wetsuit is typically worn from spring through fall in Maine.
Family Friendly: This is a family friendly state. The crime levels are low. There is plenty of space for families to breathe, grow, explore, and learn. The state spends more money per pupil and has a smaller class size compared to the national average. The state ranked #12 in the country for Pre-K-12 education by U.S. News & World Report in 2019. Maine is a great place to raise a family. Your children will grow big and strong living on lobster, chowder, and blueberries.
Lobster: Maine is the largest lobster fishery in the country. Over 100 million pounds are caught each year providing work to over 5,600 independent lobstermen. When you live in Maine and you are told to buy locally, do it. You will be supporting the local economy and eating well. The lobsters will be freshly caught. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved. The lobsters might not agree. But they serve their role. Especially when they are served on a roll!
A Refined Culture of Food: The culture of food is alive and well in the state. Maine has a lot of excellent restaurants serving inspired dishes. The city of Portland received a well deserved accolade from Bon Appétit magazine in 2018 when they were named the “Restaurant City of the Year”.
The Pleasure of Casual Food Shacks: The state is well known for lobster, chowder, and lobster rolls. But you don’t have to get all dressed up to enjoy the local feast. Residents enjoy excellent dining in casual walk up food shacks. It’s a big part of the culture here. You can come as you are, for the perfect lobster roll any day of the week.
Boating: You don’t have to own a boat in Maine, but you’ll probably want to start shopping for one. There are over 3,478 miles of coastline and 6,000 lakes and ponds to explore. Whether you enjoy a leisurely cruise or a day of fishing, a boat comes in pretty handy here. Boating is also a great way to make new friends, enjoy the local waters and discover hidden fishing spots. It’s all in a day of boating pleasure in the waters of Maine.
Meservier & Associates has been serving Maine home buyers and sellers with a collection of resources, agents, and market data since 1988. The good life is waiting here for you to discover. We look forward to working with you. Contact us today!