Living and Working in Maine
Welcome to Maine!
In Maine, the saying, “the way life should be” certainly rings true. From the mountains of western Maine to the rocky eastern shores, this most eastern point of the United States offers a diverse opportunity for finding your true Maine experience. Although Maine is known for its burgeoning tourism industry, we guarantee that once you come, you won’t want to leave. All year round, feed your senses with a bounty of beautiful scenery, as well as world-class restaurants, museums, and entertainment. Maine—it’s the home you’ve been waiting for.
From the sandy shores of Old Orchard Beach, to the bustling streets of Portland, and the historic New England charm of Gorham, Falmouth, and Yarmouth, it is no wonder why southern Maine is such an attractive place to live:
- Maine’s largest city, Portland, Maine, offers a blend of old world charm and modern sophistication. This city has been routinely ranked among the top ten in national listings for best restaurants, health, as well as best place to raise a family.
- You don’t have to go far out of Portland to “get away.” Surrounding Greater Portland are many classic New England towns offering a variety of outdoor activities.
- Freeport, home of the L.L. Bean flagship store, is a shopping mecca with an extensive list of outlet stores.
- If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, consider biking or walking the Sebago to the Sea trail, a continuous trail from Sebago Lake to Casco Bay; hunt, fish, and boat in the Lakes Region, or head even further west toward Mount Washington for hiking or skiing
If you are looking for a true Maine lifestyle, eastern, Maine offers an authentic experience like no other. This region, considered “Downeast,” is the home of many iconic Maine images—lobster, blueberries, lighthouses, and, of course, the beautiful sweeping coastal views:
- With its rugged coastline and spectacular views, Acadia National Park is certainly the gem of coastal Maine. This 49,000 acre reserve on Mount Desert Island is the only national park in the northeast and offers an expansive natural playground for both families and adventure-seekers.
- If you love the water, you are sure to enjoy life here. Between the miles of coastline and numerous inland lakes and streams, there are plenty of opportunities to canoe, kayak, or even take a schooner or whale watching cruise.
- Just down the road from Acadia is the town of Bar Harbor. Although this town only has approximately 5,000 residents, thousands more flock to this coastal town during the vacation season to soak in the beauty.
The Maine Highlands
Whether you prefer to explore the great outdoors or the cultural experience of a more urban setting, the Maine Highlands offers the best of both worlds:
- Located in the center of Maine, the Highlands is home to both Maine’s highest peak, Mount Katahdin, as well as Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead.
- Moosehead has become a top destination for vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts. The impressive size of this lake covers about 400 miles of shoreline and contains more than 80 islands.
- On the southern end of the Highlands is the city of Bangor, Maine’s third largest city. During the last decade, Bangor has experienced a cultural resurgence, making it both an attractive place to visit and live.
- The American Folk Festival, Waterfront Concert series, and Bangor’s many artisan festivals are just a few of the many year-round attractions.
- Just north of Bangor is the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono. The Collin’s Center for the Arts, located on the university campus, also attracts world-class performances in a variety of art forms to the stage, including Broadway tours, nationally-known comedians, as well as legendary musicians.
Aroostook County is known as the “Crown of Maine” and what a stunning crown it is. At first look, you will fall in love with all the vast natural beauty this northern-most county has to offer:
- If you enjoy spending much of your time outdoors, you will certainly feel at home here. Canoeing along the 92-mile Allagash Wilderness Waterway offers a unique “get-away” experience that provides an escape from civilization.
- You may also enjoy hiking or camping in Maine’s first state park, Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle, or perhaps trekking along a section of the International Appalachian Trail that stretches from Baxter State Park to the Canadian border.
- Aroostook boasts more than 2,300 miles of snow mobile trails—providing the best trail riding experience in the eastern United States.
- Northern Maine also offers a plentiful array of shopping and dining opportunities. Spend a weekend visiting one of the many farm stands or farmer’s markets. Take a stroll down one of the classic downtowns, stop at a local café, or shop in one of Aroostook’s many hometown shops.