Your Guide to Retiring to Maine

While so many are retiring to Florida, there is a new kid on the block for senior living. Maine has become one of the best places to spend your retirement years. There are as many reasons to retire in Maine as the state is scenically beautiful, historically interesting and incredibly peaceful.

Retirees in Maine can enjoy a relaxed pace, friendly people and fresh clean air, its also less expensive and less crowded than popular southern retirement communities. The changing seasons in Maine provide senior residents with something to look forward to – gorgeous budding gardens in spring, warm breezes in summer, spectacular foliage in fall, and the delight of fresh fallen snow in winter.

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Maine has retirement options from independent living to planned retirement communities and assisted living facilities with progressive nursing care for the elderly throughout the state. Some of the best medical treatments are available in Maine at York Hospital and Goodall in Southern Maine, Maine Medical and Mercy in Portland.

Maine’s seniors aren’t just getting old – reading a book in a rocking chair on the porch. Maine retirees are active, enjoying the great outdoors and engaging their minds in the rich cultural scene that Maine offers from summer theatre to thriving historical societies and a diverse art and music scene.

After all, this is the land that inspired Andrew Wyeths art work: Christine, Henry Wadsworth Longfellows poem The Lighthouse, creative fiction by E.B. White of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little fame and Stephen King, and Linda Greenlaw’s The Lobster Chronicles and cookbooks to name just a few.

According to an article in DownEast magazine, Maine classrooms are filling up with seniors looking to challenge their minds long after their memories of grade school have faded. Maine’s 55 plus population is more involved, choosing education seminars, nature walks and talks, and historical tours and lectures over just going to see the latest movie at the cinema or knitting a sweater. Fortunately Maine has a strong art community and historical preservation society that offers continuing education on Maine’s maritime past, the Native Americans and early settlers colonization, and the art and literature of Maine.


The retirement communities of Maine offer plenty to do, with daily activities within the retirement settlement to day trips to Portland’s Old Port or to L.L. Bean in Freeport, and guided kayak or canoe tours on a Maine river.

The health benefits of living in the great state of Maine go beyond native blueberries and fresh steamed lobster (which is very low in calories and cholesterol despite its reputation of being drowned in butter).

If you are thinking about retiring to Maine, come stay for a week, a month or a season to see if Vacationland is the right retirement heaven for you.

If you want to research purchasing Real Estate in on the Maine Coast be sure to visit our Maine Real Estate and Relocation Guide.

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