When it comes to living in southern Maine, Saco may not be the first town that comes to mind … but it should be. A city so centrally located to a diverse array of activities, interests and adventures is a rare find. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why retirees should consider Saco as a prime residential location.
Situated 25 miles north of Saco is Maine’s largest and arguably most renowned city, Portland. Consistently named one of the best cities for foodies, it has become a mecca for gourmands. The Drifter’s Wife (whose chef, Ben Jackson, was nominated for a James Beard Award this year) offers sophisticated yet unpretentious local dishes. It’s an easy way to make any night feel like a special occasion. Satisfy a snack attack by visiting Duckfat Friteshop, a walk-up fry window and stone garden tucked away down a charming alley on Washington Street. Fresh caught octopus, oysters and clams fill the striking raw bar display at Scales. Try Chaval’s exotic, Iberian-inspired menu featuring a delectable variety of tapas or experience their Maine halibut entree served with spruce yogurt and Iberian XO sauce. From cozy dives to fine dining, there are over 500 restaurants to choose from.
The Casco Bay Lines ferry connects locals and visitors alike to the islands off Portland’s coast. Take a delightful day trip to Peaks Island or book one of their specialty or music cruises.
The iconic and intimate State Theatre hosts live music and entertainment across all genres. Large concerts, ice shows and sporting events take place downtown at the Cross Insurance Arena. Baseball fans will enjoy watching Boston Red Sox affiliates the Portland Seadogs play at Hadlock Field.
Portland is also home to the Portland Museum of Art. Browse leisurely through its rooms and view works by Andy Warhol, Louise Nevelson and Claude Monet. The museum’s website states it would take 10 years of consecutive visits to see everything in its collection. In spring 2021, the newly constructed Children’s Museum and Theatre at Thompson’s Point will have its grand opening. It will provide a fun, dynamic learning experience, perfect for when the grandkids stay the weekend.
Just five minutes down the road from The Cottages at Pine Meadow is Aquaboggan Water Park and Funtown Splashtown Amusement Park. The grandkids will thrill to have these parks practically on their doorstep during summer visits. Aquaboggan features a giant wave pool, kid-friendly water slides, bumper boats and even mini golf. Funtown Splashtown has rides and games for everyone and is home to New England’s tallest log flume ride.
Get into nature with a visit to Ferry Beach State Park, located on Bayview Road in Saco. Miles of white sand beaches and lush tupelo trees make this 100 acre park the perfect place to spend summer days. Equally gorgeous sandy beaches line the coast near Saco, like Fortune’s Rocks beach. Old Orchard Beach combines a lazy day in the sand with carnival rides and fried dough.
Tee off at one of the 26 golf courses nearby. All skill levels are welcome at Deep Brook Golf Course in Saco. The Biddeford-Saco Country Club and Dunegrass Golf Club are favorites with the locals. There is even a disc golf course. Boom Field Disc Golf of Saco is a casual disc golfers paradise. A fun spin on golfing, this sport is popular with teens and adults alike.
Mainers have a saying, “You can’t get there from here.” Saco, Maine is the exception. From here, residents of The Cottages at Pine Meadow can experience all the very best Maine has to offer while living in a serene setting. Start an adventure, take any road; they all lead back to Saco.