About Bangor, Maine
Bangor is the largest city in the area and the third-largest in the state. It has a population of around 35,000 people, and the greater metropolitan area has around 60,000. One of the nicest things about the Bangor region is the beautiful four-season climate. It has great amenities with that small-town, safe, family-friendly feel. Enjoy the finest New England has to offer with the best of both worlds—city life and outdoor enjoyment!
Enjoy concerts on the waterfront or at several indoor venues with all musical tastes represented. Interested in fine dining with locally-sourced fresh ingredients? We’ve got some places for you to try! Craft breweries are popping up all around, which offer a great venue to hang out with some friends and enjoy some delicious beverages and amazing morsels.
Do you enjoy Farmer’s Markets? They’re all over the area! Picking blueberries or strawberries in summer, picking apples off the tree, and plucking the perfect pumpkin off the vine for Halloween are a few things that we like to do here.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, this is the place for you! Whether it be hiking, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, birdwatching, hunting, or fishing, it all is just outside your door! Acadia National Park, the most visited National Park east of the Mississippi, is a short 50-mile drive away.
How about taking a whale-watching cruise or a boat ride to one of the islands to see the only U.S. nesting habitats of the Atlantic Puffin? One of the most recently added National Monuments, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, is about 100 miles north. It offers breath-taking scenery and natural beauty.
Our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada, is just a 90-minute drive away. Don’t forget your passport! If you get that itch to experience the feel of Europe without all the expense, take a 235-mile (4.5-hour) drive to Quebec City. You’ll love it and swear you are in France!
Portland is two hours south. Boston is less than four hours. Bangor International Airport can have you in the Big Apple in under an hour for an exhilarating weekend or to places far and wide around the globe!
Bangor and the surrounding communities have some of the highest rated schools in the state. The University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono is just nine miles away. There are plenty of opportunities to see college sports locally or hop an organized bus trip to Fenway Park for some Red Sox baseball.
Housing is very affordable here! You can choose to live in town, on a river or stream, or a pond or lake, or a nice piece of land and still be within call distance. We can even suggest some amazing realtors who will help you find that perfect spot to call home.
WINTER IN MAINE
We definitely have winter here, but life continues pretty much uninterrupted. After a big snowfall, you’ll notice the utter beauty and silence in the air. It’s magnificent!
The roadcrews have the roads managed in no time. Though hard to believe, the main roads are completely clear of snow and have dry pavement in about 24 hours. And don’t forget about the sun! Often there are gorgeous blue skies and bright sunshine the very next day—no long gray-sky streaks.
Winter is many people’s favorite time of year for all the outdoor activities. You could finish work and be skiing Hermon Mountain in about 30 minutes or snowshoeing the Bangor City Forest in about 10! Temperatures average 0-30 degrees, but with a scarf, hat, and winter jacket, you are good to go! Ever heard of L.L. Bean? They are local and can fix you right up!
There are several annual festivals and events in the area that are great excuses for getting out and having some fun. There is the Rockland Lobster Festival, multiple fairs, a couple of different brew fests, the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, the Trek Across Maine, and so many more. You’ll never have to look very far for your next adventure!