Life in Maine
WELCOME TO BANGOR
The largest in central Maine, Bangor is the third largest city in the state. Bangor’s beautiful four-season climate, close-knit community, and nationally recognized public school system, make it a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. In Bangor, you can enjoy the finest urban living and outdoor enjoyment New England has to offer.
GET TO KNOW BANGOR ACTIVITIES
Would you enjoy concerts by national artists next to the beautiful Penobscot River? How about fine dining made with locally sourced fresh ingredients? The Bangor area has craft breweries offering locally made beer, as well as intimate restaurants, all making great venues to hang out with friends. If you prefer gathering your own ingredients and preparing delicious meals, the area offers many seasonal pick-your-own farms and numerous farmers markets.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, this is the place for you! From hiking, boating, and swimming, to skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, birdwatching, hunting and fishing, Maine is yours to explore — all you have to do is step outside your door! Acadia National Park, the most visited National Park east of the Mississippi, is just an hour drive from Bangor, and Maine’s coastal communities make for a wonderful day trip or weekend away. Hoping to explore northern Maine’s beauty? The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is less than a two-hour drive north and offers breathtaking scenery and natural beauty.
Don’t forget your passport! Our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada, is just a 90-minute drive. If you get the itch to experience the feel of Europe without all the expense, take a weekend and drive to Quebec City. 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. Maine’s largest city, Portland is 2 hours south. For you sports fans, Boston is less than 4 hours away for some Red Sox baseball or New England Patriot’s football.
Bangor and the surrounding communities have some of the highest rated schools in the state including Christian and private elementary and high schools. Higher educations is also at our fingertips as Bangor is home to Husson University, a private university, while University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono is just 15 minutes away.
Housing is very affordable here. In the Bangor area you can choose to live in town, by a river, stream, pond or lake, and still be within a short distance to your place of work.
FOUR SEASONS IN MAINE
Enjoy four seasons in Maine:
- As Maine thaws from winter, you’ll soon notice the many sights and sounds of spring. After the locally-harvested maple syrup is poured, the local flora begins to blooms and the birds become more active, the air is filled with sweet scents and the lovely chirping that signals the coming of warmer days.
- Summer nights in Maine are easy to fill and hard to forget. Sit around a campfire at several local camping areas and enjoy the warm nights with friends, or take a dip or a paddle in any one of our local lakes or ponds. Hiking trails are never in short supply in Bangor, and there are also plenty of beaches within 30 minutes of Bangor where you can bask in the sun all day.
- Autumn is perhaps Maine’s most beautiful, yet fleeting season. Many people visit our area simply to see the leaves change from green to orange, red, and yellow. For those who live here, fall is a wonderful time of the year when you can visit any number of local orchards to pick apples and pumpkins and enjoy fresh apple cider. For views you’ll never forget, take a hike anywhere in Maine to find the perfect vantage point.
- Life continues uninterrupted in the winter time. Mainers and visitors alike take advantage of the incredible variety of activities available once the snow falls. Finish work and be on the slopes of Hermon Mountain in about 30 minutes, or snowshoeing the Bangor City Forest in about 10! Temperatures average 0-30 degrees Fahrenheit, but with the proper gear, you’ll stay warm and dry!
There are several annual festivals and events in the area that are great excuses to get out and have some fun. From the Rockland Lobster Festival to the Machias Blueberry Festival and we can’t forget the American Folk Festival. We have multiple fairs and brew fests, Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, the Trek Across Maine, and so many more—you’ll never have to look far for your next adventure!