Looking to retire to Maine? Attracted by the combination of small town charm, abundant natural resources, numerous outdoor activities, and a rich cultural and artistic environment, many choose the communities of the Southern Midcoast area. Brunswick, Maine has consistently been named one of CNN Money's best places to retire. The City of Bath and its Main Street Program has received national recognition through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Galleries, museums, and festivals abound in the Midcoast, and prove a powerful draw for individuals moving to the area. Join the local community for Friday Night Open Galleries and Art Walks, where galleries stay open late, and create an energizing and fun evening out. Cultural organizations like the Chocolate Church, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Theater Project and Maine State Music Theatre provide diverse entertainment options and draw musicians, theater productions and other performing artists from around the world. Museum options include the Maine Maritime Museum, Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, Skolfield Whittier House, Pejepscot Historical Society, Castle Tucker, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Many retirees choose Maine as a place to be outside and be active. Outdoor enthusiasts can ski and snowshoe all winter, and then sail and play golf in the summer. In a region that boasts several golf courses, numerous walking trails (both in town and out of town), State Parks on the ocean, and nineteen public boat launches, opportunities are abundant to live an active life.
The Academic Advantage
A large draw for people moving to the region is Bowdoin College. Concerned about retiring and loosing your intellectual edge? Audit a class at Bowdoin. The college offers this service to any member of the community, creating an environment where students and community members learn side by side during the college season. The popular Friends of Bowdoin program creates additional opportunities for community members to become involved and participate in an academic environment. Many lectures and performing arts programs are open to the public. Dozens of enrichment courses are offered by Merrymeeting Regional Adult Education, Bailey Evening School and Region 10 Technical High School. Midcoast Senior College provides intellectually stimulating learning opportunities and special activities for persons 55 years of age and older. Additional learning opportunities are provided by branches of University College Bath/Brunswick and Southern Maine Community College, located at Brunswick Landing.
Quality Health Care
The Midcoast region is fortunate to be home to Mid Coast–Parkview Health, a dynamic healthcare organization addressing a full continuum of community health, wellness, and prevention needs, which includes Mid Coast Hospital, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, and CHANS Home Health Care. Mid Coast Hospital is a full-service, stand-alone community hospital, offering acute care, inpatient, and outpatient services. The active medical staff has more than 200 providers in more than 30 primary care and specialty areas including Mid Coast Medical Group, a large multi-specialty physician practice that is part of the hospital. Mid Coast–Parkview Health is clinically affiliated with MaineHealth and Maine Medical Center, Maine’s largest tertiary care hospital consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 and located in Portland, just 26 miles south.
A large draw for individuals is the unique character of our regions multiple Main Street environments. The towns of Bath, Brunswick, and Wiscasset each offer traditional, brick-lined main street locations – with locally run and owned coffee shops, boutiques, bookstores, pharmacies, and gourmet food stores. Harpswell, Bowdoinham, and Richmond offer unique “village center” environments, maintaining a lifestyle and ambience lost in many regions of country. These special environments create a lifestyle and quality of life that make the Southern Midcoast region a truly desirable place to live. So retire to Maine, and realize your dreams.