Customize Your Own Cottage!

20160707_161447New cottages are going up at Dirigo Pines! We love watching them go from wooden frame work to completed cottage, ready for new residents. Did you know that by choosing a cottage in the construction phase, you can have a say in finishes, upgrades and more? Check it out…

Your investment in a share of common stock in the cooperative is equal to the value of your cottage. You’ll enjoy the privacy of your own home and have added peace of mind knowing that the cooperative covers your home maintenance. From routine mowing and snow removal to prompt service when it is time to clean your furnace or replace an appliance, the Dirigo Pines onsite maintenance staff are available to maintain your cottage inside and out.

Check out some of the available floor plans by clicking here.

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email for more information or to schedule a tour.

Check Out Our New Website!

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-12-54-54-pmHave you checked out our new website yet? Click on over to and visit us! Our new site features details on all aspects of living at Dirigo Pines and enjoying the greater Bangor area.

Learn about the Dirigo Pines community – including our cottages, independent living apartments, assisted living, specialized care and memory care facility. Not sure what’s right for you or a loved one? Click here to view our Senior Living Spectrum guide.

You’ll also find a great list of local attractions, Dirigo Pines career opportunities, real life testimonials and you can even schedule a visit. Click and check it out!

Getting in the Halloween Spirit

We know how to enjoy Halloween!

Don’t be spooked – it’s Halloween time! If you have little goblins to entertain or just want to get in the spirit of things, there is plenty happening all around Dirigo Pines and greater Bangor this time of year!

Pick a Pumpkin

There are lots of farm and pumpkins patches to visit in our area. One local favorite is Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, featuring a giant corn maze, pick your own apples, fresh apple cider, ice cream, hay rides, friendly goats, and a 5-acre pumpkin patch.

Fright at the Fort, Fort Knox

Consider yourself warned – this one is no joke. The scariest haunted experience in Maine takes place through the passageways of Fort Knox in Prospect every year, and it’s recommended for older kids and adults. For a total scream-fest, check this one out.

The Pirates of Penzance, Collins Center for the Arts

This New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production is your chance to get carried away by Pirates. Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. Scheduled for October 20.

Pumpkins in the Park, Bangor

For more grandkid-friendly fun, UCP of Maine hosts an annual Halloween party, coming Sunday, October 23, at the Anah Shriners center in Bangor. Bounce houses, clowns, and trick-or-treating for grandkids to enjoy and an amazing display of jack-o-lanterns to entertain those of all ages.

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Enjoying Fall Foliage to the Fullest

lewis-with-pumpkinsAutumn is officially here and it’s the perfect time to get outside before the snow flies. Not far from Dirigo Pines are multiple opportunities to enjoy the foliage, pick your own apples and pumpkins, and celebrate all things fall!

Maine’s official state foliage website (that’s how much we love fall!) indicates that the peek season historically for our area is early to mid-October. They suggest visiting one of the many state parks in our region to fully appreciate the changing color, and offer the following suggestions for colorful drives and outings:

“Depart Bangor and travel north on Route 15, as you crest Charleston Hill, autumn unfolds in every direction. Continue through Dover-Foxcroft, turn left on Route 7, turn right on the Sangerville Road and make your way to Stutzman’s Farm Stand and Bakery located in Sangerville. (Stutzman’s was rated the 2015 Best Farm Stand in Maine by DownEast Magazine!) They offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, homemade baked goods, brick oven pizza and on Sunday, they offer brunch with live music. As you make your way to Route 16, you may opt to take an easy walk upriver at the Guilford Memorial River Walk. At one time, this was the rail bed for the Bangor & Piscataquis Railroad and offers a mixed species forest, a tranquil picnic spot, benches and good birding along the river (you might even see eagles, osprey and heron). Turn right on Route 16/15/6, and travel east along the Piscataquis River and you will capture the quintessential New England fall foliage photo at Lowes Covered Bridge.”

Click here for more and a link to the official Maine state foliage page.

Dirigo Pines extensive trail system is also a great place to take in all that fall color. Our trails connect in with the Orono Land Trust’s Sklar Park trail system, a 40-acre parcel situated at the west end of Main St., between Route 2 and I-95. Click here for a map of the Sklar Park trail system.

A walk along the riverfront in Orono is another great local option for foliage seekers. Get out there and enjoy – and share your fall foliage photos (say that three times fast!) with us on Facebook!

Baking for a Cause

12916130_1031078026930055_2480372115232475573_oThe Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a very special event and charity for the Dirigo Pines community. We hold fundraisers throughout the year to support this important cause – because everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by Alzheimer’s.

Support our efforts by stopping by Dirigo Pines to purchase some yummy treats and beautiful handmade items during our Bake Sale & Craft Sale coming up Tuesday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

All money collected will go to Team Dirigo’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising goal.

Click to learn more! 

Dirigo Dish: Healthy Twist on Quiche

sweet-potatoes-912635_1920Swap heavy cream and whole eggs for skim milk and egg whites – and you’ve got a delicious quiche that’s better for you. With a crust of grated sweet potatoes, this dish from the American Heart Association is delicious hot or cold! Find even more heart healthy recipes at!


  • 1 medium sweet potato, washed
  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 6 slices turkey bacon, thinly sliced
  • 1, 10-oz. packaged, frozen, chopped spinach, thawed
  • 3/4 tsp. dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fat-free feta cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place a box grater into a medium bowl. Grate the sweet potato until there are 2 cups grated sweet potato. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Gently press the sweet potato into the bottom of the pie plate and up the sides; the sweet potatoes will be loose but will hold together once cooked. Place in the oven and bake until sweet potato crust is cooked, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and decrease oven temperate to 350°F.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium pan, warm oil over medium-high heat. Finely dice the onion and add to the pan. Cook until almost translucent, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add turkey bacon, continuing to stir and cook until onions and bacon begin to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in spinach, dill, salt, and pepper; cook until water from the spinach is released, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Use a spatula to transfer mixture from pan into the sweet potato pie shell.
  4. In a bowl, add eggs, egg whites, and milk. Using a fork, whisk to combine. Pour eggs over vegetable mixture in the pie shell. Dot the feta cheese over the top of quiche.
  5. Cook quiche in oven until eggs in the center are set, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool just a few minutes before slicing. Serve.

The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

Discover Dirigo: What is Specialized Care?

BackPatioViewTightOur specialized care neighborhood provides a higher level of personal care for those who need more assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, getting in/out of chairs or bed, walking, and eating.

People often ask us the difference between our Assisted Living and Specialized Care settings. Our routine Service Plan meetings help to determine when more assistance can make for a more enjoyable lifestyle. The number of activities with which a resident needs assistance, as well as the amount of time required for those activities, determines whether the resident can benefit from either Assisted Living or Specialized Care.

We provide assistance around the clock, and medical care is close at hand. Eastern Maine Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital, each just 15 minutes away, provide state‐of‐the‐art specialty services for our residents needing advanced care.

Services & Amenities

  • Therapeutic assistance with activities of daily living (eating, ambulation, transfer, bathing, dressing and toileting)
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments with attendant
  • Medication administration and monitoring
  • Professional care planning to enhance residents’ health
  • Three nutritious and delicious meals daily
  • Linen and laundry service
  • 24‐hour on‐site care associates
  • Wellness programs
  • On‐site emergency response system
  • Routine housekeeping
  • Social, recreational, and cultural programs
  • Utilities, including cable TV, heat, air conditioning, and electricity
  • Medical Director oversight available

Come see for yourself! Call 1-866-344-3400 or email for more information or to schedule a tour.

A Look Back at Summer Fun and Games

13913730_1106460509391806_5799247470286351379_oWe’ve had an amazing summer at Dirigo Pines, with even more fun in store this fall and winter. As Autumn closes in, we find ourselves looking back at all of our summer fun and games.

The summer was kicked off with our annual Fishing Derby, with a few catches big enough to throw on the grill! We enjoyed a BBQ with the staff, planted flowers all around the Inn, and even managed a trip to Leonard’s Mills – a 1790s living history site which is home to the only operational water wheel powered, up-and-down sawmill in Maine.

Our residents enjoyed some friendly competition with retirement communities in nearby Hampden and Belfast, perfecting our putting in the annual Putting Contest and brushing off our bocce ball skills recently at the Bocce Ball Throw Down at Avalon Village. (We might have to put in some more practice hours next summer to keep up with their bocce skills!) 

 Check out these photos from our summer of fun, and stay tuned to see what’s in store this season!

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Comparing Costs on the Inside

It’s easy to compare mortgage or rental payments, taxes, and utilities, but when you truly add up the cost of staying at home versus choosing a retirement community, be sure you’re not forgetting anything. Have you considered the cost of replacing old appliance, cleaning the furnace, general maintenance costs and more?

Click on the interactive graphic to see how these costs add up inside your home…

Maintaining a home is time-consuming and often a labor-intensive task. The monthly maintenance fee at Dirigo Pines includes all maintenance inside and outside of the cottage, including:

  • All lawn and garden upkeep
  • Snow removal
  • Internet
  • Cable television
  • General maintenance, even washing the windows inside and out twice a year

All cottages have two bedrooms, two baths, living room/dining room, porch, and one-car garage. All appliances are furnished. Many options are available, including a second garage, basement, loft, flooring upgrades, cathedral ceiling, and window box seats. Many custom design options are available as well.

Ready to learn more? Call 866-344-3400 or email

Senior College: Back to School

pencil-918449_1920New pens and pencils, fresh notebooks – it must be back to school time! For local seniors, the Penobscot Valley Senior College offers unique learning opportunities throughout the year – with no tests or homework and a focus on socializing and enjoyable learning. Sounds pretty good, right?

Dirigo Pines is pleased to be a host for various classes through the Senior College, making attending even more convenient for Dirigo residents.  

Established in the fall 2002 at the University of Maine in Orono and affiliated with the UMaine Center on Aging, Penobscot Valley Senior College serves the greater Bangor-Orono region. The college’s mission is to offer adults who are at least 50 years old opportunities to learn about a wide array of fascinating topics. The college’s emphasis is on enjoyable learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. Approximately 200 adults attend PVSC classes during each fall and spring term.

Senior colleges provide unique educational and social opportunities, and are largely volunteer-driven. Members volunteer to serve on their college’s board of directors and committees as well as to plan and present all courses and special programs. Their interests are the foundation of all program planning. PVSC is one of 18 senior colleges in Maine, stretching from York County to Presque Isle and Calais, linked to the Maine Senior College Network, which is located at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine.

Click here to learn more and keep an eye out for the fall schedule being announced soon.