Happy April! The sun is shining and this time of year welcomes us all to get outside, start moving and try new things! Here are 4 ways to spring into spring at Dirigo Pines!
- Get Outside: Blooming trees, chirping birds and the first flowers of spring poking out of the ground lure all of us out of doors in the spring. Soak up a little Vitamin D while enjoying Dirigo Pines’ long network of connected walking trails, many of which are paved. Stretch your legs and glimpse chipmunk, squirrels, birds and the occasional deer. Interpretive trail guides and occasional walking tours are available to guide walkers along the trails and point out the red oaks, beech trees and large number of mature hemlock trees. You can spot woodpecker holes, chickadees, and even glacial boulders along our trails.
- Move It! Spring is a great time to get moving! Dirigo offers an exercise class three times a week, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 and 10 a.m. in the Penobscot Media Room, featuring a variety of exercises and stretches designed to keep you moving and safe. Sittercise, which allows participants to exercise from the stability of a chair and including stretching, kicking, passing and more, takes place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. in the Kenduskeag Gathering Place. It’s great for seniors of all activity levels, including those with limited mobility. And nearby, the University of Maine is just minutes away and offers access to the school’s many sports facilities, including tennis courts, an indoor pool, cross-country skiing trails and bike paths. Dirigo residents are also eligible for a discount to UMaine’s state-of-the-art Fitness Center. Learn more about the Pines Pass here.
- Fore! There are lots of ways to stay active at Dirigo, but one of the most beloved is the Piney Knoll Putting Green outside the Dirigo Pines Inn. Almost 2 years ago, the 40 by 15 foot artificial turf putting green was installed, and it’s been a popular attraction ever since. It’s a great way to get outside, stay fit and have some fun!
- Travel: Take advantage of living in the middle of Vacationland! With the snow behind us (fingers crossed!), it’s safe to plan a weekend getaway or “stay-cation” to one of Maine’s many vacation destinations. Plan a trip to popular and nearby spots like Bar Harbor, Camden or Boothbay before the tourists descend!