6 Lucky (and Fun!) Reasons to Live at Dirigo

There are countless reasons Dirigo Pines residents consider themselves lucky to live at such a beautiful retirement community. Surrounded by nature, the stunning facility and cottages speak for themselves. A stop inside and you’ll be greeted by friendly staff and residents, and have we mentioned the food? Amazing. The Inn provides independent and assisted living opportunities, as well as memory care and specialized care for those in need. Primary and specialized care practitioners provide on-site geriatric care, podiatry, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy services. It’s beautiful, friendly, offers the care you need as you age — but did you we’re pet friendly and we have a putting green? Here’s a look at few of the lesser known (and really fun) reasons it’s lucky to be at Dirigo Pines:

We’re Pet Friendly

Making the move to a new home is stressful enough without having to displace your beloved pets. At Dirigo Pines, we’re pet friendly and home to many animals at the Inn and in our cottages. And for those without pets but a soft spot for furry friends, we enjoy regular visits from a variety of therapy animals. Learn more about the important role of pets by clicking here.

Our Very Own Putting Green

The weather is warming up, spring is just around the corner — that means golf season isn’t far behind. And while there are lots of ways to have fun at Dirigo, our Piney Knoll Putting Green outside the Dirigo Pines Inn might just be one of our favorites. The 40×15 foot artificial turf putting green was installed in 2015, and it’s been a popular attraction ever since — and a great way to dust off your short game.

Nearby University of Maine

Maine’s flagship university is just down the road, meaning Dirigo residents have instant access to amazing shows, concerts, theatre, music, sporting events and more. All independent residents of the Dirigo Inn receive a Pines Pass, which allows for special discounts at UMaine and $125 applied to the card annually. All other Dirigo residents can apply for the Pines Pass and receive the discounts as well. Activities and services include tickets to the Maine Center for the Arts, UMaine athletic events, library card, parking pass, Fitness Center discount, purchases in the UMaine bookstore, and meals at the Marketplace Cafe. Click here for more information about the Pines Pass.

Gone Fishin’

Each spring we stock Dirigo’s two fishing ponds with small trout, just in time for our annual Fishing Derby. Fishermen and women of all skill levels enjoy hooking a big ol’ fish, and for the non-anglers, our ponds are surrounded by beautiful walking trails. The trails are not to be missed in the spring — edged with stunning flowers in bloom and convenient benches to spot the occasional deer or heron.

Take a Hike

Speaking of trails, Dirigo offers hiking trails connecting in with the Orono Land Trust’s Sklar Park trail system, a 40-acre parcel situated at the west end of Main Street, between Route 2 and I-95. Pick up a trail brochure – developed by our residents and available at the trail entrance behind the Dirigo Pines Inn – and get walking and discovering! Click here for more information about our trails! 

Dirigo Dug

We like to have fun — from concerts to lunch outings to movies and more, Dirigo Pines residents stay active and busy with a full activities schedule. We look forward to crazy annual events like a visit on Groundhog Day from Dirigo Dug. Check out the video here. With fulfilling programs and activities every day, it’s easy to stay active and make new friends.



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