Garden Harvest

It’s Harvest Time in Maine – and at Dirigo Pines our gardens are producing quite the haul this year! Brussels sprouts, tomatoes and cabbage – oh my!

Just behind the Dirigo Pines Inn are a series of raised beds that residents claim each spring. Stunning flowers and gorgeous fruits and veggies sprout and produce all summer long, and this time of year the harvest is plentiful.

Many days residents can find vegetables available at the Inn in exchange for a donation to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s – a favorite charity among Dirigo residents. And what veggies residents can’t use are donated to local food pantries and Habitat for Humanity to help the greater community. Happy harvesting!

Foliage Tips for Autumn

Happy First Day of Autumn! Can you believe fall is here already? The leaves are starting to change, which means leaf peeping season has also arrived. At Dirigo Pines in Orono, we’re perfectly set right in the middle of Maine to take advantage of all the great foliage sights around our state. According to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s website, northern Maine is at or near peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. Central and western mountains of Maine are at or near peak Columbus day week/weekend. Coastal and southern Maine generally reach peak or near peak conditions mid-to-last October.

The Department of Ag also has recommendations for foliage hikes and paddles — and we can’t imagine a better way to take in all Maine has to offer! From kayaking the Androscoggin River to taking a drive to the top of Mt. Battie in Camden for fall colors and an ocean view, there are ideas for everyone. Check it out here.

Click here to for the state’s guide to foliage season: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/projects/fall_foliage/index.shtml

For more about local foliage, check out this post.

Happy Leaf Peeping! Have your own favorite spot to suggest? Share it in the comments below!

Construction Nearly Complete

The Dirigo Pines cottage community is growing! Construction is nearly complete on several new cottages and we have a limited number of cottages available now!

To check out what’s for sale right now, visit our site at www.dirigopines.com/for-sale.

Each duplex style, one-story or two-story cottage at Dirigo is designed to maximize your privacy while maintaining a warm feeling of community. It’s the perfect way to enjoy independence and privacy as well as a neighborhood of likeminded retirees. You can also benefit from the activities and events open to all Dirigo residents!

Every cottage offers a living room, dining area, kitchen with all appliances, master bedroom with walk-in closet, guest bedroom, two baths, screened-in porch, and attached garage. Some cottages also have a den. There are many interior finish options and upgrades available.

Customize your own home, complete with the high-quality craftsmanship of the builder who constructed our original cottages in 2002, and who still maintains them today. 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.

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

Golf Tournament Sponsor

Dirigo Pines is pleased to be sponsoring Hole 5 at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce’s 30th annual Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament! This fun tourney will be held September 7 at Bangor Municipal Golf Course in Bangor. For information about this great day on the links, visit www.bangorregion.com. Spots fill up quickly — register today!

Meet Our New Director of Sales!

Dirigo Pines is pleased to welcome Laurie Cates as our new Director of Sales! Laurie previously worked in sales for the Bangor Daily News and Bangor Metro magazine. She’s excited to be working with the staff and residents of Dirigo Pines and already working on several events, including a recent Fashion Show with Christopher & Banks and Valentine Footwear featuring Dirigo Pines resident models!

Laurie can be reached at 207-866-3400, 207-745-2419 or via email at lcates@dirigopines.com.

Featured Cottage: 14 Poplar Drive

Contemplating a move? The Cottage Community at Dirigo Pines might just be the perfect fit. The duplex style, one-story or two-story cottage homes at Dirigo are designed to maximize your privacy while maintaining a warm feeling of community. It’s the perfect way to enjoy independence and privacy as well as a neighborhood of likeminded retirees. You can also benefit from the activities and events open to all Dirigo residents!

Every cottage offers a living room, dining area, kitchen with all appliances, master bedroom with walk-in closet, guest bedroom, two baths, screened-in porch, and attached garage. Some cottages also have a den. There are many interior finish options and upgrades available.

Customize your own home, complete with the high-quality craftsmanship of the builder who constructed our original cottages in 2002, and who still maintains them today. 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.

This Month’s Featured Cottage: 14 Poplar Drive

Ever dreamed of living right next to a gorgeous nature trail? Here’s your chance! This beautiful 1,400 square foot cottage was built in November 2017, and features a partly wooded lot, radiant heat, an open concept, gas fireplace, heated sun room, custom kitchen, master bedroom with a walk-in closet and custom armoire, a loft, attached garage with overhead storage, stone patio and more!

 Come visit! Stop by our OPEN HOUSE on August 22 from 9-11:30 a.m.!

For the full list of details on 14 Poplar Drive, click here

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

And for more cottages for sale now, visit our site at www.dirigopines.com/for-sale.

Fun and Fashion for a Great Cause!

In partnership with Christopher Banks and Valentine Footwear, Dirigo Pines is sponsoring a Fashion Show featuring on August 16 from 1-4 p.m. in the Kenduskeag Gathering Place at Dirigo Pines!

Christopher Banks will also be offering 40% off items that they will have available at the show for purchase. Please join us for what is sure to be a great time for all. Residents and Staff of Dirigo Pines will serve as our fashion models!

Christopher and Banks and Valentine Footwear will also be raffling off a complete outfit to one lucky winner and there will be other prizes, along with free refreshments!

All proceeds will be donated to the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Katie Luce, Community Events Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will be in attendance!

RSVP to lcates@dirigopines.com or call 866-3400!

Open House! Join us August 15 or 22!

Join us August 15 or August 22 from 9-11:30 a.m. for an Open House at 14 Poplar Drive!

Ever dreamed of living right next to a gorgeous nature trail? Here’s your chance! This beautiful 1,400 square foot cottage was built in November 2017, and features a partly wooded lot, radiant heat, an open concept, gas fireplace, heated sun room, custom kitchen, master bedroom with a walk-in closet and custom armoire, a loft, attached garage with overhead storage, stone patio and more!

For the full list of details on 14 Poplar Drive, click here

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

And for more cottages for sale now, visit our site at www.dirigopines.com/for-sale.

Living in Vacationland — Part 3: August Events

Summer in Vacationland means festivals and fairs aplenty! And they’re not just for tourists. Plan the ultimate “staycation” and check out these fun events and happenings throughout the summer and close enough to Dirigo Pines for a day trip or quick weekend getaway!

Waterfront Concerts 

The Bangor Waterfront is the place to be for great music this summer and the line-up for August might just be the best yet with something for everyone! Rock out with Kid Rock on August 3, get out your cowboy boots for Keith Urban August 5 and Kenny Chesney on August 16, and check out a cappella wonders Pentatonix on August 30!

waterfrontconcerts.com

American Folk Festival

Speaking of the Bangor Waterfront, don’t miss the summer’s biggest event with multiple stages, food vendors and performers from all over the world. The American Folk Festival brings people from far and wide each summer and it’s set to hit the Waterfront August 24-26.

americanfolkfestival.com

Machias Blueberry Festival

There’s more to a Maine summer than just music — there’s food too! Add the Machias Blueberry Festival August 17-19 to your summer to-do list. Tour a blueberry farm, fill up at the pie eating contest and even check out a blueberry musical! While you’re there, stop off at Wild Blueberry Land in Columbia Falls, featuring a larger than life blueberry and all the blueberry memorabilia you’ll ever need! Machias is less than 2 hours from Dirigo Pines in Orono.

machiasblueberry.com and wildblueberryland.com

Maine Red Hot Dog Festival

Don’t miss that other Maine delicacy — the red hotdog, sometimes known as a red snapper. Whatever you call it, Dexter’s got you covered with a red hot dog eating contest, 5K Bun Run, beer and food tents, inflatable obstacle course and lots more. Check it out August 11. Best of all — it’s less than a hour from Dirigo Pines!

redhotdog.org

Stay tuned to DiscoverDirigo.com for more Maine events and fun throughout the summer! And add your own suggestions to the comments area below!

Featured Cottage for Sale

Contemplating a move? The Cottage Community at Dirigo Pines might just be the perfect fit. The duplex style, one-story or two-story cottage homes at Dirigo are designed to maximize your privacy while maintaining a warm feeling of community. It’s the perfect way to enjoy independence and privacy as well as a neighborhood of likeminded retirees. You can also benefit from the activities and events open to all Dirigo residents!

Every cottage offers a living room, dining area, kitchen with all appliances, master bedroom with walk-in closet, guest bedroom, two baths, screened-in porch, and attached garage. Some cottages also have a den. There are many interior finish options and upgrades available.

Customize your own home, complete with the high-quality craftsmanship of the builder who constructed our original cottages in 2002, and who still maintains them today. 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.

This Month’s Featured Cottage: 99 Dirigo Drive

Build in 2008, 99 Dirigo Drive offer 1,679 square feet of living space on our upper pond with a partially wooded lot. Enjoy a heated sunroom and a deck and porch looking over the pond. A hardwood staircase leads to the upper loft area, perfect for guests or an office or studio space. Come visit! For the full list of details on 99 Dirigo Drive, click here

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

And for more cottages for sale now, visit our site at www.dirigopines.com/for-sale.