Social Butterflies

Making new friends can be a challenge at any age, but it seems to get harder as we get older. At Dirigo Pines, we offer a wide range of opportunities to stay active, meet new people and participate in fun and games. Did you know staying social can directly impact your physical and mental health? Studies show that seniors in retirement communities participate in a wide range of organized activities, which help minimize isolation, improve mobility and more.

At Dirigo Pines it really is easy to stay social — social hours, game clubs, shopping trips, movie nights, religious services, songsters, musical entertainment, books clubs, guest speakers, crafting, paint and sips, exercise groups and opportunities to go out to eat are just a few of the regular offerings.

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We’re always sure to make time for laughter, connection and friendship, and include those ideals in everything we do. We encourage everyone—not just our residents but also our team—to lead healthier, more active lifestyles, helping build a culture that celebrates every moment in our journey together.

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 visit.

How Sweet!

Dirigo Pines’ residents love raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association, and what sweeter way than sending Candy Grams? Our residents have been purchasing Candy Grams all month long for a $1 each, to be delivered by our Activities staff on Valentine’s Day — to send some love and brighten each other’s day. The proceeds are all going to support Team Dirigo’s fundraising efforts for the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. What’s not to love?!

November Business After Hours

Join us for our November Business After Hours with host Dirigo Pines Retirement Community in Orono! November 15 at Dirigo Pines from 5-7 p.m.

Bring a wrapped gift for a child to be entered in a special prize drawing! All gifts will be donated to Toys for Tots!

RSVP for an extra chance to win a prize, but please remember, you have to be present to win! For tickets, click here.

Business After Hours is a popular Chamber event that allows for networking between business professionals. The after-hours is held at a different Chamber member location each month, which enables the Chamber to secure visibility for a number of different members. The time-frame of 5-7 p.m. permits attendees to enjoy appetizers and drinks after work, and also enter to win fantastic raffle prizes donated by area businesses.

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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!

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 or call 866-3400!

3 Hidden Gems at Dirigo Pines

There are lots of things to look forward to when you move in at Dirigo Pines. Worry-free living with your lawn care, plowing and home maintenance all taken care of; lots of social activities to mix and mingle with residents; walking trails and exercise classes to stay healthy and fit — and so much more! But there are a few hidden gems that only Dirigo Pines residents really know about. Here are a few of the unexpected benefits of retirement living at Dirigo Pines…

The Ponds are Stocked

The natural beauty of the Dirigo Pines campus is unmatched. Nature lovers will fall in love with our walking trails — and two stocked fishing ponds! The ponds are stocked with small trout each spring, just before we celebrate our annual Fishing Derby for anglers of all skill levels. Residents have been known to hook a monster or two and throw them right on the grill!

A therapy dog visits the Memory Loss Neighborhood.

Pets are Welcome

Did you know your furry friends are welcome at Dirigo Pines? Making a 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. You’ll spot friendly pups strolling along our walking paths all year long. And for those without pets but a soft spot for furry friends, we enjoy regular visits from a variety of therapy animals. Cats from the Bangor Humane Society have also been making the rounds through the Cats on Laps program. Cats (and some dogs too) up for adoption are traveling to area senior centers, offering a chance to cuddle a kitten and also help socialized the animals before they are adopted. Learn more here.

Work on Your Short Game

There are lots of ways to have fun at Dirigo, but 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 — with annual Putting Contests and more. What a fun surprise and a great way to dust off your short game!

Can’t Imagine Retiring? You Can Still Enjoy Dirigo Pines Living!

You can’t imagine retiring. You love your career. Your children are grown, so business trips are finally more adventure and less stress… Or they would be if the house didn’t need work.

Dirigo Pines is home to many working professionals. You don’t need to be retired to enjoy maintenance-free living at Dirigo Pines! Our cottages are move-in ready, and maintenance both inside and out is provided. No more shoveling snow, mowing the yard or worrying about hiring someone to fix than leaky faucet. 

Dirigo Pines is perfect for empty-nesters and frequent travelers — whether you’re still working, fully retired, or somewhere in between. And if you choose to purchase a cottage that’s still under construction, you can even have a say in finishes, upgrades and more.

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. When it is time to clean your furnace or replace an appliance, the Dirigo Pines onsite maintenance staff is 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.

Discover Dirigo: Meet Merrill Milham & Ann Davidoff

20150713_192802_resizedMerrill Milham & Ann Davidoff were living in Maryland when they began researching retirement communities.

“It took us 10 years to decide on a location for our retirement. We researched retirement communities from Maine to Oregon.” 

In search of a spot to escape the oppressive summer heat and humidity, they discovered Dirigo Pines in Orono. The fell in love with the natural landscaping, proximity to the University of Maine, the friendly town of Orono and the reasonable cost when compared to other retirement communities they visited. 

“We settled on Dirigo Pines, where we would be able to customize our cottage as it was being built for us. We were impressed by the skills of our builder and the ways in which we were able to adapt the features of our home to suit our lifestyle.”

Having built other homes in the past, they were very impressed with how easy it was at Dirigo Pines. They were happy that such a high level of customization was available when planning their cottage. They were able to fence their yard for their dogs, add a laundry room and adjust the size of different rooms.

The construction and maintenance staff have become like family to them. And they love taking advantage of free classes at the University, concerts at the Collins Center for the Arts, and activities at the New Balance Recreation Center. 

“We enjoy the Dirigo Pines nature trail, which connects to the Orono Land Trust trail system. Orono is an attractive, small, university town with locally owned restaurants and shops.”

Are you ready to discover Dirigo Pines? Call 1-866-344-3400 or email

Meet Jim and Priscilla Keene

Dirigo-July-11.jpgAfter long and busy careers at the State University of New York at Stoneybrook in Long Island, NY, Jim and Priscilla Keene decided to retire in Maine.

“We were inspired by stunning ocean views and wanted the opportunity to really know our neighbors, something we had not been able to do when we were working. We purchased a mountain top home in Tremont and loved being a part of the year-round community on Mount Desert Island.”

But a desire to travel and difficulty finding a reliable caretaker for their home for extended periods, got the Keenes started on a search for a retirement community in the area. They desired a community with a focus on the natural beauty that brought them to Maine in the first place.

“Friends invited us to visit them at Dirigo Pines and they told us how happy they were living here. The staff were friendly and forthcoming with all the information we needed. We were able to select a cottage with a clear view of the lower pond. Most importantly for us, we were allowed to rent out our cottage until our house sold. This option enabled us to move on our timetable, without putting a strain on our finances.”

Are you ready to discover Dirigo Pines? Call 866-344-3400 or email

Meet John and Marisue Pickering

Wine-on-Patio-9-2012Longtime Orono residents John and Marisue Pickering moved to Dirigo Pines early in the development of retirement community, picking the location of their cottage before it was even built. Living near family and grandchildren was very important to them, as well as access to a major medical center and continuing to enjoy the services and events offered through the nearby University of Maine.

“We started planning in our mid-60’s. We knew we wanted to stay near the University of Maine. We wanted to be able to continue to attend performances at the Collins Center for the Arts, exhibits at the Hudson Museum, and classes at the New Balance Recreation Center. Living near a major medical center was also very important to us. Building a cottage at Dirigo Pines allowed us to continue all of our favorite activities, stay near our friends and grandchildren, and have a home that would be easier to live in and maintain as we grow older.”

As they considered the modifications and repairs that would be needed for their house, including a new roof, new garage, and an additional bathroom on the main living level of their home, the numbers started adding up. Comparing those expenses with the cost of building a cottage at Dirigo Pines, they discovered that their monthly budget would only increase slightly and they would have the added benefit of a more appropriately sized, single story home in case mobility ever became an issue in the future.

“When we sat down to look at our budget, we were happy to discover that a cottage at Dirigo Pines was only slightly more expensive than the cost of the changes needed to make to our single family home workable as we aged,” said the Pickerings.

Are you ready to discover Dirigo Pines? Call 866-344-3400 or email