Hit the Wine Trail

Picture it: A warm summer breeze drifts by as you sit on the sprawling deck of a local vineyard, overlooking acres of grapes and sipping a delicious Maine-made wine. Sound ideal? Then it’s time to hit the Maine Wine Trail! Whether you pick and choose one to visit each week this summer or go for the gold and make a vacation out of tackling the whole trail, you can’t go wrong! Check out just a few of the wineries that are close enough for a day trip from Dirigo Pines.

Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery

The owners of Barrett Hill Farm in Union started exploring blueberry wines several years ago, and since have added acres of grape vineyards over the past 13 years to now offer a huge selection of Maine grown grape wines. And check out their Summer Concert Series, featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead on July 15; The Mavericks on July 19; and Chris Isaak on August 17! Union is about an hour and a half from Dirigo Pines in Orono.

175 Barrett Hill Road, Union ∙ www.savageoakes.com

Dragonfly Farm & Winery

With a love of German Riesling Style wines, Dragonfly started a vineyard right here in Maine. Most of their white wines are hybrids of the Riesling Grape, while the reds are French hybrids. They offer seven varieties of whites, six reds and eight fruit wines; a selection that will satisfy most palates! Just over 30 minutes from Dirigo Pines.

1069 Mullen Road, Stetson ∙ www.mainewinegrower.com

Winterport Winery

Winterport Winery is located in the historic village of Winterport, not far from Orono, and offers a selection of award winning fruit wines to complement various cuisines. Sophisticated and supple, their wines both elegantly accompany formal occasions and also stand refreshingly on their own. To expand their beverage offerings to include beer, Penobscot Bay Brewery – an on-site brewing facility – was started in 2009 specializing in small batch, handcrafted brews that are fresh, flavorful and fantastic. Only a half hour from Dirigo Pines.

279 South Main St., Winterport ∙ www.winterportwinery.com

Cellardoor Winery

From cooking classes to tastings to concerts, Cellardoor Winery is a stunning winery in Lincolnville, Maine with a lot to offer. The winery offers over 20 wines, appealing to every palate. Check out their free Complimentary Pairings events online, and find tickets for events like Live at the Vines featuring Aaron Neville. Just over an hour from Dirigo Pines.

367 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville ∙ mainewine.com

Better yet, explore the entire Maine Wine Trail! Invite some friends and make a summertime event of it! Download the map and discover more here: www.mainewineryguild.com.

Coffee with the Contractor

Ready to discover retirement living in a 55+ community? Come find out what it’s all about! Join Dirigo Pines for Coffee with the Contractor on Wednesday, July 11 or Wednesday, July 25, both events are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. We will provide information on cooperative ownership and you can see how easy it is to customize your maintenance-free dream home.

Get a head start and check out our floor plans here.

You can learn more about our cottage community by clicking here, and what our homes really look like. Then join us to have all your questions answered!

RSVP appreciated but not necessary, to 207-866-3400.

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.

Planning for a Retirement Move

Planning for retirement and considering a move to a retirement village? Summer in Maine is the right time to start your search. Sunny skies and longer days are perfect for a road trip and exploring the many retirement opportunities all around our state. Here are a few things to consider:


Want to be near the water? Near the mountains? Closer to a city? Out in the country? Maine literally has it all in terms of locales — and Dirigo Pines is set right in the middle of it all. It’s a hop, skip and jump to the ocean, the mountains of western Maine, the great outdoors in northern Maine, or the more metropolitan areas of southern Maine.


As you scout various retirement communities, what they have to offer beyond room and board should be considered. If you’re moving to a new town, making new friends will be important — at Dirigo Pines we offer daily activities and social groups. From the “Out to Lunch Bunch” to yoga classes to cribbage clubs, there’s something for everyone and every interest. And did we mention our miles of walking trails, stocked fishing ponds, putting green, connection with the nearby University of Maine, library, and gourmet dining? The list goes on and on!


Aging into retirement sometimes means aging into some new healthcare issues. Planning ahead for what the years might bring is easy at Dirigo Pines, where we offer on-site geriatric care, podiatry, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy services. Working with area hospitals, Dirigo Pines offers a depth of medical expertise to all residents. The Inn provides independent and assisted living opportunities, as well as memory care and specialized care. Learn more about our Assisted Living services 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.

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!

Tuesdays at Two — Standing Guard: Protect What You’ve Worked For

Join us for a new series called Tuesdays at Two! On June 12 at 2 p.m. John Byrne, financial advisor with Edward Jones, will share information about Standing Guard: Protect What You’ve Worked For. If you are approaching retirement or have recently retired, your focus may be shifting from building your financial safety net to protecting the resources you have earned. Come learn about key risks and strategies to prepare for the unexpected.

We are holding these educational presentations on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Penobscot Media Room. Light refreshments will be served. Enjoy topics relevant for seniors, caregivers, and adult children supporting seniors. FREE to attend, but we do encourage folks to call ahead just in case of weather or other unexpected schedule change: 207-866-3400.

Do Good with Dad

Dad has always looked out for everyone else — here are some fun ways to connect with Dad, support great local causes and celebrate Father’s Day this month.

Bark for Life — June 2

Do some good and have some fun with both Dad and your furry friend. The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life event honors the caregiving qualities of canines and also creates an awareness of the importance of all caregivers in general. At nearby Hollywood Casino Raceway in Bangor, this is a great way to connect with Dad and help the American Cancer Society save lives. Click here for more details.

Trek Across Maine — June 15-17

Feeling adventurous? Travel by bike across Maine during Father’s Day weekend and support the American Lung Association. This 3-day, 180 mile cycling event starts at the mountains of Sunday River and ends at the sea in Belfast. The Trek Across Maine offers three route options with varying levels of mileage and fundraising. Whether you take the ride with Dad or in honor of Dad, it’s an amazing way to support a great cause. Learn more here.

Best of the North: Wings, Wine & Beer Fest — June 16

Supporting the local United Way AND wings, wine and beer? We’re in. Taking place on the Bangor Waterfront, this inaugural event combines the wing fest and beer festivals of the past into one amazing day of good eats and drinks, with proceeds benefiting the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and the United Way of Eastern Maine. A sure-fire hit for dad and something you can feel good about supporting. bestofthenorthfest.com

Have more great ideas to celebrate Dad? Share them in the comments section!

Living in Vacationland — Part 1: June 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!

Acadia Birding Festival — May 31-June 3

Celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine at the Acadia Birding Festival. Explore Mount Desert Island — just over an hour away from Dirigo Pines — and its birds through numerous events and venues. Greet warblers on early morning birding walks, visit with puffins and pelagic birds at sea, and observe Peregrine Falcons at an active breeding site in Acadia National Park.


Maine Blues Festival — June 15-17

Enjoy the musical stylings of dozens of Maine blues artists at a variety of venues in the Naples area (about 2 hours and 20 minutes from Dirigo Pines). Want more blues? Stay tuned for the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland (about an hour and 45 minutes away) coming July 14-15.



Melissa Etheridge at Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery — June 16

Enjoy a beautiful summer evening of music set in a stunning vineyard with farm-to-table pub fare and a wide selection of Maine craft wine and beer. And it’s only about an hour and half away from Dirigo Pines in Union. That’s how to take advantage of living in vacationland!


Maine Whoopie Pie Festival — June 23

If you haven’t been to the Whoopie Pie Festival, you need to make it a “must” for this summer. Fun music, tons of vendors, lots of food — and whoopie pies in every flavor and form imaginable. Dark chocolate, blueberry, red velvet, oatmeal cookie, lemon, orange… nom, nom nom. And Dover-Foxcroft is less than a hour from Dirigo Pines!


Stay tuned to DiscoverDirigo.com for more Maine events and fun throughout the summer!

Gardening is Good for You

Those April showers are bringing plenty of May flowers — and our gardens have started in a hurry. Gardening is an activity enjoyed by all age groups, but did you know it’s also good for you? From fighting depression to helping you eat right, here are just a few of the ways your garden helps you grow…

Fresh Produce

If you have a vegetable garden, you can grow healthy organic fruits and veggies and know exactly where they came from. Fresh produce is great for heart health and fighting obesity. And it’s better for the environment — since veggies from your background or patio don’t have to be packaged or trucked anywhere, but simply walked straight to your kitchen to enjoy!

Stress Reducer

If you’ve gardened in the past, you probably understand the sensory experience of connecting with nature, watching things grow and enjoying the literal fruits of your labor. Disconnecting from screens, digging in the earth, being outside and enjoying the sounds and sights of nature can help reduce your stress levels, improve your mental health and fight depression. Add colorful flowers with nice smelling blooms to your garden for an extra mood-booster.

Staying Active 

The bending, kneeling, digging and stretching required to garden not only burns calories, but helps keep you limber and strong. The physical activity involved in gardening help prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other diseases.

A Social Event

At Dirigo Pines, gardening is a great way to connect with neighbors and find common interests. Our cottage residents have grown incredible gardens throughout the campus for all to enjoy. And Dirigo offers raised bed plots to all Inn residents in a community space that comes to life in the summer with fantastic color and fruit. It’s a fun spot for residents to gather and share their work, as well as share the delicious fruits of their labors with other residents.

Because gardening is a goal-oriented activity, you’re even more likely to stick with it than a regular exercise routine like hitting the treadmill at the gym. With the prospect of beautiful blooms and fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer and fall, gardening is an easy routine to stick with.

4 Fun Ways to Spend Time with Mom

Celebrate mom and the women you love this month with a fun outing. There’s lots going on all around Dirigo Pines in May — here are just a few ideas to make a new memory with mom and those you love…

Color Bangor 5K

Mom’s used to a little mess now and then — and there’s no better way to get messy than the Color Bangor 5K! You can register now for the Saturday, May 12 event! You can walk, run, jump, skip, or dance the 5K route with friends and family all while supporting the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront. Click here for more info.


Looking for something fun and different? How about a showing of “Cabaret” at the Collins Center for the Arts at UMaine in Orono on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m.? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen”and “Maybe This Time.” Please note, Cabaret is for mature audiences. Click for details.

The Spitfire Grill

Take mom to the Penobscot Theatre’s production of The Spitfire Grill, with shows from April 26-May 13. It’s the story of a feisty parolee who follows her dreams to sleepy Gilead, Wisconsin, and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. The diner is for sale but with no offers on the table, Hannah decides to raffle it off. Whoever submits $100 and the most compelling essay will win the grill. Soon, mail is arriving by the barrel and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill. Get tickets at penobscottheatre.org/show/the-spitfire-grill.

Sea Dogs’ Mother’s Day 5K

Take mom on a road trip to Portland for the Portland Sea Dogs’ 18th Annual Mother’s Day 5k Road Race on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 from 9:15-11:15 a.m. Proceeds from the race go towards Maine breast cancer patients and research. There will also be a Kid’s Run that is free of charge. Slugger The Sea Dog and his Mom lead the way on the flat 5K course which begins in front of the Portland Expo building, travels down Congress Street, turning down Stevens Avenue, and making a right onto Brighton Avenue back down Deering Avenue into Fitzpatrick Stadium. The race culminates inside Hadlock Field in front of the third base dugout. Click for details.

Have your own great idea for Mother’s Day fun? Share it with us!

Coffee with the Contractor

Ready to discover retirement living in a 55+ community? Come find out what it’s all about! Join Dirigo Pines for Coffee with the Contractor on Wednesday, May 9 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. We will provide information on cooperative ownership and you can see how easy it is to customize your maintenance-free dream home.

Get a head start and check out our floor plans here.

You can learn more about our cottage community by clicking here, and what our homes really look like. Then join us May 9 to have all your questions answered!

RSVP appreciated but not necessary, to 207-866-3400. Attendees will be eligible for a $10,000 allowance toward custom upgrades!