Northern ME, Aroostook County is one big land mass, the largest of the sixteen in Maine.
Nicknamed 'The Crown Of Maine" it is a popular destination for sporting enthusiasts of all types. That make it a yearly habit to come north often to Maine for the wildlife, the fresh air, the clean water. Less people, no traffic is one big perk and all this eye candy of unspoiled natural surroundings is part of the tug on the heart strings.
Being on the Canadian border with the Altanic Maritime provinces does not hurt the attraction to Maine.
Where I live in Houlton Maine, it is like a two nation vacation being parked smack dab on the Canadian border with our cousins "over home" eh?
A lot like the blue green split down the middle island stop at St Maarten where it is the best of two cultures rolled up in one.
Heading from Northern Maine to Canada is not that hard either.
Hop in, we've got the boards on the rack and going skiing in Mars Hills or if you want to go through the Houlton Maine border crossing, come along. Tag along as we head due east into New Brunswick Canada to swish swish downhill ski.
Traveling to Washington County, "Downeast" is an easy road exercise too when you make Aroostook County your base to explore Maine. Houlton Maine, the oldest town in Aroostook is the "Shiretown", the county seat. Big on farming, lumbering but the array of manufacturing operations, sporting camps and recreational based businesses will surprise you. The Victorian housing stock and Market Square architecture is not typical. And local community events?
You don't just pay the price of admission and come and go in a small town event.
You stage and plan them. Fund raise. Clean up, work them and pick the pleasure that you will make happen year after year.
Step up. Get involved. Making the event whatever it is bigger and better than the last.
Because of the fire in your belly and fierce love for your small home town.There is a connection among the population and about a third of the people who live in Houlton Maine are from somewhere else. Not everyone is local yocal and new ideas, fresh approaches help make the community stay vibrant and all it should be. But you can jazz up the colors, style or layout of a community. But what really separates any town is the habits and values of the locals. What they think about, what is live down inside their hearts, near their souls. That's what moves a small town along and it is not motivated by money. That comes later as a by product, a secondary gain.
Watch a high school sporting championship game for the coveted trophy to bring back to the lobby glass display case and see the pride that all ages in the community share. And don't forget to visit a dairy bar, paddle down a swollen river in spring in a canoe or kayak. That's part of what living in Northern Maine is all about.
With 6123 for a head count, Houlton Maine like most of Vacationland is small town friendly.
No snarky home owner's association or grey poupon blue blood society types out to impress. That won't work here. It is not what is important in a place where the village raises the kids.
Everything, everyone is real, transparent, down to Earth, family first, hard working.
No traffic, the 4th lowest crime stats and you can hear yourself think. You can live your life and not chase the dollar like high cost of living urban areas demand. Is it like that where you live now?
There are only a handful of cities in Maine too. Mostly small rural Maine living in small towns that dot the landscape and that are usually up close to a river that was so necessary in early settling days. Or perked high on a hill for defense during the long years of not really knowing where the border was in Northern Maine and Western New Brunswick.
Small town living. Where the local radio station helps you find your lost dog. Where neighbors down the country road help you get your cows or horses back in when a moose took out a section of fencing.
Now instead of noisy trains, trucks and city workers clanging, it is hearing the town clock while you lay in bed. Counting the sheep and listening to count the number of hour chimes. No sirens at all hours of the night, no gangs roaming the streets. No reaching for your taser or pepper spray in small town rural Maine where doors aren't locked. Keys are left in the unlocked cars they start. Where walking can be quicker than sliding behind the wheel.
Isn't it time to Discover Northern Maine? The flavor, how things roll.
Watch a few of the local community videos from the channel playlist and get some sense of what this unique place in Maine tastes like.
We list, market and sell Maine real estate but love where we live and can answer lots of those local questions you might be swallowing.
Spit it out, let's start the conversation. Reach out, connect and learn more about the whole entire top of the state, the area the maps designate Aroostook County, Northern Maine.