One thing our York real estate agents have come to appreciate about living on the Maine coast is that we are spoiled when it comes to lighthouses. From the towering Portland Head Lighthouse and the candy-striped West Quoddy Head Lighthouse to the stark granite bricks of the Whaleback Light, Maine lighthouse hunters have enough choices to keep them busy for a lifetime.
Today, we want to focus on one of lour local favorites – Nubble Lighthouse. Built in 1879 and still in use today, the Nubble Lighthouse is also known as the Cape Neddick Light, and is one of the most picturesque attractions in the York, Maine area.
You'll find no shortage of beautiful, historic homes in Augusta, Maine, but few can compare to the splendor of the Maine State House. Our state house was completed in 1832 and remains one of our city's crowning attractions. When you're in town looking for Augusta homes for sale, it's well worth a visit.
Maine State House - A Piece of Local History
Way back in the day, Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, until it voted to become its state in 1820. Augusta became the state capital in 1831, and the Maine State House was completed just one year later, built with Maine granite and opened for the first session of the State Legislature on January 4, 1832.
Though it's undergone a few additions and remodels throughout the years, the Maine State House remains a living piece of Maine history. The iconic copper dome was added in 1909, and the building's outward appearance has gone mostly unchanged in the decades since.
The dome was replaced in 2014, a change that – while essential to the health of the building – caused a minor uproar among those who didn't want to see the departure of the old green and weathered dome. Today, the dome's new copper sheen resembles what the building would have looked like about a hundred years ago, and it will likely take 30 years or so for the copper to oxidize back to its classic green hue.
TripAdvisor ranks the Maine State House as one of the top things to do in Augusta, Maine – and for a good reason. A marvel of architecture with a rich history, it remains one of the city's most visited sites nearly 200 years after its completion.
All citizens and visitors to the State of Maine are welcome to tour the State House. Tours and field trips are scheduled through the Maine State Museum and are always free of charge. Walk-in visitors are also welcome, with tours running hourly between 9 AM and noon. The State House is open to the public year-round, Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM. Be sure to stop at the kiosk upon arrival to sign the guestbook and pick up your free State of Maine stamp and postcard!
The Maine State House is also a building worth returning to time and time again. During the ceremony commemorating the building's 160th anniversary in 1989, a stainless steel time capsule was buried near the front wall of the State House, not to be opened until 2029. Only time will tell what is inside.
Contact our Augusta office today to learn more about finding your dream home in Augusta, Maine. Our Augusta real estate agents have years of experience in the local real estate market. Our goal is making sure you find the perfect house for you and your family.
It should come as no surprise that when you visit Rockland, a cozy little city overlooking the rugged Maine coast, you'll find some pretty great seafood restaurants. Our Rockland real estate agents could go on and on about their favorite local eateries, but today we're going to focus on just one – The Pearl, a landmark seasonal restaurant located on the waterfront at Rockland's Harbor Park.
The Pearl is famous for its incredible local seafood menu, but at the same time has become infamous for its long history of opening, closing and reopening again under new ownership. But since Larry Reed, a Rockland local, took over in 2016, he's kept a steady hand at the wheel, and The Pearl's reputation for great food is rapidly eclipsing its tumultuous past.
The Pearl stands on pilings located at the end of a long pier at Rockland's Harbor Park. Formerly known as The Woodshed Restaurant in the 1950s, one restaurant or another has occupied that spot for most of the last 50 years. It was lost to a fire in 2004 and rebuilt soon after – but this time it looks like The Pearl is here to stay. The credit goes mostly to Reed who seems to understand what a coastal eatery on a Maine pier should offer: a comfortable, casual atmosphere, incredible harbor views, and a fantastic seafood-focused menu that draws heavily on what the local fishermen bring in every day. So far, it's been a tremendous success.
The Pearl is a seasonal restaurant. Since colder temperatures will be coming to Maine soon, The Pearl will close on Saturday, October 13. Not to worry because they will re-open again in mid-May with the same great menu items you've come to know and love.
From lighter fare like crab cakes and bacon-wrapped mussels to heartier entrees like seafood alfredo and haddock burger, you cannot make a wrong turn while you're navigating the menu at The Pearl. Try their oysters on the half shell or order your lobster just about any way you can imagine--steamed, baked and stuffed--or delivered in chowder form. You certainly don't want to miss trying The Pearl's lobster tacos or classic Maine lobster roll either.
A lot of the items on the menu change daily or rotate with the seasons depending on what the local fishermen are catching, so be sure to ask about the catch of the day. And for those who may not be so enthusiastic about seafood, fear not. You'll find burgers, steaks, chicken and pasta dishes to satisfy any palate.
The Pearl is located just off Pub Landing Road overlooking Rockland Harbor, within walking distance of Harbor Park, the Maine Lighthouse Museum and Captain Jack Lobster Boat Adventure. They're open every day except Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm (8:30 pm on Friday and Saturday).
Contact our Rockland office to learn more about all the incredible opportunities our city has to offer. If you're looking for Rockland homes for sale, our team of dedicated real estate agents at The Masiello Group is here to help you find your New England dream home.
It would be hard to even picture a more beautiful place than the Kennebec River Valley. Stretching from the Canadian border to the Maine capital in Augusta, the Kennebec River and the 5,000 square miles of wooded hills and valleys that lie on either side of its banks represent one of America's great pristine landscapes. It's a region that our real estate agents feel lucky to call home – and we think that you will too.
The Kennebec River meanders along for 170 miles, all of it within the state of Maine. Wild at times, placid in many stretches, it's a beautiful river surrounded by lofty pines and rugged hills seemingly untouched by man. The Kennebec is a whitewater rafting mecca, a fisherman's paradise and a nature photographer's dream come true.