Top Maine High Schools

When you are searching for the right town to build or buy your next home in, what are some of the factors you consider? Many people want to know how good the schools are and one resource to check is the U.S. News & World Reports which ranks state high schools each year. This past year, U.S. News & World Reports came up with these as the top 10 high schools in Maine:

1.  Maine School of Science & Mathematics
2. Yarmouth High School
3. Falmouth High School
4. Cape Elizabeth High School
5. Wells High School
6. Camden Hills Regional High School 
7. Scarborough High School
8. Kennebunk High School 
9. Greely High School 
10. Bangor High School

If you are looking to find a home in any of these areas, such as Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth or Kennebunk, call RE/MAX Alliance to meet with a professional and knowledgeable agent ready to focus on your home buying needs. 207-874-7653 

Be Happy. Live in Maine.

MSN.Com recently ranked#5 happiest state (tied with Nebraska).With the lowest crime rate in the nation and low pollution levels, our state’s residences are among the happiest in the nation. Find out why MSN ranked Maine #5 and see what other states made the top 10 by clicking here.

Ready to make the move to Maine? Call RE/MAX Alliance today and let us help you find the a home that will keep you happy. 207-874-7653 (SOLD). 

Summertime Eats: Outside Venues around Greater Portland

The sun is out and the weather is perfect for grabbing some food outside. If you decide not to pack a picnic and head for a hike around Wolfe’s Neck or opt for a blanket on the East End, here are some options for places to eat outside around the Greater Portland area.

Don’s Lunch: They aren’t just open for lunch so whether it is your Wednesday lunch break and you just need some fresh air or its 1am on Saturday night and you’re heading home with a need for some munchies after the bar, Don’s Lunch is where you should stop. This Westbrook, Maine lunch truck was cool before Lunch Trucks long before Portland, Maine even allowed Lunch Trucks to hit their streets. With a simple menu of burgers, hot dogs, fries & clamcakes, it won’t take too much money out of your pocket to pick up something tasty here. Really hungry? Try the Big One, Don’s double cheeseburger.
Located at 517 Main Street, Westbrook just past the railroad tracks. 

El Rayo Taqueria: The brightly colored El Rayo sticks out along York Street in Portland, Maine. El Rayo offers a yummy selection of Mexican food, Tapas and cocktails. Grab a bite Monday-Friday between 4pm-6pm and you can not select from their array of Taco and Rice & Bean Bowl options, but also sip on a $5 Margarita.
Located at 101 York Street, Portland near the corner of York and High Street

The Thirsty Pig: Sausage is not just pork in a casing these days. The Thirsty Pig has a sausage menu every foodie should try. Pick from their homemade sausages: Blueberry-Chicken, Thai Chili, Lithuanian Kielbasa, even Vegan are just some of the options available. From there, choose to eat your sausage on a bun, over some greens or with an addition toppings. The toppings menu is even longer than the sausage options: from plain old ketchup to feta, fried cheddar, or even pulled pork. Wash it all down with a locally-brewed Shipyard Beer and you’ll be happy you picked The Thirsty Pig.
37 Exchange Street, Portland

The Lobster Shack: Looking for Outdoor seating with a view? The Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth boasts one of the best ocean views of Maine. Grab a famous lobster roll or even a simple clam strip basket and enjoy the seaside sights. Open everyday between April 1st and the end of October, The Lobster Shack has a diverse menu of seafood favorites. At the end of your food trip, drive around the corner to walk the ocean shore at Two Lights State park.
225 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth

Fun on Sebago Lake

Great list of fun activities you can enjoy on Sebago Lake. Thanks Moose Landing Marina in Naples, Maine for providing this infographic:

Activities to Enjoy on Sebago Lake

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Stay Cool without Getting Wet

It’s hot out! How are you dealing with the heat? As much as a dip in the pool or ocean can help you cool off, we have some alternative places around Southern Maine to visit on a hot summers day.


  • Portland Museum of Art: With a collection celebrating many artists with ties to Maine, you’ll find works by Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane and Andrew Wyeth. The collection also includes pieces by Claude Monet, Henry Matisse & Pablo Picasso. Located at 7 Congress Square in Portland, you can wander around comfortably while getting a chance to see the same famous artists you might think you’d only find at the Met in New York or the National Gallery of Art in DC.
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  • Maine Children’s Museum: If you have kids, the Children’s Museum will be a big hit! Between the firetruck complete with fireman dress-up clothes, the mock grocery store where your kids can either shop or fill the cashier roll and the space ship cabin filled with knobs and buttons so your kid can feel like they’re really flying, you and your children will definitely enjoy yourselves! The Children’s Museum is located at 142 Free Street in Portland (right next to the Congress Square and the Portland Museum of Art).
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  • Freeport: Although walking around might not sound like the easiest way to stay cool, it is easy to keep yourself occupied while exploring the many departments and buildings located on the sprawling L.L. Bean grounds. There are also plenty of shops to jump from around town offering the relief of A.C.
  • Maine Mall: The Maine Mall in South Portland has been adding more and more shops recently and now really includes a variety of both affordable mall shopping and higher-end stores. For a list of stores visit:


  • Cinemagic: With three area locations (Westbrook, South Portland and Saco) and all with 3-D screens, you have plenty of options to see a movie. The South Portland and Saco locations include an on-site restaurant so you can get your dinner and a movie in without the extra drive. visit for showtimes and locations.
  • Saco Drive-in: Turn the AC on in your car, lean the seat back and get a double feature in at the Saco-Drive-in. If the night is going to be cooler, bring some lawn chairs, snacks and enjoy the fresh air. Visit their Facebook page for showtimes:

Owner John F. Chase of RE/MAX Alliance Welcomes Clarice Hinckley & Morton Soule

  RE/MAX Alliance is please to welcome Clarice Hinckley. Clarice’s background includes work as a merchandising manager for Sunbelt, USA and as a property manager. She transitioned into real estate in order to apply her skills and professionalism in order to produce a smooth experience for others while buying or selling their home. Clarice has a passion for helping those who served and continue to serve the military, helping veterans find the housing they desire and deserve.
Associate Broker Morton G. Soule has also joined RE/MAX Alliance. Morton has taught high school Latin and English and coached football and baseball in Southern Maine since 1969. A member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, Soule has performed “Casey at the Bat” at Fenway Park, Cooperstown and Hadlock Field. Morton is a graduate of Deering High School (’63) and Bowdoin College (’68). He currently resides in Portland and has four children and five grandchildren.


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(July 2013) – Owner John F. Chase of RE/MAX Alliance is sponsoring the Legends Race on Thursday, July 18th during Thursday Thunder at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough. Races begin at 7pm with Beetle Bugs, Mad Bombers, Mighty Trucks before the final event, the Legends event. Grandstand tickets are $4 for Adults and kids under 12 are free.

            RE/MAX Alliance’s Designated Broker, “Maine’s Racing REALTOR®” Ed Getty drives in the NELCAR Legends Race, driving the #10 car. Getty has over 30 years of professional Real Estate experience in Sales Brokerage and Management. The “Racing REALTOR®”, as he is known, has been driving in the Legends race for over 13 years.

          Sponsor RE/MAX Alliance is located at 290 Bridgton Road, Route 302 in Westbrook. The office serves buyers and sellers in Southern Maine. RE/MAX Alliance is committed to offering a supportive environment during the home buying and selling process by providing knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated service.

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Southern Maine 4th of July Events

Looking for something to do this 4th of July? Here are some options in Southern Maine:

  • Freeport: Parade starts at 10 a.m., beginning at Main Street running down Kendall Lane south to Holbrook Street. L.L. Bean’s free concer series hosts Matt Nathanson at 7:30 p.m. and Fireworks will start right around 9:15 p.m.
  • Kennebunk: Fireworks display is planned for dusk at Gooch’s Beach and you can grab some BBQ chicken before hand served annually by the Kennebunk Rotary club  from 5 to 7 p.m. on Main Street.
  • Naples: Fireworks display will begin at 9:15 pm, being shot off from a raft on Long Lake.
  • Old Orchard Beach: Parade starts at 10 am, followed by a band concert with line and square dancing. Fireworks at the town square will be held Thursday and Friday at dusk and will continue each Thursday through Aug. 22 on the beach next to the Old Orchard Beach Pier.
  • Portland: The Annual 4th of July Festival, Stars and Stripes Spectacular will feature a special performance by Don McClean. At approximately 9:15 p.m. enjoy a fireworks display over Casco Bay from the East End Promenade. Food vendors on site.

Enjoy your Independence Day! Celebrate it the way John Adams had in mind 200 years ago: “It ought to be commemorated as a day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bell, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other”

Cool Off – Take a Swim in a Maine Lake

It’s hot out today! Looking for a lake to take a dip in? Here are 5 Maine Lakes that will help cool you off on a hot summer day:

  1. Range Pond, Poland
    A sandy beach offering picnic areas, playground, restrooms, changing area and short hiking trails. Small boats, kayaks & canoes allowed. Range Pond State Park
  2. Sebago Lake, Casco
    One of Maine’s original 5 State Parks, Sebago Lake offers swimming, boating, hiking and there is even camping on site, but make sure to call ahead. Reservations start in February and fill up fast! Sebago Lake State Park
  3. Echo Lake, Mount Desert
    Along Acadia National Park, just below Beech Ridge Mountain lies Echo Lake. This gorgeous lake is staffed with a lifeguard from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Staying in Bar Harbor or another part of the island? Take the Island Explorer shuttle over to Echo Lake and avoid parking! Echo Lake Beach 
  4. Alamoosook Lake, Orland
    With views of Saddleback Mountain, Rangeley Lake is a great spot to appreciate Western Maine. Rangeley Lake offers picnicing, hiking, camping and a boat launch. Rangeley Lake State Park
  5. Lake George, Canan
    Lake George Regional Park is located near Skowhegan, Maine. The park contains hiking trails, swimming on both the east and west side of the park, fishing and boating. Groups can also reserve areas of the park for outings and events.
    Lake George Regional Park

Want to find the perfect year around lake home or have your own summer get-a-way home so you can swim right outside your front steps?
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Maine’s Top Coastal Destinations

Maine has so many wonderful coastal destinations. Do you have a favorite?

Navigating Maine

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Looking for more information about Maine? Thinking of taking a permanent vacation to Maine? Connect with an agent at RE/MAX Alliance and find the right coastal town to call home. Call us at 207-874-7653 or email