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For Valentine's Day: Romantic Dining in Hallowell, Maine

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It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and—even during a pandemic—love is in the air at several of the most date-worthy restaurants in one of New England’s most charming, vibe-y towns: Hallowell, Maine. Named “the New Orleans of the North” by Yankee magazine, Hallowell and its romantic restaurants offer more than a meal; they offer a captivating [...]

Why You Should Enjoy the Great Maine Outdoors This Winter

Why You Should Enjoy the Great Maine Outdoors This Winter

Ever since the pandemic first hit Maine, “cooped up” has become a way of life for most of us. We’ve had to “shelter in place” and “socially-distance” … and we’ve experienced the LACK of everything from visiting friends & attending school, to commuting to work & enjoying live performances in person. Yet, health authorities warn that staying [...]

How to Spread Socially-Distanced Holiday Cheer

How to Spread Socially-Distanced Holiday Cheer

Okay, so 2020 has been unusually challenging. But we Mainers are famously creative and resilient, and we know that spreading holiday cheer—even socially-distanced holiday cheer—is absolutely something we can handle. So let’s get to it! Here are 4 great ways for spreading socially-distanced holiday cheer through kind, compassionate acts this [...]

5 Maine-Made Holiday Gifts to Send Your Friends and Family

5 Maine-Made Holiday Gifts to Send Your Friends and Family

Due to the pandemic, our holiday season will “look different” this year. Many of us won’t be able to travel home for the holidays, and will therefore have to mail gifts to loved ones. Okay, so that’s not great. But ask yourself: Is there a way to “turn this around” and create something very positive and enriching from it? Fortunately, the [...]

An Interview with Brian Rizzo About the Family Business

An Interview with Brian Rizzo About the Family Business

When you engage with a business, do you ever wonder what the human part of their backstory is? To shed some light on this, we called Brian Rizzo, owner/broker at Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson, Realtors®. Here’s the personal and family story Brian shared with us.

A Remarkable Conversation Between Father and Son

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5 Pre-Winter Home Improvement Projects to Tackle ASAP

5 Pre-Winter Home Improvement Projects to Tackle ASAP

We’ve all heard the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”—and it’s particularly true regarding your pre-winter home improvement projects. Here in Maine, winter brings great joy to everyone who loves skiing, skating, sledding, snowshoeing and more. But Old Man Winter can also do damage to your house. So we recommend [...]

How We'll Go Back to School in the Augusta, Maine Area

How Well Go Back to School in the Augusta, Maine Area

It’s been a troubling question for Augusta, Maine-area students, parents, and educators since COVID-19 first struck: How will we safely go back to school? Now the answers—which are ALWAYS tentative during this pandemic—are becoming clearer. Here’s what we know to [...]

How COVID-19 Is Impacting Real Estate Buying and Selling

How COVID-19 Is Impacting Real Estate Buying and Selling

When COVID-19 struck earlier this year, experts issued dire warnings regarding the pandemic’s likely impact on real estate buyers and sellers. But what has been our actual national experience - and our experience here in central Maine? Let’s take a couple of minutes to look at the U.S. and Maine-specific stats, and see what they tell [...]

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