What Advice Would You Give to People Moving to Maine?
We have just begun the peak time of year in which people pack up and relocate, not only for vacation but also to live. After living in Maine, what are some of the things you might let a new resident know?
Based mainly on Maine travel reviews and input from locals here are some of the most important things to know before moving to Vacationland.
It seems like if it is not winter in Maine, it is time to prepare for the next winter. Long cold winters that can start as early as September with snow lasting through April. It is best to keep an ice scrapper in your vehicle year round, just in case. How many times have you dug the summer clothes out when it's sunny and 30 degrees in March? That means summer is here right!?
It is not uncommon to hear someone from Maine say a word that doesn't work in the context used, or words with 'H's in place of 'R's. "Bah Habah" "Lobstah" "Down Cellah" (because no one calls it a basement).
According to Co. Design and the food industry analytics firm Food Genius Haddock is the food Mainers eat the most, lobster is tied with chowder for second most popular Maine-ah food. I am born an raised in Maine and don't like lobster a bit! (Which is an unwritten sin so don't admit to that). Our foods tend to confuse some visitors, why are uncooked lobsters not red but the hot dogs are?
Even though Aroostook County (the county) has more moose than people, this doesn't mean they are just standing around everywhere you look. I have lived in Maine my whole life and can probably tell you every moose I've seen and where. Most memorable was the day I told a couple from California who were visiting Bucksport that they would never see a moose around there. Not even 20 minutes after that a moose crossed the road right in front of me on Rt. 15! So I guess I should say you will see a moose when you least expect it, usually on I-95 North after dark, when you don't want to see them.
In 2014 it was reported only 66% of Maine's population was born in the state with a huge increase of people moving to Maine from other states since 1970. Despite these statistics, life long Mainers will most likely consider you from away if you were born anywhere but here. It's nothing personal, you just weren't born with winterized blood.