Melissa, why do you adore Eliot, Kittery, and York ?
"As a resident of Eliot Maine, I am so fortunate to have the water, the people, and the weather reminding me how to live my life. This area of Maine's seacoast offers the truest of true New England waterfronts. Our rocky coastline visible from every sandy point gives me a history lesson every time I look at it. I've seen seals, eagles, snowy owls, and even a deer at our beloved Nubble Lighthouse island. These towns host several "off the beaten path" dining options! Whether grabbing a burger at Rudders Public House in quaint downtown Kittery, or basking waterfront at The Cliff House on Bald Head Cliff - anyone can find everything they didn't know they wanted.
Eliot offers home owners the opportunity to live close to all the action without being in the action area! It's a great place for my son - with a few nature trails only miles from any home in town, great playgrounds at our parks, and several child care businesses close by. Eliot has its own dog park. Raitt Family Farm brings brewfests, antique fairs, and tractor shows each summer and fall. Eliot has an active citizen run government. And it's own boat launch! My go-to is Frost Tufts Park, Douglas Memorial Woods, and Raitt farm.
Kittery hosts an incredible Community Center and vibrant downtown. Local artists and book shops, food creators, butchers, bakers, and even candle stick makers call this place home. And let's not forget the incredible shopping at the outlets! My go-to is Loco Cocos Tacos, Beach Pea, Southern Maine Skin Company, and Seapoint Beach.
York offers home owners the feeling of yesteryear. Between the architecture of the homes and the quaint feeling of Short Sands, its not hard to see why this place has been popular for over 100 years! Taffy pulling, fireworks, and live bands on the gazebo make summer time easy. My go-to is York Harbor Inn, Rubys, the Fishermans Walk, Wiggly Bridge Distillery, and Long Sands Beach - before 9am if you want premo parking! "
Melissa, why are you smitten with Portsmouth ?
"Being bored in Portsmouth may be impossible. People come from all over the globe to set their eyes on this town. The list of places to eat, stores to shop in, alley ways to explore, boats to see, shows to catch, and amount of beer to drink is overwhelming. It's amazing that so many things are tucked away in this waterfront town. There's the Music Hall, bringing comedians, artists, movies, and theatre. Street restaurant bringing a twist to around the world favorites. Prescott Park offers live afternoon theater and top musical artists directly on the waterfront. Moxie restaurant serves up creative tapas and has an incredible list of infused liquors. Kaffee Vonsolln offers coffee and German pastries. Strawbery Bank is full of old world homes and history lessons, giving you a chance to see how Portsmouth started. When you've had enough beer at Liars Bench, Earth Eagle Brewing, Stoneface Brewing ...if thats possible... you can get back on track at The Juicery. And I won't forget to mention the most awe-inspiring Halloween parade this side of the Connecticut River!
Walking along the water front you'll encounter servers bringing food to guests on the decks, folks riding bikes, stairs to climb, views to steal, glorious architecture, working fishing boats, a dog park, a boat museum, and maybe a strolling guitarist.
I feel home owners are attracted this area because of it's beautiful homes, walk-ability, family friendly atmosphere, its music and arts experiences, shopping, and its distinctiveness. I think people want to live here because of its bustling business opportunities, its ease of location to major highways and other cities, and its closeness to nature and her beauty. I imagine people enjoy finding new things where they live - whether its a new brewery, a new knitting shop, or a new art gallery. And being able to stick with their tried and trues on the water - the ice cream shop, the antique store, and the fish market."