Best Places to Live in Maine: North Haven

Contributor Laura Serino loves her close-knit island town (even when the restaurants are closed).

North Haven in winter has a quiet beauty. Photographed by Greta Rybus.

For our 2020 Best Places to Live feature, we asked some of the Down East staff and contributors what makes their town great. Here’s what contributor Laura Serino had to say.

What I Love

This place is all about community. Even when we’re all in hibernation mode in winter, when nothing’s open except the grocery store and the boatyard, we keep busy with weekly dance clubs, Saturday movie nights at Waterman’s Community Center, community coffee hours and lunches, and more. I also love that I can keep my wallet and keys in my unlocked car without thinking twice about it.

What I Miss

Dining out. Our two restaurants, laid-back Calderwood Hall and the destination-y Nebo Lodge, are open May through December, so my take-out cravings can only be quelled with a trip across the bay (just over an hour on the ferry).

Where You’ll Find Me

In winter, the mainland. Just kidding! I’m usually sipping a pint of Keeper IPA at North Haven Brewing Co. (it’s year-round!) or beachcombing with my dog and my son at Big Beach, one of the beautiful public beaches at Mullens Head Park.

Median age45
Median household
Families living below
the poverty line
Walk Score6/100
GreatSchools rating averageNot rated

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March 2020

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