General Maine Information
Maine has long been a vacation favorite for northeastern city dwellers. Hiking, fishing, hunting and sailing are just a few of the popular outdoor activities that attract retirees. The state is in many way two states, one with a bustling seacoast that swells with tourists in the summer months, and the other the rural inland. Maine’s climate is temperate but the winters are cold, something many seniors enjoy. Maine is famous for its lobster, but the economy is also dependent on manufacturing forest products and agriculture. It is thought Europeans first saw what is now the United States when Vikings visited the Maine coast, and in 1755 French colonists in Acadia, Maine were deported to Louisiana where they became the Cajuns. The state was part of Massachusetts until it became the 23rd state in 1820.