It was in 1981 that Roland and I decided to make Maine our adopted state. Camping with our young children in the summers convinced us that this was where we wanted to spend our summer vacations, and some day retire.  We found a small cottage in western Maine overlooking the White Mountains, Mount Washington, and Kezar Lake.

 We spent years bringing our cottage up to date and building an addition. Our dream was to retire to this lovely home that held beautiful memories for us. We developed perennial and vegetable gardens and our retirement was everything we had hoped for.

 Soon, though, we needed to move to a new phase in our lives. We knew that our next move would have to be to a very special home in a very special community in order for this move to meet our needs. I began a search of retirement communities in Maine. That is how I found State Manufactured Homes in Scarborough, Maine. I sent a query to the office asking for information. Within 24 hours Tracy got back to me. We set up an e-mail conversation, and  we made a date to visit and see some models.

 From the moment we met the staff at State Manufactured Homes, we knew that we were with people who understood that a move like ours was not an easy process. They seemed to intuit that a change of lifestyle in later years comes with tender consideration; that the decision is one that needs pondering, planning, and a certain amount of letting go.

 We looked at several models over a period of several weeks. State Manufactured Homes knew that we couldn’t make instant decisions, and that we were uncertain of our time-line. Tracy stayed in contact with us and brought us up to date with information on new models for us to see. One weekend in September 2014, they invited us to an Open House Weekend. When we walked into this model, we knew we were home.

 We moved in the middle of November. We had complete support from State Manufactured Homes in assuring our home was ready to receive permanent residents. Staff was on hand, available, and only a phone call away should we run into any problems. We were welcomed into the community in ways that assured us we truly were now a part of HIllcrest Retirement Community.

 Roland and I love to poke around Scarborough, Portland, York, and surrounds. We love visiting the ocean in all seasons – and fortunately we have beaches only minutes away from our home. We love finding new restaurants in the greater Portland area. We also love joining with our neighbors while someone else does the driving to visit museums, restaurants, shopping, and shows.  There are opportunities to share meals with our neighbors and share in serving meals to Preble Street Soup Kitchen.

 We could not have predicted  leaving our home in Western Maine. Nor could we predict what a blessing this move to Hillcrest Retirement Community has been in our lives. Visit and see for yourself.