The Way Life Should Be…
Maine’s state slogan is “The Way Life Should Be”, and although we might be biased, we have to agree. Maine offers countless opportunities for our clients. We have locations in two young and diverse cities that offer a number of social opportunities and access to a number of community-based supports. U.S. News & World Report just rated Portland the 7th best city to live in 2023, and Biddeford is the youngest city per capita in Maine. Clients are encouraged to explore Portland and Biddeford and to build connections in the community. Both cities are inclusive and welcoming to all!
Cornerstones organizes and executes group programmatic activities including hikes on local trails and mountains, beach trips, ski trips, trivia nights, concerts, and visits to local museums as well as day trips to Boston and Portsmouth. A few of these trips might be mandatory, though most are optional. Either way, clients will have numerous enrichment opportunities to choose from. Both Portland and Biddeford have robust public transportation systems that allow for nearly unlimited access to social, academic, and vocational opportunities in their community.
Below you can find some Maine-based locations and resources for outdoor recreation, urban experiences, and creative opportunities our clients take part in.
For the trail explorers...
Below are a few state parks, preserves, and trailheads easily accessible from both Portland and Biddeford.
Portland Trails is an amazing resource many locals use to assess difficulty and accessibility for everything from walking, running, foraging, biking, birding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and more!
For the ocean lovers...
Southern Maine is famous for its array of beautiful beaches and both Portland and Biddeford are coastal cities within a stone’s throw away from many. For surfers, beachcombers, tidepoolers, and sunbathers alike, there are a plethora of options for everyone! Some ocean-centric activities our clients have taken part in include sea kayaking, paddleboarding, lobster boating, deep sea fishing, tidepooling, and more!
Here are a few of our favorite beaches in the area.
For the river rovers...
For those who prefer lakes and rivers, Maine has a treasure trove of those too.
Some river-centric activities our clients have taken part in include kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, tubing, fishing, and more!
Below is a list of lakes and rivers that surround or run along Portland and Biddeford.
For the skiers and snowboarders...
Every winter, Cornerstones clients have the opportunity to go on ski trips.
Below are the top ski mountains in Maine that locals and tourists alike visit (and shred!).
For the artists...
Portland and Biddeford are both creative and eclectic cities home to artisans and thriving small local businesses. Many of the creatives that call Biddeford and Portland home also offer community events and learning opportunities. Some activities our clients have taken part in include painting, music lessons, ceramics, creative writing, woodworking, sewing, and more!
Below is a list of some of the local organzations our clients have utilized.
For the city lovers...
All of our locations are within walking distance of the downtown hub each house is located in. While Maine is mostly known for it’s outdoor recreation, seafood, and idyllic coastal landscape, both Portland and Biddeford have an urban influence and air to them. Mainer’s dedicated to their niche passions and crafts have created elevated shopping and dining experiences in both cities. Bostonians and New Yorkers have also gravitiated to these areas to stay connected to bustling city life, but at a smaller and slower pace. Portland is the largest metropolitan city in Maine, while Biddeford is the largest metropolitan city in York County. Some “city” activities our clients take part in include art walks, concerts, shopping, trivia, movie nights in the park, and more!
Below is a list of some of the city happenings our clients enjoy visiting and even planning group outings at.