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January
16

Move to Maine 2023

Is finding the perfect place to call home the most important task on your list of New Year's resolutions? Then there are many reasons that Maine should be at the top of your list. Our real estate agents have all of the details on why you'll love moving to Maine in 2023.

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December
12

Augusta Snowshoeing

Due to Maine's ideal winter weather, amateur snowshoeing is quite popular around Augusta. Our real estate agents are pleased to report you will find many outdoor areas to practice snowshoeing, no matter your level of skill or experience.

Here are a few of the top places to have a snowshoeing adventure near Augusta homes for sale:

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December
5

ice skate augusta

Ice skating is an annual tradition for many families near Augusta homes for sale, and you have plenty of local options if it appeals to you. Many communities near Augusta host seasonal ice skating. Some rinks are in municipal facilities or set on outdoor lakes, while others are found in large event venues.

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October
10

Bond Brook

Fall is a beautiful season to head outdoors in search of adventure in Maine's Kennebec Valley. We're lucky to have some really amazing parks and trails surrounded by spectacular scenery, and Bond Book Recreation Area is one of our favorites. 

Located a stone's throw from Downtown Augusta, Bond Brook Recreation Area is known, first and foremost, for its mountain biking trails. But that's just one way to experience this wild place. Let our real estate agents be your guides to exploring Bond Brook Recreation Area!

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September
6

Merrymeeting Bay

Maine is filled with unique places, but even in a state as wild and beautiful as ours, Merrymeeting Bay stands out. A freshwater tidal estuary located where the Kennebec River meets the Gulf of Maine, it's a body of water unlike any other. 

It's also a perfect place for a wild outdoor adventure. Our real estate agents are eager to share their favorite locations for fishing and boating on and around Merrymeeting Bay!

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August
8

Augusta Hiking

There's no better way to start your day than a brisk sunrise hike! Here in Maine's Kennebec Valley, we're lucky to find ourselves surrounded by splendid scenery and countless miles of hiking trails. 

If you're looking for a place to greet the sunrise on an open trail, then you're in luck. Our real estate agents are here to share their favorite spots for a morning hike in the Augusta area!

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July
11

Window Box Planters

Window boxes are a great way to brighten up your home's exterior. Hang them on porch or deck railings or underneath windows, and their foliage and flowers create a lively burst of color. With just a little time, effort, and expense, you'll have window boxes that make your home look more inviting and improve your view.

Our real estate agents often suggest window boxes as an easy improvement for Augusta homes for sale, and they're attractive additions even if you plan on staying in your home for a while.

The following are some of the best flowers for window box planters:

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June
20

Kennebec County

Our real estate agents know that the area around the Kennebec River has a lot to offer.

Waterville, Maine, is located right on the Kennebec River and is one of the northernmost parts of Kennebec County and is situated near Oakland homes for sale. It used to be a mill town, but today it's transformed into a vibrant area filled with art, colleges, culture, dining, and entertainment. You'll have no trouble filling the day with fun activities. A walking tour of Waterville gives you the opportunity to get some exercise while also supporting local businesses. Here is a quick list of things you'll definitely want to include in your itinerary:

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May
9

Kennebec Valley Golf Courses

The golf season in the Kennebec Valley is upon us, and now is the perfect time to dust off your clubs before enjoying a round of golf at one of many great local courses. You won't have to travel far to enjoy the best golf that Maine has to offer. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 5 of the best golf courses in the Kennebec Valley for you to enjoy this spring and summer.

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May
2

Butterfly Garden

Did you know that there are thousands of different species of butterflies? Species commonly seen in Maine include the Red Admiral, Monarch, Mourning Cloak, and White Admiral.

If you'd like to see more of these lovely creatures, consider creating a butterfly garden in your own backyard. Our real estate agents have seen a few of these gardens, and they can be truly magnificent. Here are the basic steps to follow to create your own on your property.

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April
25

Tree Planting

A single shade tree in your yard provides extra comfort during the summer heat while also reducing your energy consumption and carbon footprint.

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April
4

Kennebec Valley Nature Preserves

The Kennebec Valley area is acclaimed for natural beauty, attracting visitors – and future residents – from far and wide. No matter what your favorite outdoor activities are, our tens of thousands of acres of pristine public land host them all.

Looking for a National Wildlife Week adventure not far from Augusta homes for sale?

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February
7

Ice Fishing Kennebec Valley

Here in the Kennebec Valley, when the snow flies, ice fishing season has just begun!

Just like many local anglers, our real estate agents always look forward to the start of the ice fishing season. The city of Augusta is less than an hour's drive from dozens of lakes and ponds, including some exciting fishing destinations. These are the best ice fishing spots near Augusta homes for sale.

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January
10

Winter Hiking

With its snowy hills, lofty pines, and tumbling waters, it's hard to imagine a better place for a winter hike than the Kennebec Valley. Still, winter hikes require some caution, and our real estate agents want to make sure you head to the trails well-prepared. 

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November
22

Kennebec River Rail Trail

If you've been busy exploring Augusta homes for sale, you already know there's a lot to love about living in this area. From the beautiful homes to the wide array of historic sites and outdoor activities, there truly is something here for everyone. 

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October
11

Nature in Augusta

The Kennebec Valley is a beautiful place in any season, but it's at its most striking in autumn. When the brilliant fall foliage makes its return to the Augusta area, it's time to get outside and enjoy it! Check out our real estate agents' favorite places to experience nature in the fall.

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September
27

Kennebec Valley Fishing

Fall isn't just about the beautiful scenery in the Kennebec Valley. It's also one of the best times to go trout fishing, and it's a season our real estate agents look forward to every year. 

If you're in the Augusta, Maine area this fall, be sure to wet a line in these great local rivers, lakes, and streams. There's nothing like trout fishing on a crisp fall morning in Maine. 

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August
23

Kennebec Farms

The end of summer doesn't mean the end of amazing fruits and vegetables. Our real estate agents will be picking up delicious local foods and seeing a farm animal or two at these great Kennebec Valley farms.

Plan ahead for the seasons changing, with this list of Kennebec Valley Farms to visit this fall. Plus, they are all just a short drive from Augusta homes for sale.

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July
5

Maine Boating Tips

If you're considering purchasing one of the wonderful Augusta homes for sale, you're probably already aware of some of the recreational spots in the area. With 2,500 lakes and ponds, a 5,500-mile coastline, and 2,000 islands, Maine is a haven for boating enthusiasts. Before you head to the water, though, our real estate agents would like to remind you to stay safe by following these simple safety rules.

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June
21

Maine GetawaysOur real estate agents know many of our clients, friends, and neighbors are looking forward to the chance to enjoy a vacation. When it's finally time to get away, why not choose the Kennebec Valley as your destination?

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June
14

Patio Furniture Tips

Along with historic museums and festive city events, Augusta is full of nature trails, beautiful gardens, and scenic landscapes. At Sprague & Curtis, our real estate agents work with many buyers who are drawn to Augusta for its natural beauty and charm.

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June
7

Maine Horseback Riding

Horseback riding delivers mental and physical health benefits as well as the deep satisfaction of interacting with animals. Our real estate agents love to destress with a ride at one of these top stables around Augusta.

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May
25

Kennebec Valley Disc Golf

Combining all the best parts of Frisbee and golf into one endlessly entertaining game, disc golf is the perfect way to enjoy sunny weather and some quality time with friends. These are our real estate agents' favorite disc golf courses in the Kennebec Valley. 

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April
26

Augusta Composting TipsIf you've spent a lot of time exploring Augusta homes for sale and finally found your dream home, you're likely to find that you need to breathe new life into your garden and landscaping. Starting a compost pile is a great way to repurpose kitchen scraps and other organic materials into a product that contains a full spectrum of essential plant nutrients. 

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April
19

Earth Day Augusta

Maine's Kennebec Valley is home to some of the most beautiful, pristine forests in the Northeast. It's truly a spectacular place to call home, and our real estate agents enjoy every moment they get to spend here in the great outdoors. And with Earth Day coming right up on April  22, we can't wait to get out and explore nature's wonders. 

More than 80% of Maine is forested. If you're new to the area, the sheer variety of plant and animal life can be almost shocking. We thought we'd help out by introducing you to some of the most common trees you'll see near these Augusta homes for sale!

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April
5

Augusta Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a great way to exercise while exploring a variety of outdoor settings. Luckily, the Augusta area has some amazing trails to provide a setting ranging from a relaxing ride to a vigorous cardio workout as you take in the area's natural beauty. Whether you're just getting started or are an experienced mountain biker, you'll be able to find an area trail that matches your abilities.

With warmer weather around the corner, our real estate agents recommend visiting the following mountain biking trails near Augusta:  

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March
9

Maine Flowers

Spring planting in Augusta is tricky. Luckily, decades of experienced gardeners and farmers have determined the best guess for frost dates based on historical weather data. These dates offer a good guide for when to start seeds for particular crops, indoors or outdoors, or when to plant seedlings or transplants. One of the best methods for determining what vegetables to plant and when to plant them is The Old Farmer's Almanac.

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February
15

Augusta Indoor Garden TipsOur real estate agents prefer growing their own plants from seed. It gives gardeners more flexibility and control over the way the young plant is raised. Also, you have a much wider choice of varieties and can work within the planting dates that suit your area. Here's a step by step guide to help you grow your plants from seed with ease.

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January
18

Augusta Winter Outdoors

The winter season is upon us so let's waste no time enjoying the snow-filled fun. Our real estate agents are bundled up and ready to slide into as many winter activities around Augusta as we can. From ice skating and skiing to snowshoeing and snowmobiling, here are five fun outdoor activities around the Kennebec Valley that you can do this winter.

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October
26

Augusta Lake House

As the days get shorter, it's important to make sure your lake house is properly winterized. Closing up your house correctly can protect it from potential problems and make things a lot easier when it's time to open back up in the spring. Our real estate agents understand what's involved in the proper care and maintenance of a lake house – they provide some tips that can help keep your house in tip-top shape, even when you're not around in the winter.  

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September
21

Fall in Augusta

Fall foliage season is always a highlight of the year for outdoor lovers around Maine, and now is the perfect time to plan for peeping the leaves this year. Whether in your car, hiking along a scenic trail, or enjoying a stroll along the waterfront, there are many ways to experience the spectacular cascade of colors that comes to the Augusta area every autumn. Our real estate agents have all of the delightful details on where you can enjoy the best fall foliage around Augusta this year.

  1. The Old Canada Road – US Route 201

    Running for 78 miles through the Kennebec and Moose River Valley, the Old Canada Road is perfect for anyone who wants to explore the area's beautiful fall foliage from the comfort of their car. It's one of four designated Scenic Byways located in Maine, marking a historic trade route between the United States and Canada that is still in use today. Along the Old Canada Road, you'll find a wide variety of historic Maine towns that tell the story of the state. Of course, there will be spectacular natural scenery along every mile of this road, which looks even better during fall foliage season. It's a bit of a drive, but it's easy to make stops along the way to turn your trip into a full-day adventure.

  2. Kennebec River Rail Trail – Entry Points at Water St. and Gage St., Augusta, ME 04330

    If you're searching for a quicker fall foliage trip that's also located closer to home, the Kennebec River Rail Trail is a perfect choice. This scenic trail runs along the waterfront, with entry points that are easy to reach from Augusta homes for sale. The 10-foot wide trail is paved, making it easy to explore on foot, bike, or rollerblades. It's also dog-friendly, so your four-legged friend can make the trip to enjoy the foliage by your side! Enjoy a brisk stroll by the water while you soak in the fall colors all around you.

  3. Androscoggin Riverlands State Park – Center Bridge Rd., Turner, ME 04282

    A short drive southwest from Augusta will take you to Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, where you will find more than 2,500 acres of natural beauty to explore. The park features more than 12 miles of river frontage and includes vast forests that ring out with color during the fall foliage season. The trails here are perfect for hiking during fall while remaining popular among skiers and snowmobile riders during winter.

  4. Maine State House – Corner of Capitol & State Streets, Augusta, ME 04330

    The Maine State House overlooks the Kennebec River and is surrounded by natural beauty, making it an especially pleasant place to visit during the fall. Construction began on the State House in 1829, so the building has been standing for nearly 200 years. Stop by when the foliage is in full swing to see this historic structure from a totally new perspective.

Still searching for the perfect home among the vast natural beauty of Maine? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Augusta, ME area.

August
10

Kennebec Valley Campgrounds

The Kennebec Valley is known far and wide for its natural beauty. Augusta homes for sale put you right in the midst of it all, with many of Maine's top camping spots within a short drive.

Our REALTORS® work with many outdoor enthusiasts. With our help, you'll feel right at home – both on your new property and out there in the great outdoors.

Camping is becoming more popular as people look for safe and enjoyable ways to get out of the house for a while. Mild summer weather and warming temperatures have many hearing the call of the wild. But, with so many spaces to explore, there's plenty of room for everyone. You've never seen Maine's lake country like this!

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July
6

Gardening in JulySpring may be the season most associated with gardening, but July is not too late to get started in the garden. You can plant seeds for fall harvests or install plants that love the long, warm days of summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines the Augusta area as Hardiness Zone 5A, meaning any plans you have for tropical plants should involve at least some time indoors. But for gardeners who enjoy growing vegetables, this is your garden's chance to show what it's capable of. If you're new to growing food crops, consider what you'll need for late-season success.

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June
15

Hiking Trails Near Augusta

The weather is warming up, and it is the right time of year to dust off your hiking shoes and hit the trails. There are trails to explore throughout Maine and our REALTORS® recommend checking out these trails around the Kennebec Valley this summer. 

  1. Quarry Road Trail Recreational Area - 300 Quarry Rd, Waterville, ME 04901
    Quarry Road Trail Recreational Area features 200+ acres for you to wander through. It's perfect for cross-country skiing in the winter, and ideal for a long walk in summer. You will enjoy the fabulous views, wide-open spaces, and the bond with Mother Nature that you will strengthen with every step you take. When you pick up one of the Waterville homes for sale, these fabulous trails are just a few miles from your front door.
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February
3

Maine Pond Hockey Classic

The Maine Pond Hockey Classic is nearly upon us once again, so it's time to grab your gear, put your squad together, and test your skills against teams from across Maine. As always, there will be plenty to do throughout the three-day event, from lounging at the beer garden to trying your luck with the slapshot challenge. Our REALTORS® are ready for some winter fun, and we've got all the info you need to enjoy the Maine Pond Hockey Classic this year.

Dates: February 7 – 9, 2020

Location: Snow Pond Center for the Arts – 11 Goldenrod, Sidney, ME 04430

  • Central Maine's Biggest and Best Pond Hockey Tournament
    Established in 2013 with a tournament on China Lake, the Maine Pond Hockey Classic has since moved to a location even closer to Sidney homes for sale. The tournament now takes place at the Snow Pond Center for the Arts, and it has quickly grown into one of the most anticipated local events of the winter every year. Teams of all ages and experience levels hit the ice to test their talents, win some games, and have a great time in the process. Join a competitive division to test your skills against the best from across Maine or enter a "just for fun" bracket if you're looking to enjoy the ride.

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August
5

Kennebec Valley Boat Rentals - Sprague & Curtis Real Estate

Maine's Kennebec Valley has many charms, including spectacular outdoor scenery that you won't find anywhere else. From hiking trails to public parks and waterways, there are so many different ways to experience the natural beauty of the Kennebec Valley. There's nothing like traversing the area by water, in a kayak, canoe, or small boat. It provides a unique perspective on familiar natural spots throughout the area and offers a great workout in the process. Our real estate agents know outdoor fun, and we've got all the info you need to paddle your way around the Kennebec Valley.

Touring the Kennebec Valley by Water

Kennebec Valley Kayak and Boat Rentals

  • Belgrade Canoe & Kayak – 1005 Augusta Rd., Belgrade 04917
    With a convenient location close to Belgrade homes for sale, you can find everything you need for a day of paddling at Belgrade Canoe & Kayak. This spot is known for its fantastic customer service and extensive selection. It's also open 24 hours, so you can always find equipment for your next trip.

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July
15

Fishing Guide Services - Sprague & Curtis Real Estate

One of the many things our real estate agents love about the Kennebec Valley is that it's one of the best places in America to experience the great outdoors. And despite offering some of the best fishing in the country, this region still flies under most people's radar—and we think that should change!

When it comes to fishing in the Kennebec Valley and Augusta, Maine area, the options are endless. The Kennebeck River offers unmatched fly fishing opportunities, especially in spring and fall when trout spawn in the main river and its many tributaries. Lakes and ponds up and down the river provide excellent bass fishing in summer as well. Even in winter, ice fishing gives hardy anglers a chance to tangle with big fish through the ice. 

So if you're in the neighborhood looking at Augusta homes for sale, you may want to set aside some time to do some fishing. You can't go wrong in any of the Kennebec Valley's rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds, but if you're new to the area, you may want a bit of expert guidance. These great local guide services can guarantee a great fishing trip in the Augusta area:

  1. Blue Heron Fly Fishing - 80 E. River Road, Whitefield, ME
    Your go-to guide for fly fishing adventures on the Kennebec Valley, Blue Heron Fly Fishing offers both wade and drift boat trips in Central Maine, including the Kennebec River and several other nearby rivers and streams. Located near these Whitefield homes for sale, Blue Heron Fly Fishing offers not only a chance to fish for big wild brook and rainbow trout in a beautiful environment but also an opportunity to learn more about the region's rich history, plants, and wildlife. Blue Heron Fly Fishing provides everything from fishing gear to lunch prepared on shore, along with fly fishing lessons and fly tying lessons. 

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June
25

Kennebec River Day & Brewfest - Sprague & Curtis Real Estate

It's almost time once again to enjoy two of the biggest celebrations of the year in the Kennebec Valley, packed into one exciting day. June 29th marks the return of both Kennebec River Day and the Kennebec River Brewfest. Both events take place at scenic Mill Park, where you'll find a schedule of events that appeal to every member of the family. From great food to shopping, fun, drinks, and games, Kennebec River Day has it all. Our real estate agents are ready to celebrate with the community, but first, we'll share the key details on Kennebec River Day and Kennebec River Brewfest for 2019.

Kennebec Valley Summertime Celebrations

Date: June 29, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Mill Park – 1 Water St., Augusta, ME 04330

Kennebec River Day        

  • Children's Games and Activities
    Kids and adults alike will have a blast exploring all that Kennebec River Day has to offer. For younger members of the audience, there will a kids workshop, inflatable obstacle course, musical instrument petting zoo, building with LEGOs, and even the chance to build their own magic wand. Kids also love visiting the Touch-a-Truck exhibition, which allows them to get a first-hand look at emergency response vehicles.

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May
13

 

Trek Across Maine-Sprague & Curtis Real Estate

For cyclists, it's hard to imagine a place more ripe for exploration than Maine. With countless trails and endless meandering back roads, our real estate agents think it's a truly extraordinary landscape to pedal through.

The 35th Annual Trek Across Maine, coming up this June, puts that landscape front and center. Traversing the Kennebec Valley and passing through the capital city of Augusta, Trek Across Maine offers bicycle enthusiasts of all stripes an opportunity to see just what makes Maine so special. 

Bike for a Cause

Now in its 35th year, Trek Across Maine is a three-day cycling event, with multiple route options that highlight the spectacular beauty of the Kennebec Valley. It's also the largest fundraiser in the nation for the American Lung Association and has raised more than $24 million in the years since the event started. 

More than 2,000 cyclists and 750 volunteers are expected to participate in this year's event, which takes place on June 14-16. Riders start and finish in Brunswick, Maine, and have three options: a 56-mile one-day route, a 102-mile two-day route, and a spectacular 180-mile full route over three days. Those who choose to bike the two- and three-day versions of the event will have overnight accommodations provided at Bates College in Lewiston and Colby College in Waterville.

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