Polar Bear Dip & Dash

December 31st, 2014

If you are looking for a feel good adrenaline rush, be sure to join the National Resources Council of Maine for the 7th annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash.  This mad and exciting fundraiser includes a 5k run and a quick dunk in the water. The bone –chilling fun 5K starts at the Back Cove parking area (across from Hannaford) and the polar dip takes place at East End Beach on Cutter Street in Portland. A shuttle will return participants to the Back Cove parking lot after the dip – closely located to the after-event party at the Great Lost Bear.

Every cent raised from the fundraiser will be used to support the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s work to reduce climate change pollution and harmful global warming emissions. Be bold and brave the frigid water of Atlantic Ocean while helping NRCM to raise awareness about climate change and funds in support of their work to keep Maine a special place!

Polar Bear Dip & Dash will be held at Portland’s East End at 11 am on Wednesday, December 31.The ticket is just $35 for Polar Bear Dip, Polar Bear Dash, or both.
For details, please visit: http://nrcm.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1114046

Five Fifty Five Restaurant for New Years

December 31st, 2014

201201-w-best-brunch-five-fifty-fiveCloseout 2014 in style and feast your way into the New Year at the charmingly beautiful and romantic Five-Fifty Five restaurant. The restaurant is offering special five-course menu for $100pp and ringing in the New Year with fun and festivity.

For those who are looking for little more fun, be sure to visit 555′s Caviar & Champagne Lounge before or after your meal. From a midnight balloon drop to ice sculpture and live music, there are dozens of other ways to enjoy your bubbly goodbye to 2014!

This sophisticated party features a caviar bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, sweets and champagne cocktails and will be held in the third-floor private event space of the restaurant, 555 Congress St., Portland on Wednesday, December 31, from 5:30 pm to close. Reservations are highly recommended; please call the reservationist at 207.761.0555.

For details, please visit: http://www.fivefifty-five.com/

Happy New Year from your local real estate expert, Deja Lett

At dejalett.com you will find a wide variety of useful information and resources designed to help you buy or sell a home more effectively in the Southern Maine areas of Saco and beyond. From information on the local community in Biddeford – Saco, to advice about finding a mortgage or preparing your home to sell, it’s all available here on my web site.

You can also search for your ideal home by viewing current listings with detailed descriptions and photos. Or you can get help determining the value of your home by requesting a report that includes the prices of similar homes that recently sold or are currently for sale in the Southern Maine areas.

So whether you’re buying or selling, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help you with all your real estate needs.

Deja Lett, Realtor & Broker
Keller Williams Realty
439 Main Street, Suite 102
Saco, Maine 04072
Direct Line: 207-553-2602

Maine Lighthouses: North of Falmouth

December 18th, 2014

Leaving Portland behind we drive north again along our highway through Falmouth on Route 1, once more driving close to the coast, while keeping an eye out for those tree lined boulevards of Maine postcards fame. The north Atlantic coast is as beautiful here as before and in fact, the further we traverse north, the more rugged and beautiful it begins to get. We will soon pass through the town of Freeport, heading into the larger town of Brunswick, once home to a naval air station, once again another quiet pretty coastal town of Maine.

On this the third leg of our journey, we find that most of our lighthouses are actually of the coast and located on islands in the jagged coastline that forms the estuary of the Kennebec River and the many jagged islands that make up this part of the coast of Maine. The first of these in your list of five, Halfway Rock, is actually about 11 miles east of Portland, in Casco Bay, well away from the coast. The rest are along the coast as we drive further up Route 1` towards Bath and further.

The route from Brunswick takes us to Bath and across  the bridge from where we head south on highway 209 past Phippsburg to get to the southern point to see Seguin Light, two and a half miles south from Popham beach State park. Close to the east, from this same beach, and about a mile up the coast is also Pond Lighthouse.

From here we can drive back to Bath, cross the bridge to Woolwich and follow the 127 south to Georgetown Island and on to Reid State Park where across Sheepscot bay is Cuckold Light. Also located off the west of the island, almost due west from Josephine Newman Audubon Sanctuary, is Perkin Light.

We will now follow the 127 back to Woolwich and rejoin Route one, heading Northwest to Wiscasset, to seek further lighthouses off Route 1 of Maine.

Halfway Rock Lighthouse in Maine

Halfway Rock Lighthouse in Maine

11) Halfway Rock Lighthouse: Established 1871

Halfway Rock is located in Casco Bay, roughly halfway between Cape Elizabeth and Cape Small in Phippsburg, giving the light its name. This light is inaccessible to the public. It can be distantly seen from Portland Observatory on Munjoy Hill in Portland and from some boat cruises.

12) Seguin Island Light: Established 1796

Perkins Island Lighthouse in Maine

Perkins Island Lighthouse in Maine

This light is located near Popham beach a half mile south of the Kennebec River, nearest to the town of Georgetown. The island is open to private boaters, and the lighthouse is open for occasional tours. It can be viewed from Popham Beach or visited by boat. Seguin Island Light is known for its abundance of ghost stories as well as one of the foggiest places in the world. It is the lighthouse highest above sea level in Maine.

13) Pond Island Lighthouse: Established 1821

Pond Island Light is located near Popham Beach south of the Kennebec River mouth, nearest to the town of Georgetown. The light is inaccessible to the public but can be viewed by boat cruises in the area. This lighthouse is the second-oldest lighthouse in Maine.

14) Cuckold’s Lighthouse: Established 1907

This light is located near the Boothbay Harbor approach off of Cape Newagen, nearest to the town of Southport. This light is not accessible to the public, but can be viewed from a public landing in Southport or by boat cruises in the area. Cuckold’s Light was one of the last lighthouses to be built among the Maine coastline.

15) Perkins Island Lighthouse: Established 1898

This located is on Perkins Island in the Kennebec River in Georgetown. It is not accessible to the public but can be viewed by boat cruises in Boothbay Harbor. This lighthouse is part of the American Lighthouse Foundation.

Buying a lighthouse is not like buying a home – thankfully, we can help you whether you want to be in a lighthouse, condo or single family home! Give us a call or start your search for your perfect place here.

Deja Lett, Realtor & Broker
Keller Williams Realty
439 Main Street, Suite 102
Saco, Maine 04072
Direct Line: 207-553-2602

Walter’s in Portland Maine

December 17th, 2014
Walters Restaurant Portland Maine

Walter’s in Portland Maine

Located at Two Portland Square in Portland, Walter’s is a long time favorite restaurant of Mainers.  The chef Jeff Buerhaus draws his culinary inspiration from all over the world, emboldened by the signature flavors of Asia, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and the place always has a new, interesting menu to try. The comfortable dining room and bar create a relaxed and casual atmosphere where guests can enjoy a leisurely meal while chatting with bartenders and other patrons. The menu changes each season, but the year around theme of the restaurant is fresh, unique and delicious food and daily specials take shape in the kitchen only once Chef Buerhaus has surveyed which fresh ingredients are available.

The atmosphere is wonderfully serene and the food and service of the restaurant are consistently excellent. The restaurant offers an eclectic array and dynamic flavors of food; from caesar salads to steak frites, sandwiches, burgers, lobsters and soups. The restaurant has delicious cakes and ice creams for dessert.  There is a good selection of wine and after dinner drinks including port, maderia and sherry.

We went to Walter’s last Friday and had a great time. The food and service both were good and and our waiter was extremely well-versed in the details about every dish and helped us make selections. We both ordered the Hanger Steak and they were cooked just to our liking (one rare and one medium :). We also had buttercup soup and Asian ravioli. They were spicy, crispy and wonderful. For dessert, we ordered (and split!) a piece of  chocolate cake. The filling and the top layer of the cake was flawless and it just melted in the mouth. The best chocolate cake we have ever had! We enjoyed our food very much and as always had an enjoyable dining experience at Walter’s. Highly recommended!
Mainers’ passion for both cooking and cuisine has reshaped residential real estate – many of our buyers look for top grade appliances, large open kitchens and great neighborhoods with local restaurants (and a farmers market). The hottest downtown Portland developments are built around vibrant markets, and celebrate locally owned top-rated restaurants.

Now is a great time to buy a home in Southern Maine. Let The Deja Lett Team‘s years of experience help you find the perfect Maine home at the right price.

Deja Lett, Realtor & Broker
Keller Williams Realty
439 Main Street, Suite 102
Saco, Maine 04072
Direct Line: 207-553-2602

Maine Lighthouses: Greater Portland

December 10th, 2014

Leaving Wood Island Lighthouse behind, we head upstream along Saco River to the city of Biddeford, the sixth largest city in Maine, and a mere 15 miles away from Portland. Biddeford is one of the earliest places that Europeans first settled in North America and is now reputed to be one of Maine’s fastest growing commercial centers. It is here you will once again rejoin Route one, here as Elm street,  and crossing Saco river into Saco City of York County.

Leaving town we can either head back east down on state highway 9 to the coast again, or if you desire some salt free aquatic fun, you could head further up Route one and stop over at Funtown Splashtown USA, about 2 miles out from Saco. Further up from here, we will find ourselves in Scarborough, a city whose claim to fame is as a coastal resort town. We can turn off again from our highway here on to State Highway 207 to head southeast to the coast, and down past Great Pond to Crescent beach State Park to Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. This is the first of our five lighthouses in this second section of our journey up route 1, seeking the lighthouses of Maine.

By now we are almost within the limits of Portland City, Maine, a city reputed to have one of the most restaurants per capita in the whole of the USA! So from Cape Elizabeth, we head north and will soon come across Portland Head Light, steadfastly guiding ships into the Portland harbor coming in from the Atlantic.  Across the channel is Ram Island Light, providing the other reference point to seafarers coming in to shelter at Portland.

From here we will now be driving through South Portland where we will pass Spring point light, and just a bit further up, on

Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth Maine

Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth Maine

the final turn into the Harbor, the affectionately named Bug Light, signaling the final turn for sailors coming into the harbor at Portland.

From here, we cross the Fore River at Casco Bay Bridge, and will rejoin our Route 1 at East Bayside, Portland.

6) Cape Elizabeth Lights: “Two Lights” Established 1828

Two Light State Park is located in Cape Elizabeth, off Route 77. The lighthouse and grounds are open to the public but can be viewed from the park at the end of Two Lights Road. This station originally had two lights, but the west light was discontinued in 1855. This lighthouse was the subject of a famous Edward Hopper painting. In 1970, it also became the first lighthouse to appear on a postage stamp.


7) Portland Head Light: Established 1791

This lighthouse is located inside Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. This lighthouse is accessible to the public and can be accessed by visiting Fort Williams Portland Head Light was the first lighthouse to be completed by the federal government. It is the most visited, photographed and painted lighthouse in New England.


8) Ram Island Ledge Light: Established 1905

This light is located at the northern approach to Portland Harbor in Casco Bay, nearest to the town of Cape Elizabeth. This light is not accessible to the public, but can be viewed from Fort Williams Park or by boat tour. Ram Island Ledge Light has a granite tower that is nearly identical to Graves Light in Boston.


9) Spring Point Ledge Light: Established 1897

This light is located at the western approach to Portland Harbor, nearest to the city of City of South Portland. It is accessible to the public and can be viewed by walking to the end of the breakwater that it is located on. Spring Point Ledge is a spark plug style lighthouse, one of three left in the state of Maine.


10) Portland Breakwater Light: “Bug Light” Established 1855

Bug Light in South Portland Maine

Bug Light in South Portland Maine

This lighthouse is located in Bug Light Park in South Portland. Bug Light can be accessed by visiting Bug Light Park, which was built in honor of the tower. The light was nicknamed “Bug Light” due to its small size.

Let The Deja Lett Team of Keller Williams Realty guide you to your perfect home. We are local experts, and full service Real Estate agents located in Saco, Maine. We believe in supporting our local community & businesses, & are also proponents of sustainable living & high-performance home building. Contact us today!

Deja Lett, Realtor & Broker
Keller Williams Realty
439 Main Street, Suite 102
Saco, Maine 04072
Direct Line: 207-553-2602

10th Annual Festival of Trees in Saco Maine

December 3rd, 2014
Dyer Library and Saco Museum in Southern Maine

Dyer Library and Saco Museum in Southern Maine

Come join the 10th annual festival of trees for holiday cheer and decoration and support the Dyer Library and Saco Museum for their biggest fundraiser of the year. From a holiday gala and tree lighting ceremony, there are many charitable and interesting events going on at the museum which combine doing good with a good time.  You can also purchase raffle tickets to win trees, wreaths, gift certificates and more.

Visit the museum anytime with your family and friends and support a fundraiser throughout December. If you are interested in volunteering, join us for informal information and scheduling meeting where we will talk about the volunteer opportunities available, and start scheduling interested people into time slots for different jobs. To volunteer email croy@sacomuseum.org

Festival of Trees is a free exhibit with raffle opportunities and events that will be held at Saco Museum, 371 Main Street, Saco, from now to Wednesday, December 31. 

Saco, Maine is increasingly a popular place for families and investors looking to purchase a home. Do you have questions about the Saco, Maine area or Biddeford, Maine real estate market? Contact us today.

“We wish you a holiday filled with family traditions and special memories. We look forward to our continued friendships and forming new friendships in the new year! 

Deja Lett, Realtor & Broker
Keller Williams Realty
439 Main Street, Suite 102
Saco, Maine 04072
Direct Line: 207-553-2602

Happy Tails! Dog-friendly Maine beaches

November 26th, 2014

We live in an extremely pro-dog state where our furry friends are free to take stroll, sniff and explore around the frigid coastline in peace. Lots of neighborhoods have one or two parks nearby and there are hundreds of acres scattered in and around the state where our four-legged friends can romp undeterred by a leash. The there are numbers of restaurants and bars who let us bring our beautiful dogs in when it’s not too packed and with a great walking path along the harbor, beaches that allow dogs, and dog friendly downtown shops, the dogs and their owners have plenty of options for play, outdoor recreation and pampering in Maine.

Southern Maine beaches: off season with your dog

Southern Maine beaches: off season with your dog

Impressed? It gets better. Here is the list of dog-friendly beaches that allow dogs in the off season (winter):

1) Scarborough, Maine – Ferry Beach, Pine Point Beach (Hurd Park), Higgins Beach, and Scarborough Beach

Note: Dogs are allowed on Scarborough beaches only BEFORE 9 A.M. and AFTER 5 P.M. from June 15 through Sept 15, and must be leashed during the summer. In the winter there are no restrictions on dogs accessing the beaches, although an owner must have a leash available to collar a straying or troublesome dog.

2) Biddeford, Maine – Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rock, and Hills Beach

Note:  Dogs are allowed on Biddeford area beaches BEFORE 9 A.M. and AFTER 8 P.M.  For more details call Biddeford Parks & Recreation at (207) 283-0841.

3) Saco, Maine – Bayview Beach, Camp Ellis Beach, Diamond Riverside Boat Ramp, Ferry Beach State Park, and Kenney Shores Beach

Note: Dogs are allowed on Saco municipal beaches at any time with leash and clean-up.  Within Ferry Beach State Park, dogs are NOT ALLOWED on the beach proper, but are allowed in the park interior with leash and clean-up.

4) Kennebunk, Maine – Gooch’s Beach, Middle Beach, Mother’s Beach, and Parson’s Beach

Note: Dogs are allowed on Kennebunk beaches BEFORE 9 A.M. and AFTER 5 P.M.  This restriction applies between June 15 until the day after Labor Day.  At other times of the year, there are no restrictions other than leash and clean-up.  For more info call the Kennebunk Town Office at (207) 985-2102 and select ext. 1306 for the Kennebunk Town Clerk.

5) Kennebunkport, Maine – Goose Rocks Beach, and Colony Beach

Note: Dogs are allowed on Kennebunkport beaches BEFORE 8 A.M. and AFTER 6 P.M.  This restriction applies between June 15 and September 15.  At other times of the year, only leash and clean-up rules apply.  For more info call the Kennebunkport Town Office at (207) 967-4243.

6) Ogunquit, Maine – Ogunquit Beach, Foot Bridge Beach, and Moody Beach

Note: NO DOGS ALLOWED on Ogunquit Beaches from April 1 to October 1. For an alternative try Ogunquit Dog Park. Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to dusk, the park is located at 323 Berwick Road. For more info call Ogunquit Dog Park at (207) 646-1677 or email info@ogunquitdogpark.com.

7) Old Orchard, Maine – Old Orchard Beach

Note: Dogs are allowed on Old Orchard Beach BEFORE 10 A.M. and AFTER 5 P.M.  For more details call the OOB Chamber at (207) 934-2500.

8) Wells, Maine – Wells Beach, and Drake’s Island Beach

Note: Dogs are allowed on Wells beaches from April 1 to June 15 when on a leash.  From June 16 to September 15, dogs are only allowed BEFORE 8 a.m. and AFTER 6 p.m.  For more info call the Wells Town Clerk at (207) 646-2882.

9) York, Maine: Cape Neddick Beach aka Passaconaway Beach, Harbor Beach aka York Harbor Beach, Long Sands Beach, and Short Sands Beach

Note: Dogs are allowed to run without a leash on York beaches from Sunrise to 8 a.m. so long as owner is present with leash at hand.  NO DOGS ALLOWED from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  DOGS ON LEASHES are allowed from 6 p.m. to Sunrise.  These rules apply between May 20 and September 20.  At other times of year, dogs are allowed on beach so long as owner is present with a leash at hand.  Clean-up rules always apply.  For more info call the Town of York at (207) 363-1000.

10) Kittery, Maine – Crescent Beach, Fort Foster Park, and Seapoint Beach

Note: Dogs are allowed on Kittery beaches BEFORE 10 a.m. and AFTER 5 p.m.  This restriction applies from June 15 to September 10.  Leash and clean-up rules always apply.  For more info call the Kittery Town Clerk at (207) 439-0452.

Maine Lighthouses: Just one of the great things about living in Maine!

November 19th, 2014

Driving North along Route 1 from Portsmouth, NH to Maine in the fall, you begin to find yourself amongst the famous byways of the state, renowned for their tree lined lanes, ablaze in all their autumn colors, the subject of countless photographs and postcards. Route 1 is one of the longest routes highways in the USA and here in Maine it stays close to the north Atlantic coast, and offers you the chance to experience not just the tree lined roads in their beautiful autumn colors, but also the beautiful rugged lighthouses that protect the coast and our salty sailors and their crafts in years gone by.

In this series we have set out for you, we will be taking you north along Route 1, and we will be featuring five of the lighthouses that you will encounter as we head north from Portsmouth NH, going all the way to Bear Island Lighthouse by Northeast Harbor, where we end our series. Route 1 continues further up the coast, finally veering north to end at the Canadian border but for us our journey will end, at the picturesque Bear island Lighthouse.

So now, as we enter Maine, the first lighthouse we will be visiting is Whaleback, and the last on this leg of the trip will be Wood Island. You will need to take a detour from Route 1 once you enter Maine, heading east to Kittery Point on the 103. The drive then turns north, less than a mile at most points along the Atlantic coast, though of course not on Route 1 for now….but who cares, the drive is beautiful! The drive continues through York, don’t forget to visit Yorks Wild Kingdom if you are visiting Nubble Light! We will now rejoining Route one on our drive up the coast, and coming into Wells, you could choose to drive along the aptly named Atlantic Avenue for some up close and personal seaside driving. By this time we are getting close to Kennebunk, and more precisely, Kennebunkport, from where you will be visiting the final lighthouse on this section of our drive along the eastern seaboard of Maine.

Read all about these lighthouses, and the ones in between, and then start to plan your trip. Many of the lighthouses are within a short drive of each other, so you can see four or five in one excursion. Maybe you can even stop and have a lobster roll while you’re at it!

  1. Whaleback Light

    The Deja Lett Team

    Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery Maine photo: Larry Landolfi on 500px

Established in 1820, this lighthouse is located in Kittery, Maine at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, approximately 1,500 feet from the Maine-New Hampshire border. It is only accessible by boat, but can be viewed from Fort Foster in Kittery and from Fort Stark and Fort Constitution in New Hampshire. Due to the location of Whaleback Lighthouse, it has been rebuilt several times since its original establishment and remains particularly vulnerable in its open location.

  1. Boon Island Light

Established 1811, it is located approximately nine miles from the York coastline. The light is inaccessible to the public, but can be viewed by many boat cruises offered in the area. Previous to the establishment of this lighthouse, the island was the site of many shipwrecks, and even after its establishment it was difficult to have a lighthouse keeper on site due to its desolate location.

  1. Nubble Light

Nubble Light was established in 1879 and is located on the eastern point of Cape Neddick, Maine on Nubble Island and is inaccessible to visitors. However, the light is only a few hundred feet off of York Beach and can easily be viewed from there. Nubble Light is known for its unique red light. It is also well known for being one of the most scenic and photographed lighthouses in Maine.

  1. Goat Island Light

Established 1833, this lighthouse is located on Goat Island in Cape Porpoise, Maine. The light is accessible only by boat and is not open to the public. It can be viewed by boat cruises offered in the area. Goat Island was the last lighthouse in Maine to be automated in 1990. During the presidency of George H.W. Bush, Secret Service agents lived on Goat Island to keep watch while the president visited his home in Kennebunkport.

  1. Wood Island Light

Established 1808, this is a lighthouse located on Wood Island just east of the mouth of the Saco River, near the Biddeford Pool area. The light is open to the public through the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse and is best viewed by boat tours. Approximately 30 acres of Wood Island is protected by the Audubon Society as a bird sanctuary that provides an area for nesting as well as an important stop for migration.

In our next installment we will be heading further north stopping just south of Portland…

Has the thought “I could live here” crossed your mind while vacationing in Maine or reading about our beautiful state? You are not alone if it has! Contact The Deja Lett Team today for a relocation packet, or to set up a search for your perfect place in vacationland! 

Looking for more on living in Maine? check out: more Maine scenic drives or historic tours & museums in Maine

Deja Lett, Realtor & Broker
Keller Williams Realty
439 Main Street, Suite 102
Saco, Maine 04072
Direct Line: 207-553-2602

Restaurant Review: Standard Baking Co. in Portland Maine

November 13th, 2014

There are several great bakeriesStandard Baking Company in Portland Maine in Portland, but Standard Baking Co. is one of my favorites and not without reason.

Great Coffee, amazing pastries, delicious aromas and friendly staff, this gem of bakery is located right off Commercial Street in Downtown Portland Maine. It is within the walking distance from many of the hotels and attractions in Portland and also has its own parking lot which is a rarity for this popular area.  Standard Baking is nice and tidy and the interior is warm, inviting and is filled with the aromas of fresh baked cookies, breads and pastries.

From almond croissants to butter cookies and from a pear frangipane tart to luxurious little pains au chocolat, biscotti, brioches, and galettes, the bakery serves a dizzying selection of pastries that makes you want to indulge!  Among the daily specials are anadama bread on Friday, black olive-onion focaccia on Saturday, and cinnamon raisin bread Sunday. Coffee is also available here, and there are a few tables for sitting and enjoying the bakery treasures while they are still hot.

On my latest trip to Standard Baking I was sure to get there early and right after I entered, the bakery filled up with a huge line of people. With so many delicious things behind the counter,  I don’t think you can ever go wrong with any of your choices. I had chocolate sable cookies and bun and both were delicious. The chocolate sable cookies were rich, chocolaty and had the perfect crumbly texture.  The bun was perfect with just the right amount of glaze and sugar and a cup of hot coffee completed my ideal breakfast.

Standard Baking Co. is the best place to grab coffee and some baked goods before starting your day…My advice? Visit this fresh, local business soon! If you want the best, local real estate experts in Southern Maine, contact Deja Lett, Realtor & Broker today!

The Deja Lett Team
Direct Line: 207-553-2602

Time to Fall Back

November 1st, 2014

Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 AM on Sunday, so be sure to set your clocks back one hour before you head to sleep Saturday night.Saco river