Yarmouth offers its residents all the advantages of living in a small community while also providing benefits usually associated with larger towns or even cities. To begin with, it has a wide range of geographical features within a relatively small space. Located on the coast, the town contains several islands within its jurisdiction, including Cousins Island and Littlejohn Island. The Royal River runs right through Yarmouth—Stephen King fans might recognize the river’s name from several of the writer’s novels—while the Cousins River borders it to the northeast.
The town is home to a warm, involved community. The strength of Yarmouth’s social fabric has surely contributed to the excellent quality of the schools in its district. Yarmouth High School was a Blue Ribbon School in 1986-87 and in 2005-06—there is no higher national award. In 2013, YHS also placed second in Maine and 198th in the country according to U.S. News and World Report rankings. Like the middle and elementary schools in the district, the high school is small with a high student-teacher ratio, ensuring that each pupil gets all the attention he or she needs. The high school has also been recognized as one of the strongest schools in Maine athletically, especially for its football, soccer, lacrosse and skiing programs. There is a private school in town as well—the North Yarmouth Academy. Its students go on to some of the country’s best colleges. Freeport, which is just a 10-minute drive away, offers even more options. The town is home to both the Merriconeag Waldorf School and L’Ecole Francaise du Maine, which is the only French immersion school in the state.
The proximity to Freeport also provides residents with some exciting shopping opportunities. The town is the location of the L. L. Bean flagship store, which is open around the clock. There are also over 170 name brand outlet stores to choose from. Nature lovers will find plenty to enjoy in Freeport, whether it is on an adventure in Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park or on a visit of the Desert of Maine, which covers over 40 acres. Yarmouth’s location is truly excellent. Residents can also get to Portland and i
ts 230 restaurants in less than 15 minutes. This affords them easy access to the Portland International Jetport, the busiest airport of Maine and one of the most affordable in New England.
There is plenty to do at home as well. Every summer, visitors flock to town from all over the world for the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Technically three days long, the event usually lasts a full week. Festivities include a craft show, a fine arts show, food booths and all kinds of fun competitions (there’s a clam-shucking contest!). The Royal River Park is another local favorite. There’s plenty of space for picnics, walks and playing Frisbee. The Summer Arts Series, which features various concerts and kid friendly activities, is hosted at the park.
Useful links for Yarmouth:
Yarmouth School Department: http://www.yarmouthschools.org/
North Yarmouth Academy: http://www2.nya.org/
L. L. Bean Flagship Store: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1000001705
Portland International Jetport: http://www.portlandjetport.org/
Yarmouth Clam Festival: http://www.clamfestival.com/home.php
Summer Art Series: http://www.yarmouthcommunityservices.org/sas.html
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