RIDE the shuttle: Take the Black Bear-Orono Express from the University to Downtown and back - easier than campus parking.
DON'T FORGET the veggies: Orono Farmer's Market - "winter" market in Downtown; "summer" market at University Steam Plant parking lot
BROWSE for special items: Byer of Maine (camp furniture & hammocks), DeGrasse Jewelers, Dr Records, Metropolitan Soul, Front Porch Books, Rose's Bike and Ski Shop, Shaw & Tenney (wooden oars and paddles)
STAY overnight, within walking distance of the University: University Inn
FEEL like a new you: Dick's Barber Shop, Erv's Barber Shop, Fringe Salon, Hair After
FIX the headache: Orono Pharmacy
FIX the house: Parks Hardware
FIX the car: Murray's Campus Service Center, Swett's Tire & Auto
GET ONE with nature: Walk the Stillwater River trail; kayak or canoe from hand-carry landings on the Stillwater River at the end of Summer Street, at University Inn, or at Brownie's Park along the Stillwater River trail
LISTEN to a summer concert: Every Wednesday evening during the summer at Webster Park
LEARN and connect: Orono Public Library
EXPERIENCE history: Walk the Orono Main Street Historic District with twenty-nine 19th Century and turn-of-the-century buildings covering all of the major styles of a hundren years
TAKE A DIP at the Town's outdoor pool next to the Orono school campus
Downtown Orono -- with its mix of longstanding businesses and newcomers, college youth and senior citizens, riverfront and trails -- is the dynamic core of Orono. It is a strong address for restaurants, businesses catering to a University market, and professional and R&D offices. More than a decade ago, the Town, in cooperation with Downtown merchants and residents, reaffirmed its commitment to a healthy Downtown. It has since:
To learn more about Downtown business opportunities, contact the current president of OVA, Michele Goldman.
Keep up to date with the plan to redevelop the former Katahdin Building site at the center of Downtown.