A block from one of Maine’s most popular sandy shorelines, and a mere 15 minute drive to Portland, the Higgins Beach Inn has been a favorite of beachgoers since 1923 – even as it inevitably fell into decline in recent years. In a residential neighborhood, locals were anxious to see what the new owners – the Migis Group (which also owns 250 Main in Rockland, Migis Lodge on Lake Sebago, and the Blackpoint Inn nearby) – would do with the place when they took it over last year (2016). I’m happy to report that the new Higgins Beach Inn is a wonderful redo; with fresh, modern beachy-clean rooms and an excellent new bar and restaurant, Shade, which has been experiencing a daily increase in patrons since it opened at the end of May 2017. Shade’s convivial atmosphere is proof of a true neighborhood embrace, as most customers are not, for the most part, tourists. Many walk here, repeatedly, from within a few square blocks.