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Portland Chamber Music Festival marks 25 years

Portland Chamber Music Festival marks 25 years

For the past two dozen years the Portland Chamber Music Festival has been a mainstay of our city’s August offerings, presenting a series of four top-tier classical concerts. This year marks the festival’s 25th season, and it’s goodbye for the founding artistic director, Jennifer Elowitch. The festival runs August 9-18.

At the time, the 29-year-old Elowitch lived in Boston and enjoyed a flourishing career in the Hub’s vibrant classical music scene. But she had been born in Portland and wanted to make a positive impact in her hometown.

Congratulations on your 30 year anniversary

Congratulations on your 30 year anniversarySince its founding in 1988, Gritty McDuff’s, Maine’s first brew pub since Prohibition, has brewed creative, quality beers that have earned awards ranging from repeat First Place wins at the annual Real Ale Festival in Chicago, to a silver medal at the prestigious Great British Beer Festival.

“Over the years Gritty’s has become part of the fabric of Maine. We want to see the mug club members, past employees, friends, and our colleagues in the Maine craft beer business and the public to stop by to say hi, have a beer and enjoy the music.” ~  Richard Pfeffer

Excellence Award from TripAdvisor for 2018

Excellence Award from TripAdvisor for 2018

Seacoast Helicopters brings a new exciting tour to the area and receives an award in the process.

Halfway Rock Lighthouse Tour
Approximately 60 minute tour
Includes a helicopter flight to Halfway Rock 9 miles off the coast. Guides tour of the interior of the Lighthouse, Keeper's quarters and grounds.

Discover Maine with a new Downeaster Rail Pass

Discover Maine with a new Downeaster Rail Pass
The rail pass will make it easier and more economical to discover Maine by train. The pass is designed to encourage car-free travel within the state and highlight the popular Maine destinations served by the Downeaster.

"We’re so excited about this pass and hope it will encourage visitors and locals from nearby communities to come to Portland without having to drive. With so many attractions now located near the station on Thompson’s Point, and a quick METRO bus connection available to Hadlock Field, the Museum of Art, downtown Portland and the Eastern Promenade, it’s so easy to visit Portland - car free!” ~ Lynn Tillotson.

Portland's first hostel is officially open for business

Portland's first hostel is officially open for business

After much work and planning, the Black Elephant Hostel opened for business on June 14. The Loeber family purchased a 4 story apartment building in the India Street Neighborhood this past fall.

"We are proud to be the first hostel to open in Portland, Maine! We truly believe in affordable travel and LOVE the social environment that hostels create. I do believe that hostels contribute to the greater good.  They are a melting pot of different cultures and a place to make connections with others. They inspire community and open you up to endless possibilities and inspiration" ~ Heather Loeber

 

Funtown owner receives attractions industry safety award

Funtown owner receives attractions industry safety award

During the New England Association of Amusement Park's and Attractions (NEAAPA) 105th Anniversary Annual Meeting, Funtown Splashtown USA owner and maintenance director Bill Cormier received the prestigious Alan E. Ramsay Safety Award. The NEAAPA Board of Directors added this award to recognize an individual who always put safety and training first. According to the nomination, "several very well-qualified insurance ride inspectors have surveyed the park, and each one came away with praise for his exemplary preparedness and his thorough knowledge of every amusement device." "I am extremely honored and humbled to be receiving this award," said Cormier.

CHEF OF THE YEAR

CHEF OF THE YEAR

The Maine Restaurant Association names Troy Mains, the Executive Chef at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, as the 2018 Chef of the Year.

According to the Maine Restaurant Association, the Maine Chef of the Year must exhibit a passion for the profession and a desire to share their enthusiasm with the next generation. Mains, a self-taught chef who started his career in the dish pit at 14 years of age, has been with the Inn for six years. Congrats to this hardworking and talented chef.

BROADREACH PUBLIC RELATIONS RECIEVES SEVEN GOLDEN ARROWS AWARDS

BROADREACH PUBLIC RELATIONS RECIEVES SEVEN GOLDEN ARROWS AWARDS

The Maine Public Relations Council honored Broadreach Public Relations with seven different awards at the January 2018 annual MPRC Golden Arrow Awards ceremony. The Golden Arrow Awards are prestigious recognitions for professionals “who have made outstanding contributions to Maine’s public relations industry, and have demonstrated exceptional performance on behalf of their clients.” This is the 8th year that Broadreach Public Relations has been recognized by MPRC, and received 4 gold and 3 silver awards for achievements in excellence on behalf of their clients. 

Maine Brew Bus expands yet again

Maine Brew Bus expands yet again

What a way to end the year strong!

A big congrats to Zach Poole and his team at the Maine Brew Bus for acquiring The Rhode Island Brew Bus, LLC. This purchase adds a major new territory in Southern New England to the growing Maine business.

The Maine Brew Bus has experienced incredible growth recently, expanding to Massachusetts in 2016 and growing by leaps and bounds locally in Greater Portland. We look forward to seeing what 2018 brings this beer-loving, hard-working crew! 

CNN NAMES INN BY THE SEA AN ELITE ESCAPE

CNN NAMES INN BY THE SEA AN ELITE ESCAPE


A cozy escape in the lap of luxury is just what the doctor ordered to cure those winter blues. Congratulations to Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth for being recognized by CNN Travel as one of the 10 Cozy Hotels that Redefine Luxury.

Inn by the Sea is recognized among international properties from Peru to Denmark. With a world class spa, warm fireplaces and that incredible ocean view – we can see why visitors can’t wait to escape to this cozy seaside retreat.  read more

Beyond retail, Sea Bags handle sails

Beyond retail, Sea Bags handle sails

Please join us in congratulating the all-women sailing team from Sea Bags for taking home the first place trophy for all-female finishers in the 2017 J/24 World Championship in Mississauga, Canada.

Competing against 63 teams from all over the world, the Sea Bags team finished 39th overall and won the Jaegar Women’s Trophy at the September 2017 competition.

The team was comprised of skipper Erica Beck Spencer, owner Jessica Harris, Katherine Drake, Charlotte Kinkade, Joy Martin and Hilary Noble. In a new release, president and COO of Sea Bags, Beth Shissler, expresses “We could not be more proud of Erica and Jessica and their all-women's team. They have worked so hard individually and together to win the Jaeger Women's Trophy."

Lone Pine expands operations to Gorham

Lone Pine expands operations to Gorham

It’s official, Lone Pine Brewing Company has purchased the former Sebago Brewing Company space in Gorham. Sebago Brewing Co. will be moving to a new facility this winter.  Former owners of the space had intended to sell the fully installed brewery to a local Maine brewer, and are excited to pass along the equipment, packaging and warehouse space to John, Tom and the rest of the team at Lone Pine.

The move will quadruple Lone Pine’s capacity from five barrels to 20 barrels, which means even more of that delicious Portland Pale Ale.  Congrats on the expansion, Lone Pine!

Condé Nast Traveler readers rank Visit Portland members among top ten

Condé Nast Traveler readers rank Visit Portland members among top ten

Visit Portland Members cleaned up in the 2017 Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards. In the category “Top Ten Hotels in New England” we’d like to congratulate Harraseeket Inn in Freeport for earning #3, Cheabeague Island Inn on Cheabeague Island ranking at #6; and the Press Hotel in Portland for landing spot #7.  The Portland International Jetport also ranked among this year’s readers choice awards as one of the Ten Best Airports in the U.S.

Huge congrats to all our members who worked hard all year to earn these rankings.

Harraseeket Inn among Top 10 Resort Hotels in New England

Harraseeket Inn among Top 10 Resort Hotels in New England

Travel + Leisure recently released their annual World’s Best Awards and we are pleased to recognize Harraseeket Inn as landing among the Top 10 Resort Hotels in New England.

Earning a score of 95.00, Harraseeket Inn credits their prestigious ranking to having “the finest crew on the planet.” T+L World’s Best Awards are voted on by readers and include categories such as cruise lines, airports, cities and hotels. Congrats on the well deserved win!

Maine Wines Win Big

Maine Wines Win Big

Please join us in congratulating Cellardoor Winery on their performance at the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Cellardoor walked away with 18 different awards, competing with over 4,000 entries representing 31 different countries. Of all the well deserved accolades, some of the most notable include three Double Gold Medals and two ‘Best of’ category wins. Congrats to our friends at Cellardoor on these incredible accomplishments. 

Quincy Hentzel is the new CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce

Quincy Hentzel is the new CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of CommerceQuincy is no stranger to the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Community. Before stepping in as interim CEO in February, Quincy served on the board of the Portland Community Chamber for several years, most recently as the volunteer board President.
 
That familiarity, paired with her leadership, vision, energy and community engagement made her the ideal candidate to move the Chamber forward.
 
In her time as Interim CEO, Quincy has already brought fresh ideas and initiatives to the Chamber which align very well with yheir long-term strategic goals. She envisions a more inclusive Chamber, and has already launched new initiatives and programming focused on immigrant-owned businesses, women’s issues, and small businesses.  Her years of experience as a lobbyist have also enabled her to speak effectively for all of us regionally and in Augusta.
 
Quincy is also focused on collaborating with businesses, communities and other stakeholders to bring greater prosperity to the Region. These new programs will be focused on making sure that as we grow, we grow together across all communities.
 

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

Many of our Visit Portland members are celebrating monumental anniversaries this month! Join us in congratulating them...

The Westin Portland Harborview (formerly The Eastland): 90 years

Andy’s Old Port Pub: 10 years

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: 10 years

Portland Paddle: 5 years

Photo of The Westin Portland Harborview anniversary provided by Focus Photography

Summer Clean-up

Summer Clean-up

Leaders from Portland’s hotel industry giving our trails a makeover in anticipation of the summer season.

Together with Visit Portland, the Portland area’s hotel industry leaders kicked off the summer season with a morning of beautifying Portland’s trails on May 26th.  The team donatedtheir time to pick up debris left from the winter coverage and spring thaw. The cleanup crew compromised of representatives from The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, The Residence inn Downtown Waterfront, Maine Course Hospitality Group, The Embassy Suites by Hilton, The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, The Portland Harbor Hotel and The Hyatt Place Old Port feels that a warm welcome to our visitors means a more lasting positive impression of our region and more repeat travelers. 

“We are so excited to facilitate this clean up with our amazing community partners,” says Elissa English, Visit Portland’s Director of Group Marketing, “We are all proud to live and work in Maine and this really shows when you a group of professionals whose typical day finds themselves in their business suits ask to come out and get their hands dirty and clean-up the proverbial welcome mat to our region”.

Hampton Inn Saco presented with 2016 Circle of Excellence Award

Hampton Inn Saco presented with 2016 Circle of Excellence Award

Hampton by Hilton, Hilton’s global mid-price brand of more than 2,200 hotels, has recognized Hampton Inn by Hilton Saco/Biddeford/Old Orchard Beach with a 2016 Circle of Excellence Award. The award signifies the hotel as one of the top performing properties within the brand. It is presented to hotels that have excelled in service and growing customer loyalty. 

Hampton is proud to congratulate and recognize the recipients of the 2016 Circle of Excellence Award, given to the top 10% of Hampton hotels in 2016. The Hampton Inn by Hilton Saco/Biddeford/Old Orchard Beach has been recognized for high rankings in accommodations, service and quality. At each of our hotels worldwide, we offer friendly service, comfortable accommodations, excellent value and outstanding amenities, including our free hot breakfast, clean and fresh Hampton® bed, and free fitness facilities. Every year, based on guest feedback, we reward those hotels that have shown exceptional dedication to customer service, overall guest satisfaction and an infectious spirit that we like to call "Hamptonality”. The property will also receive a brand trophy to display in their lobby.

"On behalf of the staff, we are extremely honored to receive this brand award," said Bridget Conley, General Manager. "Each day, we look forward to providing exceptional customer service, ensuring our guests are happy during their stay with us. I am very proud of my team and their efforts."

A Milestone Years In The Making

A Milestone Years In The MakingSebago Brewing Company officially broke ground on their new destination brewery on Lower Main Street in Gorham in partnership with the Shaw Brothers Family Foundation. In just 10 years, the number of craft breweries in Maine has jumped from 14 to 82, with more opening soon.

Beer tourism has become a multimillion-dollar industry in the state, and Sebago Brewing couldn't be more excited to be a part of that journey as they embark on building their new facility.

Co-founders Kai Adams, Brad Monarch and Tim Haines lifted ceremonial shovels as they broke ground this morning on the new space. The new 30,965-square-foot building will double the size of the current Gorham brewery to help Sebago Brewing company keep up with demand.

The Maine Brew Bus Expands

The Maine Brew Bus Expands

The Maine Brew Bus, LLC announced that it has acquired Maine Beer Tours, LLC, a similar company providing all-inclusive tours to breweries, wineries, and distilleries in Greater Portland. The purchase will allow The Maine Brew Bus increased passenger capacity and expansion of tour concepts, as well as provide new itineraries for the millions of people that visit Southern Maine. Adding a bus to the existing fleet will also allow The Maine Brew Bus to have new transportation options for their thirsty guests.


For Maine Beer Tours, the purchase will allow for the husband and wife team to focus more on their family, which includes two daughters who are both very excited by the idea of spending more quality time together, especially during the summer months.


“We are very excited about this acquisition of Maine Beer Tours. We have admired their hard work with regard to local beer tourism, and adding their resources to our company complements our existing offerings,” said Zach Poole, founder of The Maine Brew Bus. “We will now be able to provide new tour options to more people, and we look forward to build upon the foundation that Mark, Nichole, and their team have accomplished over the past several years”, Poole added.

The Maine Brew Bus also announced that their expanded summer and fall schedule has now been finalized. Beginning in late May and running through October, multiple tour options will be available daily from their new home at Old Port Spirits at 79 Commercial Street in Downtown Portland.

ADA Title III Public Accommodations – New Accessibility Considerations for Businesses

ADA Title III Public Accommodations – New Accessibility Considerations for Businesses

Check out this podcast with two of Verrill Dana's attorneys highlighting the ADA Title III public accommodation issues that businesses may not be aware of, including those for businesses that maintain public websites and the accessibility features that these websites should have to maintain compliance.

This may be pertinent to members, whom many have public websites.

Find the podcast , “ADA Title III Public Accommodations – New Accessibility Considerations for Businesses,” online here. 

Jetport Sets All-Time Passenger Record

Jetport Sets All-Time Passenger Record

The Portland International Jetport (PWM) announced an all-time record year for traffic, with 1,785,649 passengers in 2016.  The achievement surpasses 2015’s total of 1,728,746 passengers – an increase of 3.2%.  Additionally, this milestone marks a 1.3% increase over the previous record of 1,762,925 passengers set in 2008.

“Reaching our all-time record year is a real win for the Portland Jetport,” said Paul Bradbury, Airport Director. “Here in the New England region we have seen significant consolidation of air service into Boston-Logan. Portland and Boston are the only two New England airports at all-time record levels. This is a real testament to the exceptional destination that Portland is, and to our economy which accesses the global air transportation system from PWM.”

The Jetport’s all-time record year was credited to a culmination of several air service partners adding larger aircraft and greater frequency in and out of PWM. “The great news is that Portland is well positioned for additional growth in 2017,” said Zach Sundquist, Assistant Airport Director. “Looking forward, we have 5.5% more seats available in the first six months of 2017 then we had in the first six months of 2016,” he continued.

METRO Marked 50 Year Anniversary with Record Ridership

METRO Marked 50 Year Anniversary with Record Ridership

Greater Portland Transit District - METRO, formed in 1966, reached record ridership of 1.81 million in 2016. This shatters the 1.57 million mark reached in 2015, which saw the highest numbers in almost thirty years. 2016 ridership of 1,810,825 is a 15% increase from the 1,568,136 reached in 2015. Since 2013, METRO has delivered several system improvements and programs to improve transit service and infrastructure. These have included improvements to weekday frequencies, reliability and route improvements, increased Sunday service, new bus shelters, real-time bus arrival information, express bus service to Freeport and Yarmouth and transit pass programs.

"This is an exciting time for public transit in the region. I’ve been a member of the METRO board since 2007, but I have seen the most growth in the system during the last three years,” says METRO Board President John Thompson. "The service expansion to Yarmouth and Freeport and introduction of ‘real time’ transit information creates more transit access for this region than ever before with several more improvements planned for the future, including a major expansion for the communities of Gorham, Portland and Westbrook.”  About the recent ridership gains, METRO’s General Manager, Greg Jordan said, "We’re seeing first hand that people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds are looking for easier ways to live and travel in southern Maine. We recognize there is much more work to do, but METRO will continue striving to improve and innovate the quality and experience of using public transit while expanding its reach and accessibility. We also recognize that bike, pedestrian, ADA and transit supportive development is equally important to building a high-quality transit system, and we are eager to partner with local and state leaders and the development community on this front.”

Kerry Altiero received the commitment to work readiness award

Kerry Altiero received the commitment to work readiness award

Congratulations to Kerry Altiero from Cafe Miranda for his commitment to work readiness and his employment for those recovering from life challenges.


The core of the STRIVE employment model is the Attitudinal and Job Readiness training - a tough love, no excuses approach to work readiness. This curriculum delves into the root causes of a person’s inability to obtain and keep a job, mentoring participants towards the attitudes and workplace behaviors they need to overcome employment obstacles and transform their lives.


Cafe Miranda is a small, cozy bistro like restaurant with a big menu of ethnic tastes and bites to please even the pickiest of palettes. Be sure to check out Kerry and his staff the next time you are  in the Rockland area.

Sweetgrass Farm's gin earns accolades in World Drink Awards

Sweetgrass Farm's gin earns accolades in World Drink Awards
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, with a distillery in Union and an tasting room and shop in Portland, has been named "Best Contemporary American Gin 2017" in the World Drink Awards.

Sweetgrass was founded in 2005 and is owned and operated by Keith and Constance Bodine. The tasting room in Portland opened in 2013. Sweetgrass employs nine people in its peak season in the summer. In addition to wine and spirits, the company raises lamb and from them produces meat and blankets.

The World Drink Awards are organised by Paragraph Publishing Ltd. in the United Kingdom and presented by TheDrinksReport.com.

Yankee editors’ choice awards recognize Visit Portland members among best in Portland

Yankee editors’ choice awards recognize Visit Portland members among best in Portland


We would like to extend a big congrats to the following members for the recent recognition they received from the Yankee Editors’ Choice Awards:

Lucky Catch for Best Bay Tour, Reny’s for Best Shopping Adventure, Victoria Mansion for Best Historic-House Museum, Portland Schooner Company for Best Casco Bay Sunset Sail, The Danforth Inn for Best B&B, The Press Hotel for Best Downtown Hotel, Inn at Park Spring for Best City B&B, Inn on Peaks for Best Island Inn, Inn by the Sea for Best Beachfront Family Escape, Portland Harbor Hotel for Best Boutique Hotel and Chebeague Island Inn for Best Island Escape.  read more

The Nonantum Resort Awarded The Knot Best of Weddings for the 5th time

The Nonantum Resort Awarded The Knot Best of Weddings for the 5th timeThe award represents the highest-rated wedding professionals across America, as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests. In 2017, only 2% of the 300,000 wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. These winners represent the best of the best for wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider in order to inspire, plan and book their own unique wedding. Last year, The Nonantum was the only Maine venue to be inducted into The Knot’s “Hall of Fame” for winning Best of Weddings four times. The resort also received the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for the second year in a row. “These awards are a testament to our amazing weddings team and the level of dedication, caring and attention that they give to each and every event we host,” said Tim Ames, Director of Sales. “This past season, we were also fortunate to welcome a new Executive Chef who is taking our culinary offerings to the next level. And we unveiled a new water view function space which allows us to offer more options for groups.”

New cloud based managed wireless LAN service in the greater Portland area

New cloud based managed wireless LAN service in the greater Portland area

FairPoint has also announced general availability of its cloud based managed wireless LAN service in the greater Portland area. FairPoint’s Managed WLAN service extends an organization’s LAN infrastructure without the cost of network wiring, supports corporate and personal devices with secure wireless access to company data and applications, and frees organizations from daily operations and management of wireless infrastructure. Managed WLAN provides enterprise-class wireless connectivity that is centrally managed by FairPoint to quickly and proactively resolve any network performance issues. FairPoint also provides software upgrades, as they are released, at no additional cost. IT managers have around-the-clock access to a simple, cloud-based online system to manage their network preferences, and monitor network status and performance.

FairPoint Communications is pleased to announce that telecommunications professional Earl Baumgardner has joined the FairPointsales team in southern Maine as Senior Account Executive. Earl brings over 25 years of telecommunications industry experience and knowledge to his new role. He was previously FairPoint’s Branch Manager for Business Markets in New Hampshire. Prior industry experience includes assignments at EarthLink, Avaya, NextiraOne, Siemens, IBM and ROLM in various sales, sales support, marketing and management roles. 

Allagash takes home the gold at brew festival

Allagash takes home the gold at brew festival

Allagash Brewing Co.'s Tripel Ale bested a field of 92 other Belgian-Style Tripels to take home the gold at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Colorado last weekend.

"We couldn't be more proud," Allagash founder Rob Tod said in a statement. "It's a beer we've been brewing almost from the beginning of Allagash, so it's awesome to see that our recipe has really withstood the test of time."

This is the second time Allagash's Tripel Ale has taken home the gold medal in the category at the annual Great American Beer Festival - the first came a decade ago in 2006.

So what makes an award winning Ale? According to Allagash, its Tripel is "a strong golden ale with herbal notes and passion fruit in the aroma, which are complemented by suggestions of honey and biscuit in the beer's complex, varied palate."

Coffee By Design earns Certified B sustainability recognition

Coffee By Design earns Certified B sustainability recognition

Coffee By Design has joined the ranks of more than 1,600 worldwide companies as a Certified B Corporation, a recognition for its commitment to social and sustainability standards.

The Portland-based independent specialty coffee roaster is one of only 10 other Maine businesses that have been earned the globally recognized designation.

The application process involved a review of Coffee By Design's best practices, including the company's coffee buying relationships, hiring, employee training, retail stores, roastery, shipping, packaging and community support.

Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on all their stakeholders, including workers, suppliers, community, consumers and the environment.

2016 Indie Biz Award Winners

2016 Indie Biz Award WinnersWhat an incredible evening at Portland House of Music and Events for their 9th annual Indie Biz Awards!  The excitement and support for the Buy Local movement means so much to their organization and are eager to carry that momentum forward!

Congratulations to three CVB Member winners:

Out of Sight; Not Out of Mind: Maine Beer Tours

Portland Icon: The Holy Donut

Buy Local Champion: Mary Allen Lindemann from Coffee by Design

The Press Hotel Wins 2016 Conde Nast Traveler

The Press Hotel Wins 2016 Conde Nast TravelerPortland, Maine’s newest boutique hotel, has been voted the #4 spot for "Top Hotels in New England” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in their annual November 2016 "Readers’ Choice Awards” issue.

"We’re honored to be included in this prestigious list, especially considering this is the first year we were eligible to be nominated,” said Michael Strejcek, general manager. "This award is particularly meaningful as it comes from our guests themselves. Our staff has done an incredible job of ensuring that The Press Hotel reflects Portland’s vibrant, friendly, local and creative culture. This award is for them – they deliver an experience that leaves a lasting positive impression upon our guests. It’s what we strive for – a travel experience that is Beyond Words.”

This year the Readers’ Choice Awards saw the biggest engagement from users in Condé Nast Traveler's history: more than 300,000 survey takers who submitted millions of ratings and 75,000 comments.

"Inn" side View - Planned Cottage Renovations - Opening June 2017

'Inn' side View - Planned Cottage Renovations - Opening June 2017As summer slips away, we anticipate warm days, cool evenings, brilliant leaves and warming fires in the lounge after crisp beach walks. We are also delighted to announce the renovation of the Inn’s cottage suites, one of the exterior buildings adjacent to the main house.

The two bedroom suites will undergo a complete re-imagining with a design that blends coastal ambiance with a modern vibe.  The demolition and rebuilding begins late October with a planned opening in late June, just in time to kick off the 2017 summer season. The main house will remain open, as usual, throughout fall and winter with special seasonal offerings in both SPA and Sea Glass. 

Portland Museum of Art launches PMA Go

Portland Museum of Art launches PMA GoThe Portland Museum of Art  launched PMA Go, a web-based, art-collecting game inspired by Pokémon Go. Players can amass an art collection of Homers, Renoirs, and Wyeths that generates real world rewards. While many art museums have embraced Pokémon Go as a way to draw visitors into their museums, the PMA is the first art museum in the country to use the premise of Pokémon Go to get its art collection out into the community.

PMA Go invites users to explore the streets of Portland, Maine - one of the country’s top destinations with unparalleled restaurants, natural beauty, and top breweries - and discover the breadth of the PMA’s collection. As players amass their art collection by “catching” great works of art around town, they receive real world rewards from the museum, including free admission, free PMA Films tickets for members, and if they find all 18 works, a free copy of The Collection: Highlights From The Portland Museum of Art.

Historic theater in Ogunquit has new development director

Historic theater in Ogunquit has new development director

Dan Breen, who has been a key fundraiser at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Middlebury College, takes over the role. Breen will be tasked with helping build the membership program, expand planned giving, work with the board and raise funds for capital needs at the historic theater.  "We are thrilled to have Dan Breen as part of our growing company to lead us in the area of fundraising in order to help insure our treasured playhouse will be here for generations to come," said Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney. "As the Ogunquit Playhouse productions continue to reach new benchmarks within our industry, it is more important than ever to raise the funds necessary to preserve our historic building, and to enhance and equip our theatre to accommodate both our artistic goals and to enhance our public areas in order to create the best possible experience for our visitors."

Brad Bosse joins Embassy Suites

Brad Bosse joins Embassy Suites

The Embassy Suites Portland, owned by KTB Hospitality Hotel, LLC and managed by Emerald Hospitality, announced that Brad Bosse has been named Director of Sales.

As Director of Sales, Bosse will direct areas of the hotel including guest services, sales and marketing efforts, and hotel administration.


"Based on Bosse’s outstanding record in hotel sales, we are confident that he will be instrumental in ensuring the continued success of this hotel,” said Scott McKenney, General Manager
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New Marriott hotel in Portland gets Planning Board approval

New Marriott hotel in Portland gets Planning Board approval

The 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott at Fore, Hancock and Thames streets was approved unanimously by the six board members who voted Tuesday night. The six-story building will be near the former Portland Co. project, where city officials have established a historic district and plans are in the works for offices, retail space and housing.

The new hotel will cost an estimated $20 million and include a restaurant or about 4,000 square feet of retail space. Sixteen condominiums would be built on the top floor. The lot where it will be built is currently vacant and sits between the Ocean Gateway garage and the Ocean Gateway terminal. The developer is the Portland Norwich Group, which has offices in Florida and New Hampshire.

David Turin wins Golden Toque Award

David Turin wins Golden Toque Award

The "Golden Toque" was originally founded in France and brought to this country by Chef Pierre Berard. It is registered in the United States Patent Office as The Honorable Order of the Golden Toque founded in 1961. The Honorable Order of the Golden Toque was established to give recognition to Chefs of at least twenty years service, who have achieved professional attainment of high estate, abiding interest in professional progress and devoted and distinguished service to the Culinary Profession and Arts.  Membership is restricted to One Hundred life-time members. One may not apply for membership, but must be nominated by three active members. After the nomination a screening process is conducted thru the Acceptance Committee composed of past Grand Commanders, the Board of Directors and final acceptance must be granted by the membership at the Annual Meeting.

City Establishes New Space for Art Vendors

City Establishes New Space for Art Vendors

The City of Portland, in order to ensure a safe and successful cruise ship season, is establishing a new space for art vendors to sell their wares on days when cruise ships are scheduled to be in port with more than 1,000 passengers. The Waterfront Marketplace is located in the green space between the Maine State Pier and Ocean Gateway next to the trail along Commercial Street and Thames Street, and will be in effect starting June 1. This means that when cruise ships with more than 1,000 passengers are in port, vendors tables will no longer be allowed on the water side of Thames St in front of Ocean Gateway or on the water side of Commercial Street from India Street to Dana Street. The Marketplace will be for cruise ship passengers, tourists, islanders, and residents of Portland alike to enjoy. It will also make Commercial Street safer for pedestrians and ferry passengers.

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine

The coveted 2016 Conde Nast Traveler magazine Hot List is now officially live. The Press Hotel is one of 60 new hotels globally to make the list, which is determined by the editorial staff at Conde Nast Traveler.

Over the last year, they hosted 5 various print and online editors + photographers at the hotel, all of which made a huge impression on them - congratulations to the entire team for truly giving them an experience "Beyond Words."

There is more Press Hotel coverage expected in the August issue as well.

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