Portland, Maine, is known for its beautiful landscapes and waterways, a flourishing food and beverage scene and is a haven for artists of all mediums. Planners have everything they need at their fingertips to give attendees an authentic New England experience. Here are a few places to stay, spaces to convene and things to do at your next meeting or event.
Westin Portland Harborview Hotel (pictured), built in 1927—the largest hotel in New England at the time—gives its guests the experience of Old Maine with a modern touch of elegance. Centrally located in downtown Portland’s Art District, the property offers 16,000 square feet of event space. The Eastland Grand Ballroom accommodates groups of 100-500 and features the original grand entry and balcony, ideal for breakouts, receptions or exhibit space. Executive luncheons and meetings can take place in the boardroom.
For a unique experience, host a cocktail reception at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, Top of the East, where your attendees can enjoy panoramic views of the city. During your stay, take advantage of the full-service spa, fitness studio or join a guided group run through the city. The hotel has partnered with New Balance; so if you forget to pack your running shoes, just borrow a pair for a small fee.
The Portland Harbor Hotel, independently owned and managed by Hart Hotels, is the only Four Diamond luxury boutique hotel in Portland. Your attendees will enjoy the newly renovated, nautical themed spacious rooms—101 rooms in total. Your group has access to three meeting spaces, ideal for small-to-midsize groups, ranging from 20-120 people. Each meeting space is audiovisual ready and boasts natural light to help keep your group productive.
Take the meeting outdoors for networking receptions, luncheons or dinners in the courtyard garden. Chef Tim Labonte of, Bluefin North Atlantic Seafood, will impress your attendees with creative dishes, from the local catch of the day, using only the finest seasonal ingredients.
Holiday Inn By the Bay is conveniently located downtown, steps away from Cross Insurance Arena, and offers waterfront views of Casco Bay. The property has 30,000 square feet of function space on-site, including a 12,500-sq.-ft. exhibit hall that can host up to 72 booths, the State of Maine Grand Ballroom for groups of 20-1,000, six breakout rooms and a boardroom. Attendees have access to the fitness center, saunas, indoor pool and the Port of Call Lounge for post-event cocktails and dining.
The Press Hotel, of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is a writer’s paradise. The hotel was once home to the offices of the Portland Press Herald. All 110 rooms have elements that are inspired by this former printing press. If your group size is 8-100, you have access to four unique meeting spaces, each one with the look and feel of a residential library. The Art Gallery, perfect for breaks between sessions or cocktail receptions, displays work by local artists. For an incentive trip or an executive retreat, book the Penthouse Suite. The open-space suite can host 20-40 guests for a cocktail reception with access to harbor and skyline views on the private rooftop patio.