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Portland and its nearby surroundings provide the best of many worlds: aquatic adventures on the Casco Bay, invigorating hikes and trails, the nightlife and culture of Portland proper, and fantastic, nationally-recognized food pretty much everywhere you turn. No matter what your tastes, there’s always something to do. When in doubt, our knowledgeable and helpful staff is always available for suggestions. 

The Mistress and the Muse: Portland Museum of Art
The Mistress and the Muse: Portland Museum of Art

The Mistress and the Muse: Selections from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection features paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the esteemed Isabelle and Scott Black Collection. The exhibition explores the social and aesthetic dynamics that distinguish portraiture—a genre of art in which an individual’s specific characteristics are paramount—from figure studies, where the identity and personality of the model is secondary to the artwork’s narrative. The relationship between these two artistic modes was made increasingly complex in the modern period, when artists’ efforts to depict men and women were marked by fragmentation, pictorial distortion, and abstraction.

*Image from Portland Museum of Art

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Michael Wilson - Woodsmen
Michael Wilson - Woodsmen

Artist Statement:

From the time the first sawmill opened in South Berwick in 1634, to the 1830's when Bangor was the world's largest lumber port, through the mechanization of the industry in the 20th Century, to the current day's focus on sustainability, logging has been part of the fabric of Main. In an industry constantly changing and reinventing itself, the once constant has been the Woodsman. The faces pictured here represented in many ways Main itself - hardy; resourceful; and determined. Keenly in tune with the land, they continue to provide, as their predecessors did, the foundational materials for building and maintaining strong communities.

March 10 - May 26, 2017
Thursday April 6th, Opening Reception from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in The Press Hotel Gallery

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The Maine Brew Bus
The Maine Brew Bus

Maine’s booming spirits scene goes well beyond craft beers to include Portland’s premier wineries and distilleries. Explore an intoxicating variety of regularly scheduled and private all-inclusive tours in the area, then hop aboard a Maine Brew Bus for a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of top-notch producers. Among the most popular tours is the "Breaking Brews Tour," a first-hand look at the city’s newest breweries. (We love the name, too!)

 

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INKWELL
INKWELL

Overlooking the center of the arts, shopping and entertainment districts, on the corner of Exchange and Federal Street, the Inkwell Bar sits in what was once the Portland Press Herald’s busy city room, echoing the energy and intellect of its former occupants. Serving hand-crafted vintage cocktails, Portland microbrews and small plates, this lobby space features tables emblazoned with Press Herald headlines spanning 150 years.

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Portland Architectural Salvage
Portland Architectural Salvage

A unique destination in the burgeoning Bayside neighborhood is the wonderful world of Portland Architectural Salvage, a 20,000+ sq. ft. design mecca featuring a plethora of reclaimed wood, salvaged house parts, antique furniture, vintage and contemporary lighting, hardware, art and so much more… An adventure awaits! (Items in the hotel and UNION have been discovered here!)

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The Art Books of Henri Matisse
The Art Books of Henri Matisse

In the 1930s the pioneering French artist Henri Matisse began to produce book illustrations and artist books. Over the next two decades, he completed a dozen book projects, working with a variety of printing techniques to explore the relationship between image and text—both visually and thematically. This exhibition, provided by the Bank of America Art in our Communities program, presents four of Matisse’s art books, revealing the artist’s dynamic and multifaceted relationship with literature, creativity, and visual expression.

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FOOD TRUCKS AT RISING TIDE
FOOD TRUCKS AT RISING TIDE

Not only does Rising Tide Brewery provide a fine selection of hand-crafted beers, its Portland headquarters plays host to a selection of food trucks from around the city, resulting in a whole lotta delicious in one convenient location. For hours and event listings, please click below. 

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Ashley Flowers Yoga
Ashley Flowers Yoga

No matter what time of year you visit, every day is a great day for yoga! Enjoy a personalized yoga class with Ashley Flowers that will let you to relax and rejuvenate to help you ease into vacation mode or keep you stress free during your business trip. Ashley offers classes that challenge students of all levels and backgrounds. She focuses on creating awareness of and respect for the body. Schedule a private sessions now or check out Ashley's public class schedule.
You deserve it!

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KAYAK THE EAST END
KAYAK THE EAST END

Visit Portland Paddle and hit the waters of Casco Bay for a little perspective, adventure, and/or solace — whatever the day calls for. Located at the nearby East End Beach on the Eastern Promenade, you’ll find hourly and daily rentals of solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, wetsuits, and more. 

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CASCO BAY FERRY LINES
CASCO BAY FERRY LINES

The bay surrounding Portland is home to approximately 136 islands of varying size, and the best way to get out there and explore them is on a Casco Bay Ferry trip. Servicing six islands year-round (as well as narrated trips to Bailey Island in the warmer months), this is a great way to experience Portland and its surroundings. For hours and scheduled trips please click below. 

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Edgecomb Potters
Edgecomb Potters

For more than 40 years, Edgecomb Potters has been Maine’s go-to source for stunning, handmade works of art. Here at The Press Hotel, Chef Josh Berry can’t get enough of Edgecomb Potter’s exquisite, locally crafted platters, mugs, bowls and salt and pepper trays. Berry’s ever-expanding collection of handmade pieces is just one way we seek to highlight the work and wares of local companies who share our passion for Maine’s arts community.

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Visit Maine's Oldest Lighthouse - The Historic Portland Head Light
Visit Maine's Oldest Lighthouse - The Historic Portland Head Light

Commissioned by George Washington, the Portland Head Light is not only Maine’s oldest lighthouse, but the first lighthouse completed by the U.S. Government. It also claims the honor of inspiring a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem and being dedicated by no less than the Marquis de Lafayette on January 10, 1791. Only 20 minutes away from Portland in nearby Cape Elizabeth, this historic lighthouse stands on charmingly landscaped grounds at the entrance to the Portland Harbor.

Since its maiden lighting ceremony, the Portland Head Light has never been extinguished except for the years of World War II, during which time unauthorized visitors were not allowed until it came under the auspices of the US Coast Guard in 1946. Both the lighthouse and nearby Fort Williams park are now owned by the town of Cape Elizabeth, and the Victorian home previously designated as the Keeper’s Quarters now houses the Museum at Portland Head Light, along with a gift shop converted from an old garage. All historical must-see locations to explore while you’re in town.

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L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School

When it comes to outdoor adventure, L.L.Bean has long been defined the skillful (and stylish) pursuit of recreational pleasures. Its Outdoor Discovery School near the flagship Freeport store offers a vast array of seminars, clinics and instructional programs, as well as guided tours and trips that explore the pristine beauty of Maine. A few of our favorites include the "Casco Bay Kayak Tour," a bird-watching tour in partnership with the Maine Audubon Society, and "Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding," a great, on-the-water introduction to this exciting sport.

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Portland Ovations
Portland Ovations

In town from October to May? Why not take in a show? For over 85 years Portland Ovations has been the leader in bringing the best of the performing arts world to Portland. As a non-profit performing arts organization they connect artists and audiences through diverse arts experiences. Connections happen both onstage and off as they strive to make performing arts, theater, music, and dance an integral part of our community. Offering a mix of live shows, intimate workshops, lectures, masterclasses, and school-time performances within venues that span historic and modern theaters, galleries, and classrooms, Portland Ovations ensures the best possible experience for both you and the artists.

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WINSLOW HOMER STUDIO
WINSLOW HOMER STUDIO

Declared a national landmark in 1966 and purchased by the Portland Museum of Art in 2006, the Winslow Homer Studio (in nearby Prouts Neck) provides a unique window into the life of Maine’s most famous artist (for those of you keeping score at home, Andrew Wyeth is also Maine’s most famous artist). For a guided tour and to learn more about Maine’s cultural and natural heritage, please click below. 

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