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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 Great Portland Type-Out

Date: | May 12, 2018

Time: Noon - 3:00PM

Typewriter Enthusiasts, join us to celebrate these wonderful machines! Enjoy this complimentary, outdoor event on Federal Street at The Press Hotel. Write a story, a poem, or a letter and enjoy a speed typing competition for your chance to win a Royal typewriter.

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A Adriane Herman Design
Adriane Herman Wreckage Salad

On View: | March 15 - May 25, 2018

Opening Reception: April 6, 2018 6-8PM

For her exhibition “Fall Fling” at The Press Hotel, Adriane Herman has created a lively new grouping of monotypes with an autumnal palette that extends her series entitled “Wreckage Salad.” Each print is a unique impression of an ephemeral arrangement of hand-colored, individually cut shapes representing material found in the municipal woodpile in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Herman has been photographing the woodpile on a regular basis since June of 2014, when she found this compost pile of human life particularly resonant with her interior landscape at a time of change and loss. Testaments to tidal cycles of accumulation and release, these intimate yet anonymous heaps of barely controlled chaos materially manifest expansion, destruction, renovation, aspiration, failure, labor, entropy, and the inexorable march from birth to death, with (if we’re lucky) many trips to the dump or curb in between. 

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What Else Can You Do? Stu Kestenbaum and Susan Webster

ON VIEW | May 31 - August 13, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday May 31st 6:00 to 8:00

"What Else Can You Do?"  blackout poem by Stuart Kestenbaum; design format by Susan Webster, 2018
The work that we make together is a partnership between image and word.  One isn’t intended to illustrate the other, but to be a dialog, a conversation. We want echoes, amplifications, and some mystery.  Typically, a piece will begin with an image by Susan, to which Stuart adds words—ink-stamped or handwritten.  Susan then responds to the words with more imagery. Other times, Stuart will begin the sequence with words, to which Susan responds with imagery.  We find that when we make work together, we surprise ourselves with where it leads us.  There is no conversation as to intent; after a relationship of over 30 years we respond to one another’s work intuitively and both of us bring to the work elements that combine hope, loss, joy, and memory.

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Model Citizens

Art and Identity in the United States, 1770-1830

On view at the PMA: September 10, 2017 to January 28, 2018

Model Citizens: Art and Identity in the United States, 1770-1830 presents works from the PMA's permanent collection by the most celebrated artists of the early United States alongside portrait miniatures, samples, and silhouettes.

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Eliot Porter's Nature

On View at the PMA: December 22, 2017 to March 18, 2018 

Eliot Porter (United States, 1901-1990) is one of the best-known and most-beloved photographers in the American tradition. Brother to painter and critic Fairfield Porter, whose work is also on view at the PMA, Eliot Porter is credited for two major achievements: pushing color photography into the field of serious art photography and marrying his commitment to artistic expression with his commitment to the conservation of wildlife and wilderness areas. Porter worked extensively with the Sierra Club, publishing hundreds of images in books and portfolios in the 1960s and 1970s. As a result, his photography was hugely popular among American audiences, although he struggled to achieve the same levels of renown from his peers in the community of American art photographers during the same period. 

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Off the Wall at MECA (Maine College of Art)

January 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On view from January 18 – February 23, 2018
Exhibition Reception: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5:00–7:00pm

 In 1966, German-born American sculptor Eva Hesse attached a seemingly simple long metal cord to a canvas that dramatically transformed a painting into a sculpture. Such a simple act revolutionized our understanding of what a painting could be. By privileging the painting’s marginal feature—the frame, its structural support — Hang Up transcends the medium’s inherent two-dimensionality.

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Pineland Farms

Enjoy over 5,000 acres of beautiful woodlands and fields. Pineland Farms is open to the public for all of your year-round outdoor activities. From walking trails to snowshoeing, Pineland Farms has activities for everyone.

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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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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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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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Couple standing in front of snow cone food truck

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

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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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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White boat with red accents sailing on ocean during the sunset

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

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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Portland Lighthouse by the ocean
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

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

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 at dusk

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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