First Stop …Press Hotel in Portland Maine…LOVED my room.Finally I get a chance to take my notes from my recent trip to Maine.I hope you enjoy!
I arrived in sunshine got picked up by a Mercedes van by my hotel. The hotel is called the Press Hotel and used to be home of the local newspaper.The staff was wonderful from the moment my 5 feet 1 self hopped in that van. The rooms are pretty amazing,clean and have what I love and look for a mini refrigerator! The bar and meeting rooms are luxe and petite. Cozy and charming kinda place. The room had a frig,a Keurig coffee unit and some delicious Bar Harbor Tea Company bags.
The staff down to house keeping were a delight to be around and always helpful to my needs. The Press Hotel is located in downtown Portland where a lot of eateries,bars and quaint shops and the waterfront is.
One of my other fav’ bath and body delights was the amenity tray filled with CO Bigelow products and adding to that impressive array was a BLACK wash cloth that had MAKEUP engraved lettering on it.This was the best part as white wash cloths are a big expense for hotels and destroyed by hotel guests daily from makeup or other unexpected messes.Using a black one to remove mascara and makeup keeps the hotels laundry bill down a notch and you can remove your makeup without looking at a big makeup colored mess on a white wash cloth. I have been using black washcloths at home and in my beauty business for ears. Finally I found a hotel who uses them too.
TOP of my Maine list is to let you know the people of Maine are so friendly! And it is a very clean state.
Here are highlights from my trip!
My stay at the Press Hotel
Holy Donut (OMgosh) these potato flour donuts were absolutely wonderful and so unique and light.And did I mention ginormous?
Gilberts Chowder House makes the BEST Chowder I HAVE EVER TASTED!
There was lots of window shopping! And of course I had to buy some local treasures.But not ones you think. I used to buy souvenirs with the state or cities name on them. No more. I now buy things that are really local and indigenous of the area. Not mugs or ash trays with the states name on it but something more meaningful.
This trip I purchased a small bottle on a silver wire hanger for my bathroom window. I love to take herb clippings from my larger plants and place them in water and root them. Herbs like mint,rosemary and then after they root I can place in soil and start a new plant for my home. I also like to take those clippings and snip and use in my bath or a D.I.Y. facial treatment.Downtown Portland has some cozy lovely shops!
The Whoopie pies mesmerize and were ginormous.
They serve a bread call Brown Bread and it is made with molasses. But you don’t buy it at the bakery you buy it down the canned food aisle next to the pork and beans. So delicious!
Bar Harbor a few hours away is filled with so many sweet shops. My fav’ is the Bar Harbor Tea Company of Maine. The tea shop is a must for tea enthusiasts like me.
I love coffee but I also LOVE a great pot of tea!
Blueberry jam,syrup,tea,soap is BIG there. They have many blueberry and other farm fields.
LOBSTER,lobster and more lobster! My cheeks are all scratched up for the lobster tails and claws.(only kidding)
As for fashion…you don’t need to get all dolled up (Except I have to for work). This is fishermen and women territory. I wore blue jeans and light sweaters or jackets. So unlike me. BUT it felt so freeing
I still have more to see and explore! It is a must go back.
If you’ve never been to Maine you’ll go insane…it is a lovely sweet place to escape.