Rockland Harbor Hotel in the Heart of MidCoast Maine
Recently I had the opportunity to wander up to the beautiful MidCoast region of Maine, my favorite area in The Pine Tree State aka Vacationland – take your pick on the nickname! Located about 26 miles north of Portland, the region stretches along the coast from Brunswick northeast to Searsport on Penobscot Bay and includes the classic New England villages of Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Wiscasset, Bath, Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta. The region is loaded with world-renowned coastlines and beaches, art galleries and museums, lots of lighthouses and many a vibrant working waterfront where a delicious lobster dinner couldn’t be much fresher if you had gone out and hauled it in yourself. Yes please!
Normally, when you think of Salem, Massachusetts, you think of Halloween. The two historical pillars driving the robust tourism industry of this quintessential New England town are its connections to the early days of the republic and the events of the Witch Trials, though largely the focus goes to the latter. The Witch Trials drew a straight line from Salem to the occult to Halloween, and so it became a celebrated seasonal destination. Unfortunately, that myopic view significantly and unfairly narrows the breadth of what this charming destination has to offer. These fun things to see, do and eat are why you shouldn’t wait till October to visit Salem.
I recently wandered up to one of my favorite haunts in New England – Salem, Massachusetts – even though October is generally not a time I would go to Salem as normally it’s THE big month for the Witch City and you can’t find a hotel for less than an arm and a leg no matter what time of the month it is. This year, though, things are a lot different due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as the city’s annual Haunted Happenings has been canceled and everything else is scaled back. With all that, I figured it was actually the perfect time for me to head up and learn more about a subject that has interested me since 7th grade – the 1692 Salem Witch Trials – without the usual big crowds.
SALEM — Three stories of hotel rooms and apartments at the Hampton Inn project downtown overlook a massive, squishy gray membranous material protecting the rooftop of the enclosed parking garage at the site.
It may offer an unusual sight to viewers now, but soon, guests booking rooms at the hotel or moving into the 56 apartments this fall will instead see a field of water-hungry and heat-deflecting plants.
Throughout this week and next, crews at the ongoing construction project will be installing what is expected to become the city’s largest “green roof” atop the three-story garage that sits within the U-shaped Hampton Inn building.
SALEM — The soon-to-open Hampton Inn at the end of Washington Street is a unique building downtown. Three wings differentiate a two-to-one ratio of hotel rooms to apartments, and a three-story garage in the middle of it all has ground-level entrances on each level.
Then there are four retail and restaurant spaces facing one part of Washington Street, but there’s no current plan for tenants given the ongoing pandemic.
Sean Riley, president and CEO of Maine Course Hospitality Group, stood inside a two-bedroom apartment on Wednesday afternoon. The front door in the unit technically was on the third floor of the building, but still just a handful of stone steps directly onto Washington Street as it heads up toward Lafayette. Apartments further down the street have even fewer steps. But around the corner on the other side of Washington Street — across the street from Riley Plaza — the hotel portion of the building begins on the ground floor.
Vermont Business Magazine Sean Riley, President & CEO of Maine Course Hospitality Group, announced on Saturday the opening of Home2 Suites by Hilton, in downtown Williston.
“I’m excited to see the completion of the first new hotel property in this community in over 20 years,” says Riley.
The new Home2 by Hilton, with its 100 suites, is an ideal hotel for guests looking to stay five or more days, he said. This all-suite extended stay, pet-friendly hotel has kitchens in every suite and a great breakfast each morning.
It features a meeting room, an indoor pool, and a relaxing outdoor patio with a fire pit. Guests will enjoy high speed internet access via the latest generation of in-room WiFi access points fed by a dedicated fiber circuit. The expanded state-of-the-art fitness room will allow space for multiple people to work out simultaneously.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Sometimes lawyers are accused of during dirty work, but one lawyer is rolling up his sleeves to shine shoes for charity.
Earlier this week, a group of hotel managers thought they were just getting treated to a shoeshine, but little did they know they were actually about to receive a lesson in giving.
The man sitting at their feet and scrubbing at their toes is a successful health lawyer, representing a large majority of the doctors in New Hampshire, including the president of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
A view from Williston Road: Construction proceeds at Home2 Suites by Hilton in Williston on Oct. 18, 2019.
A completed Home2 Suites by Hilton is seen in this rendering submitted to Williston planners in 2018. Scheduled to open in April 2020, the hotel will be the first hotel to open in the town in 20 years.
SALEM — The Hampton Inn rising on the south end of downtown still lacks a roof and is weeks from being airtight, but it passed a major milestone Thursday morning with the raising of its final steel beam.
Maine Course Hospitality Group’s five-story hotel and apartment project on the corner of Washington and Dodge streets held a “topping off” ceremony at the site of the new hotel’s eventual ground-level pool.