Our training will be held in beautiful and historic Portland, Maine — the cultural and business capital of the state. Home to world-class art, music, restaurants and breweries, Portland has become a true destination for living and vacationing.
Getting to Portland
Our regional airport is the Portland International Jetport. You can also come by car, train or bus from Boston (the bus also comes directly from Boston’s Logan Airport) which takes about two hours.
Getting Around Town
The Regency Hotel & Spa is in the heart of the Portland’s charming Old Port. Everything in the Old Port is walking distance, and embodies the reasons that Portland has become such a draw for travelers. If you’d like to go further afield, car rentals, bicycle rentals, Uber and Lyft are readily available.
Portland was named Bon Appetit magazine’s Restaurant City of the Year for 2018 for the entire United States of America.
Portland makes the top 25 in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Places to Live — the only city in New England to do so. Here’s what they say about our city.
Here’s what The Guardian has to say about Portland.
Food & Beverages
The Portland Food Map gives you an idea of all the cuisines and restaurants Portland has to offer.
Portland has the most breweries per capita of any city in US, according to Food & Wine. Here is TripAdviser’s list of the ten best.
Portland also has a thriving distillery industry, fantastic local kombucha (here and here), mead, and wineries.
No trip to Maine is complete without sampling our famous lobster rolls.
Portlanders are fiercely proud of our local bagels (here and here), gelato (here and here), and donuts (here and here).
Portland has a very active local music scene, with local and national acts sharing the stage throughout the downtown. Some of the better-known music venues are:
All of these are walkable from the Old Port.
During the training, there are several live theater events you may be interested in the evenings:
- Portland Stage Company is presenting The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl.
- Good Theater is presenting Admissions by Joshua Harmon
- Mad Horse Theater Company (in South Portland) is presenting Radiant Vermin by Philip Ridley
The training will coincide with Portland’s First Friday Artwalk. One day a month, artists and craftspeople of every sort set up tables and put their wares on display. Make your way up Congress Street into the Arts District to see what they’ve been up to! All the galleries are all open, and the sidewalks are are crowded with art lovers.
The Portland Museum of Art is free to the public on Fridays from 4-8pm.
Portland is home to many parks, large and small. Here are a few of GETME’s favorites:
- The Eastern Promenade
- Deering Oaks
- Fort Williams Park and Portland Head Light (outside of Portland, in Cape Elizabeth — a short drive)
But see a list of all them here.
Early Autumn in New England can be hauntingly beautiful. GETME cannot, of course, guarantee the weather. But if we hit it, you won’t want to have missed it!