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12/06/04 - Maine is a Winter Vacationland

3/4/2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 354-5260 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 MAINE IS A WINTER VACATIONLAND Freeport, ME – December 6, 2004 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, is pleased to announce that many of its members are welcoming visitors throughout the winter with fun events, promotions and packages. Most visitors to Maine think of summer nights along the scenic coast eating lobster, and watching sailboats; but many would be pleasantly surprised by the amount of activity Maine has to offer its residents and visitors in the winter months. Many people flock to northern New England for the skiing months and Maine offers a lot more than mountain fun. From Ogunquit to Camden, coastal towns offer their own “Christmas by the Sea” with package deals at local Inns; and Victorian teas and caroling bring a true holiday feel to this winter wonderland. Inland there are ski resorts and lake towns with tobogganing and skiing events and festivals. There is something for everyone, and Maine is welcoming winter visitors from now until March. Here is a sampling of some of the MEIA members who are offering fun activities and packages during the holidays and winter months: The Inn at Blackberry Common in Camden is offering a two night special during the holiday season which includes two multi course gourmet style breakfasts and complimentary afternoon refreshments each day; guests will receive “downtown dollars,” to spend in local shops and afterwards can enjoy free gift wrapping in front of the fire with complimentary hot spiced cider. Guests are also taken to the owners’ favorite tree farm to choose or cut their Christmas tree and to select a beautiful wreath. Packages range from $189 to $359, plus tax. The Samoset Resort in Rockland is full of festive events and packages for the winter visitor. The 230-acre luxury resort on the edge of Penobscot Bay provides the ultimate setting for a winter getaway, with packages starting at just $99 per room, per night -- half the summer rate. The “Breakfast by the Bay” package is the Samoset Resort “bed and breakfast” package, starting at $168 for two, with full breakfast in Marcel's restaurant overlooking Penobscot Bay. The “Winter Break” package, starting at $168 for two, includes one night of luxurious accommodations, dinner for two at Breakwater Café and Breakfast for two at Marcel's. The “Great Escape” package, also starting at $168 for two, includes one night of luxurious accommodations and a complete dinner for two in Marcel’s. “Romance on the Coast” is the perfect choice for romantics – starting at $178 for two it includes a Samoset gift, a chilled bottle of champagne or fruit basket, one breakfast for two, and one dinner candlelight dinner for two in Marcel's. The “Christmas Package” includes two nights accommodation, breakfast both mornings for two, and dinner on Christmas Day for two in Marcel's (this package is available on December 24th and 25th). The “New Years” Package includes two nights accommodations, breakfast both mornings for two, and entrance to the New Year's Gala Event in the grand ballroom with dancing and a champagne toast (this package is available on December 31st and January 1st). For reservations for the New Years Eve Celebration call 877.880.8857. The “School Vacation Break” package is offered during School Vacation Week, February 21-25. Kids stay free when sharing a room with accompanying adults. For information or reservations visit www.samoset.com. The Best Western Freeport Inn in Freeport is also offering a “Winter Package” which includes lodging in one of the recently renovated rooms, two $5 coupons towards breakfast at the Café, and two $10 coupons towards Dinner at the Muddy Rudder or Café. The package for two people starts at just $75 a night. “It is very important to the Association that visitors to Maine realize that this state has just as many things to offer in the winter months, as it does in the summer,” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director, Maine Innkeepers Association. “Our members have some wonderful events and promotions for residents and visitors, and we are excited that we can help them promote tourism in our state throughout the year, and tell people about winter in vacationland!” About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 800 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com.

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