Cure all that “ales” you with a Maine beer weekend featuring dozens of unique micro breweries. With a foodie reputation like no other coastal city, Portland is the perfect small port town for beer lovers to explore.
Spend two nights in luxury at Maine’s premier beach destination Inn by the Sea, where you’ll be welcomed with beer bites and selection of Maine beer. Enjoy Executive Chef Steve Sicinski’s three course beer tasting menu, with Maine fare that plays off the pairings beer notes of locally crafted brews. Join the Portland Brew Bus, which will “drive you to drink locally” for lunch and a guided behind the scenes look at several of Maine’s craft breweries. Return to the Inn for a special Ale and Exhale 45 minute SPA service for two.
Package rates begin at $782 and include two nights in a single bedroom traditional room, garden suite, spa suite or beach suite. Feast on a delectable paired beer dinner in Sea Glass, topped off by an Ale and Exhale spa treatment with ground hop scrub and barley massages with hops’ essential oils, with a spicy citrus and pine forest flavor profile.
Single bedroom accommodations are located in the Main Inn. All of these guest rooms are air conditioned and offer a full complement of amenities including plush bathrobes, luxurious bedding, ipod docking stations and luxurious bath products. Select Garden Suite & Spa Suite accommodations are pet friendly.
Food is serious business at the Inn. Sicinski’s unique cooking style continually evolves, combining his classical French training at Le Cordon Bleu with a passion for rusticity. Compelled by an intellectual search for complex flavors that best represent the diversity of a region his creations start with high quality, whole ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible.
“My first love is always the kitchen,” says Sicinski. “I like the challenge of creating something terrific and innovative with whatever is around that’s fresh and local. Food should be about taste and health – but also playful and energetic.” Sicinski doesn’t see himself as representative of any particular culinary movement, but is sure about what he wants to achieve in the kitchen, namely “Simple, local, rustic, with surprising accents.”
Inn by the Sea, along with the surrounding area, is rich in scenic and recreational opportunity. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the close proximity to fishing, boating, nature walks and sports of many kinds. Nearby culture options include music, theater, and museums just minutes away in downtown Portland.
For those whose vacations are not complete without some power shopping, Portland abounds with owner-operated shops, galleries and boutiques filled with fashion, supplies and curios you simply won’t find elsewhere. With 65 lighthouses from all eras of American History still standing and spread among 5,000 miles of coastline, it is no wonder that Maine is often referred to as The Lighthouse State.