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Newsletter May 2020
A few words from your friends in the travel industry

We hope you, your families, friends and colleagues are all well. Life as we know it has certainly been turned upside down. As we all adapt to significant changes in the way we conduct our day-to-day lives, we must hold on to the hope of a better tomorrow. We have faced adversity before and we have not only survived, we have thrived.

Once some semblance of a new normal sets in, all of us will want to venture out and explore again, but we are navigating uncharted territory. It may not be an international trip or even one that requires getting on a domestic flight, but we will crave a change of scenery. We hope those of you looking for safe, enjoyable getaways within a short drive or train ride from home will find the travel ideas in this newsletter helpful, recognizing that everything is still in flux as states, cities and businesses determine when and how to reopen. This issue of our newsletter focuses on New England.

When you are ready, we will be here to help with your travel plans.

Be safe and healthy,

Karen & Wahid Essafi
Southeastern Maine

The southern region of Maine, from Kittery to Old Orchard Beach, offers great drivable getaway options for those living in the Northeast.
Just eleven miles from one another along Maine's southern shoreline are the picturesque river towns of Kennebunk/Kennebunkport and the oceanfront village of Ogunquit. These coastal communities are among Maine’s most popular destinations for summer and fall visits and are only a five-hour drive from New York City.
28-miles up the coast, you will delight in the blend of contrasts found in Portland—a mix of past and present, beach and city, tranquil and lively.
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Vermont is truly a four-season destination, attracting as many winter visitors as it does summer guests. Whether you are in search of lakeside solitude, exhilarating ski adventures or exploring quaint little backroads, towns and villages, a visit to Vermont will provide you with memories you will never forget.
Arts, culture and historical sites are equally popular activities and a visit to Vermont would not be complete without exploring its wonderful museums, galleries and artisan shops.
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Cape Cod Region

A visit to the Cape Cod region, which includes the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, is one of the most popular resort destinations in the Northeast. Stroll the lovely little streets of its many towns and villages from Chatham to Provincetown or feel the sea breeze blow through your hair as you ferry to the Vineyard or Nantucket. No matter what you do or where you stay, you will come home relaxed and renewed.
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Greater Portland Region

The Greater Portland Region literally offers something for everyone, whether you are seeking a relaxing vacation, exhilarating outdoor recreation or a cultural experience accentuated with architecture, history, art and cuisine.
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Portland’s diverse character sets this small port city apart from its larger east coast rivals. Explore local boutiques, pubs and restaurants along the cobblestone streets of the Old Port, a working waterfront. Cultural opportunities abound in the downtown Arts District, which has numerous independent galleries and the highly regarded Portland Museum of Art. Known as a foodie mecca, Portland’s array of culinary options will tantalize your taste buds.

Hop on a ferry for a day trip to one of the neighboring islands in Casco Bay or enjoy a day of sailing.

A stay anywhere along the southern coast allows for a day trip to Portland if you prefer not to stay in the city itself.
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Cliff House

Those seeking a memorable Maine getaway will appreciate the unrivaled experience found at the clifftop setting of this aptly named luxury resort in Cape Neddick. Every vantage point affords breathtaking views.

Renovated accommodations include guest rooms, luxury suites with balconies and one classically restored New England cottage, where you can sit on the front porch overlooking the ocean.

The property features a luxury spa that includes a seaside sanctuary, couples signature suite, salon, treatment rooms and fitness center. Take a dip in the lavish outdoor pool, indoor pool or spectacular all-season cliffside hot tub. If golfing is your pleasure, immediately adjacent to the property is the Cape Neddick Country Club and its 18-hole semi-private course.

Savor coastal-Maine inspired dining and panoramic ocean views at the signature restaurant, The Tiller or classic New England cuisine at the oceanfront Nubb’s Lobster Shack.
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White Barn Inn

This inviting property has been a beloved Kennebunk landmark for more than 150 years.

As part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, the White Barn Inn is tantamount with uncompromising attention to detail, warm New England hospitality and rustic charm.
The award-winning AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star restaurant showcases delicious ingredients sourced from coastal Maine farmers, fisherman and foragers in exquisitely presented dishes. If you crave a more intimate dining experience, arrange for a private dinner in the spectacular wine cellar surrounded by 7,000 wine bottles.

Indulge in heavenly pampering at White Barn’s luxurious spa, frequently named one of the best spas in Maine. Take advantage of one of many unique, experiences available by appointment including private cooking classes and a
guided cycling tour with the general manager.

Relax in the stunning heated infinity pool.
Choose between meticulously restored
guestrooms and suites or beautiful waterfront cottages.
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Visits to the two neighboring villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, divided by the Kennebunk River, are synonymous with relaxation—warm, sandy beaches...strolling along the historic streets dotted with charming shops, antique stores and galleries...and some of the best dining to be found in Maine.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, deep sea fishing or whale watching excursions. History buffs can do self-guided walking tours through the Museum in the Streets program.

In Kennebunkport, visit Walker’s Point, the summer home of President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara. Although the house is not open to the public, photos are allowed at a designated parking overlook.
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Legend has it that Ogunguit, whose name means “beautiful place by the sea,” was named by the Abenaki tribe. Today this small seaside town attracts numerous visitors who appreciate its quaint New England flavor, beautiful sandy beaches, vibrant theater and arts scene, and a host of shopping and dining options.

No visit is complete without walking along Marginal Way, a paved footpath that sits atop shoreline cliffs punctuated with beautiful flowering sea roses, bayberry bushes, shaded alcoves and expansive ocean views.
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Anchorage by the Sea

This family-owned seaside resort, in the heart of Ogunquit, is just a short walk from the beach and town. Amenities include an expansive lawn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, hot tubs, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and oceanfront fire pits.

Enjoy a leisurely meal along with beautiful water views at the Surf Point restaurant or more casual fare at the poolside bar and grill. 360, the rooftop cocktail lounge, offers spectacular views of Ogunquit Beach.

Anchorage by the Sea features a variety of room accommodations, from intimate to grand. You can choose from a tastefully decorated and completely appointed room in the three-story tower with balcony or one of the unique two- or three-bedroom cottages or condos with kitchens
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Home to idyllic Cape Code beaches and stunning wildlife experiences including the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Chatham is a favorite escape for vacationers seeking a quintessential beach getaway. Its charming, classic New England downtown is filled with quaint shops and delectable eateries.

Rich in history, delve deeper into its fascinating heritage by visiting one of several interesting museums and landmarks such as the Chatham Railroad Museum and Chatham Windmill. Explore the beauty of its many restored homes or just take a relaxing bike ride along the Old Colony Rail Trail or the Scenic Bike Route to Oyster Pond Beach. Golfers
will find several excellent public and private seaside courses to choose from.
Day trips to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard are only a ferry ride away.
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Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

Voted one of the top 25 resorts in New England by Conde´ Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards 2019, the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club is an upscale Brewster, Mass. property steeped in history and surrounded by luxury on Cape Cod Bay.

The resort features two distinct areas: The Villages, featuring villas conveniently located adjacent to the golf course, and The Mansion, offering both Mansion Wing guest rooms and Presidential Bay collection villas.

Ocean Edge offers a range of dining options from quick to fancy in its eight
restaurants and snack cabanas. Enjoy craft cocktails and local beers at the Beach Bar, right on the dunes.

Pamper yourself with a spa treatment or
spend a leisurely morning perfecting your golf swing on the 18-hole Nicklaus Design course. If swimming is your preference, dive into the ocean or float away in one of the three outdoor and two indoor pools. Burn off some energy—or calories—at the resort’s fitness center or two tennis complexes.
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The island of Nantucket, 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, features post-card perfect sandy beaches, charming cobblestone streets and
quaint cottages scattered around the island.

Nantucket’s Main Street is dotted with dozens of clothing stores, small boutiques, art galleries, tempting restaurants and antique shops.

Jetties Beach, located on the northern shore, is a very popular summer spot, especially for families. Surfside on the southern shore is the perfect spot for picnics and kite-flying. Recreational activities are plentiful— from swimming, sailing and surfing to family bike rides.

Be sure to visit Brant Point Lighthouse, The Whaling Museum, The Maria Mitchell Association - The Nantucket Aquarium and the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.
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White Elephant

Originally a collection of rustic cottages, the iconic White Elephant is among the finest luxury hotels on Nantucket Island. This peaceful waterfront retreat offers an array of accommodations including chic hotel rooms, spacious suites at the Inn, garden cottages, luxurious one-to-three-bedroom residences with pantry-style kitchens and access to a self-driven BMW, and two three-bedroom downtown lofts.

Families, friends and couples will enjoy world-class services and amenities including pre-arrival concierge, spa, fitness center, daily port and cheese, private pool cabanas, outdoor heated pool, complimentary bikes and in-town courtesy vehicle service. Kids amenities are sure to appeal to the younger set.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Brant Point Grill overlooking the water.
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Woodstock Inn & Resort

Established by Laurance and Mary Rockefeller, the Woodstock Inn & Resort features fine craftsmanship accented with elegant, artisanal amenities that reflect its authentic Vermont style and service. All 142 of its guestrooms and suites were renovated in 2018 and throughout this landmark resort, historic details are now blended with modern conveniences.

Seasonal menus at the Inn’s four restaurants are inspired by distinctive regional recipes and farm-fresh cuisine.
The 18-hole golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., will excite even the most seasoned player. The Athletic Club boasts 12 world-class indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as fitness/yoga classes and an indoor pool.

Relax and rejuvenate at the Spa, one of the newest in New England, with 10 treatment rooms, a Scandinavian sauna, an outdoor heated salt water pool and an outdoor courtyard designed for contemplation.
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Woodstock, Vermont

The historic town of Woodstock, Vermont, is considered the "quintessential New England village" whether you visit spring, summer, fall or winter. Replete with classic American charm, colorful and lush foliage, and a quaint main street bustling with shops and restaurants, Woodstock is only a four-and-a-half-hour drive from New York City.

If the outdoors is your preference, stroll the carriage roads and trails that crisscross the Mount Tom forest leading to the Pogue, a 14-acre pond where you can enjoy breath-taking views of the village and surrounding countryside; or relax with a picnic lunch in the beautiful gardens at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Take a leisurely drive on Vermont’s backroads and discover the beauty of hills, valleys, rivers and covered bridges.

Billings Farm & Museum, a short walk from Woodstock village, is regarded as one of the finest outdoor history museums in the country. Sample savory cheddar cheeses and explore the restored 1890 Farm Manager’s House and the educational farm-life exhibits.
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