If you’re one of those people who hears Maine and thinks, “Do they have running water?” you’re in for a treat. Besides being home to RedMonk HQ, Portland is a tremendous town of around 60,000 people. We’re becoming famous for our food; Bon Appetit gave us the prize for the “Foodiest Small Town” back in 2009, and the New York Times had nice things to say as well. Here’s what they recommend for 36 hours in town, by the way.
In most other ways, Portland’s a lot like Boston. Not big, streets occasionally cobbled and right on the water. Here’s what you need to know about getting there, getting around and getting out.
Portland (PWM) is by far the easiest, if you can manage it. It’s fifteen minutes from downtown. Google Maps says that Boston (BOS) is a two hour drive; in reality, it’s more like an hour and a half.
All of the hotels are an easy walk to and from the venue. And because we want everyone to be able to enjoy themselves at our beer tasting and dinner, we will be busing attendees to and from. So you probably do not need to rent a car.
We have three discounted rate packages available. The first two are closer to our dinner venue; the third is closer to the Portland Public Library. All are within walking distance.
- The Hampton Inn (207-775-1454) is $206. To book, call and ask for the RedMonk rate or use the link here. Expires September 3rd.
- The Marriott Residence Inn (800-228-9290) is $199. Call the hotel and ask for the rate for the RedMonk group arriving 10/3/2012. Expires August 3rd.
- The Portland Harbor Hotel (207.775.9090) is $229. You’ll have to call for reservations; the discounts are not available online.