It’s easy to enjoy Portland, Maine, especially if salt air, the sound of gulls and fresh from the ocean seafood excites you. Couple these simple pleasures with a walkable city, a vibrant arts scene, terrific restaurants and the relaxing luxury of the Portland Harbor Hotel and the vacation package is complete.
Set in the heart of Portland’s historic Old Port, the Portland Harbor Hotel offers modern urban accommodations as suitable for business as for pleasure. Spacious rooms are well equipped with sizable desks and luxury bedding. A professional and solicitous staff, led by general manager Gerard Kiladjian, actually enjoys helping guests and offer amenities such as airport limousine service. Outside its doors, Portland’s Old Port cobblestone streets, restored 19th century brick and stone buildings and its still functioning docks provide a plethora of fine restaurants and unique, locally owned, shops.
Portland is renowned for the quality of its restaurants, and executive chef Timothy Labonte is one of the city’s stars. Eve’s at the Garden provides a cozy and refined dining space tucked between the living room-like lobby and the glass walls overlooking the enclosed garden courtyard. In nice weather, the courtyard provides a leafy oasis for both dining and relaxation. A compact bar, leather love seats, modern gas fireplace and candles add to an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a private club.
At Portland Harbor Hotel’s annual caviar dinner, chef Labonte teamed with Brown Trading Company to pair American caviars with the finest of fresh ingredients, easily obtainable in a state that takes such terms as organic and locally sourced as a given. Chef Labonte unleashed his imagination creating a menu that was both a taste and visual experience. Maine Pemaquid oysters with Florida raised Siberian sturgeon caviar,
a tartar of salmon and blue fin tuna with white sturgeon caviar from California and a smoked trout bread pudding with Illinois hackleback caviar tantalized diners.
Maine may be a land associated with flannel shirts, duck boots and lobster boats, but it’s equally comfortable with golden whitefish roe, sea urchin hollandaise and refined accommodations. Portland Harbor Hotel will please both the business traveler and the tourist. The only issue either will confront is having to choose among Portland’s many art, shopping and culinary distractions.
Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101 1-888-798-9090