2019 Maine USA Media Trip

September 9-13, 2019

Discover Magnificent Maine

Three of our talented writer members got to know Maine through its people, environment and economy. What they discovered is that all these things interact perfectly to shape a celebrated food destination.

Our members explored rocky shores, glorious terrain, took a ride on the Damariscotta oyster boat tour, hiked through Camden Hills State Park, did a tasting at Winterport Winery, ate plenty of locally sourced, harvested dishes, and jumped aboard a lobster boat tour aboard the Rugosa. In a quick 3- day trip, our writers found Maine has it all. From the water (ocean or lake) to the mountains there is something special and unique for everyone to enjoy.

IFWTWA thanks VisitMaine.com for its generosity and hospitality. You spoiled us rotten! The delicious food. The comfy bed. The company. The fun. Thanks for everything!

Media Trip Host: Visit Maine

IFWTWA thanks our host for coordinating our stay. 
All opinions expressed in the following articles are those of the the individual writer and not influenced by IFWTWA.

Relaxation & Golf with a View, Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine Image by Mary Noe
Relaxation & Golf with a View, Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine ~ Image by Mary Noe

Writers in Attendance:

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Media Placements:

Nieder, Janice. Just Luxe, September 26, 2019
Taking A Satisfying Bite Out Of Portland, Maine

Some people visit Maine for the charming seaport villages, historic lighthouses, or to stare mesmerized at the over-the-top, fall foliage display. Don’t get me wrong. It really all was quite stunning, but it couldn’t compare to my delight upon discovering Maine’s bountiful seafood!Although I only had a couple of days to eat my way around Portland, I managed to dine on about a dozen of the most incredible seafood dishes imaginable. My mantra quickly became, “A day without lobster is like a day w/o sunshine.” 

Stay at Black Point Inn to relax in style Image by Janice Nieder
Stay at Black Point Inn to relax in style ~ Image by Janice Nieder

Nieder, Janice. Stark Insider, September 26, 2019
Wanderlust: The Maine Course, Portland – Part 1

In 2018 Bon Appétit named Portland, Maine, the “Restaurant City of the Year” catapulting it to the top of the list for America’s fave food destination. Shortly thereafter, People magazine gave Portland the #1 spot on their “Top 10 New Foodie Cities”. This year, Food & Wine magazine declared Portland the winning city for “Most Breweries Per Capita”. Convinced, I joined two other culinary writers eager to explore Maine’s culinary scene. (The icing on the cake was when I found out that Maine was celebrating its 200th birthday this year!) ~ See top of this page for companion image.

Nieder, Janice. Stark Insider, September 30, 2019
Wanderlust: The Maine Course, Portland – Part 2

Sadly, we were late to our final cruise, so we had to race through our lunch at Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Company, a mom-&-pop seafood joint that’s been serving the freshest lobster, shrimp, clams, scallops and homemade desserts for almost 30 years. I say sadly because we had to inhale our final lobster roll & blueberry pie combo, while sitting on the dock of the Casco Bay, and this was one meal that deserved to be savored slowly.Our last boat trip, a lobster tour on the cheerful, red and white Lucky Catch was an absolute hoot! Come prepared to work because this is an all-hands-on-deck experience. The fun began when the adorable crew-members made us don official rubber aprons and lobster mitts. ~ See bottom of this page for companion image.  

Along the coast of Casco Bay in Portland Maine Image by Mira Temkin
Along the coast of Casco Bay in Portland Maine ~ Image by Mira Temkin

Thanks to Visit Maine and our hosts Nancy Marshall and Charlene Williams of Marshall Public Relations for giving IFWTWA members an opportunity to explore this beautiful oasis.

Temkin, Mira. Splash Magazine Worldwide, September 30, 2019
It’s a Maine Thing!

White clapboard houses dot the landscape, cool breezes blow off the Atlantic and the leaves are just beginning to turn. This is the ideal time to visit Maine, when the crowds have thinned and the state is yours to explore. Travel up and down the rugged coast and you’ll find luxury resorts and charming little towns everywhere you go.

Temkin, Mira. Urban Matter, October 5, 2019
Get in a Maine State of Mind!

You’ll hear the seagulls and the sounds of the waves as they crash to shore. White clapboard houses dot the landscape and all around you are miles of rugged Atlantic coast. Maine beckons with lovely seaport villages, the scent of fresh seafood wafting in the air and wild blueberry everything!

Temkin, Mira. Modern Jewish Experience, November 3, 2019
The Maine Jewish Museum – Celebrating Jewish Art, History and Culture

Learn more about the past and present history of the Maine Jewish Community as well as the always changing foodie scene in Portland. (Vol. 2, Issue 1, September 27, 2019, page 13 for full story)

Noe, Mary.  LuxuryGlobe.com, November 8, 2019
Black Point Inn–A Quintessential Maine Oceanfront Hotel

Imagine a traditional seaside inn on the rugged coast of Maine and you’ve conjured the Black Point Inn, which has been delighting guests since 1878. Located just south of Portland, which was named among the Top Ten Destinations On The Rise by Trip Advisor, the Black Point Inn is one of the last remaining grand historic hotels of Maine. When planning your next summer or fall visit to New England, the Black Point Inn is a luxury destination not to be missed.

Noe, Mary. Luxury.TV, November 13, 2019 Maine Food For Thought Tours–Video Coverage Named ‘Restaurant City of the Year’ in 2018 by Bon Appetit, Portland, Maine is a popular destination for foodies and culinary connoisseurs. One of the best ways to experience Portland’s evolving culinary, restaurant, and environmental scene is on a Maine Food For Thought tour. 

Noe, Mary.  LuxuryUS.com, November 13, 2019
A Luxurious Winter Retreat on Maine’s MidCoast–Samoset Resort

Dreaming of a winter escape to one of Maine’s classic coastal resorts? While many of Maine’s historic inns are closed during the frosty months, the Samoset Resort in Rockport is a luxurious vacation destination that is especially magical during the winter.

Sebasco Harbor Resort is a family-friendly destination Image by Mira Temkin
Sebasco Harbor Resort is a family-friendly destination ~ Image by Mira Temkin

Temkin, Mira. Food Wine Travel Magazine, December 1, 2019
Sebasco Harbor Resort – A Maine Coastal Retreat

Sebasco Harbor Resort lets guests sleep in a lighthouse, enjoy fabulous seafood to table cuisine and spend time on the water exploring historic waterways. 

Cruising along the Kennebec River Image by Mira Temkin
Cruising along the Kennebec River ~ Image by Mira Temkin

Temkin, Mira. Group Tour Magazine, December 1, 2019
Drop Anchor at Maine Maritime Museum

The Maine Maritime Museum showcases the past shipbuilding industry in the area and offers cruises on the Kennebec River, ideal for group outings.

Lunch: Can't stop dreaming about the lobster roll and Blueberry pie from Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster shack- South Freeport Marina ~ Image by Janice Nieder