Portland Holiday Getaway: December 2–4, 2022
Maximum Rooms: 5 rooms (double occupancy)
$950 includes 1-Double Occupancy Room
Enjoy a weekend full of holiday festivities in Portland. Stay at the Portland Harbor Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of the Old Port. Friday evening, enjoy a private custom wine tasting with charcuterie for Down East Adventures guests at Grippy Tannins before venturing out for dinner on your own. Saturday afternoon tour Victoria Mansion. During the holiday season, many of the community’s florists, designers, artists, and fellow non-profit organizations use the backdrop of the Mansion’s interior design to create unique decorations that emulate Victorian-era splendor. End the day with a performance of the holiday classic The Nutcracker, performed by Maine State Ballet at the beautiful Merill Auditorium.
This getaway includes:
- 2 Night Double Occupancy Accommodations at the Portland Harbor Hotel
- Parking at Portland Harbor Hotel for 2 nights
- 2 tickets to tour Victoria Mansion
- 2 tickets to the Nutcracker performed by Maine State Ballet at Merill Auditorium
- Custom Wine Tasting for 2
Since 2002, the Portland Harbor Hotel has set a high standard for the ultimate hotel experience. They pride themselves on attention to detail and creating a custom stay for each guest. Guest rooms are thoughtfully decorated to create a cozy, nautical feel – and those are just the beginning of your coastal getaway. Located in the Old Port district, Portland Harbor Hotel’s location could not be more ideal. Within walking distance, you can venture to award-winning restaurants, art galleries, locally-owned boutiques and shops, theatres and the working waterfront. Portland is nationally recognized as one of the “coolest small cities” in America and it’s no wonder why: with an expansive list of things to do and see, our little coastal oasis lined with cobblestone streets is simply one-of-a-kind. Includes Parking for two nights.
During the holiday season, many of the community’s leading and up-and-coming florists, designers, artists, and fellow non-profit organizations use the backdrop of the Victoria Mansion’s interior design to create unique decorations that emulate Victorian-era splendor. Now in its fourth decade, that has in the past welcomed over 8,000 visitors each holiday season. Also known as the Morse-Libby House, Victoria Mansion was built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for two people, Ruggles Sylvester Morse and his wife Olive. Though both from Maine originally, the Morse family made their home in New Orleans, Louisiana. Morse made his fortune operating luxury hotels, although he also invested in many side businesses, as well as being an active participant in the slave economy that was so pervasive in New Orleans. This spectacular summer home was designed by the architect Henry Austin of New Haven, CT, and is widely considered one of the finest examples of the Italian Villa style in America. Strategically located near the city’s earliest gas and sewer lines, the house was a model of elegance and convenience with hot and cold running water, flush toilets, central heating, gas lights, a servant call-bell system, wall-to-wall carpeting, and a 25-foot-long stained glass skylight. In 1940, the house was rescued from an uncertain fate and has been open to the public as a museum since in 1941. Today Victoria Mansion contains over 90% of the original interiors including almost all of the original wall paintings by the Italian-born artist Giuseppe Guidicini.
Set in early 19th century Germany, the ballet features the classic story of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Choreography is by former New York City Ballet member and Artistic Director Linda MacArthur Miele, with three pieces of original choreography by world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine. Associate Director Gail Csoboth designed the colorful costumes and scenery. Performers include over 30 professional Company members and an additional 300 dancers of all ages.
Maine State Ballet is a non-profit based in Falmouth, Maine, is one of the state’s leading arts organizations whose mission is to uplift the Maine community through inspiring dance education and performance. Maine State Ballet houses the Maine State Ballet Company, Lopez Theater, and its School for the Performing Arts, with continuous instruction in ballet, tap, and jazz for over 100 years.
More about Grippy Tannins:
Grippy Tannins wine shop and tasting lounge in Portland’s East End neighborhood features a curated selection of wine from classic regions around the world. All of the wines in stock are available for enjoyment in their tasting lounge or for purchase to go.
The payment is 50% refundable in the event you have to cancel, as long as the cancellation is made 21 days before the trip. After that time, your payment is non-refundable. Alternately, 100% of your payment will be refunded if a replacement can be found prior to the trip. However, if, due to state and/or federal COVID-19 policies, a lockdown is still in effect, we will refund 100% or offer credit on a future trip.
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