Meadowmere Resort

July 04, 2016

Splash into Ogunquit Maine – Meadowmere Resort's Outdoor Pool

Outdoorpoolday2Every now and then at the Meadowmere Resort, we like to take a step back from the day to day operations of the hotel and look around from the guest’s perspective.  Whether it’s security, carpets, mattresses, furniture (list goes on and on) or tearing down and building a new pool as we did a few years back. 

For decades the Meadowmere Resort offered our guests a wonderful triangle pool just steps from the West Meadow Pub.  But as we grew and added the South Meadow Building and the Country Squire we realized that the old pool that had served our guests so well just wasn’t cutting it any more.  After months and months of meetings with the architect, town and contractors, a plan began to formulate. We sifted through samples to find the perfect furniture, flooring, pool shape - and all the planning and scheduling finally came together. When we re-opened the outdoor pool, the reaction we received from our guests was just astonishing. Proof that attention to detail makes a difference. We hope you can come see for yourself!

Our staff is committed to providing quality Maine Vacation’s with state of the art amenities and personal attention to cleanliness and service the Meadowmere Resort has it all.  Here are a few stories from our family to yours:

  • Our maintenance team is always hopping all over the property to keep it in tip top shape. Ethan was coming across the parking lot area when movement caught his eye. An elderly guest was crossing the lot and something had fallen out of her purse. As Ethan got closer, he realized that what had fallen was quite a bit of cash. He brought it to the desk team to place in the safe while he went to find her among the amenities. When he did, she was shocked to find the money missing and thrilled to have it returned!
  • A wonderful part of hospitality is the many new faces we meet. Whitney welcomed a new guest to the hotel and noticed she just did not seem present. Taking her time, Whitney discovered that the guest had to unexpectedly put her pet cat to sleep before heading on her weekend getaway. Before heading into work the next day, Whitney stopped to pick up a pet sympathy card and had this delivered with chocolates and a note hoping she was doing okay for the weekend.
  • The West Meadow Pub is a relaxed and fun spot to enjoy - especially for live music Saturday nights. Richard was helping the many guests enjoying the lounge when he noticed that a credit card was on the floor. He quickly retrieved it and recognized that guest name. Knowing how awful it would be to discover the card was missing - not to mention how such a problem can derail a vacation, Richard quickly went to work match his charges to the card name. He was able to contact the guest, ask them to check for their card and then happily report that he had found it for them. They were thrilled with the service.
  • Sometimes guests ask for easy things - like more soap or towels. Sometimes guests put us to work. Liz had once such request. A guest wanted to visit but it was important to her to have a room with the "best view of the moon" when she stayed. Well, this is a bit tricky - the moon changes. Liz googled the moon phases, orientated the moon to the hotel map and then found the best room with a balcony to see the view. So when this guest join us, it really was a marvelous night for a moon dance!

June 27, 2016

5 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Ogunquit Maine Vacation

Although there are certainly many ways to spice up a long awaited Ogunquit vacation, we wanted to write a brief list showing 5 things (just about all of which are year round) you may consider to spice up the overall enjoyment of your trip.

Keep in mind that as you read the following ideas they are just that-- ideas, and by no means a requisite to having a beautiful vacation in Ogunquit. As we always say, it’s better to be on vacation in Ogunquit without all the bells and whistles than it is to have the perfect vacation with every option you ever dreamed of......in your head.

HPmarginalwayWithout further ado, here goes:

  1. The Fancy Restaurant: Stuffy restaurants, especially if you’re considering packing lite, have gone the way of the dinosaur in Ogunquit. We’re not really sure anyone ever did enjoy having a personal napkin folder standing at attention. And to this we say good riddance. Approachable fine dining shares amazing food, great memories and good conversation. Often times, the right restaurant creates that ‘homey’ feel so many are looking for. Yes, you can still get dressed up – just now you can spill breadcrumbs on the table. Good spots to go fancy, not stuffy: The Velveteen Habit, MC Perkins Cove, David’s KPT, Northern Union.
  1. The Romantic Spot: This can be a bit tricky when traveling with kids but have no fear. In Ogunquit, you really can’t go wrong with Marginal Way. Even if the kiddos are on the adventure too, while they explore the rocks, you and your spouse can site hand in hand on one of the many benches. Marginal Way just has the effect on people. Maybe it’s the soothing waves, maybe the scent of the ocean – whatever it is, it’s the perfect spot to reconnect. Good spots to park: The lookout point just north of Perkins Cove. The path has a little extra loop – you might even sneak in a kiss and really gross out the kids.
  1. The Sweet Stuff: At some point, almost everyone sees Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s a rite of passage. It’s also darn near the stuff of reality at Harbor Candy Shop in Ogunquit center. From the quaint store front to the intoxicating smell of chocolate upon entering, you’ll think you found a golden ticket. Homemade fudge, turtles and these little raspberry baskets – plus buckets of sugary glory waiting for you to make your very own bag of goodies. It’s like hitting the candy bullseye (which you can also enjoy). Good spot to see: Head all the way inside to watch candy being made and see an entire wall of truffles.
  1. The Fresh Air: Maine is vacationland – so get out and enjoy it. Whether that’s a winter afternoon in the outdoor hot tub or a summer day walking the beach, you’ve got to get outside to get into Maine. There are a couple of rather ‘undiscovered’ ways to get your fair share of that Maine fresh air: Ogunquit River paddle boarding and Mt. A hiking. While Ogunquit Beach is definitely the main attraction, these two spots make for a special experience. You’ll encounter amazing birdlife paddling up the River and see the estuaries up close. As the highest point in Southern Maine, Mt. A offers outstanding views of the entire coastline. Yeah, sure you can drive to the top, but remember, it’s all about the fresh air. Good spots to catch the best views: On the River, just into Wells, the pretty line up of beach cottages facing the ocean. On the Mountain, just off to the right of the lookout house, there is a picnic table to gaze out at the Nubble Lighthouse.
  1. EDBMsubhomepgThe Lobster: Assuming that you want what the locals got. Well, it’s not just lobster. There’s a couple of snack spots that may not look like much, but you’ll find us there. Anyway, say hi, be friendly and don’t mess too much with what you order. When in Maine, do like the Mainers. Good spots: The Lobster Shack, Perkins Cover; Flo’s Hot Dogs, Route 1 Cape Neddick; Cornerstone, Lobster Pizza, Ogunquit Village Center; Billy’s Chowder House Homemade Bar Chips, Wells; Barnacle Billy’s Steamers & Rum Punch, Perkins Cove; The Clam Shack, Fried Clams, Kennebunkport.

There you go, five simple ways to enhance your Ogunquit Maine Vacation. If you are ready to get those plans in place, give us a call or check out the hotel at meadowmere.com . There's also our handy "Things to Do in Ogunquit" section for more tips. 

April 25, 2016

Planning an Intimate Wedding in Ogunquit Maine : Small Gathering Venues in Southern Maine

_SWP2842Every bride and groom knows that the wedding day is all about celebrating the joy of being together and sharing that joy with friends and family.

Of course, that last part is where a lot of stress and money goes: Who to invite? How many? The venue costs what???

Maybe you both fell in love in a special spot and that spot only hold 50 persons. Maximum. That’s okay – it is your day. And you are in luck – Intimate weddings are surging in popularity for the charm, budget and special atmosphere to a cozy gathering.  Even better, our hotel in Ogunquit is surrounded by these special small venues.

Best Places to Plan an Intimate Wedding in Southern Maine

Time to make your wedding dream come true. Here are tips on great small wedding venues in Ogunquit Maine.

Wedding Ceremony Want: Water

Ocean view ceremonies can bring big price tags even for little gatherings. Have no fear, there are options.

If rolling waves is the back drop for your perfect day but your budget is drowning, consider such options as the Marginal Way, the Ellis Park Short Sands Gazebo and Hope Hobbs Gazebo for your ceremony. All have the ability to see the water, allowing for the ocean to be the back drop to you ‘I do’s’. Just remember these options are town parks and paths. That means curious onlookers and well-wishers. Which it can be fun to have complete strangers clapping and cheering for you - A small trade to have these spectacular ocean views. And sometimes just a few hundred dollars and a little time with administrative forms is all you need.

Wedding Venue Want: Woods

Sure the smell of Maine Pine is romantic, but you don’t want to chop a clearing to gather.

If the romantic Maine woods sounds perfect but you don’t want to head too far north or go too rustic, consider such options as Clay Hill Farm and Jonathan’s. With the option to enjoy the fairy gardens and nature paths balanced with lawn and cuisine, Clay Hill Farm offers Maine woods, high heel friendly. And at Jonathan’s, you’ll have your choice of the Ogunquit Heritage Museum park with dappling light or the Josias River Park with flowing brook (flats, no heels for this one).

EDBMsubhomepgWedding Venue Want: Lobster

Maine means lobster. And dipping butter. Way more delicious than smashing cake.

If the lure of a wedding in Maine is lobster, but you have visions of Aunt Sue covered in butter, have no fear. Mainers have cleaned up the lobster experience a bit.  With fresh farm to table food, craft beer, local wineries, you can personalize your menu and impress your taste buds. Harvest and Plate Catering in Ogunquit is a wonderful option with Chef Trip and The Velveteen Habit is a gorgeous back drop with expert Chef Chris at the helm. Whether a private homes, special farmhouse or our cozy pub, you’ve got space to make your intimate gathering yummy too.

Wedding Venue Want: Out to Sea

For when you really want to limit who sets sail.

If your vision of saying I do involves as few witnesses as possible, your ship has come in. Literally. From the romantic Silver Lining Sailboat to the down Maine Finestkind Lobster cruiser, you can sail away with only the closest of friends and family to create an amazing wedding day.

Finally, you need a hotel that is open and central to your Southern Maine wedding venue with easy access to a well maintained road. And you want to give your guests a place to be cozy and comfortable so you can convince your family, your friends - whoever you have in mind for this Maine celebration – to travel to Vacationland.

Meadowmere is close to all the venues mentioned and allows for direct access to Route 1. The hotel also is easily accessible for bus, limo and trolley transportation.  Finally, your guests have three airports, Amtrak, coach bus and car as options to reach Ogunquit. Wedding services and  blocks in Southern Maine are available year round.

April 17, 2016

Green Travel in Maine: That Myth That Going Eco-Friendly with Your Ogunquit Hotel Costs More

There is a huge misconception out there in the hospitality industry and we are here today to set the record straight.

The idea that going green with your hotel choice will cost you more is fool’s gold.

Yep, fool’s gold.

Here is why:

Solarinstall3A True Look at the Numbers

With state and federal grants available to businesses looking to apply eco-friendly practices especially when it comes to big budget investment items the initial savings can be great. So yes, those solar panels are pricey overall, but not when it comes right down to your stay.

Let’s take a look at what the long term price differential would be and how it effects your vacation. Let's use something guests and hoteliers can relate to: The Light Bulb.

Well, with over two thousand light bulbs hotel wide, investing in LED’s are not only more energy efficient for our Ogunquit hotel, they are also cost effective.  Take a look at these averages:

                                                Incandescent                     CFL                         LED

Average Cost Per Bulb                $1.00                                $2.00                    $8.00

Average Life Span                     1200 hrs                              8,000 hrs             25,000 hrs

Average Cost per Hour              $0.083                                 $0.025                 $0.032

Doing the simple math, over the course of 1 year for a hotel where the lights are on often, we would actually spend thousands of more dollars with Incandescent bulbs. Whoa.

And although CFL’s are the best cost option, as a hotel, we have to consider the hazard and risk of mercury inside one of those bulbs. For us it’s just not worth the risk.  We’ve upgrade to LED’s throughout the hotel to ensure a safe and eco-conscious experience for our guests. So factoring in the life span of LED’s one can easily see that there is as significant cost difference over time from the incandescent bulbs.

And that’s just light bulbs. If we factor in the solar electric and solar hot water our green Ogunquit hotel in is producing, going green helps keep your vacation more reasonable. We produce upwards of 50,000 KwH each year at an average cost of $0.15 per KwH  - That’s over $7,500.00 in savings annually and a big impact on the environment.

IMG_0023With Lightbulbs and Solar being just a small part of our Eco-Efforts, it’s pretty easy to see how going green can really pay off in savings for a hotel - and that helps us make a product of even better value to guests.  The best part is the savings from being an eco-hotel gets reinvested into your vacation with improvements like the Outdoor Pool and new WiFi system and stays in our community with year round jobs for our amazing team.

Bottom line —Be smart. Use logic when it comes to understanding the true cost of a hotel going green.  Understand you’ve always got to consider the long-term best interests. If a hotel is really walking the green walk, then that local business is making a difference local and with your vacation.

If you're planning a vacation to Ogunquit Maine and have thoughts about the environment and savings, give us a call directly. We love to welcome your family to Ogunquit for a great vacation now - and helps make the next one great too.

April 08, 2016

A Vacation that Helps from Ogunquit Maine – Animal Welfare Society

Giving back is made easy when you stay and shop in Ogunquit, Maine. At our hotel in Ogunquit Maine the Meadowmere Team has been dedicated to constant involvement by providing volunteer leadership and generous contributions to many worthy and notable causes in both local and national communities.

We wanted to share with you the charity that will receive donations for Appreciation Stays in April.   The Animal Welfare Society is an open-admission NO KILL shelter in York County.  In addition to an animal shelter and adoption center AWS offers life saving community programs including Pets & Women to Safety, Paws in Stripes, Paws Across American, Humane Education, Behavioral Training Classes and the Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic.  In 2014 the AWS was able to care for more than 3,300 animals.

In addition to the Meadowmere Resorts charitable contribution to the Animal Welfare Society each guest joining us for our Appreciation Weekend will receive a gift from the Meadowmere and Purchasing for my Cause.  15% of the cost of this gift will then be directed to the cause of your choice.

A special thank you to our guests that make it possible for us to Give Back when you book the Meadowmere Resort for your Maine Vacation, check back throughout the year to learn more about Vacations that help.  Here is a wonderful story about creating great memories from our staff:

Liz received a call from a guest looking to book the engagement package. He had several questions and was very nervous about the special trip going smoothly. In order to keep the surprise, Liz was happy to set up the reservation and then correspond via email on the details. On the day of arrival, he emailed concerned about the arrival timing. Liz assured him that our team was ready and the special details were in place - including the extra touches of the fireplace going and chilling pinot grigio for his soon to be fiance. When the guest mentioned that he really prefers beer, Liz made a quick addition so when the door was opened and the question asked, the celebration could begin!

April 04, 2016

How to Find the Perfect Hotel for your Future Vacation: 5 Valuable Maine Travel Tips!

At the Meadowmere we receive calls on a daily basis from folks who are in the process of looking for the perfect hotel for their upcoming vacation.  They all want to know the same thing: “What should I look for in a property where I can find the vacation of my dreams?”  That’s a great question, and we just happen to have some great pointers so let’s dive right in!

Here are 5 Tips for Finding the Perfect hotel for your Future Vacation:

IMG_0030#1:  Compare Rates

The biggest factor that impacts the vacation planning is cost.  Why?  One word: Budget.  Vacations can be expensive, there’s no getting around that.  It’s not uncommon for our clients to check hotel pricing on discount travel website.  A word of caution be sure you read the terms and always compare the rates with the hotel directly to ensure you’re getting the best customer service and the best price for your upcoming vacation.

 #2:  Be Flexible with dates

Depending upon when you’re looking to travel and how far in advance you are booking you may need to be flexible with your dates.  A bit of flexibility can go a long way, if you’re planning a romantic vacation to Maine or a family vacation in Ogunquit the ability to shift your dates could mean better accommodations and a better value.  We can certainly work with you to discuss preferences and make recommendations to ensure you’re vacation in Ogunquit is perfect!

 #3:  Check the specials

Most hotels offer specials which can be found on their website under packages and specials or promotions. Information on promotions can also be provided by calling the hotel directly.  Since Promotions are typically available closer to the dates of the reservation or during slow periods check these regularly as well as being flexible with your dates will prove to be beneficial when planning your vacation.

#4:  Stay often

Within our Guest Appreciation program travelers that stay often with our hotel using directly booked reservations receive regular promotions and special discounts for their vacations in Ogunquit Maine.  On a number of weekends a year guests qualifying for the guest appreciation program at the Meadowmere also receive discounts to other Ogunquit vendors from Spa to Dinning> It’s always nice to save!

#5:  Become a Fan

Social Media is a great way to keep up with changes, improvements and specials for your vacation.  Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter or simply sign up for our Newsletter to stay current with all Meadowmere Promotions and news from Ogunquit, Maine!

Well, there you have it!  Five tips for finding the perfect hotel for your future vacation. We hope this helps you on your journey to making your vacation dreams a reality!  Please feel free to share any comments or questions below.

Thanks and Good Luck! 

April 01, 2016

City Trips vs. Seaside Village Group Vacation : How to Pick the Best Maine Destination for your tour group

 

Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine
VS.
Ogunquit, Maine
 
 
Ogunquit, Maine

The fact that you’ve found this article means you are probably well into the process of finding the right stops for your New England Motor Coach Tour

Maybe you have already decided that visiting Maine is the way to go, and possibly stopping into at least one of Maine’s seaside villages is best for your group tour….now it’s just a matter of finding the spot to lay your head that best meets your group needs. 

If this is the case, you’re in luck because today we’re going to compare two popular destinations in Maine:  The City of Portland and The Seaside Village of Ogunquit.   You’re probably wondering how, as a hotel, we can possibly give an unbiased comparison.  The truth is that we can’t. 

We are very passionate about what we do and we love our hotel...heck, that’s the way it should be! 

Notwithstanding, we can provide you with straight information about the two locals and explain why we design your group tours the way we do….then let you decide.  Sound fair?  Great, let’s get started!

First we’re going to discuss what Portland and Ogunquit have in common, and then we’ll cover the differences between the two locations. 

Common Features

Both locations are in Southern Maine with views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Both feature a wide selection of top notch restaurants, unique shops and fun activities.

Differences Between Portland and Ogunquit

Location & Proximity to Key Areas:

In designing your Group Tour of Maine it’s important to keep in mind the variety of key area’s your looking to visit.  Below is a summary of the distance to popular destinations traveling from Portland vs. Ogunquit, Maine.

                                                                Portland                                              Ogunquit

Cape Cod, MA                                   3 Or More Hours                              2 Or More Hours

Boston, MA                                     Just under  2 Hours                              Just over 1 Hour

North Conway, NH                          More Than 1 Hour                           Just over 1 Hour

Portsmouth, NH                               More Than 1 Hour                           30 minutes

Kittery, ME                                         More Than 1 Hour                           20 minutes

Kennebunkport, ME                       Just under 1 Hour                              20 minutes

Freeport, ME                                    Just under 1 Hour                              Just 1 Hour

Boothbay Harbor, ME                    Just about 2 Hour                           Just about 2 Hour, 30 minutes

Bar Harbor, ME                                 3 Or More Hours                              3 Or More Hours

Charm:

Both the city of Portland, Maine and the Village of Ogunquit, Maine hold a lot of charm.  Portland’s Old Port District boasts cobble stone streets with notable shops and restaurants set along the waters of Casco Bay.  Watch as the cruise ships and fishing boats come in or soak up the rich history as your group explores historic landmarks such as the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Victorian Mansion.

The Village of Ogunquit takes you back to a time before chain stores and franchises took the place of the local candy store and ma & pop markets.  With three areas to highlight your group can easily spend the day exploring the village and the beach before heading to the cove.  With Marginal Way foot path connecting the two your group will experience the views of Maine’s Rocky Coast that inspired Ogunquit’s history as an artist colony.  The shops along Perkins Cove still set in the artist shacks of the past and you can watch as the small fishing boats enter an exist through the beautiful wooden drawbridge.   

Service:

Customer Service and the Quality of Hotel Room your guests receive during your Maine Motor Coach Tour is of utmost importance.  And many travelers and tour planners have already established a preference between brand vs. independent hotels .   Brand hotels certainly have their level of quality and service standards and it can be comforting to know that regardless of where you are traveling to, you know what to expect from your favorite hotel brand.  For the Meadowmere Resort we're proud to be an independent family owned and operated hotel in Ogunquit.  It's because of this that our staff easily accepts our motto of family serving family on all levels of quality and service throughout our resort.  We can easily promise that from the time you inquire about our hotel in Ogunquit to the time your group departs you will have our full and personal attention and support in planning your New England Motor Coach Tour.

Well, there you have it.  A comparison of the city of Portland and the Seaside village of Ogunquit.  We hope you’ve found this informative and if you’re interested in learning more about a group tour in Ogunquit Maine, please check out our Planning a Group Tour page here where you'll find more information.   You might also want to check out our article Motor Coach FAM Tours of Southern Maine: How to Plan a Bus Tour in Ogunquit.

Please feel free to leave a comment or question below.  Thanks!

Maine Romance: Intimate Weddings from our Ogunquit Hotel

Ogunquit is a classic Maine wedding spot and the perfect place for your intimate wedding.  The staff at our hotel is here to help you with the details and help make your promises to each other a moment to remember.  The West Meadow Pub provides a cozy atmosphere true to the quaint Maine experience.  Say I do in front of the  Fieldstone fireplace perfect for intimate ceremonies and there is something truly wonderful about being so close to the sea!

Providing comfort on your vacation to Ogunquit is what the Meadowmere is all about.  Here are a few stories of our team making guests feel at home:

Crystal has a guest approach her to ask about having milk instead of creamer for the morning coffee. Unfortunately, the hotel did not have any on hand. However just as Crystal was about to walk away, she remembered that she had brought some in for her lunch. She generously offered to share with the guest who was pleasantly surprised by the kind offer. She quickly went to retrieve the 2% milk and helped make this guest feel right at home.

Bryanna had a busy day ahead cleaning a full section of rooms that had departed. Upon entering one of those rooms, she immediately spotted a scarf and a phone a charger. Being observant, she had recognized the same guests earlier, enjoying a little extra time in the game room before heading home. She quickly grabbed the items and headed to the game room, catching the guest and surprisingly them with the extra thoughtful step. They were incredibly thankful to save the worry of missing the items - especially the all important phone charger!

March 25, 2016

Planning a Meeting in Maine: Tips and Trends for This Year in Ogunquit

Jonathans-BallRoomSo for as much snow as Maine had last year, this winter is filled with sunshine and (fairly) warm days. Maybe Mother Nature is trying to tell us something – because that is just what we see ahead for meeting planning. Southern Maine is being discovered as a great spot to plan a corporate meeting or company team building. With three airports at one hour or less away, less clutter and expense of a city setting such as Portland, Portsmouth or Boston and the excitement of a destination location, Ogunquit offers a great place to bring the team. It's after all, a best beach in the US.

Let’s take a look at some tips and trends for this year for hosting your company event in Ogunquit:

  • Flexing the Rate Muscle. Demand is back and in a big way, especially for June thru October. Whereas four or five years ago, negotiating rom rate was standard, these days the demand is too strong in Southern Maine to have much wiggle room in pricing. The pockets of dates have been filled in with the creative sales teams and promotions and hotels along the coast know what they can fill for and when. Often times the best way to approach this is to offer an acceptable room rate range upfront so the sales team can quickly let you know if a bid will be submitted for the business. And as for the quiet season – sales teams have worked that in as well. Be open to considering March, April and May. The end of the first quarter and start of the second has great potential for your budget.
  • Early Birds Are Getting the Worm. Well actually, they are getting the key meeting dates in Southern Maine. Sometimes 2 or 3 years in advance. This a bit tricky since attendees and sometimes the client are waiting til last minute to register or even tell a meeting planner about an event need. If you are finding yourself talking to the client more and more about why 6 weeks’ notice for a fall meeting in Ogunquit just isn’t going to come together, you aren’t alone. And if you need a reason to convince a client that planning earlier for the meeting in Southern Maine is a must, see our first point. When the hotel has high demand and the client has a short notice must have meeting, negotiating goes out the window. Early birds smartly keeping the planning window long and work with the hotel as a partner.
  • Smart Food Means Better Health (but also Bigger Budget). Providing healthier options and specialty diets has been on the radar for a long time. While for our Maine hotel, this is really a return to what we do (our meetings at Jonathan's have been focused on Farm-to-Table, local cuisine and custom menus for over 30 years), we get that there may be a little sticker shock over the waxy chicken with over sauteed mystery veggies. Food has become part of the attraction to attendees and there are options to balance taste and price. For example, creating a central break location rather than having stations in multiple rooms. And using a family style set up to work around the buffet waste. It’s not as new-fashioned as one might think – after all, Lobster bakes have been served that way for generations.
  • A Time to Work, A Time to Play. As millennials flood the work place, balance is becoming a trend at meetings. Agendas are working in more and more ‘open afternoons’ – not as free time but for activities such as team building ground exercises, yoga and scavenger hunts. Our hotel has seen an increase in working the benefits on mindfulness into meetings. Yes, there is an element of fun to working a ropes course and some manager might find that wasteful. However, the soft skills of working together, communicating and understanding how to handle stress productively are increasingly important to a team succeeding. More than number crunching. With an aerial course, hiking, ocean front yoga options and more we are seeing events plan in a 2 to 4 hour window to develop these skills. And millennials are appreciating – and attending – the agendas that do.

So when the snow isn’t flying and we look forward to the year ahead, we see a great year to plan an event in Ogunquit and the Southern Maine area.

To get your Maine meeting planning started, visit our plan a meeting in Maine website: http://www.meadowmere.com/sites-events/corporate-functions.

Green Hospitality: How Your Soap Can Change the World at the Meadowmere in Ogunquit

 

Recycling at the Meadowmere in Ogunquit
Recycling at the Meadowmere in Ogunquit

Clean the World is a global soap project dedicated to improving global health through soap distribution and hygiene programs worldwide.  Clean the world was founded in 2009 by Shawn Seipler the idea for soap recycling came about after he learned that the bars of soap barely used in hotels ended up in a landfill.  The Meadowmere Resort had a similar thought in 2010 when the owner walking through the hallways noticed a number of soaps seemingly untouched in the trash.  Soon after the Meadowmere Resort found the global soap project and without delay became a partner in the program. 

The mission of clean the world is to collect and recycle soap and hygiene products that would otherwise generate environmental waste.  Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people, prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year, reduce the morbidity rate for hygiene-related illnesses, and encourage vigorous childhood development.

Some of our staff were a bit concerned when they first learned that we were recycling used soap.  Fear not - Clean the World is committed to safety and treats all products at the Clean the World Recycling center through sterilization, grinding, and reshaping into clean new bars of soap prior to distribution.

Thank you for being a part of our hotel in Ogunquit.  We encourage all guests to share with us ideas on how we can constantly improve our environmental impact, should you have a suggestion please leave a comment below.  Our staff is committed to providing quality service to each guest here are a few of their stories:

Speaking of soap, Bryanna noticed that a guest had brought their favorite kind with them on their vacation to Ogunquit recently. A brand new bar of Irish Spring was sitting on the top of the toilet tank. Rather than put the bar in the shower and knowing it would be hard to keep a bar of soap there all week, Bryanna located an extra soap dish - We have these special lovely shells - and small towel to place the dish on. So even before soap reaches the Clean the World program, we give it special attention!

This time of year we know that it can be hard to muster up the will to head outdoors in the cold. It may have been a mild winter overall, but there have been a few chilly nights and days! On one of those such days, Tori was chatting with a guest who got around to asking where they could find ice. Once Tori explained, including directions to the machine, the guest hesitated about going out in the cold. Tori let them know not to worry - she would fill it for them. Off she headed and returned - the guest able to stay nice and warm.

Is there nothing more annoying than forgetting toothpaste on a trip? It's got to be in the top ten. What might even top forgetting the toothpaste thought is remembering to bring it and then jut running out. Bryanna noticed that guests with us this past week were trying to make the very end of tube last. She headed down and got our small amenity tubes - one for each person - and set them up near the sink. Fresh and ready to go.

It's the small details such as these that help our guests feel special and cared for. We hope you can visit!

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