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January 25, 2016

Ways to Create a Charitable Wedding: How to Celebrate and Make a Difference in Southern Maine

The excitement of your wedding – It is truly a special time. However, soon enough the reality that you will need a budget and some serious planning help arrives. Occasionally, a bride asks our hotel if all this expense for just one day in Maine is normal.  Well, yes. It is a very special day (there is a lot of history to why – for another blog). But if you are looking a way to make a difference with your Southern Maine wedding (or anniversary or birthday – really any celebration), then you may want to consider a charitable wedding.

HopkinsMeadowmereWays to Create a Charitable Wedding

  • Volunteer. Bond you bridal party with a day spent helping a local shelter or making a difference with kids. Looking to volunteer your time based on your ability and location? There are many websites that can help you out. The point is to plan a few hours giving back together. Here are a few:
  • Register for charitable gifts. As in add a charity that you and your love care about. And if you can’t choose, options like amazon smile can let your guests give to what matters to them and really spread the impact.
  • Skip the party favors. Instead of little gifts for your guests, make donation for what you would have spent to a local charity. In Southern Maine, there are many worthy choices such as Caring Unlimited, York County Shelter, Animal Welfare Society and many, many more.
  • Save the leftovers. Ask when booking your caterer where leftovers go and if they don’t have an answer, request that the local food panty receive them. This means less of the food you purchase for your wedding goes to waste and if this is the first time the caterer has been asked this, who knows. You just might start them on a path to help more.
  • Honeymoon Helper. Sure you can book a trip to lie on a beach and get couples massage. But you could do that and help make a difference for a day or two as well. Websites such as projects-abroad.org can help you find trips.
  • Donate the Dress. Okay, this one is a big step. But if you are truly never going to wear your wedding dress again, Brides Against Breast Cancer would love to hear from you.

And finally, you want to ask your vendors about green and charity practices that they have in place. Of Course a hotel that is central to your Southern Maine wedding venue for guests is important. At the Meadowmere Resort, our Ogunquit hotel is close and it is a leading green hotel in Maine. The hotel and it’s team have received numerous awards and recognition for our community efforts, including hosting weekends throughout the year to benefits local charities. Our wedding services and blocks in Southern Maine are available year round and our sales team can find a local charity to fit your wedding plans.

All this planning for one day – but truly it is up to you how far and wide your wedding day can reach!

We wish you happy wedding planning from Southern Maine!

January 22, 2016

How to Incorporate Charity into your Vacation in Ogunquit Maine

Making a Difference in Maine
Making a Difference in Maine

Is including a culture of service in your life a part of your Mission or New Year Resolution?  At the Meadowmere Resort Service has been our mission from the start.  Our commitment to serving our guests has allowed us to create countless memories with friends from around the world.  Your commitment to the Meadowmere over the years has allowed us to expand our culture of service to include our Environmental Programs focused on preserving the natural resources that make Ogunquit and Maine such a special place to enjoy, and allowed us to continue to increase our charitable donations year after year.

The Meadowmere Resort offers a variety of ways to incorporate Charity into your Vacation in Ogunquit Maine.  Here are a few examples of how easy it is:

Book the Maine Hospitality for Habitat Special at the Meadowmere Resort during select spring dates.  When you donate $35.00 to Habitat for Humanity you’ll pay just half the regular rate of your room.

At check in check yes on your registration card to donate $1.00 to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund to ensure this iconic footpath will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Learn about our Guest Loyalty Program with special dates to escape to Ogunquit, Maine featuring a variety of charitable contributions to causes important to our team and our guests.  Meet the team of featured charities receiving donations for the VIP Stays and engage with Purchasing For My Cause by PS It Matters.

At our hotel in Ogunquit making a difference is just what we do, here are a few stories shared by our team:

Donna noticed a guest in the hallway and noticed that something didn’t seem quite right.  When Donna approached the guest to inquire if everything was ok she learned the guest was feeling very ill.  She asked if there was anything she could do to help her feel better and offered a cup of tea.  Donna made tea and picked some fresh mint sprigs from the garden and delivered it to the guest room.  The guest was so grateful she gave Donna a big hug!

As the beautification project in Ogunquit is underway Liz took it upon herself to call all of our arrivals when the construction blocked the main entrance.  Ensuring guests were aware of how to access the lobby area and enjoy their stay at the Meadowmere!

January 15, 2016

Focus on a Great Family Vacation: Start a New Tradition in Ogunquit at the Meadowmere Resort

Family Traditions in Ogunquit
Family Traditions in Ogunquit

Great family traditions can start anytime from the proposal to the wedding or even when your baby’s too little to know what’s going on.  Combining your annual vacation with a family tradition allows for countless memories at the most beautiful place by the sea.  Here are a few ideas on how you can establish a family tradition at the Meadowmere Resort and strengthen your family’s bond, enrich the life you share and create lasting memories:

Start a collection of photographs through the years at your favorite spot along the marginal way.

Find your home away from home.  The Meadowmere Resort features over 20 room types to ensure you find the perfect accommodations for your family to enjoy year after year.

Enjoy a Family Meal at your favorite Maine restaurant.  Ogunquit features a number of family friendly restaurants sure fit the needs of your family.  Share your favorite vacation stories or plan to explore a new activity in the area.

Movie Night with complimentary movie’s daily at the Meadowmere Resort your family movie night will be picture perfect.

With a motto of family serving family for the past 30 years the Meadowmere Resort is here to ensure your family vacation is one to remember here are a few stories from our team:

Liz was assisting a guest with a reservation when the guest inquired about hot chocolate.  Liz informed the guest that it would be available in the lobby and as a surprise sent some up to the room before the guest arrived.

Janet was cleaning a guest room when she realized they were celebrating their 50th Anniversary, she made swans out of the towels in front of the Jacuzzi and left a note wishing them a Happy Anniversary!

January 11, 2016

4 Things that will Determine Your Environmental Impact on Your Ogunquit Vacation in 2016

Environmental Impact on Vacation
Environmental Impact on Vacation

If environmental awareness is important to you consider the impact your next vacation will have. There are a lot of important fact finding questions that you should be aware of, like what is the best way to get there? Which businesses care about the environment as much as I do? Where will I find local and sustainable goods? Below are the factors that will come into play when determining how big your Environmental Impact will be on your vacation in 2016.

Distance of Travel

As a vacation requires travel. At the very foundation of your trip, it’s important to consider the varying environmental impact of travel depending on the distance and the mode of transportation you choose to get there. Located on the southern coast of Maine Ogunquit features natural beauty, numerous restaurants and unique shops set along the charming seaside village. Traveling to Ogunquit is simple and swift just an hour north of Boston, MA and 20 minutes from Portsmouth, NH. Reducing the distance you travel is the most effortless way to reduce your environmental impact. Choosing the mode of transportation is also pretty seamless with the Amtrak Train just a few miles north, C&J Bus Lines offering direct trips from New York City to Ogunquit also consider car pooling with family and friends and enjoy a vacation together.

Where you Stay

There are several types of accommodations to choose for your vacation. Most people find a hotel with AAA three diamond rating offers the standards of cleanliness and service we all expect at a great value. We feel that affordable luxury is what every traveler deserves with our 100 point inspection for hotel cleanliness and our motto is family serving family. Our hotel in Ogunquit, Maine ensures your expectations are exceeded around each corner. As Ogunquit’s first environmental leading hotel the Meadowmere Resort reduces it’s environmental impact with Solar Electricity, Solar Hot Water, Non Chlorine Pools, Recycling Program including guest amenities and soaps and more! We leave no stone unturned in reducing our environmental impact.

Where you Eat

There are a lot of dining options on the market today, and prices vary greatly. You will need to keep in mind that price for any meal is dictated by quality. When traveling to Maine consider restaurants that feature farm to table and locally sourced dining. Our top picks below combine eco awareness with culinary expertise at a very good value.

        Clay Hill Farm

        Frankie & Johnny’s

        The Velveteen Habit 

        Jonathan’s Restaurant

       Joshua’s Restaurant

What you Do

Your environmental impact as well as your budget is greatly dictated by the type activities you choose while on vacation. In Ogunquit, Maine our most popular is the Marginal Way Footpath a mile and a half stroll along Maine’s Rocky Coast leading from Ogunquit Beach to Perkins Cove and Ogunquit’s fishing harbor. Usually people will spend an entire day just taking in the ocean air and the breathtaking views on their way to soak up the sun on the miles of white sand or grab a bite to eat in an ocean front shanty in Perkins Cove. Activities focused on the environment and natural beauty cost much less than a movie or a visit to a local amusement park, you can expect for the majority of environmental activities to be free of charge or cost just a minimal donation to support the natural conservation or educational programs.

So there are the 4 Things that will Determine your Environmental Impact on Your Ogunquit Vacation in 2016.

If you do a vacation to Ogunquit Maine, with an overnight stay, dinner out a farm to table restaurant and spend the day taking in Maine’s natural beauty you can expect to pay between $100.00 and $400.00. It all depends on what you do and the time of year you get away. The above pricing is not based on our pricing, it is a guideline on what you can expect to encounter in your eco vacation research. Our pricing is not the cheapest nor is it the most expensive; it is the best price we can give for the service that we provide. Good Luck with 2016 and have a great time on your vacation this year.

January 08, 2016

Upcoming Entertainment in Ogunquit Maine at our hotel this Jaunary 2016

Entertainment in Ogunquit
Entertainment in Ogunquit

Looking for a fun place to grab a drink?  Try one with a warm fire and great entertainment!  For decades the West Meadow Pub has been providing live entertainment in Ogunquit every Saturday night year round.  With favorite New England entertainers the West Meadow Pub provides the perfect atmosphere for your Maine Vacation!  Here’s a look at our winter lineup for January 2016 (course you can always join us for live music on Saturdays year round):

Rob Thomas presents strong, soulful vocals blended with vibrant and rhythmic acoustic with his classic rock to modern day favorite songs.

Joe McDonald known as the human jukebox this Acoustic Rock performer has a long list of well-known songs from artists such as The Beatles, Bob Segar and the Bee Gee’s.

Steve Tolley has shared the stage with stars such as Charlie Daniels and Tom Paxton his Acoustic Rock performance includes songs from Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, Led Zeppelin and a host of others.

Dustin Ladale blends her original song list with unique covers of works by such artists as Hert, Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac her strong vocals and various styles of guitar techniques are sure to keep you entertained.

Brad Bosse offers a variety of music from classic rock and oldies to current pop and country.  Winner of the “Best Local Solo Performer” in the Hippo Press in 2015 Brad knows how to lighten the mood with his rhythmic melodies and wit.  

In our Pub and throughout the hotel you’re sure to find a warm welcome and excellent service from the team at the Meadowmere Resort.  Here are a few stories from the staff:

Katelyn was cleaning a guest room when she noticed a bottle of wine in room without any glasses she went to the pub to pick up a couple of wine glasses and a Meadowmere corkscrew and delivered them to the room.

During the Holiday Season a few guests were driving through Ogunquit when they saw the Meadowmere all lit up for Christmas by the Sea.  They stopped to take a peak around and Michelle at the front desk offered to give them a tour through the rooms and amenities and chatted about the Festival Activities going on this month in Southern Maine.

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