Portland, Maine

Downtown Portland is only 10 minutes from the Portland International Jetport, making it an excellent destination for Business and Leisure.

The scenic coastal city of Portland, Maine is uniquely suited to corporate meetings, group retreats, and large events. Business groups and retreats can enjoy outdoor activities in Maine’s adventurous surroundings, and meet in accommodations conveniently located in the busy downtown, where shopping and dining are just a short stroll away. You can gather with colleagues in the inspiring coastal Maine setting where local hotels and resorts serve as accommodating hosts. In the City of Portland, Maine’s best features are combined in one geographical region – you can walk everywhere! Portland features spectacular dining and cultural opportunities as well as diverse recreational attractions and stunning natural beauty – come to a seaside city in Casco Bay where arts meets adventure on the classic Maine coast. Freeport Maine is home to L.L.Bean – and a great place to shop hundreds of discount outlets – just 20 minutes north of Portland.

The peninsular city is surrounded by water, Casco Bay, which flows into the Atlantic ocean – and yes, we have fresh lobster and seafood daily! Year round, we have theater, ballet and movies and in the summer, for a short time, we have a professional opera company performing. Many of the major brand hotels are situated in the ‘Old Port’ area alongside the working waterfront and restaurants, bistros and boutiques. You may take a sailing trip on a three-mast schooner or take the ferry over to Peaks Island – a mere 15 minutes from Portland and a world away! Maine has a mystique; it is authentic. Over these many years, I’ve welcomed hundreds of guests from all over the U.S. and Europe to weddings that I’ve planned/coordinated. They all say the same thing: “this is just how I imagined Maine would be!”

Portland is such a diverse city with so much to offer that you may forget you’re here to work!


local business etiquette and customs

Dress for business meetings is the same as you would expect in any major city – it all depends on the company. The ‘dress’ culture of the particular company you are visiting will vary by industry and the type of meetings. You will be safe with these categories: Business Dress (jacket and skirt or trousers); Dress Casual (silk shirt, sweater, trousers); Smart Casual – just avoid jeans! Portland is a ‘walking city’ – the popular ‘Old Port’ area has cobble-stone streets and brick sidewalks – flat shoes for sightseeing are a MUST!

travel and transport

Abbey Road Taxi: 207-774-2255

I like knowing that this company has come up with some helpful tips:


dining and bars

With well over 200 restaurants to choose from, you will not go hungry in Portland! From traditional seafood – fresh off the boat – to American Cuisine, French, Greek, Asian, Indian, Somali and Vegan restaurants abound. Here is a small selection as a start; I am happy to help customize dining to suit individual tastes. Portland is  proud to serve the LBGTQ community with several bars and eateries, as well.

Seafood/Italian: DiMillo’s

French:Petite Jaqueline

Greek: Emilista

Vegan: Green Elephant

LGBT bar

women’s networks and events

Maine Women’s Network offers monthly events for networking and education.


beauty and fitness

All of the brand hotels in Portland offer Fitness Centers, some with spa facilities in-house. Here are a few of the many locations for relaxation and beauty requirements:


Portland Regency Hotel & Spa

Nine Stones

Safety and emergency services

Portland City Size: approx. 65,000. There are no cultural or legal restrictions for women. I have lived in Portland, Maine for over 45 years and consider it to be a very safe city; personal safety is generally not an issue.

The following information and safety tips are from the Portland website: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/202/Police


  • Stay alert and tuned into your surroundings.
  • Stand tall and walk confidently.
  • Choose busy streets and avoid passing vacant lots, alleys, or deserted construction sites. At night, stick to well-lighted areas.
  • Don’t walk or jog alone. Take a friend or neighbor along if possible.
  • Get to know the neighborhoods where you live and work. Find out what stores and restaurants are open late and where the police and fire stations are located.
  • Carry your purse close to your body, and keep a firm grip on it. Carry a wallet in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket.
  • Don’t overload yourself with packages, and avoid wearing shoes or clothing that restrict your movements.

about diane york

I am a native of Wales, Great Britain. Since moving to southern Maine from New York City more than thirty-five years ago, I have designed, planned and coordinated countless events on behalf of Portland Maine’s arts community and, over the last 14 years in the wedding business, I have planned, coordinated and performed over 200 wedding ceremonies – it was my passion! My professional experience includes owning and operating a hair salon in Portland and leading groups to Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Southeast Asia. My attention to detail and fine-tuning events stems from my decades of experience as a Community Theater Producer. I am a board member of Good Theater and an advisory board member of PortOpera. I am a three-time Maine Senior Olympics Gold medalist and qualified for the 2005 Boston Marathon.

Feel free to contact me on: penarthcardiff@gmail.com