Portland, Maine will be host to what promises to be the best National Convention ever. The presidential primaries will be in full swing in October, 2015, and we expect some very big name speakers as the RLC is poised to play a prominent role in the 2016 election cycle.
Portland is a culinary capital. Some 150 restaurants, taverns, pubs and music and comedy clubs are walking distance from the proposed convention venue hotel. Menus are available from Maine lobster and seafood to ethnic fare to pub food. And several microbreweries are in the vicinity as well to sample small batch handcrafted beer.
The Old Port Exchange, a few blocks walk from the hotel, is the heart of Portland’s entertainment and shopping experience with cobble-stone streets and restored gas street lamps leading down Exchange Street to the waterfront.
The Portland Arts District is two blocks from the proposed convention venue hotel. It is anchored by the IM Pei-designed Portland Museum of Art which includes works of Frederic Edwin Church, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Louise Nevelson, John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, Marguerite Zorach, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Dozens of visual artists and craftspeople have studio space and galleries in the area. Maine College of Art and the Salt Institute for Documentary Production Studies are located within the district.
The Wadsworth-Longfellow House, boyhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is walking distance and open to the public. It is one of the first 18th Century brick homes built in America. The Longfellow Garden, behind the house, is maintained by a horticultural society as an example of a Colonial-era garden.
Narrated sightseeing cruises of Casco Bay and the 150 islands, many inhabited year-around, are available at Di Millo’s Dock, a five minute walk from the proposed convention venue hotel. The Casco Bay Ferry, a municipal public transit system, sails a regular schedule from its terminal at the Maine State Pier for those who wish to pay the passenger fare and observe the Bay from that perspective without narration.