Hotel, Travel, and Venue
Conferees are encouraged to stay at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine, where all panels will be held. SLSA has reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate of US$110 per night for the duration of the conference. Please make your reservation early (by 1 October, 2007) to ensure that you get appropriate accommodations and to help SLSA fill its reserved rooms. Telephone the hotel and inform them that you are attending the SLSA conference in order to obtain the reduced rate. (Conference rates are only available when reserving by phone, not by internet. Conferees who wish to find a roommate with whom to share a room should contact Site Chair Arielle Saiber.)
Lodging at the Holiday Inn includes these conveniences and amenities:
- free parking,
- free shuttle service to and from the Portland airport, bus, and train stations,
- free Wi-Fi,
- pool and full gymnasium,
- views of the bay, and
- a central location in the heart of Portland with convenient walking access to cafés, restaurants, boutiques, the bay, and the Arts District.
Please Note: There were many more proposals submitted to the conference this year than there are available rooms at the conference venue, the Holiday Inn. As such, conference chairs recommend that those conferees wishing to stay at the Holiday Inn call to make reservations well in advance. We have listed below a number of other hotels and B&Bs within walking distance of the conference hotel. These, too, fill up quickly, as autumn is leaf-peeping time in New England, and reservations should be made ASAP. (Asterisks indicate lodging at which rooms have been reserved specifically for the conference at a reduced per-person rate. Please mention your affiliation with the SLSA conference when you make your reservation to obtain the special rate.) The Portland Harbor, the Regency, and the Hilton will only offer rooms at the special conference rate until September 21. Please reserve now.
Portland Harbor Hotel* (7 minute walk to conference hotel; $119/night)
The Regency* (12 min. walk; $109/night double-occupancy)
The Hilton Garden* (15 min. walk; $109 – $129/night)
Fancy waterfront inn
The Black Point Inn (in Scarborough, about a 15 min. drive)
Inn at Park Spring (5 min. walk to conference hotel)
Percy Inn* (7 min. walk; $149 – $199 per night)
Pomegranate Inn (15 min. walk)
Inn on Carleton (15 min. walk)
West End Inn (15 min. walk)
Morrill Mansion Inn (15 min. walk)
The Chadwick (15 min. walk)
Portland is accessible by plane, bus, train, and car. It is about a two-hour drive from Boston, and the portions of the route through New Hampshire and Maine are very scenic. It is about a five-and-a-half-hour drive from New York City.
The Portland International Jetport MAP is served by most major airlines, including the relatively affordable carrier, JetBlue.
A bus from Boston is about a two-hour trip. The bus station in Boston is easily accessible by other public transportation.
A train from Boston (schedule) is also about two hours. The train station in Boston is readily accessible by public transportation.
A taxi to the Holiday Inn from the airport, train station, or bus station costs about $14. The Holiday Inn also provides a free shuttle service to/from the train station, bus station, or airport. Upon arrival, please call the Holiday Inn at 1-800-345-5050 to arrange for this free shuttle.
A limited number of travel awards, provided by the SLSA organization, are available for those who qualify.
Portland, Maine, is a gorgeous New England town by the sea. General information about the city and the surrounding area is available from this site, aimed mainly at visitors, and this site, geared more toward residents.
Portland weather in November is brisk and beautiful, characteristic of autumn on the New England coastline. Forecasts and current conditions are available from Yahoo’s weather service.
Dining and Recreation
Restaurants abound in Portland, one of the premier towns for dining in the USA. SLSA ’07 Site Chairs offer numerous recommendations or venture out on your own and discover Portland’s extraordinary cuisine.
The Friday Night Art Walk
The first Friday of every month most of Portland’s galleries and museums stay open until 8 or 9pm, many hosting receptions and presenting new shows. The Portland Museum of Art offers free admission to all.
Saturday Night Pub Crawl
While it has been a tradition at the annual SLSA conference to have a dance on Saturday evening, the organizers of SLSA ’07 thought it would be difficult to compete with the draw of the exceptional restaurants and cozy pubs of this New England town in the autumn. As the point of the dance is to bring people together in a relaxed environment with music, we have designated three bars very close together in the Old Port where people can meet, drink, chat, and even dance should the mood strike:
- Una’s, an elegant wine bar with dancey, hip-hop, and electronic music; 505 Fore St. MAP , 828-0300
- The Wine Bar, a quiet, cozy atmosphere, featuring new selections of by-the-glass wine nightly; 38 Wharf St. MAP , 773-6667
- Brian Boru, an Irish pub with rock and rockabilly-type music; 57 Center St. MAP , 780-1506
Those looking for information or advice not available here are directed to Site Chair Arielle Saiber, who lives in Portland.