For more information or assistance planning a research visit here, please contact:
Kathie Kull, Publications & Web Manager
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 919, Camden ME 04843
The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce offers the following services to authorized representatives of the travel and news media:
We will assist in securing photography.
We will provide background for your story including: arts and culture, attractions, lobsters/lobstering, lighthouses, islands, accommodations, restaurants, meetings and conventions, shopping, entertainment, history and travel-related services and trends.
We will provide fact-checking services for stories pertaining to Mid-Coast, Maine.
Our staff will coordinate research and/or assignment visits for print and electronic media both nationally and internationally. We will serve as a liaison with the community.
We will assist with accommodations for travel writers as available.
The staff will organize press trips for individuals and small FAMs.
Dear Travel Writers...
Please accept our warm invitation to visit timeless perfection in Midcoast Maine. We are the small towns that live in everyone's imagination: a picture-postcard setting of colorful harbors and tree-shaded greens, plus friendly shops, historic opera houses, and four seasons of recreation, including a fleet of graceful schooners, called windjammers, that take passengers sailing for a few hours or a few days.
Let us help you put your own polish on these popular story angles:
Our Historic Fleet. Under billowing sail, passengers bask in the majesty of the Camden Hills and Penobscot Bay on board windjammer schooners that once carried cargo from Maine throughout the world. Some of these vessels were built in the 19th century; others are faithful re-creations. All are skippered by talented crews with an intimate knowledge of local waters and lore. Sails that range from two hours to five days offer passengers a chance to take photos, take a turn at the wheel, or just relax.
Charter and Sightseeing Cruises. Our region's sightseeing and charter boats offer passengers a true Maine experience. Daytrips aboard sail- and powerboats bring passengers close to seals and seabirds, historic lighthouses, and exclusive waterfront properties. Many vessels feature meals, live music, and stops to explore uninhabited islands; some even show how lobsters are caught. On longer cruises, passengers are invited to take the helm or raise the sails.
Coastal Cuisine. The corner chowder house was in Bon Appetit, the local lunch wagon earned raves from Glamour, and Cordon Bleu graduates staff B&B kitchens. Food is key to the culture here. Local restaurants offer a wide range of sumptuous entrees, especially seafood so fresh you can almost see where it was caught. Ours is a region of culinary artisans who showcase their perspective--and a bounty of native, local, and often organic ingredients--on your plate.
Beacons of History. Keeping watch over our coastline are a dozen historic lighthouses. Located on islands and granite promontories, these sentinels are fascinating in their storied history, and provide a portal into our past. Most can be reached by car; others require a boat ride. All treat visitors to a spectacular perspective on the Maine coastline.
Blues on the Bay. When the Mississippi Blues Commission wanted to place their 2010 Blues Trail Marker they didn't pick Biloxi, they picked Rockland, Maine! The reason was the North Atlantic Blues Festival, an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts. Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.
U.S. Toboggan National Championships. The only recognized championship of its kind in the country, the televised U.S. National Toboggan Championships are held at Camden Snow Bowl in early February. Thousands of spectators watch more than 350 teams, from around the country and abroad, compete in two-, three-, and four-person races. Sleds reach speeds of 45 mph in this event that is equal parts competition and costume party. In 2011, the event will celebrate its 21st year.