It’s no wonder that groups like World Pro Ski Tour, which held its Visit Maine Pro Ski Championship in March, are naturally drawn to Portland, Maine. With beautiful landscapes and waterways, 700 acres of open space and parkland, it’s a wonderland for obstacle course races, fun runs, triathlons, skiing (of course) and more.
The food and beverage scene is off the charts, giving you plenty to do before and after the competition. Here are a few places to stay, play and unwind next time you’re in Portland. Just imagine this fun while watching the ski championship, airing April 15 on CBS at 1:30 p.m.
Stay at Holiday Inn By the Bay, conveniently located downtown with waterfront views of Casco Bay and only steps away from Cross Insurance Arena. The property has 30,000 square feet of function space on-site, including a 12,500-sq.-ft. exhibit hall. As a guest, you have access to the fitness center, saunas, the largest indoor pool in Portland and the Port of Call Lounge for post-event cocktails and dining.
Play at the Cross Insurance Arena—optimal for games and competitions like basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, cheerleading or dance to name a few. The arena floor is 34,500 square feet and has additional space to showcase sponsors, merchandise and booths around the concourse.
Groups as large as 200 can use the Landing, which offers panoramic views of Portland, while the Club Room accommodates up to 100; they both can be used for private events. Additional meeting rooms and locker rooms are available. You can reserve premium seating for your VIPs in one of the open-air suites, where they are part of the action.
Unwind after the race with a ride on The Maine Brew Bus. If your group size is 10-20, you all can get a taste of Maine, traveling to local breweries, wineries or distilleries. Staggering tour stops, which include behind-the-scenes tours, tastings and light bites, can accommodate larger groups. You can add fun games to the mix like laser tag or bowling, and end the day with dinner at one of Portland’s many restaurants. Portland is home to over a dozen James Beard recognized restaurants, with awards ranging from best chef to outstanding restaurant, baker and beer professional.