How to Plan a Great Company Holiday Party in Southern Maine
Winter is Maine is breathtaking – and not just because it’s cold. But that doesn’t mean your company’s holiday party can’t warm things up! Planning a holiday party in Southern Maine is a great idea – the crowds are gone, the food is delicious and Jonathan’s venue has one amazing sound system.
Meadowmere Holiday Parties in Ogunquit Maine
Cold. Snow. Sometimes that makes it a tough sell to head to the Maine Beaches. But hey, it is the company holiday party and once everyone gets over the bridge, even spreadsheet lovers let lose. Just tell coworkers that there’s a hot tub outside and an amazing indoor Roman Spa to enjoy – and a fitness facility that is state of art if HR wants to be sure there are healthy activities to promote. Our Ogunquit hotel is open year round and eating a Maine lobster happens every day. Plan a team building snowshoe along the rocky Maine coast of Marginal Way with a mile of soothing ocean sounds. Design a craft beer pairing menu with real Maine Made Beer. You can even arrange for a horse drawn sleigh ride. All wonderful winter things to do in Maine that make you look like the holiday party hero.
These are some tips on how to plan your company holiday party in Maine.
Tip 1: Maine It Up!
Not just a little, but bring a lot of Maine to your event. From lobster to potatoes, beer to wine, Maine has delicious food produced right here in state. It’s sustainable, local and yummy. Green points to you holiday planner.
If the boss is calling for you to Santa at your holiday party, consider such options as Stonewall Kitchen corporate gifts or Maine Moose Poop. Both have the ability to laugh, delight and provide a snack for the ride home. Just remember the Meadowmere team will take those gifts and place them in room to lighten your sleigh.
If the that coworker who just has to have dancing is dropping off mix tapes and emailing pics of her cousin’s band, consider such options as Wavelength or All Together Now or Straight Lace. All are local Maine bands. The difference is classy, Beatles or rockin’. And with music this good, that coworker will dub you one hip party planner.
Tip 2: Book a hotel room block steps from the party.
You need a hotel that is open and steps from your venue with easy access. It is winter in Maine. That means snow.*
And you want to give your coworkers a place to be cozy and comfortable so you can convince them – whoever you have in mind for this Maine celebration – to travel to Maine in winter. Enter the Roman Spa and Outdoor Hot Tub. There is even a chance to impress the boss with upgrades to a Jacuzzi Suite. Then the head honcho has a luxury experience after fearlessly leading everyone thru another year.
Meadowmere is steps from Jonathan’s event space. The hotel also is easily accessible for bus, limo and trolley transportation. Finally, your team has three airports, Amtrak, coach bus and car options to reach Ogunquit. Planning a corporate event in Southern Maine can be done year round at our Ogunquit hotel.
Tip 3: Plan winter activities in and near your venue
Winter may be the quiet season but there is still plenty for you and your coworkers to enjoy in and near Ogunquit Maine.
If close and cozy is best, corporate meetings can enjoy our Ogunquit hotel amenities: Roman Spa, fitness center, onsite massage, steam, sauna, TV room, outdoor Jacuzzi and heated indoor pool. There is even a game room for the kid in all of us and the option to offer wine welcomes for a grown up kick off.
If a brisk walk is the chosen adventure, guests of your corporate holiday party can stroll to Marginal Way for ocean view and village shops for gourmet chocolates and coffee.
If a quick drive is on tap, just hop on Route 1 to explore Kennebunkport to our north or York to our south. Both are within a 20 minute drive. You can arrange for early arrivals to jam it up – Stonewall Kitchen Flagship York Store is just minutes away and free samples abound. From chocolate sauces to Maine blueberry jam to homemade treats, this is a full afternoon of fun – especially if you take a tour or a cooking class. Just a little farther, the Kittery Outlets brings excellent deals and the chance to try Moxie, a Maine staple, at Robert’s Maine Grill. Speaking of tap – The Maine Beer scene is amazing. Tully’s in Wells is like a magic carpet ride for beer lovers and Federal Jack’s is just up Rt 1 in Kennebunkport. In pinch, Cornerstone in Ogunquit brings all that closer – artisan beer and gourmet pizzas.
*This comes with a caveat question ‘What if it snows on our holiday party date’? All the venues mentioned and the Meadowmere have snow removal down – your holiday party will still be a success. Even during the blizzard of February 2013, with over 30 inches of snowfall, the outdoor hot tub opened on time. And every car was cleared. There is always the test drive – Plan a winter vacation to Maine and see how you like it. You might find yourself cheering FOR snow.