Travel and Lodging

The conference officially begins at dinner (6 p.m.) Friday, August 18th and ends after lunch on Sunday, August 20th. We will be set up to check you in all day Friday. See the schedule summary here.

If you plan to come for pre-conference, or just have a day at the beach, you can arrive Thursday, August 17th. We will be ready to check you in at 4 p.m.

Ferry Beach Park & Retreat Center

2459481_origThe conference will be held at the gorgeous Ferry Beach Park & Retreat Center. Ferry Beach is a place of unsurpassed beauty with 900 feet of beachfront in Saco, Maine (close to Portland, ME airport, and not far from Boston and other airports) offering respite away from the everyday world. It is a collection of meeting spaces, wide porches, an art and pottery studio, an outdoor chapel, a performance space, many gathering places and a wonderful dining hall.

Lodging Options

Ferry Beach

Ferry Beach has many housing options, including:

  • dorms with twins, queens, and bunks for lodging on a budget
  • cottages & cabins for a luxurious getaway
  • camping in the beautiful grove for more nature time

See this pricing sheet for an overview of the options. Availability will vary.

Please note that Ferry Beach is a retreat center, not a resort. Accommodations are humble and rustic.

Book a room at Ferry Beach

Staying on a budget? Splitting a dorm room, for instance, one that has two bunk beds, with four people comes out to about $30/night. Best rate in the state!

Nearby Hotels

There are many, many hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts in nearby towns and cities -- most will be sold out for the summer, so call EARLY to book your room if you'd like another option than the ones we're offering.

Wagon Wheel Motel

Last year we reserved a block of rooms -- 10 doubles at $125/night and 5 singles at $105/night -- at the Wagon Wheel Motel, 726 Portland Rd, Saco, Maine 04072. We will look into doing this again. The motel is 5.2 miles from the Ferry Beach retreat center where we're meeting. The rooms are reserved until July 15, so please reserve before then.

To reserve your room, please contact Cynthia at (207) 283-3258 and say you'd like a room for the Power of Words Conference. This motel has a very high rating on Trip Advisor.

Other Options:

If neither of these suit your fancy or are available, click the following links to open up search results of lodging options within the region:

Registration Check-In

Come to the Quillen office, 21 Ferry Ave, to do all your check-in -- for the conference, for Ferry Beach rooms, and for Ferry Beach meals. You'll see signs for the Ferry Beach office - it's a large green building with a line of colorful flags.

Meals

If you are lodging off-site, we highly encourage you to have your meals with us at the conference. That way you don't have to go off-site for meals and miss the wonderful networking and community building time, or be stressed about the time-crunch.

Meal plans at Ferry Beach are $45 for three meals a day, or individually for $12/breakfast, $17/lunch and $21/dinner.

Book your meals at Ferry Beach

Travel Options

Ferry Beach is 30 minutes south of Portland, ME and 90 minutes north of Boston, MA.

Getting to Ferry Beach

Closest Airports
Portland Jetport, ME (25 minutes)
Logan International Airport, Boston MA (approx. 1 hour and 45 min)
Manchester Airport, NH (approx. 1 hour and 30 min)

Bus Lines
Greyhound & Concord: Portland Transportation Center

Trains
Amtrak: Saco Train Station

Driving
From I-95/Maine Turnpike (tolls apply) from both north and south:
- Exit 36, I-195 E toward Saco/Old Orchard Beach
- I-195 becomes Ocean Park Rd.
- Ocean Park Rd. becomes Temple Ave.
- Continue straight on Temple Ave. Stay to the right of the 7-Eleven at the 5-way intersection.
- Turn right on Rt. 9/Grand Ave.
- Continue onto Seaside Ave.
- Turn left onto Morris Ave.
- Arrive at 21 Ferry Park Ave, Saco, ME 04072

Address for Room & Meal Check-in
21 Ferry Park Ave, Saco, ME 04072
Turn left on Ferry Park Ave. At the end of this very short street, you will find the Quillen (a large green building) on your right.

Shuttle Service

Transportation via car service provided by Ferry Beach is available to and from the Portland Jetport and Portland Bus Station for $20 per person each way, and the Saco train station for $10 per person each way. Please see details when registering.

To reserve your spot(s), please fill out their Transportation Request Form and fax (207-283-4465) or email (registration@ferrybeach.org) it back to them completed ASAP.

Travel Board

Want to coordinate carpooling with other POWers? To connect with others who want to coordinate rides to and from the airport, train station, or off-site hotel, please post in the POW Travel Board and follow the link on the confirmation page to see all the listings.

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