Planners, you have the opportunity to get to know Greater Bangor with this 72-hour sample itinerary that’s full of inspiration to help you plan your next meeting. Discover all that the “Queen City of Maine” has to offer your group.
Flying to Greater Bangor is convenient and easy through Bangor International Airport (BGR)—serviced by American Airlines, Delta, United and Allegiant Air, and offering more than 25 daily non-stop flights to major cities across the U.S. Once you’ve landed and claimed your luggage, choose between multiple on-site car rental agencies and shuttle services.
After a short ride, your group will check-in at one of Greater Bangor’s 1,500+ hotel rooms. From economy to upscale, the region has all of your top chain hotels, with some offering spectacular views of beautiful landscapes, while others provide the convenience of proximity to our many conference and event venues.
If you’re looking for uniquely Maine, off-the-beaten-path accommodations, the Greater Bangor region offers a variety of eco-friendly cabins, luxurious lodges that can sleep large groups, quaint B&Bs outside of the hustle and bustle of the city and historic inns that offer a unique getaway for meetings.
After your group has unpacked and settled into the hotel, dinner will be around the corner.
Greater Bangor has a thriving food and drinks scene – from gourmet restaurants to craft breweries to understated farm-to-table dining options that serve fresh off-the-dock lobster and seafood. Plus, patrons will find a variety of ethnic dining options including Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican and Thai. In Greater Bangor, your group is sure to find the right flavor.
After dinner, there’s a variety of performing arts and entertainment experiences offered throughout the year that your group can enjoy, including symphonies, Broadway musicals, nationally known comedians, exciting dance companies, family shows, theater and more.
First, grab breakfast and coffee at your hotel, or get your caffeine fix by heading to a local cafe.
Next, head to the banks of the beautiful Penobscot River and enjoy a stroll in the early morning air. Bangor’s waterfront has been recently revitalized and features a walkable paved pathway, benches and picnic tables – a can’t-miss sight to see during your visit. For a more intense morning walk, cross the bridge and continue to the Brewer Riverwalk and back.
When meeting in Greater Bangor, groups have access to a diverse array of event venues.
Situated in cosmopolitan, woodland and mountainside settings – our many venues range from convention centers to grand mansions – and offer over 100,000 sq. ft. total event space. Whether you’re hosting 5 or 6,500 guests, for a few hours or a week, the Greater Bangor region is equipped to accommodate your group.
As your complimentary concierge, the Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in planning all the details of your meeting, including pre-function site visits, meeting planner kits, audio/visual support, hospitality tables, welcome packets, registration tables, media releases, catering, transportation and entertainment.
After productive morning meeting time, get your group together for a team activity. Consider one of our area’s exciting sightseeing tours to get to know the Bangor region better. Led by guides who have a passion for history and the 186-year-old Queen City, Greater Bangor tours offer interesting overviews of the region and share little-known facts and details that will open your group’s eyes to pieces of Maine’s past.
If you’re here in the summer, a great lunchtime option is to enjoy a picnic on the scenic Bangor waterfront. Grab a sandwich, pizza, fresh seafood and more from food trucks that spend most of the summer and fall months parked next to the Bangor Waterfront.
Plus, nearby restaurants along the Penobscot River and West Market Square downtown provide plenty of outdoor seating for groups, beautiful views and atmospheres that can’t be beaten.
With afternoon meetings wrapped up, attendees can explore all the offerings of the region.
If you’d like to find an unusual or one-of-a-kind item, West Market Square downtown has a delightful array of shops that offer antiques, collectibles, clothing and more.
For the history, art and science buffs, our region has a number of museums and galleries that provide fantastic learning and entertainment experiences.
Stretch your legs or simply grab a bench to catch up on some reading at one of our many parks and trails. Cascade Park, a longtime favorite, features a fountain, picnic tables, benches and even a waterfall. The nearby Bangor City Forest is a perfect respite from the indoors and offers 680 acres and nine miles of trails, and is great for wildlife watching.
For the serious explorers, Bangor is a 90-minute excursion from the world-renowned Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, as well as Maine’s historic Mid-Coast town of Camden, and Baxter State Park, home to Mt. Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak.
After a busy day, easy and relaxing dinner options for groups include dining in at your hotel’s onsite restaurant or having dinner catered in.
And if your group still has the energy, many of our region’s craft breweries and wineries offer a delicious variety of handcrafted drinks, casual atmospheres, cozy lounges and spacious decks that are perfect for relaxation and capping off the evening.
Once your group grabs breakfast and checks out of the hotel, one last worthwhile outing is to grab a group selfie with the hometown folk hero Paul Bunyan, a popular stop for visitors. His massive 31-feet-high statue is on display in downtown Bangor in front of the Cross Insurance Center.
We hope you’ve discovered that Bangor’s convention package is well-rounded, walkable and perfect for meetings. Our sales and services team is available to provide you with guided expertise and helpful resources to make your planning easy.
Your Maine Meetings Team
Greater Portland CVB
1375 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102