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
The 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.
Ferry Beach has many housing options, including:
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.
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! Choose that you would like a roommate on the registration page (linked above in orange).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Ferry Beach is 30 minutes south of Portland, ME and 90 minutes north of Boston, MA.
Address: 21 Ferry Park Ave, Saco, ME 04072
Getting to Ferry Beach
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.