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Your Perfect Maine Getaway Awaits

Maine in the winter paints a much different picture than in the summertime when its streets are flocked with tourists. Enjoy a perfectly quiet weekend filled with snowy outdoor adventures, cozy dining, and friendly-priced, off-season lodging.

We’ve put together a guide to your perfect Maine weekend in three of our favorite destinations: Bar Harbor, Rockland, and Augusta.

What to do?

Bar Harbor:

If you are of more adventurous nature, Bar Harbor’s Acadia National Park offers a wide range of outdoor winter activities including snow shoeing, cross country skiing, snow mobile trails, and even hiking for the especially daring. If you’d like to enjoy the solitude and winter beauty, but not endure the low tempatures, there is a loop on Cadillac Mountain where you can appreciate the views from the warmth of your car.

You can also do some shopping downtown, learn about local history at the Abbe Museum, enjoy a show at the 1932 Criterion Theater, or get in touch with your inner chef at the Ambrosia Cooking School.

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(photo courtesy of Acadia National Park)

 

Rockland:

Rockland offers multiple museums for the artistic, history-buffs, and children including, but not limited to, the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Maine Lighthouse Museum, and the Coastal Children’s Museum.

Augusta:

Augusta is perfect for a relaxing, yet culturally stimulating, vacation. While it boasts many brewpubs and local wine makers, you can also learn about Maine history at the Maine State Museum, Old Fort Western, and the Blaine House (or Governor’s Mansion).

Where to Stay?

Bar Harbor:

Spread out in one of the Mira Monte Suites, and enjoy their half-priced off season room rates. Or, cozy up with a panoramic, waterfront view in the romantic and peaceful Saltair Inn.

Rockland:

Enjoy Rockland’s very own boutique hotel, 250 Main, which is perfect for the modern traveler. Located right on Rockland’s main street, overlooking the harbor, 250 Main is Rockland’s newest hotel, boasting modern industrial decor and breathtaking views.

Another local option, located in the heart of Rockland, is the Rockland Harbor Hotel. Conveniently located just steps from downtown, you can easily explore all the town has to offer. You can also enjoy the patio fire pit. Smores anyone?

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(photo courtesy of 250 Main)

 

 

Augusta:

If you want to stay right in Augusta, try the Senator’s Inn, where you can enjoy their full service spa then dine at their fantastic restaurant, Cloud 9. Or, drive just a few miles down the road to the Maple Hill Farm Inn, offering a very serene setting in the rolling fields and woods.

What to eat?

Bar Harbor:

Visit locally owned, Mache Bistro, where the menu changes daily, and includes anything from bruschetta, to pork belly tacos, to slow roasted pork chops. If you’re looking for more of a charming pub atmosphere, head to the Thirsty Whale, who is famous for their fish sandwiches and homemade chowders.

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(photo courtesy of Mache Bistro)

 

Rockland:

You cannot go to Rockland without visitng Primo, where James Beard Award Winning Chef, Melissa Kelly, creates a new menu daily, using many ingredients she grows herself on her four-acre farm adjacent to the restaurant.

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(photo courtesy of Primo Restaurant)

 

Augusta:

Visit the Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery for a refreshing pint of craft beer and a heaping serving of fish and chips. Or, head to Slate’s Restaurant & Bakery to enjoy American fare while taking in live music and local artwork displayed on the walls.

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Whether you decide to take make your trip a wintery, outdoor adventure or a cozy, romantic weekend of dining and spa treatments, Cape Air can get you to Maine. Hop on a Cape Air flight from Boston to Bar Harbor, Rockland, or Augusta, and you’ll be there in minutes. For more information, or to book your flight, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR. And enjoy the ride!

Now through Sunday, February 4 get away for less! If you book your flight to Maine by Sunday, we are offering flights starting at $69 to Augusta, $79 to Rockland, and $89 to Bar Harbor. These fares are valid for travel 2/1/18-3/31/18. For full details visit www.capeair.com.

 

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Pilots- Get Off the Route to Retirement

For pilots, there’s a unique crossover between a career and a passion. The career is what you work so hard for, the one that pays the bills and supports families, the one that comes with seniority, travel, adventure and countless nights away from home. Then there’s the pure and simple passion for flight. A passion that was likely ignited at a young age and continues to burn flight hour after flight hour. The one that takes you to the skies, even on your days off. The passion is what started you on this journey, the one thing that makes your job more fun than most, one which you love and also get paid to perform. Not many people can truly say that they have a passion for what they do, but then again those people probably aren’t pilots.

For those with a career that they like, but not necessarily love, the thought of retirement is likely a happy one, but for those with a deep rooted passion, the perspective can be much different. For many pilots, the choice to retire, specifically from flying, is not theirs to make. With a mandatory retirement age of 65 for all Part 121 Operators, there is a hard stop attached to a pilot’s passionate career, at least with a major carrier that is.

Turn off Auto Pilot and Reclaim Your Seat

Pilots, did you know that your career doesn’t have to end the day you turn 65? Instead, it can be the start of a new adventure, a change of course in your flight plan; one that will allow you to keep your coveted corner office in the sky. Independent regional carrier, Cape Air, has several opportunities for pilots reaching retirement age who wish to continue their flying career.

Cape Air’s Gray Gull Program, provides pilots with an opportunity to get off the route to retirement, and continue flying past the mandatory retirement age. Being primarily a CFR Part 135 scheduled air carrier, age is not a factor, only the ability to maintain a First Class Medical. Currently, Cape Air has retired pilots flying from almost every major carrier!

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Cape serves some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, which can be viewed primarily from the left seat of a Cessna 402 or ATR. With a robust route map across the Northeast, Midwest, Montana, USVI, BVI, Puerto Rico and Micronesia, Gray Gulls have the ability to continue their career as a pilot, receive full benefits and get back to the basics of flying. Imagine recharging your career just as you thought you were forcibly reaching the end.

Chart Your Own Course

If full blown retirement isn’t quite what you’re ready for, don’t worry, Cape Air has cockpit opportunities for today’s pilots. Cape Air offers full and part-time pilot positions for ATP/Class 1 medical holders, paid FAA medical, matching 401K, paid vacation and more.

There are two ways you can join the Gray Gulls program to keep your flying career active:

Full-Time: Cape Air pilots bid on a base by seniority with the potential to be in any one of Cape’s 29 pilot bases.  A Gray Gull would likely work a 4-on 3-off schedule (minimum 12 days off per 28) of about 40+ hours a week with overtime available.

Part-Time: Cape Air lists bases where part time pilots are required.  Pilots are scheduled in advance in their base for less than 30 hours per week.  This status can be held seasonally in some bases as well.  (You are on the seniority list for your first year; you will qualify for CASS privileges but dependent on your hours worked you may or may not qualify for certain company benefits.)

Cape Air Gray Gull Pilot

In all scenarios Gray Gull pilots are responsible for housing in their base.  However, if asked to help out elsewhere in the Cape Air network (TDY) and the pilot accepts, a hotel room and per diem would be provided.

Training is accomplished in Hyannis, MA and lasts approximately 4-6 weeks.  During training our Gray Gulls are provided a single occupancy hotel room and paid a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Interested in joining Cape Air through any option in the Gray Gulls Program?

For questions, please contact our Pilot Recruitment team via phone at 508.827.7883 or email at pilotjobs@capeair.com at any time.

Cape Air is dedicated to the development of skilled pilots through Established Pilot Pathways with colleges, universities and partner airlines. The airline offers internal and external gateway programs, which focus on the core development of each individual pilot. Pilots who come from Cape Air’s network, are know in the industry for their skill, world class training and MOCHA HAGoTDI spirit.

Click here for more information on Cape Air pilot careers!

 

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Celebrate the Best of Boston with a night of food, drinks, and fun!

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If your idea of an amazing evening involves all you can eat from over 30 Best of Boston® chefs, unlimited beer, wine, and specialty cocktails, and dancing to live entertainment on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, then you cannot miss this summer’s hottest event. Boston magazine’s Best Fest will transform City Hall Plaza into a foodie’s paradise for one evening only in just one week, on Tuesday, July 18.

Each July, Boston magazine releases its coveted Best of Boston® list, a resource of where to eat, drink, and play in the city. In conjunction with this list, they invite the city of Boston to celebrate the winners with them.

Tickets to this anticipated event include unlimited mouthwatering dishes from Best of Boston® winning restaurants, including Blackbird Doughnuts, Deuxave, Neptune Oyster, Trade, and many more. In addition, tickets get you beer, wine, and spirits from SKYY Vodka, Patron, 90+ Cellars, and Mount Gay Rum, not to mention live entertainment, exciting giveaways, and so much more. You might even have the chance to win a free flight with Cape Air.

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This amazing event is only one week away, so get your tickets today at bostonmagazine.com/BestFest!

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Hop on a Cape Air flight, and you can be in Boston enjoying the fun in just minutes! Whether you’re coming from New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, or the Cape & Islands, a Cape Air flight is both fast and convenient with multiple flights daily. Book your ticket today at capeair.com or by calling 800-CAPE-AIR.

 

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Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina; A True Luxurious Experience

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Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina opened its doors in 2010 and is named after its location; a serene 230-acre private-island haven situated at the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.  The hotel is a luxury, AAA Four Diamond hotel and the first member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in the Caribbean.  The resort is tucked into a  cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands.  It features 52 guest accommodations as well as a collection of two, three, four, and six bedroom villas, Spa, world class restaurants, three private beaches and a 55-slip marina.  Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is the first luxury, private-island resort development to be built in the British Virgin Islands in more than 15 years.  This fabulous resort has added four new hillside villas to its inventory.  These new private villa estates range from 3,000 to more than 6,000 square feet.  A perfect retreat for small, large and multi-generational families, the villas feature daily housekeeping, transportation service on demand, and exceptional amenities.

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The Spinnaker House, The Drake House, The Shoreline House and The Leeward House take their names from their unique locations, inspiring views and individual personalities.  Each villa features large balconies and terraces, as well as Subzero and Wolf appliances, enclosed rain showers and infinity edged or plunge pools.  The villas are among the most lavish accommodations in the British Virgin Islands.  If you love a secluded serene vacation with your very own exclusive private island villa and all the amenities of a five-star resort, Scrub Island is for you. Living Room.jpg  Villa Bedrooom 1.jpg

Bathroom.jpgKitchen.jpgFor more information on Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina or to make a reservation, call toll free U.S. (888) 678-8912 or visit www.scrubisland.com.

Getting to the BVI’s is easy.   Hop on a flight from any major city in the U.S. to San Juan, then jump on a quick 40 minute Cape Air flight to Tortola and you’ll be there faster than you imagined.  Check out Cape Air’s Tortola schedule with more than 15 daily flights to choose from. Book your flight to Tortola now at www.capeair.com or call 1-800-CAPE-AIR.

 

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Hop Up To Vermont For Killington Wine Festival

Do you love wine, beautiful views, and delicious food creations? Make your way to Killington, Vermont July 14-16 for the 16th annual Killington Wine Festival. Your tastebuds will be delighted by the multitude of fine wines, spirits, and local cuisine, all while taking in the best views Vermont has to offer.

Friday, July 14

The weekend kicks off the with the Estate Tasting. Enjoy a beautiful, scenic gondola ride up to the Peak Lodge, where you will have the chance to meet the vitners, enjoy specialty wines, and light hors d’oeuvres. Following the Estate Tasting, the Killington Wine Trail runs from 6-10pm with many local restaurants offering special food and wine pairings.

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Saturday, July 15

Saturday is the main event! The day begins with Killington Wine Festival’s signature event, the Grand Tasting. At the foot of the mountain enjoy a variety of wines from all over the world, Vermont wines and spirits, and local artisanal cheeses, chocolates, and more. Admission to the Grand Tasting includes tastings, a gondola ride, and a signature tote with a wine glass.

Following the Grand Tasting, grab a lawn chair or a blanket and head to the Killington Resort for free outdoor concerts by local artists. After an afternoon of wine tastings and live music, local restauarants will be hosting wine dinners thoughout the evening, featuring special wine and food pairings.

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Sunday, July 16

The fun doesn’t have to stop just because the weekend is coming to a close! Killington Wine Festival goes out with a bang with the Wine & Nine Golf Outing. Enjoy 9 holes of golf, 9 specialty wines, and a delicious dinner. Not a big golfer? You can purchase a ticket just for the tastings!

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Purchase your tickets at www.killingtonwinefestival.com.

Get There Fast!

Hop on a Cape Air flight from Boston to Rutland, and you’ll be sipping wine in no time. With three flights a day, getting there is convenient for any schedule! Book your flight today by visiting www.capeair.com or calling 1-800-CAPE-AIR.