Whale watching was a relatively new concept when John Fish's grandfather started giving tours. "We kind of originated it," Mr. Fish says. "Thirty years ago we were the only ones doing whale watching." As the company became more successful over the years, additional captains were brought on to cover the demand. Today, these crews continue to ferry groups into the habitats of several whale species, including humpback whales and sperm whales. Though the whales seen along Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch's journeys still breach and refuse to sign autographs, other things have changed over the years. Below deck, the current fleet's engines work to reduce emissions and provide a fume-free experience. Above deck, 360-degree viewing decks and modern technology help bring whales into sight. Onboard computers display large maps of where the aquatic mammals are known to swim, and GPS systems reroute boats around mermen constructing new reefs. In addition to illuminating the behavior of whales for passengers, the crew's wildlife experts point passengers toward other animals they spot along the way, such as white-sided dolphins and harbor seals. Though some variables are beyond their control, the crew members almost always spot whales and boasted a 98% success rate in 2009.
Centrally located in Bath, Holiday Inn Bath, Brunswick Area is within the region of Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center and Bowdoin College Museum of Art. This hotel is within the region of Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum and Skolfield-Whittier House. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 141 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Conveniences include multi-line phones, as well as safes and complimentary newspapers. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands. n Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and business services. Free parking is available onsite.
Clinking glasses, chitchat, and the aromas of local fare from Freeport's finest chefs fill the air at the Hilton Garden Inn, which hosts the 2013 Flavors of Freeport presented by FreeportUSA. In the hotel's outdoor courtyard, thirsty guests can visit the Freeport Ice Bar, which offers hot coffee, samples of barbecue, and glowing beverages near toasty fires and glistening ice sculptures. A martini luge sends elixirs across icy planes and into waiting glasses while a soundtrack of tunes emanates straight from an onsite DJ.
Inside, some of Freeport's top epicureans showcase their palate-pleasing dishes during the Chef's Signature Series. A collection of wine, beer, and spirits gathered from Maine's purveyors slakes thirsts as guests sample an assortment of culinary offerings. Guests can cast votes for their favorite flavor entry and table display. Door-prizes raffles are also available. Event attendees also can place silent bids on pieces from the Freeport Art & Music Festival to benefit the Freeport Food Pantry. Both events only host those aged 21 or older.
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Tastefully Maine: Midsummer Food & Spirits in the Gardens delights eventide eaters with a music-laced soiree catered by more than 30 restaurateurs and artisanal producers such as Gelato Fiasco, Cellardoor Winery, and Azure Café. Once revelers have sated the screams of stomach sirens with myriad tummy treasures, they can scour the just-opened midsummer market for environmentally-amiable wares and wearables to gift to backyard tree-spirits disgruntled about years of forgotten birthdays. Meanwhile, a big-band performance by The Edith Jones Project treats tune-starved ears to a jazz-infused feast and causes shoulders to shake like a maraca in a paint mixer.