South Portland, ME

Portland, ME

The City of Portland is the fourth largest city in the Commonwealth of Maine. Its strategic location at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3, provides excellent access to all points of interest in Maine as well as New Hampshire and Maine. Commuter rail also provides an easy 40-minute ride to Boston’s North Station.

Portland’s National Park is known as one of the greatest tributes to the Industrial Revolution and the textile industry that boomed in New England in the 19th century. The rehabilitated mill buildings are further complemented by 2 1/2 miles of trolley tracks, canal boat tours, and several museums.

This planned urban community is built around the Merrimack River and its diverse canal system, which provided power to the early manufacturers. Today these water amenities add to the character of the city. Special events of the year include a folk festival, known as the best in New England and draws over 200,000 people annually, Riverfest, First Night, and Fourth of July fireworks.

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Set along the beautiful shores of Casco Bay, the Holiday Inn® Portland – By the Bay hotel’s location in Portland, Maine combines convenience, entertainment and beauty to create the perfect environment for every traveler. Offering a waterfront view that extends to the Calendar Islands, the hotel’s setting fully captures the beauty and culture of Portland, Maine.

The hotel’s business travelers find great opportunities in the area. Those traveling long distances make use of the hotel’s shuttle to take them to Portland International Jetport (PWM), Amtrak, the bus station and many other local destinations. The Portland Arts District surrounds the hotel, with the Portland Museum of Art, Children’s Museum, Merrill Auditorium and Civic Center.

This hotel’s location in Portland, Maine provides a variety of entertainment options for its guests, as well. When guests aren’t taking cruises on the Casco Bay Lines or enjoying the Old Port District just a short walk away, they often venture down to Cape Elizabeth and check out the Portland Head Light, a historic lighthouse set on the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park.

The Holiday Inn® Portland – By the Bay hotel includes a beautiful indoor pool and sauna where guests can relax. Fantastic cuisine awaits you at the on-site Port of Call restaurant. Come and experience the natural beauty and unique culture of Portland, Maine.

The Hosts

Jackie Bruno

You may recognize Jackie Bruno from the news. She spent the last 10 years anchoring and reporting at NECN and NBC 10 Boston. Before that, she was a trusted source in Springfield, Massachusetts where she worked as an anchor and reporter. Now, Jackie is the proud owner, founder, and CEO of “Newsmaker Marketing”, a PR firm that is revolutionizing how PR is done. This group of former journalists not only pitch stories to the media, but they also create content directly to a company’s social media and website. At “Newsmaker Marketing”, storytelling is paramount and we focus on the stories that matter to your audience. Jackie is also a devoted mentor to other women. She is a member of the alumni mentorship program at Boston University, where she graduated with honors in 2006. She also is the founder of “The Connect-Her”: a networking organization to help professional women achieve their personal and professional goals. Jackie believes that female friendship and support is critical for women throughout their lives. It’s a lesson she first learned in pageants, after representing the Bay State at two national pageants- Miss Teen USA where she made the top five and Miss USA where she placed in the top ten. Jackie resides in her hometown area of the south coast of Massachusetts with her husband, two boys, and beloved shih tzu Buddy.


Sal Malafronte

Sal is a Master Stylist and the Artistic Director at Salon Mario Russo in Boston.  He has trained in New York as well as in London and worked backstage at fashion shows for Rodarte, Suno, Thakoon, Theory, Monique Lhuillier, John Varvatos, Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael De Paulo and Daniela Corte.  Sal’s editorial work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Boston Magazine, Stuff, the Improper Bostonian and Spirit.  He has appeared on Ambush Makeover and been featured locally on Chronicle. Recently, Sal was named one of Boston’s Best by Allure magazine and the Improper Bostonian.  A self-confesed pageant junkie, Sal has worked at the state level for the Miss Universe Organization for over 20 years as a judge, coach and cohost.  



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