Businesses promote a working vacation

Peter and Christina Hastings stand in front of Acadia Hotel, a year-round boutique hotel in downtown Bar Harbor. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HASTINGS

Peter and Christina Hastings stand in front of Acadia Hotel, a year-round boutique hotel in downtown Bar Harbor.

BAR HARBOR — The proprietors of a local hotel are joining forces with the owner of a coworking space in town to promote the idea of taking working vacations to Bar Harbor in winter.

A joint promotion of the Acadia Hotel and Anchorspace offers a king/queen boutique hotel room at the hotel and use of the office facilities at Anchorspace for $100 per night during the months of January and February.

The deal is meant to attract business travelers coming to town for one night, or several weeks.

Local, year-round businesses are learning that Columbus Day no longer signals the end of travel to Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island, as Acadia National Park’s winter beauty continues to draw visitors during the colder months. This fact came apparent to Peter Hastings and his wife, Christina, when the couple opened the Acadia Hotel in 2013.

“We saw a need for a downtown hotel to stay open year-round,” said Peter Hastings. “Our guests enjoy walking to the cafes, shops and restaurants that stay open during the winter months. Acadia National Park is as beautiful during the winter as it is in the summer. The crossing-country skiing is some of the best in the country, and the snow-covered Maine coast is raw beauty at its finest.”

During the winter, though, it’s harder for visitors to leave their jobs behind. After taking time off in the summer or around the holidays, many need to keep up productivity in January and February. To do that, they need fast internet and a private, secure, dedicated workspace.

Anchorspace, a coworking and meeting space in downtown Bar Harbor, is filling this second need. Having opened in April, the space on Main Street is within walking distance of Acadia Hotel and offers amenities that office workers need.

“Increasingly, we’re seeing a new class of traveler – people who need to work a couple hours or a day while on vacation,” said Anchorspace owner Nicole Ouellette. “Anchorspace allows visitors or locals to come into an office with high speed internet, strong coffee and several private spaces to work, host meetings or attend virtual trainings.

“The people who have come to Anchorspace have told me, ‘I almost cut my vacation short or didn’t come at all, but then I saw your space,’” Ouellette said. “As someone who loves this area, I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.”

Peter Hastings said that the majority of his guests are there for business. “By partnering with Anchorspace, we are now able to offer first-rate office accommodations along with a wonderful hotel stay,” he said.

“Just because you have to spend a couple hours on a computer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to go somewhere amazing,” said Ouellette.

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