Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Less Than Perfect Vacation: Trip Advisor Horror & Success Stories

Trip Advisor, Newagen Seaside Inn, Oceanfront Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Now that I have your attention, I should tell you that we don’t specialize in Tripadvisor horror stories, although we have had negative feedback like all hotels. While some properties ignore harsh reviews, we take comments to heart and continue to make strides to ensure that every Maine vacation at Newagen Seaside Inn is outstanding. Over the last 2-years, a new ocean view restaurant has been built, every guest room has been renovated, a deluxe oceanfront cottage was built, we now offer rooms with air conditioning and we are opening a new fitness center and executive board room this Spring.

Tripadvisor is the world’s largest travel site with 125 million travel reviews, 69 million app downloads and over 108 million unique visitors per month. Their reach is far and their travel data runs deep. One search may leave you inspired by the service and amazed at the location while another leaves you disgusted and horrified this hotel even exists. One of the worst hotels in the world, the Days Inn Atlanta Northwest, had this advice from past guests, “They have a renovated wing, but cockroaches can walk across the parking lot”, “Never again. The room smelled bad, spiders, ants and stink bugs were everywhere including the bed.” and room tips such as “Burn this hotel” and “Run away from this place.” The hotel had 88 terrible and only 2 excellent, which were probably written by staff. When researching hotels on Tripadvisor consider the number of negative reviews. Consider The Grand del Mar in San Diego, rated the #1 hotel in the United States, which has 715 Excellent reviews and 7 terrible. Just like you wouldn’t take Day’s Inn at their excellent reviews you shouldn’t take The Grand del Mar at their terrible reviews. When using Trip Advisor be sure to consider the negative reviews in light of the number of positive and vice versa. And by all means, if you’ve stayed somewhere please take a few minutes and share your experience with the world. It’s a benefit to travelers and hotels like us at Newagen Seaside Inn who value feedback. If you want to avoid the Days Inn experience and are looking for a Grand del Mar experience in Maine, look no further. Start planning your perfect Maine vacation by calling us at 207-633-5242.

Maine Wedding Musicians: Finding the Perfect String Ensemble, String Trio or String Quartet

Wedding Ceremony Musicians in Maine

Recently my wedding compatriot, Jeremy Constanzer, was asked if he could recommend a good string ensemble in Maine. This question comes frequently because many brides and grooms have difficulty finding wedding musicians through traditional online searches. As we searched “wedding music in Maine”, “string quartets in Maine” and “string ensembles for weddings in Maine”, I noticed that our preferred string ensembles were nowhere to be found through top search results. Great bands such as Bob Charest and Wavelength appeared but wedding music clearinghouses such as Gigmasters returned trios as far as New York City. Not helpful! Also appearing was our absolute favorite string quartet, the Portland String Quartet, and a local favorite, the DaPonte String Quartet. Wonderful performance based musicians, but they do few, if any wedding ceremonies. 

If you’re looking for a talented string ensemble we recommend Richter Ensembles and Encore!.  I’ve had the privilege of working with both over the years and they have proven pleasant, professional and on time. Contact them today if you’re planning a wedding.

If you’re looking for a Maine Wedding Venue, contact the professionals at Newagen Seaside Inn. We would be grateful for the opportunity to be of service to you for your event of a lifetime. 

Share Your Story Contest: Newagen Seaside Inn, Boothbay Harbor

 Share Your Story

Over the years I have had the privilege of connecting with amazing people. As I remember summer experiences, it is not necessarily the fabulous decor at weddings, delicious cuisine flowing from the kitchen or spectacular sunsets that stand out. Although those are all outstanding, it is the stories we hear from you that are our favorites. What life was like at Newagen when you were four. How cold the saltwater pool was. War stories. Stories from college. Fish tales. How you met. How you beat cancer. Memories with loved ones, who have passed on. Why you love to sail. Why you love your job. Why you hate your job. Your trip to Kilimanjaro. How you survived a hurricane on your wedding day. You get the idea! 

With that said… We want to hear from you! Share your story or share this post with loved ones who have a story to tell. It doesn’t have to be about Newagen, but it can be. We just want to hear from you. We will select our three favorite submissions and share them with the world (or at least our 2000+ Facebook fans) for voting. The winner will receive a 5-night stay including breakfast each morning. Stories may be sent to mystory@newageninn.com and must be submitted by February 28.  We look forward to hearing from you.