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The benefits of being from Bangor

04/29/2015
Talk about a water hazard. A stray shot at the Samoset will send your ball into the ocean.

Talk about a water hazard. A stray shot at the Samoset will send your ball into the ocean.

Bangor is close to campus, has a full-service airport, two large hospitals and is just an hour away from a national park. Yes, the city has lots of benefits but I never thought free hotel upgrades was one of them.

Until our visit to mid-coast Maine.

About a month ago, friends proposed a weekend getaway near the ocean to celebrate the end of winter. I suggested we book a Saturday night stay at the Samoset Golf Course and Resort Hotel in Rockport. Jen and I had attended a blues shows in their ballroom awhile back and the place looked first class.

It also had spring discount deals.

After a 90-minute drive down a twisting, amazingly beautiful road to the ocean, we pulled into the Samoset parking lot. I went to check-in.

The clerk, a gentleman in a grey blazer, ran my name through the computer and set up the key cards.

“I’m giving you a free upgrade because you’re from the Queen City.” he said.

I smiled.

“Thanks,” I said. “Why do they call it the Queen City anyway?”

The clerk didn’t really know. He said the Samoset was opening a new restaurant in Bangor and that’s what everyone called it. He handed me a post card advertising the new place called “Timber.”

A young couple behind me in line said the Queen City name goes back to the logging days.

“It was the center of the logging industry,” said the young man, who lived just north of Bangor. “The logging industry controlled everything and they called it the Queen City because it was the biggest city around.”

The young woman holding his hand agreed. She was from Brewer, the smaller city across the river from Bangor.

Yes, Bangor may be known as the Queen City but our room was fit for a king.

Our upgrade put us into a top-floor, corner room overlooking the golf course, Rockland Harbor and two lighthouses. The view from the balcony was like the view from a camera crane at the Masters Golf Tournament. The green grass looked foreign after a hard winter. The spring sky was grey but not as grey as the ocean – which was cut up by the small black islands and peninsulas off in the distance.

Wow.

I guess it pays for hotels to treat those lumber barons from the Queen City right.

Timber!

Our room at the Samoset Resort Hotel looked out over the golf fairways adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.

Our room at the Samoset Resort Hotel looked out over the golf fairways adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.

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