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Travel Information

Venue, Hotel, and Travel Information for
Portland, Maine

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Conference Venue

The 2022 Float Conference, as well as the pre-conference Start A Center Workshop will be held at the Cross Insurance Arena.

Cross Insurance Arena

1 Civic Center Square

Portland, ME 04101


Host Hotel

The Holiday Inn by the Bay is located just 1 block from our Conference venue. The CPO Course will also be held here. 

We've contracted with our host hotel to guarantee a certain number of reservations in exchange for a discounted rate. If you can, please stay here so we can meet this goal!

Scroll down for alternative lodging options.

Holiday Inn by the Bay

88 Spring Street

Portland, ME 04101

Float Conference Rate:

$299/night (plus taxes)

Use the link below to get our group rate.



Getting to Portland

There are many different ways to get to Portland, Maine, and we've listed some below. Take a look at Visit Portland Maine's full list for more information. 

You can:

Getting around Portland

Portland has plenty of public transportation available. Visit Portland Maine has all the details, but some highlights are listed below.

The downtown Portland area is very walkable - bring your walking shoes!

What to Pack
for Portland, Maine



In late August, temperatures in Portland, ME are usually quite pleasant, ranging from the high 50s - high 70s with a good chance of rain.


Because temperatures vary greatly from room to room, we recommend wearing layers to adjust as you need to throughout the day.


Casual or business casual attire may feel most comfortable. Some attendees like to dress up a bit for the Saturday party. 


We try to provide everything you'll need, but you might like to bring a refillable water bottle to refill throughout the event.

Alternative Lodging Ideas

Black Elephant Hostel
(hostel, not a hotel!)

A hostel in downtown Portland with a cool vibe, with the goal of fostering a social environment. Get your friends together for a sleep over!

4 min drive or 12 minute walk


You know the drill - check out AirBnb for local options! Maybe get a group together to split a bigger space, or rent a private room. 

distances vary

Clarion Hotel - 
Airport Portland Maine

A low key, pet-friendly hotel just a few miles from our venue. If you've attended a concert in Portland, you probably stayed here. 

7-10 minute drive to the Arena

Get Creative

There are tons of lodging options in Portland. This list from Visit Portland offers alternatives like bed and breakfasts, cabins, and more. 

distances vary