Dream vacation winner announced

Posted Aug. 14, 2011, at 6:50 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — Susan McChesney of Phippsburg is the winner of the all-inclusive four-day Maine Dream Vacation Raffle. The raffle was sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce and Broadreach Family & Community Services to benefit Youthlinks, a community service and skills enrichment program for area youth.

The winner was officially announced at a drawing ceremony held at Camden Harbour Inn. “We are so happy to be able to give Ms. McChesney this phenomenal dream vacation package,” said Amie Hutchison, Youthlinks program director, “and we are so very grateful to the Chamber and area businesses for their incredibly open-hearted support of Youthlinks and this raffle.”

Raffle ticket sales were limited to 500. Tickets were purchased by residents from 24 states, though many local residents bought tickets as well. “We want to congratulate Ms. McChesney and thank everyone who purchased tickets to the raffle,” said Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber executive director Dan Bookham. “September is a great time to visit the Camden and Rockland area. I can’t think of a better way to have a few days of rejuvenating fun and help local youth at the same time.”

McChesney and her guest will enjoy an array of top-notch lodging, fine meals and other activities. They will spend three nights at the AAA four-diamond Camden Harbour Inn, and enjoy a daily gourmet breakfast, snack, and evening turndown service. Each night they will have dinner at a different nationally acclaimed local restaurant: Camden’s Hartstone Inn, Rockland’s Primo, and Natalie’s, at the Camden Harbour Inn. The prize includes a $500 gift card provided by Machias Savings Bank, which the winner may use as she pleases. McChesney will receive a large Red Claw tote from Sea Bags to take home, stuffed with local goodies.

McChesney will choose two of the following enticing activities to round out her vacation: spa services at Beauty Mark Spa, Camden; a biplane tour over Penobscot Bay, courtesy of the Owls Head Transportation Museum; a round of golf at the oceanfront Samoset Resort, Rockport; a day sail and picnic aboard the schooner Olad, Camden; backstage tour of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland; private winemaker’s tour with lunch at Cellardoor Winery, Lincolnville; personal cooking class with chef Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda, Rockland; hike in the Camden Hills with Registered Maine Guide and editor of Down East magazine Paul Doiron and birder-trails expert Kristin Lindquist of Coastal Mountains Land Trust; and a portrait sitting by award-winning photographer Amy Wilton.

The prize package had included round-trip airline tickets and a rental car, but since McChesney lives close by, she was happy to donate those options back to support Youthlinks programs. For more information about Youthlinks, call 594-2221, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or check them out on Facebook.

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