Samoset is well-known for its serene beauty, our impressive Penobscot Bay location as well as qualifying as the sailing capital of the world. More importantly, the resort resides in the State of Maine, a leader in the country’s protection and stewardship of our unique wealth of natural resources.
At 1.2 million, Maine’s population is small in comparison to the size of the state, with millions of acres of scenic land in trusts to protect the beauty for future generations to experience and enjoy. Penobscot Bay has long been known for its sailing grounds and rugged rock bound coastline dotted with islands inhabited by various protected species of birds and animals.
The Samoset has been a certified participant in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Leader program since 2008. Our staff is committed to sustainable business practices to protect the environment.
In an effort to sustain this area’s natural beauty The Samoset continually seeks to improve our environmental sustainability by converting to more eco-friendly operations. Past years have seen major resort investment in the replacement of over 3,000 light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescent. With the support of our guests we have greatly reduced our water consumption and detergent wastewater after the implementation of our linen reuse program for multiple nights stays.
Our room amenities include highly reputable Gilchrist and Soames amenity products Est. London, England www.gilchristsoamses.com. This company provides full disclosure of all ingredients on the packages, do not test the products on animals, and use innovative packaging to reduce the life cycle environmental impact of the products.
Perhaps our Executive Chef’s favorite sustainable practice is the resort’s composting policy. Organic food waste from the kitchen is sent to Earthly Fertilizers, a local farm located in Appleton. The food is converted to compost and then supplied to area farms as soil amendments for their crops and animal feed. The compost, in addition to being supplied to farms, is returned and placed on Samoset flower and herb gardens created for our culinary team. Executive Chef Tim Pierce and his staff use the flowers and herbs to decorate our plates and complement our signature dishes, using the freshest ingredients from local farms, artisans and fishermen whenever possible. This is an example of how the recycling circle evolves and reduces waste in our landfills while providing resources that fulfill farming obligations. We continue our commitment with the paper products for our food and beverage operation utilizing recycled materials and our plastic cups and cutlery are derived from biodegradable corn products. We also serve tap water in our meeting rooms, converting that service to water pitchers and glassware eliminating plastic bottles. Paper and cardboard recycling stations are available and biodegradable bags are located in each guest room to recycle bottle and cans.
As a good neighbor to our community and as ambassadors of good will to all of those who share their lives with us, we are committed to help to keep the :Green” in the pine tree State.