a taste of maine’s culinary scene
from Hearty breakfasts to bar bites and elegant dinners
You’ve probably heard about Portland’s foodie scene. We were honored to be named “Restaurant City of the Year” by Bon Appetit in 2018 as well as making several must do destination lists for 2020 including: Conde Nast Traveler and Lonely Planet. But, don’t you think it’s time you try it for yourself? Soaking up every bit of lobster butter and each bite of scrumptious potato donut?
day one | kennebunkport
Head to Kennebunkport for a delicious lunchtime walking tour with Maine Foodie Tours. This 3-hour tour only covers a half-mile of Kennebunkport but you will visit and taste yummy Maine treats at six venues, filling you up with knowledge and food! Then, it’s south to the town of York (approx. ½ hour). Here you can visit Stonewall Kitchen’s Company Store and Café. This well-known Maine brand is available nationwide but there’s nothing better than shopping and tasting where it all began. You can register for cooking classes, too, if you want to plan ahead. As you head back north to Portland, be sure to stop at Len Libby Chocolates in Scarborough – home of Lenny, the world’s only life-size chocolate moose.
day two | Portland
Portland’s food scene is incredible. Bon Appetit magazine named it “America’s Foodiest Small Town” and The Food Network named the city as one of its top five “Most Delicious Destinations.” The city has countless restaurants, diners, cafes and pubs, and there’s a lot more than seafood. Today, Maine Foodie Tours will treat you to the taste of Maine’s culinary capital while exploring this historic city’s Old Port and working waterfront with an Old Port Lunchtime Lobster Crawl tour. Then it’s off on The Maine Brew Bus to taste Portland’s own beer, mead and hard cider. But feel free to continue to check out Maine’s microbrew scene at dinner tonight. When Gritty’s Brew Pub opened in 1988 it was Maine’s first brewpub since prohibition and it has continued to be a leader in the microbrewery scene since.
Day three | Maine’s Wine Country
From Portland, head to Union, Maine (approx. 1.5 hours). The rolling hills of farm country are home to several of Maine’s premier winemakers. At Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery you’ll be amazed at the variety of wines and spirits produced at this family-run farm, including gin and rum. At Savage Oakes, the owners/winemakers also raise Belted Galloway beef cattle, pork and wild blueberries. A tour of their facility includes winemaking, as well as their other agriculture programs. All points lead to Lincolnville (approx. ½ hour from Union) – the quintessential winery experience in Maine is Cellardoor Winery. After your tour and tasting, you’ll want to spend some time shopping in their gift shop for unique and hard-to-find treasures. Day 1 Ay 1 Follow iconic Route 1 south towards Rockland (approx. ½ hour), stopping by the State of Maine Cheese Company in Rockport.
Day Four | Freeport
Farms and Potato Vodka Start your day off with a visit to the Pineland Farms campus in New Gloucester for a tour of their dairy facility and cheese-making process (approx. 30 mins from Portland). Now the largest producer of cheese in the state, Pineland is operated as a not-for-profit organization committed to demonstrating responsible farming techniques. Allow time for shopping in their Marketplace full of locally made goodies. Then it’s off to Freeport (approx. 20 mins from New Gloucester). The Cold River Vodka Distillery has gained a cult following for their unique brand of potato vodka. The distillery only uses Maine potatoes and Maine water, keeping their product as authentically Maine as possible. Stop by and tour the facility, peruse the gift shop and maybe try a sample of their signature Maine vodka. Freeport is, of course, known best for the L.L.Bean flagship store, open 24 hours a day, year round and the amazing outlet stores; there are numerous wonderful dining options, too.
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Get out and enjoy the great outdoors on a long weekend that will sure to have you coming back to Maine year after year.
Walk down historic brick and cobblestone pathways and discover a world of restaurants specializing in every food fusion imaginable.