Swanky Cocktails and Sustainable Seafood

Portland is known for swanky bars and beautiful eateries; in fact visitors come from all over the globe to enjoy many of our celebrated places to eat and drink. If you’re among those who enjoy the fancier — put on your Sunday best — places, Opium, a new lounge at the Danforth Inn, is that kind of place. One of the most aesthetically pleasing bars in Portland, Opium will surely make you feel that you’ve been transported to another time and place.

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The interior of Opium, the newest cocktail bar in the West End of Portland, Maine. Photo courtesy of the Danforth Inn – Photo Credit Kyle Dubay

Opium Cocktail Bar

Opium’s offerings are exotic, tantalizing, and sometimes controversial   (I sorta like that). Photo courtesy of the Danforth Inn – Photo Credit Kyle Dubai

Quickly earning a reputation for being ahead of the eight ball on the cocktail scene, Opium’s offerings are exotic, tantalizing, and sometimes controversial (I sorta like that). Tempo Dulu, the Danforth Inn’s restaurant is also stylish and fanciful, but meant to satisfy in a different way. The Southeast-Asian fare is locally-sourced, beautifully plated, and always delicious. Make a reservation for this intimate and tucked away spot sooner than later.

North43 in South Portland, our closest neighbor across the Bay, has been much anticipated. There you will delight in fresh seafood and a spectacular view of Portland. The owners are seasoned restaurant professionals; making a lot of locals happy about this newly opened dining spot.

Eating local foods has many advantages: freshness, promoting sustainability, and supporting the local economy, to name a few. Our waters are filled with world renowned fish and shellfish and there’s a good reason for that. The cold and clean waters off the coast of Maine are the envy of the world.


Fresh-picked Maine lobster from the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport. Photo credit Maine Foodie Tours

The following shellfish can be found in abundance: the American lobster (many come to Maine just to eat fresh lobster), mussels, soft shell clams, hard clams (eg., littleneck and cherry stone), American and eastern oysters, and Atlantic razor clams. Unfortunately, Gulf of Maine shrimp have been in short supply for a few years now, with their season being cut short. They’re also not available during the summer season. The variety of salt water fish you may see on your menu varies from restaurant to restaurant. What you will often see is: Atlantic cod, haddock, pollock, Atlantic herring, white hake, Atlantic halibut, the American four-spotted flounder, and black sea bass. Visit the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on Commercial Street for more information about our marine life.

Strawberries, Lobster and Lighthouses

It is Strawberry season in Maine and if you’re like me, it’s the best time of the year. You’ll see them at all of our farm stands and local markets and front and center on many menus. Maine’s strawberries are considered by many, to be amongst the most flavorful in the world.


The Cape Farm Alliance in Cape Elizabeth, is celebrating with their annual Strawberry Festival on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th. They’ll be a tickets only Lobster Bake & Pig Roast on Friday and a free Strawberry Festival on Saturday. Check out the Cape Farm Alliance Facebook page for details.

Since you’ll already be in Cape Elizabeth, I also recommend a drive over to Fort Williams Park to see Portland Headlight, one of Maine’s most visited and photographed lighthouses. While you’re there, have a lobster roll at Bite Into Maine. They’re serving up unforgettable lobster rolls from a food truck — if you don’t believe me, check out their outstanding reviews on Yelp.

Speakeasies, Maine Cheese and an Island Day Trip

It seems that for every new restaurant that opens in Portland, an exciting new bar is emerging on the scene as well. Blyth & Burrows, at 26 Exchange Street, is no ordinary bar. Joshua Miranda has been involved in several notable cocktail lounges around town; however, this is the first project he’s created on his own and for that we’re grateful. The space is beautifully appointed with an eye to the War of 1812. Why that war you ask? As a port city, rich in maritime history, Miranda was familiar with the story of two captains who died in that war and are buried right here in Portland. He’s set his nautical theme, from menu to decor, based on their story. Cocktails are crafted for aesthetics as well as taste with carefully chosen light bites to pair. The bar set up is more like three bars in one, with multi-levels, and here comes the speakeasy part: one of bars is called The Broken Dram. You can enter this clandestine watering hole directly from an alley off of Fore street. Look for the single red light at the entrance and the Dram spray painted on the door, or there’s a prohibition-era clever door you’ll have to find before finally entering the Dram from inside Blyth and Burrows – both of these establishments are well-worth the visit for excellent cocktails and delicious small bites.

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Owner Joshua Miranda in front of Blyth & Burrows on Exchange St.    photo courtesy of Blyth & Burrows, photo credit –  Bonnie Durham Photography

Looking ahead to the weekend, Farmstead Cheese is hosting a cheese lovers event you won’t want to miss Saturday, June 18. Head to Whitefield to meet the sheep and goats behind Fuzzy Udder Creamery’s delicious cheeses. Farmer and cheesemaker, Jessie Dowling will introduce her flock and offer a walk through of the cheesemaking process. Enjoy a cheese tasting and select some of your favorite Fuzzy Udder cheese to purchase and take home. This is one of Maine Farmland Trust‘s featured seasonal events.

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Can’t make it to Whitefield? You’ll find Fuzzy Udder Creamery cheeses at the Portland Food Co-Op on Congress St. photo by Maine Foodie Tours

Portland’s surrounding islands are not just beautiful to observe from afar. Consider taking an island day trip on the Casco Bay Ferry over to the most visitor friendly of the Calendar Islands, Peaks Island! After a less than 20 minute, inexpensive boat ride, you’ll arrive on a beautiful, quiet and easy to navigate island. Start with a cocktail or a craft beer at the Inn at Peaks Island; to the right and up the hill as you walk after disembarking. Next, treat yourself to a leisurely and delicious indoor/outdoor lunch at the family-owned Cockeyed Gull (to the left on the same road; map unnecessary). Enjoy a menu of fresh fare, assorted beers and spirits. Directly across from the Cockeyed Gull, you’ll find a bike rental shop. Make sure you’ve picked up some bottled waters and snacks at Hannigan’s Market, before you bike or walk this quaint island to check out Battery Steele, to collect sea glass on the beach, and visit the quirky Umbrella Cover Museum. You can easily spend hours here and trust me, you won’t want to leave. A few more facts about Peaks:

  • Peaks Island is the most populous island in Casco Bay, Maine. It is part of the city of Portland and is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) from downtown. The island became a popular summer destination in the late 19th century, when it was known as the Coney Island of Maine (Wikipedia).

Summer Eats & Live Music Locales Around Portland

June is here and all of us in Maine agree that it is one of the most beautiful months of the year. The humidity and heat have not yet arrived making it a great time for you to relax and enjoy all the food, beverages and live music Portland has to offer, indoors and out.


Liquid Riot Bottling Co. has the distinction of being one of the only breweries AND distilleries in the country. Photo – Maine Foodie Tours

Head over to Liquid Riot in the Old Port. They have a new Chef, Kyle Everett. Kyle recently relocated to Portland after several high-end gigs in California and Florida. Here, you can enjoy outdoor deck seating with Casco Bay views, or step inside to watch the brewing and distilling process through the glass. Liquid Riot also has the distinction of being one of the only breweries and distilleries in the country. Lazzari Italian Restaurant opened recently and you may just want to be among the first to visit. Lots of buzz about this new Italiano spot, and I’d love to hear what you think. Lastly, under new news, I wanted to mention Casco Bay Creamery, adding to the ranks of Portland’s ice cream establishments. It’s a mini ice cream outpost on the outskirts of the Old Port and they’re serving Maine’s famous and nationally distributed Gifford’s Ice Cream. There’s s a good reason locals love Gifford’s. Stroll towards the Eastern Promenade Trail, via Commercial St., and they’re on the right in the former Narrow Gauge Railroad ticketing booth.

The Night Kitchen, a “zesty” new musical written and directed by John Burstein a resident of the Great State of Maine, has just graced our stage. You can see it at the fabulous Portland Stage from June 6 to the 10th, and June 13 to the 17th. 100% of the profits will go to Preble Street, a soup kitchen here in Portland that feeds those in need all week long. “The Night Kitchen” incorporates burlesque, vaudeville, Keystone cops humor and likable, hummable tunes with smart, sometimes sly lyrics . . . In one scene, the chef sings a poetic ode to a butternut squash. In another, a frying pan with aspirations to sauté and flambé tells her troubles to Dr. Pepper: ‘I am tired of being treated like an ordinary pan. There is so much more I could be trying. I was born for more than frying.'” A musical about cooking — what could be more fun and appropriate in this foodie town? Don’t miss it!

Custom House Gang at Andy's Old Port Pub

If you’re like me, listening to good live music while dining is just about as good as it gets – Photo – Maine Foodie Tours

We are fortunate to have several great food spots who offer live music all summer long. Slab Sicilian Street Food has a beautiful patio and it’s the perfect spot for live music, or even a film every Monday when classics and 80s throwbacks are screened. A pizza slab and some tunes or a film and you’re good to go. El Rayo’s is not only known for tacos and a great bar — enjoy music and Mexican fare at their new location on Free Street. Salvage BBQ‘s ribs aren’t the only reason to visit this outstanding BBQ outpost, live music on Friday and Saturday evenings will make an already delicious pulled pork platter taste even better. Both the Porthole Restaurant & Pub and the Portland Lobster Co. serve up Maine steamed lobster and live outdoor music all summer long. seven days a week — check out their calendars to see who’ll be playing during your visit. Andy’s Old Port Pub is a locals favorite for fresh seafood and Maine craft beer who also offers live music nightly! Bull Feeney’s, our own traditional Irish Pub and restaurant, is an authentic old world salute to our Irish immigrants with delicious fare –love their seafood chowder — and weekly live entertainment. None of these businesses charge a cover for the live music and the eats are what brings many of our visitors coming back again and again.


Food Blogging and a Taste of Washington Ave

Those of us who live in Portland are often astounded by the large number of restaurants in our little city — 300 and some, and growing every day. You can only imagine how difficult it can be to choose where to dine out. In some ways it’s harder than it was for me when I lived in New York City. There, I would just open the New York Times and go to whichever restaurant they happened to be featuring. Today, there’s social media and that makes deciding way more difficult. Newspaper reviews are still important, but in the world of food, bloggers and commonplace food writers are the true tastemakers. There are a few such bloggers and food writers in Portland. They are well-respected in the community and should be read by everyone and anyone who loves good food. Here’s a few of my favorites.

The Portland Food Map which is written and maintained by Anestes Fotiades. Anestes has a full-time job, yet he manages to keep this site up-to-date and it’s impossible to resist visiting it daily. Check out the latest openings, closings and posted restaurant reviews. His Under Construction list offers insight into culinary business expansions, confirmed and potential openings – this list is always formidable. This is a man who knows how to track down a great meal. Eat Drink Lucky is a daily on-line newsletter; that’s right daily — with short blurbs about food, drink, and a quick tip about what’s happening in Portland. You can subscribe to this site which also covers several others cities in the U.S. The Blueberry Files blog is written by Kate McCarty. A new blog is posted every couple of weeks. Her take on the Portland food scene is intelligent, down to earth, and her photos truly capture the essence of the dishes she is covering. In addition, Kate has authored a couple of books you might want to add to your library. A third site, Eating Portland, Maine, is an excellent resource for critiques of eateries all around the city. I rely heavily on the monthly archives for good food writing and colorful photos. Lastly, Mainely Eating offers frequent posts, informative reviews, and fabulous recipes. I especially love Leah’s, “25 foodish things you probably didn’t know about me,” in the “About Mainly Eating” section on the site.

Now let’s take a trip to the up-and-coming foodie neighborhood on Washington Avenue.

Silly's Restaurant

I previously mentioned the large number of restaurants here in Portland; per capita, we enjoy the company of very few. Lately, there is no street in Portland with as many new restaurants as Washington Ave. It’s difficult to say exactly which neighborhood Washington Ave. is in — you could say it’s where the East End begins or you might say it’s on the edge of East Bayside. I believe it’s safer to say, “it’s a place all it’s own.” In my mind “Restaurant Row” extends from Silly’s Restaurant to the Portland Pottery Cafe; two neighborhood favorites. It feels like there are new restaurants and craft beverage producers opening on this street almost weekly, and here are three of the newest kids on the block that are well worth the trip: Terlingua (small batch BBQ), The Drifter’s Wife (Ben Jackson is knocking it out of the park), and Izakaya Minato, a new Japanese restaurant getting a lot of well deserved attention for excellence. Take a stroll down Washington Street, but it’s best to visit this part of town with a big appetite.

Portland Pottery Cafe

Eateries and Watering Holes in the News

Memorial Day weekend is here and that means the city is ready to welcome you with open arms in anticipation of your visit. Buildings, roads, restaurants and bars have been repaved, refurbished and new places to visit have been added for your absolute pleasure. One place of note has been in construction all winter; Bayside Bowl in East Bayside has added on a fabulous roof top deck which has an open and airy feel and overlooks parts of the city and the fabulous Back Cove. I for one am looking forward to a night of bowling followed by a cocktail or two above the city. The second hotspot I want to mention is Figgy’s Takeout and Catering. The West End treasure has fried chicken, sandwiches and sides that some people have adapted as their daily diet. There are picnic benches outdoors, a water bowl for your dog and the nicest window service this part of the eastern USA. Walk off your meal by strolling around this beautiful neighborhood. Historical architecture, other great eateries and music venues, in and around Longfellow Square, are the reason many call the West End home. Filling your day with culinary delights is easy in Portland, but one should not miss our outdoor farmer’s market.

The Portland Farmer’s Market is unlike any other within hundreds of miles. The farmer’s market takes place in Deering Oaks Park on Saturday’s at 7:00 a.m. and stays open until 1:00 p.m. Deering Oaks is the largest and most beautiful park in the city; perfect for a picnic. Walk over to Tiqa Cafe & Bakery, in a historic 1894 castle, on the State Street side of the park; opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 7:00 p.m. on market day. Fresh baked pastries and Coffee By Design coffee. There is plenty of public parking in the park and an easy walk from Downtown Portland or the Old Port. If you miss Saturday’s market, you can once again enjoy the bounty of our local farms at Monument Square Park on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Get there early to beat the crowds or visit at lunchtime and dine at several restaurants that offer al fresco dining. I mentioned Coffee By Design, but Portland is fortunate to have several coffee shops where you can while away the hours.

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One of Portland’s newest coffee shops to Portland, Coffee Me Up, where Coffee by Design coffee is served. Make sure to tell owner Mateo or Alba Zakja (pictured here) that I sent you!

Coffee by Design is known for serving coffee coming from single origin microlots. Crossroads recently recognized the owners with several Business Leader Awards. There are mutiple locations throughout Portland; making it easy to find CBD coffee. Tandam Coffee Roasters has two locations and has the distinction of baked goods and breakfast sandwiches by the very talented Briana Holt. It’s worth waiting on line for one of Briana’s delicious offerings. Bard Coffee, a personal favorite, is known for Kalita pour-overs and outstanding service. Lastly, the Speckled Ax offers wood-fired roasted beans and uses local wood for roasting.

A cup of Speckled Ax Coffee

A cup of Speckled Ax Coffee

The Speckled Ax was the winner of a 2017 Good Food Award. Unfortunately, I cannot name every Portland coffee house in this blog. We’re fortunate to have many coffee shops with excellent coffee. As my last recommendation for today, make sure to try nitro-fueled coffee. If roasting methods or origin matter to you, have some java in Portland.

Christopher Papagni, Ph.D.
Food writer
Culinary consultant

Where to Eat & Drink in Portland: New & Award-Winning

What’s New to Eat in Portland’s Old Port

Memorial weekend’s approaching fast and all of Portland’s eateries, bars, and excursion experts are gearing up for visitors who are coming to enjoy the bounty of great food and beverages we have to offer. That being said, there are two newer restaurants in Portland worth mentioning:  

  • The 5 Spot, at 935 Congress Street, calls itself a “cheesesteak joint,” serving classic Philly cheesesteaks, homemade soups, and gourmet sandwiches you can sink your teeth into.
  • 66s Fusion, . The restaurant is located at 363 Fore Street and it is named after the famous Route 66. Give their sushi, ramen and Asian meat bun a try, you will not be disappointed.

Both restaurants are open for lunch and dinner so you can take a day and enjoy a meal at each!

More Maine James Beard Nominees to Visit

As promised previously, I’d like to give a shout out to other James Beard nominees who help make the food and beverage scene in Portland shine.

Cara Stadler has two restaurants; Bao Bao Dumpling House, in Portland and Tao Yuan Restaurant, in Brunswick (only 30 minutes from Portland and well worth the trip). Bao Bao dumplings are delicious and if you’re looking for something on the West End that is easy on the wallet, give this eatery a try. Another hot spot is Fore Street Restaurant. Fore Street has won too many awards to mention and is on many great restaurants of the world lists. Sam Hayward, the chef/owner, has been a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement and many chefs have come to Portland to cook this type of cuisine; due to Sam’s touting of our fresh ingredients. Lastly, when you’re ready for a brewskie or two, I’d recommend Allagash Brewing Company. Allagash is well known for their hand crafted brewing techniques and their flagship craft beer, the Allagash White. This James Beard nominee is the last in Maine to still offer a free tasting room experience with their beer flights, and besides being a prestigious James Beard nominee, they recently won an award from Maine’s Visit Portland for Hospitality and Tourism Excellence. 

Allagash Brewing

Allagash Brewing Company tasting flights – Photo by Maine Foodie Tours

Speaking of Maine Craft Beer…

The micro brew beer scene in Portland continues to garner a great deal of attention. Matador Network has 12 million unique visitors to their site each month. They’re an independent travel publisher who knows a lot about where to go to get the best of the best. Matador recently ranked Portland, “The Top Craft Beer City in the World!” That’s no small accolade and well deserved it is! There are so many craft breweries in our area, it wouldn’t be fair to try to name them all; knowing I’d be sure to leave some off the list by mistake. Previously mentioned Allagash will tour you through the brewery and others around town are happy to do the same. Many of our breweries make use of local hops and grains, and of course Maine’s crystal clear and delicious water. I’ve lived in Portland for three years and have only been fortunate enough to visit about half of our current breweries.

You can’t leave us without sampling at least a few of these much talked about brews, and of course, we recommend grabbing a Maine Brewers Guild Map to earn some Maine craft beer swag

Christopher Papagni, Ph.D.
Food Writer
Culinary Consultan

Announcing: New Weekly Blog with Restaurant Insights and Highlights!

We’re excited to share with you our new series of blogs dedicated to the Greater Portland food scene, weekly updates and insights from Christopher Papagni. Christopher brings a lifetime of culinary experience and expertise to his writing and thoroughly embraces all that Portland has to offer. If you’re interested in reading about some great places to dine and insights into the awards, activities, chefs, mixologists and new openings, you’ll enjoy this blog each week.

Maine Foodie Tours Owner/Director – Pamela Laskey

 Here’s our first post for your edutainment:

Food Trucks and Wonderful Watering Holes

You are either coming to Portland to enjoy the abundance of exceptional seafood or you are already here visiting our many foodie stops. Happy hour is one of our city’s best features and greatest bargains. My favorite is DiMillo’s on the Water, an Old Port staple. DiMillo’s is a beautiful ferry boat permanently parked on the Harbor. Happy hour is Monday through Friday for 4 to 7 p.m. Sit on a heated outdoor deck and enjoy reduced priced wine, beer or mixed drinks and delicious appetizers. The fried spicy calamari for $6 is my favorite, but I wouldn’t say no to the meatballs either. And . . . free parking in their lot while you dine. Check out Liquid Riot, and Blue Spoon, for equally terrific happy hours.

Food trucks are a big deal in Portland and once you’ve tried a couple you’ll see why. One in particular, Mami, has gone bricks and mortar and we locals are as pleased as punch. The restaurant is at 339 Fore Street in Boothbay Square. Honestly, every dish will delight. The food truck that is still a food truck, but days away from losing its wheels for a permanent spot is El Corazon, off the corners of Temple and Union Streets — expect a line ‘cause it don’t get much better than this authentic Mexican specializing in fish tacos.

If it’s spirits you’re after, look no further: Rhum, one of Portland’s newest and hippest bars is underground, has the sexiest tiki cocktails in town, and it’s the place to see and be seen. If you’d prefer something a bit more subdued, with a modern aesthetic, check out Top of the East, at the Westin Hotel on High Street. The cocktails and snacks will complement the magnificent panoramic view of Portland, and they just added meal service to enjoy. Or finish a delightful day of eating and sightseeing at Blue on Congress Street, jazz every night, palate pleasing cocktails, snacks and no cover. Now that’s a city foodies can sink their teeth into. Enjoy!

Christopher Papagni, Ph.D.
Portland Phoenix Food writer,
Business Culinary Consultant

Coveted James Beard Award Brought Home Again!

May 8, 2017

Portland Eateries and Watering Holes in the News

In honor of Eventide Oyster Co.’s, big James Beard Award win, this week’s blog will feature some of the Portland restaurants/bars that have received an award or were nominated. The James Beard Awards are the Oscar’s of the food world and Portland is fortunate to have had several nominations in 2017. There will be more on Eventide later, but for now let’s start with cocktails: the Hunt & Alpine Club, was nominated in the Outstanding bar program category. This mouth watering hotspot on Market Street is about as good as it gets if you’re into mixology and I have to say, the food made to compliment your beverage will not disappoint.

Drifter’s Wife, was a semi-finalist in the Best New Restaurant category. Chef Ben Jackson’s talent has brought diners in from all over New England and there is no doubt in my mind that he will someday, in the not-so-distant future, win this award. His style of cooking is what makes Chef Ben a standout. His unique cuisine incorporates fresh local ingredients and the plating is artistically creative. Alison Pray, the baker and owner of Standard Baking Co., was nominated for Outstanding Baker. Alison’s bakery has been touted by many food publications as one of the best bakeries in the United States; hence the perpetual line out-the-door. I’d name a favorite baked good, but too be honest, I love everything that comes out of that kitchen. Lastly, Ilma Lopez of Piccolo, received a nomination for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Ilma was born in Venezuela and her and her husband, Damian Sansonetti, own and operate Piccolo and the new Chaval restaurant serving French and Spanish food in Portland’s West End. Ilma’s sweet, dazzling desserts are an unforgettable finale to a savory palate pleaser. I’d like to also mention that Damian and Ima are two of the most generous chefs in Maine; giving of their time and talent many, many times throughout the year.

Eventide Oyster Co.’s chefs Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley won a James Beard Award in the Best Chef of the Northeast category. When you consider that there were 19 semi-finalists and thousands of chefs eligible to be nominated, this is quite an accomplishment. The award was announced at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago on May 1. Portland is proud to welcome home Chef Andrew and Chef Mike and their well deserved medal. Our chefs can now stand beside the elite few from Maine who have been honored in the past. And while we’re mentioning accolades, two Maine restaurants are on the Opinionated About Dining list of the Top 200 Gourmet Casual restaurants in the U.S.,Eventide is #46 and Central Provisions is at #86. I highly recommend a visit to both culinary treasures. Next week other nominees will be featured: Fore Street, Cara Stadler of Bao Bao and Allagash Brewing Co.

Name That Tour Contest

What’s New?

It’s been a lot of fun putting together new tour itineraries for 2016 to highlight even more of the talented culinary artisans that make Maine the foodie hub that it is today. With too many cooks in the kitchen, where we seem to get consistently get stuck, however, is settling on a name – which is where you come in!

We’re running a short contest from 7:00 AM June 15, 2016 – 6:00 PM June 16, 2016 to see who can come up with the best name for our newest tour! The winner wins two tickets to join us on the tour they helped hame. To get you started, we’ll give you the gist of what it’s about and then it’s time for you to get creative.

Let the info marinate a while and then send us your best suggestion

Let the info marinate a while and then send us your best suggestion

Name That Tour

Similar to our flagship Culinary Walking Tour,  our newest tour stops may not be the obvious choices of high-end restaurants and cocktail bars of other food tours you might have taken. But, each stop has been carefully chosen from food and beverage artisans who are not only local favorites, but folks who have a great story to tell, about themselves and their products.

A few examples of the locations that will be participating at different times in the tour include a coffee roaster, a bakery, a brewery and  two different styles of markets.

The neighborhood itself, surrounding India Street, where this tour is taking place, is also significant in choosing a name. From historic architecture and landmarks, to cultural growth, there is plenty of educational and entertaining factoids to share.

We recently created a tour where we ran a naming contest and the winner was a frequent foodie guest who came up with the clever title “A Culinary Palette.” It was a perfect play on words as the tour is based about 25% on the culinary arts, and 75% on the fine arts, so they subbed the tasting palate out for the artistic palette, and voila! .

How You Win

Please submit your entries as comments on this blog post. You can enter as many tour name suggestions as you like! The winner will be chosen and announced by 7:00 PM on the day the contest ends, 06/16/16, and also posted on the blog. Thanks for participating and good luck!

…and the winners are!


Like we said, too many cooks in the kitchen to swiftly make a decision, and you folks made it extra difficult with all your great ideas so we took longer than anticipated, deliberating! We ultimately combined two of the entries and added a little something of our own.

A big THANK YOU  goes out to all those that participated! Keep your eyes peeled on our social media, because who knows when the creative juices will be flowing again, and we’ll need another tour name.

**To our two winners, we’ll be contacting you soon on how to collect your prize of two tickets each to the new tour you helped name!