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Our Partners

We recommend visits to our partners featured on our tours as they will enhance your Maine experience.  We also recommend hotels and inns with whom we offer fun "culinary getaway" packages.

Portland

Inn by the Sea | 40 Bowery Beach Rd., Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 www.innbythesea.com

Voted a "World's Best Hotel" by Travel + Leisure Magazine, 2011, Inn by the Sea is located on a mile of sandy beach and just fifteen minutes from the vibrant city of Portland, Maine. The Inn by the Sea offers a culinary getaway package featuring accommodations in their hotel, dinner at Sea Glass Restaurant, and Maine Foodie Tour tickets for the walking tour of your choice.

Vervacious | 227 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-221-3590 | www.vervacious.com 

A husband and wife team who set sail from their homeport in Maine aboard their ketch, Verve, in search of new places and adventurous flavors. At each port they visited, they discovered a wealth of taste that they felt compelled to take home to share with others. They returned bursting with excitment to begin a new journey that would encourage others to break out of their comfortable cooking routine, and to take risks with ingredients. 

Old Port Wine & Cigar Merchant | 223 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-773-9463 | www.oldportwine.com

One visit to the Old Port Wine Shop and you'll know you're in good hands, whether you're seeking that special gift or just something to throw back with your burger. Faced with a wine selection as large as ours, you might think the experience would be intimidating. But with his winning personality and vast knowledge of wine, Jacques will make you feel at ease the moment you walk through the door.

Maine Mead Works | 51 Washington Ave., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-773-6323 | www.mainemeadworks.com

Maine Mead Works and HoneyMaker mead exist as the result of a shared appreciation for the environment and local Maine community. In 2007, two entrepreneurs set out to bring this sustainable beverage back to the masses after a 500 year hiatus. HoneyMaker mead is made with 100% Maine wildflower honey and the finest locally produced ingredients. This unique wine displays the delicate flavor of Maine wildflowers, each barrel with a subtle, distinct character depending on the season of the honey.

Shipyard Brewing Company | 86 Newbury St., Portand, ME 04101 | 207-761-0807 | www.shipyard.com

Since 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company has been brewing fine quality products with a wide range of style profiles. They use only top quality ingredients and pride themselves on the consistency and freshness of their offerings. All their beer is handcrafted from recipes developed by master brewer Alan Pugsley, one of the most influential people in the craft brewing movement in North America. Shipyard also makes Capt’n Eli’s sodas.

K. Horton Specialty Foods | 28 Monument Sq., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-228-2056 | www.publicmarkethouse.com/shops-khortonfoods.html

A cornerstone of Portland's Public Market House, K. Horton offers a wide variety of specialty foods including olives, meat and seafood plates, and gourmet condiments. The store features a large case full of award-winning Maine cheeses that originate from more than a dozen, local family-owned farms and many international styles of fromage too!.

Stonewall Kitchen | 182 Middle St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-879-2403 | www.stonewallkitchen.com

Stonewall Kitchen, award-winning specialty food manufacturer based in York, Maine, now has 9 company store locations selling its famous Wild Maine Blueberry Jam along with hundreds of other jams, grilling sauces, mustards, chutneys, and more. Their York headquarters is home to their production facility, cooking school, and cafe.

Dean's Sweets | 80 Middle St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-899-3664 | www.deanssweets.com

Dean Bingham, an architect, bringing his eye for detail and beauty to the artisan candy world, creates over 20 imaginative flavors of dark chocolate truffles. Each is a hand-dipped work of art using ingredients such as cayenne, scotch, potatoes, and nut-free flavors. Dean even has his own take on the Maine Needham, an original Maine chocolate treat.

Two Fat Cats Bakery | 47 India St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-347-5144 | www.twofatcatsbakery.com

This bakery uses only the freshest ingredients: milk, butter, and eggs from local Maine dairies and a wide variety of local fruit as the seasons allow. A morning visit will get you a cup of piping hot coffee and a slice of pie for breakfast. Their bake case is stocked of delicious confections from pies, cookies and cakes, to cupcakes and whoopie pies.

Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company | 396 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-772-BREW (2739) | www.grittys.com

Maine's first brew pub since prohibition and a leader in the state’s microbrew revolution, Gritty's founders had two simple goals in mind: to create a true, English-style pub serving fresh ales and great food, and to have fun doing it. Gritty's ales have been repeat winners at ale festivals internationally.

Harbor Fish Market | 9 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101 | 800-370-1790 | www.harborfish.com

Founded in 1969, Harbor Fish Market is still in its original location on Portland's gorgeous and functional waterfront. It features fifty linear feet of open showcases displaying the freshest fish, seafood, and lobsters and supplies many eateries in the area with their sea fare! If you're not a native, you can take advantage of their shipping options to enjoy. 

GoBerry | 399 Fore St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-253-6817 | www.goberryme.com

GoBerry frozen yogurt is a fresh, local, and healthy dessert made with all natural dairy products and real ingredients. It contains calcium, protein, and probiotic cultures without any artificial flavoring or hydrogenated oils. GoBerry's store offers comfortable seating, Wifi, music, and artwork from local artists.

Urban Farm Fermentory | 200 Anderson St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-733-8331 | www.urbanfarmfermentory.com

Located in a former single-story warehouse, the Urban Farm Fermentory is a community-driven, locally-produced food and beverage fermentation factory and experimental micro urban farm / educational engagement center. The UFF aims to develop sustainable local cultures. Their products can be found at retailers throughout Portland and include hard cider, kombucha, mead, and infused honey. 

Summer Feet Cycling | PO Box 10822, Portland, ME 04104 | 207-232-9415 or 800-857-9544 | www.summerfeet.net

Summer Feet Cycling offers unique cycling trips intended to show you the best of Maine and beyond. Combining the idyllic days of youth, with the comforts of adulthood, join them for a multi-day trip of scenic bicycle rides, charming inns and delicious restaurants with capabale tour leaders excited to share their expertise and love of cycling with you. 

Wine Wise | 207-619-4630 | http://www.winewiseevents.com

Wine Wise, a wine education and events service, goes beyond a typical wine tasting by leading guests in a discussion about a series of wines, what makes them unique and representative of their region and further. An educational event teams the wines with delicious local foods, the catalyst to a pairing discussion in a fun and interactive environment. Wine Wise can also create custom and unique events for corporate or private parties and consult with you on a dynamic and pleasing wine list.

Portland Discovery: Land & Sea Tours | Long Wharf, 170 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-774-0808 | www.portlanddiscovery.com

Portland Discovery: Land & Sea Tours has been offering tours of Portland and Casco Bay for over twelve years. A locally-owned and -operated company, they take pride in showing visitors all that Maine's largest city has to offer and are committed to providing guests with an entertaining, and informative tour. From city streets to the rocky coast they'll show you the best of Portland and Casco Bay!

Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie | 106 Exchange St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-805-1469 | www.timberportland.com

Get ready for a carnivorous paradise at Timber, where the main name of the game is steak. Their assortment of prime cuts are 100% grass fed, and if the idea of beef doesn't moo-ve you, there are numerous mouthwatering fish, fowl and side dishes to choose from. This restaurant is the second Portland restaurant venture of co-owners, brothers Noah and Dan Thalmatch. 

Vena's Fizz House | 345 Fore St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-747-4901 | www.venasfizzhouse.com

Johanna and Steve Corman offer a truly unique imbibing experience for all ages. Over 150 varieies of bitters enhance their handcrafted sodas, mocktails and cocktails adding a depth of flavor to every drink. Sip your bevy from vintage glassware or take it to go. Visit Vena's retail space before you leave for ingredients and accoutrements to craft your own amazing beverages at home!

Bearded Lady's Jewel Box | 644 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-747-4901 | www.thebeardedladysjewelbox.com

While many foodies will stroll no farther than the cobblestoned streets of the Old Port, you can take the road less traveled to the Bearded Lady's Jewel Box to sample owner Nathaniel Meiklejohn's ever-changing menu of creative cocktails and snacks. There's no obvious street sign to advertise their presence, and the smoky windows ensure that unless you're careful, you'll pass this gem by. 

Top of the East | 157 High St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-775-5411 | www.westinportlandharborview.com

For decades, some of the most picturesque views of Portland's cityscape have been enjoyed while seated at the Top of the East. An enclosed rooftop bar, sunset is the most popular time to take in the casual sophistication of the atmosphere and menu. Signature cocktails, beer, wine and a light-bite bill of fare are available as you settle back to take in the sights, or simply relax with friends.    

Blue Rooster Food Company | 5 Dana St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-747-4157 | www.blueroosterfoodcompany.com

Check out some of your favorite Maine foods with a new twist at the Blue Rooster Food Co.! Locally-sourced hot dogs, lobster rolls and more are dressed up with house-made condiments and ingredients offering sweet, savory and spicy morsels you won't soon forget. Even the typical french fries have been replaced by hot, crunchy tater tots that can be smothered in toppings or dipped into sauces.

The Holy Donut | 7 Exchange St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-775-7776 | www.theholydonut.com

Potatoes in donuts? Yes - and it's delicious. There's something for everyone whether you're gluten free, vegan, a chocoholic or more of an old-fashioned style donut diner. Owner Leigh Kellis has creatd a winner, that even Fodor's Travel has recognized for originality as one of the "10 Best Doughnut Shops in the U.S." in 2015. Stop in early, the Holy Donut closes once their stock is sold!

Crooners & Cocktails | 90 Exchange St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-536-0469 | www.croonersandcocktails.com

An intimate-dining supperclub and cocktail bar, Crooners & Cocktails reflects an atmosphere of timeless sophistication inspired by the era of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. You'll see owners Christopher Harris and Rick DaSilva involved in all aspects of operations from welcoming their guests to assisting in the preparation of their weekly bill of dine-in fare. 

Andy's Old Port Pub | 94 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-874-2639 | www.andysoldportpub.com

Frequented by Casco Bay islanders and waterfront workers, Andy's offers casual pub food with a beer selection that draws from Maine's vast store of local breweries. Another alluring feature is the live entertainment that takes place seven nights a week highlighting both Portland favorites and musicians just passing through.

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport
Fedreral Jack's | 8 Western Ave., Kennebunk, ME 04043 | 207-967-4322 | www.federaljacks.com/ 

Established in 1992 and often referred to as the most picturesque pub on the waterfront, Federal Jack's Restaurant and Brew Pub is well-known for its spectacular views, creative pub fare, and award-winning handcrafted ales. One of Maine's first brew pubs, this popular restaurant is the birthplace of Shipyard Brewing Co.'s popular line of handcrafted ales. Come for the free brewery tour and stay for the food and ale!

H.B. Provisions| 15 Western Ave., Kennebunk, ME 04043 | 207-967-5762 | www.hbprovisions.com 

More than a general store and deli, H.B. Provisions is a hub where locals and visitors alike enjoy congregating. Grab items for a beach picnic, to restock your refridgerator or choose something from their menu for dining in. Even former President Bush Sr. is known to grab breakfast and read the morning paper here on occasion.

Maine-ly Drizzle| 2 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 207-204-0025 | www.maine-lydrizzle.com 

Find new ways to get creative in the kitchen with Maine-ly Drizzle's supply of gourmet oooking oils, balsamics and other condients and spices. The owners hand select their products with the idea of promoting healthy and creative culinary endeavors. Check out the list of recipes available on their website

Rococo's Artisan Ice Cream | 94 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101 | 207-874-2639 | www.rococoicecream

Here's your introduction to a small-batch producer of ice cream that will surprise you with its unique flavors and creamy texture. The Rococo art movement is the inspiration for the name as they create ARTisanal products. Interesting creations like beer imbued Sunfish Wheat Ale or Candied Ginger & Apricot help beat the summer heat.

Bar Harbor

Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars | 8 Rodrick Pl., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 | 207-801-2580 | www.fioreoliveoils.com

World-class artisanal olive oils and vinegars are the mainstay of Fiore. Featuring an in-store tasting room, you can sample the many premium varieties of their wares to find the one most suitable to your culinary preferences. Need advice? The expertise of the Fiore staff is available to answer all your questions! 

House Wine Shop | 227A Main St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 | 207-288-1200 | www.housewineshop.com

Featuring a delicious array of wine, beer and artisan foods including locally-sourced provisions from Black Dinah Chocolates to Silver Moon Creamery and Garden Side Dairy cheeses. The staff of House Wine is ready to assist with develooping your palate and expanding your wine cellar. Keep an eye out for in-store hosted wine tasting events

Leary's Landing Irish Pub | 2 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 | 207-801-2599 | www.learyslanding.com

There's nothing quite like an Irish pub, and Leary's menu is chock full of traditional Irish comfort fare and brimming with libations. You'll find it's easy to feel at home here as both locals and visitors to Mount Desert Island mix and mingle in the lively and welcoming atmosphere. A destination made for imbibing, dining and a taking part in a bit of craic. 

Side Street Cafe | 49 Rodick St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 | 207-801-2591 | www.sidestreetbarharbor.com

Sample pub fare and seafood favorites, accompanied by a choice selection of Maine craft beer, wine or spirits. In fair weather join fellow sun-lovers on their deck for refreshing beverages and edible goodies. If your looking for additional entertainment while on MDI, ask your server for the nights they offer live music

Cherrystones Restaurant | 185 Main St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 | 207-801-2290 | www.facebook.com/cherrystonesrestaurant

Bar Harbor's historic downtown is an idyllic location for Cherrystones. Of course, the selection of fresh Maine seafood and microbrews are always a favorite here, but they also offer less conventional options like a soup sampler for the diner who just can't pick one! Stop in while you're in town for some fabulous food and people watching.

The Independent Cafe | 164 Main St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 | 207-756-9883 | www.facebook.com/pages/theindependentcafe

It's more than a name, Independent is how owner and Maine native Tim Rich runs his business. From supporting locally owned Maine coffee roasters like Coffee By Design, to the artwork displayed on the walls featuring regional talent. The blueberry coffee cake is a favorite treat and you've got to try the Jean Acadia!

Galyn's Restaurant | 17 Main St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 | 207-288-9706 | www.galynsbarharbor.com

For almost thirty years Galyn's Restaurant has been satisfying a range of taste buds that run from vegetarian to surt and turf. There are a series of rooms offering a mix of scenic coastal views, and intimate spaces, historic architecture and features a private, contemporary art collection. It's more than a meal, it's a dining experience.

Rockland

Terra Optima Farm Market | 218 S. Main St., Rockland, ME 04841 | 207-593-8132 | www.facebook.com/terraoptimafarm

One of the culinary charms of Rocklandis the access to farm-fresh foods from produce and meats to dairy products and baked goods at the Terra Optima Farm Market. Owner Cheryl Denz coordinates with Midcoast farmers and an agricultural teen education program to sell their wares at her business. You’ll even find items from her personal farm!

Bixby & Co. | One Sea Street Pl., Rockland, ME 04841 | 207-801-2580 | www.bixbyco.com

Bixby & Co. owner, Kate McAleer, has taken one of the world’s favorite decadent confections and created a line of candy bars with natural and organic ingredients. Bixby bars have an international blend of fruits, nuts and spices, are free of GMOs and even offer vegan options. If ever there was a candy to consume guilt free, Bixby Bars are it!

Cafe Miranda | 15 Oak St., Rockland, ME 04841 | 207-594-2034 | www.cafemiranda.com

Maine restaurants are at the forefront of the farm-to-table and trap-to-table movements. At Cafe Miranda the menu is seasonally driven by the abundance of these locally sourced ingredients including vegetables from Chef Altiero's own Headacre Farm. Built on a love of international cuisine, savor both the simple and complex flavors that comprise each dish.

Rock Harbor Brewing | 416 Main St., Rockland, ME 04841 | 207-593-7488 | www.rockharbor.me

These days, no coastal Maine city is complete without its own brewery. Rock Harbor Brewing fits in neatly with this unspoken expectation and owner/brewer Dan Pease hustles to maintain a choice of anywhere from five to ten house-brewed beers, depending on the current supply and demand. A sampler is the best way to try them all!

Breakwater Vineyards Tasting Room | 373 Main St., Rockland, ME 04841 | 207-594-1400 | www.breakwatervineyard.com

While Breakwater Vineyards primary operations are based in the neighboring town of Owls Head, Rockland's Main Street is also home to a Breakwater Vineyard Tasting Room. Beyond sipping and swirling their available stock of red and white wines, that includes a Maine blueberry, they also create a honey wine/mead and hard ciders. 

Coastal Maine Popcorn | 371 Main St., Rockland, ME 04841 | 207-593-8309 | www.coastalmainepopcorn.com

In Maine's culinary-driven culture the mundane is remade, and that includes popcorn. Paul and Julie Roberts have founded their business on developing amazing sweet and savory flavored popcorn. There's no traditional buttery kernals here, instead uncommon tastes like pickles, cotton candy and horseradish dill are a few of the options available to mix and match.

Eclipse Restaurant | 2 Park Dr., Rockland, ME 04841 | 207-596-6661 | www.2parkdrive.com

Although Eclipse Restaurant is nestled in the Trade Winds Inn, you don't have to be a guest to dine in. An inventive menu and sociable atmosphere are hallmarks of Eclipse, while the Atlantic Ocean offers a beautiful backdrop to your dining experience. The downstairs speakeasy often features live music and a different vibe to enjoy after your meal.

Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars | 503 Main St., Rockland, ME 04841 | 207-596-0276 | www.fioreoliveoils.com

Adding to the diversity of Rockland's epicurean landscape, Fiore's primary expertise lies in the realm of the highest quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars.. Fiore staff will help introduce you to tasting experiences that will change the way you think about these seeminly simple condiments and the way you cook with them!

The Landing Restaurant & Lounge | 1 Commercial St., Rockland, ME 04841 | 207-594-3011 | www.thelandingrestaurant.com

Just off the well-beaten pavement of Main St., the two-story Landing Restaurant offers serene harbor views, multi-deck seating and a wide array of dishes to suit most any palate in a casual dining atmosphere. Make sure you save plenty of room for dessert too as their blueberry bread pudding is the bees-knees.

Snowdrop Confections | 377 Main St., Rockland, ME 04841 | 207-593-8430 | www.snowdropconfections.com

Kim Snow is very well versed in the crafting of sugary goodies as a third generation candy maker. Her business venture, Snowdrop Confections, highlights her history and talents, stocking shelves and display cases with creamy gelato, fudge and candies. Take home something sweet for yourself or choose a delicious gift for someone else.