We encourage visits to our partners featured on our various tours as they will enhance your Maine experience. We also recommend hotels and inns with whom we offer fun "culinary getaway" packages.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The bill of fare at Evo is bursting with taste, while not overpowering the natural flavors of their ingredients. For diners, their mezzes, traditionally small, "rustic" dishes, offer quick, light bites for petite appetites, or a chance to sample and share a variety of items with friends. Make sure to ask for reommendations, to complement your meal, from their delectable drink menu!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Where do you bring the group of friends or family who love to share food? To Sur lie - named one of Down East Magazine's "Best New Restaurants for 2015" for a small plate extravaganza. This tapas-style restaurant has a sensational selection of delectable menu items to pass around the table. Make sure to put their stellar team of mixologists to work as well!
You could call The Thirsty Pig a gourmet hot dog joint. Examples of their homemade sausage flavors include: chorizo, Lithuanian kielbasa, Caribbean chicken and Thai chili. You can order a sampler platter, singles in a bun, or a la carte. Because hot dogs and beer are one of the food world's perfect couples, make sure to check out their craft draft list.
While Cabot Cheese is widely recognized as a Vermont-based business, there are also hundreds of farmers in New England states who are part of the Cabot cooperative, including Maine! There are more than a dozen Maine farmers who are owners in this award-winning brand. Stop by and try the "World's Best Cheddar" along with their range of other amazing flavors like the habanero cheddar.
The Old Port Sea Grill has been one of the premier epicurean experiences in Portland since before the restaurant and bar scene became an "it" place to drink and dine. Their menu is still considered one of the best in the city, teeming with fresh, local seafood. Keep in mind that those with more carnivorous, and even vegetarian appetites, will find plenty of items to suit their preferences.
Via Casco Bay Lines, visit Chebeague Island and the Niblic Cafe. The name might lead you to think the Niblic is merely an island coffee joint, when in fact, they offer many more services. There are goods for a last-minute picnic, from sandwiches to baked goods and soda. There's also an assortment of gifting items and eclectic clothing that are "Made in Maine."
The North Point is tucked away on one of the less-trodden side streets of the Old Port. The colorful and cozy interior are instantly welcoming, and in fair weather, try and snag a table outdoors. There is an exceptional wine list as well as draft beer and craft cocktails. Sate your appetite with their popular stuffed flatbreads, mix-and-match a cheese and charcuterie board, and finish with a sweet crepe.
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.
Your friendly, neighborhood grocer, Rosemont, is a Portland favorite for locally-sourced food and beverages. Fresh produce, cuts of meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy, beer, wine and sodas, plus a variety of other specialty goods are available. There’s even a selection of prepared lunch and dinner items, created in the Rosemont kitchen, to bring to work, or take home.
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.
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 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, 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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
One of the key ingredients to a summer foodie experience in the Kennebunks is a visit to The Clam Shack. Fried food favorites, lobster rolls, lobster dinners, fresh squeezed lemonade and more are available to go. Pull up a lobster crate or grab some space on a bench once your order is ready and hunker down for a little people watching.
This business caters predominantly to your fur kids needs, but also offers an array of dog breed themed and humorous golf-geared goods for you. Need a raincoat or some snacks for your canine? How about a new collar or a leash to replace the one you lost at the beach? It's all here! Fantastic finds of all kinds for your pets and yourself.
Here you'll find, in the words of the owners, "approachable, everyday wines" that are going to be enjoyable on any budget. These styles are not only affordable, but not something that you'll see in your grocery aisle. There's also a tantalizing selection of wines that are of a premier caliber, and limited quantity, for the connoisseur or a special occasion.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Finback Alehouse prepares their menu fresh daily, with ingredients that are sourced locally whenever possible - from fishermen and farmers down to the bread from Morning Glory Bakery. This lively gastro pub has sixteen taps, of which fourteen are local, including a lesser known Maine micro brewery, Black Bear.
Peekytoe Provisions offers casual, cafe-style dining and an assortment of specialty food ingredients to take home. Acadia mussels and Pemaquid oysters, Lakin's Gorges cheese and Bixby & Co. chocolates are just a few of the Maine-sourced foods you'll find. That doesn't even include the in-house made items, such as the popular Peekytoe crab cakes.
A popular movie-goer munchie gets a makeover at Bar Harbor Popcorn! Classic Maine flavors like Wild Maine Blueberry and Maine Maple can be found alongside more traditional popcorn styles, for a little sweet or savory seasoned snack. While you're there, we also recommend a cup of the freshly squeezed lemonade!
Gluten lovers will delight in the handmade pastries and artisanal breads available at ABC. You can also partake of their selection of scruptious sandwhiches, soups and salads. Freshly prepared goods, with carefully selected ingredients, that you can take home, or dine in witha cup of Coffee by Design java.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Just off the well-beaten pavement of Main St., the two-story Landings 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.
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.