Portland, Maine
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Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour

1. Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour

Enjoy this experience that showcases the culinary culture of Portland, Maine comprised of talented food and beverage artisans, from bakers and brewers to confectioners, chefs, and more. Visit the spots the locals enjoy visiting on a daily basis. Join a friendly and engaging tour guide as they take you to several Old Port and neighboring artisanal shops, restaurants, and pubs where you’ll sample a delectable mix of classic Maine, Maine-inspired, up-and-coming, cultural, fancy foods, and beverages. You will have the opportunity to meet and greet culinary artisans along the way, learn what inspires them and how they got their start with a lively narration from your guide. Along the way, your guide will dish about the colorful, social, and culinary history unique to the “Port City” with lots of additional recommendations on how to dine and imbibe. You are sure to leave full of delicious food and local history. This experience actively works with gluten (not celiac), seafood, nut, and vegetarian dietary preferences and sensitivities to the best of our ability. Guests may pick and choose their participation for any further food issues. While tours vary, your foodie experience may include, fresh-picked lobster, from-scratch confections, locally-sourced temaki (raw fish) roll, Maine seafood “chowdah”, iconic Maine craft beer, Maine honeywine, and dark chocolate truffles made with Aroostook County potatoes.

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Portland, Maine: 2-Hour History Tour with Sweet Treat

2. Portland, Maine: 2-Hour History Tour with Sweet Treat

Meet your local guide, a history lover who will bring the stories and facts from Portland’s past alive throughout the tour. Starting on Commercial Street, walk through the cobble stone streets of the historic Old Port, downtown, and waterfront areas.  Some of the locations that may be featured as part of the tour include the lobster statue, the home of Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow, the Eastern cemetery, the Abyssinian Church, and more. Your tour will finish on a sweet note with a local treat.

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Portland: Old Port Seafood Lovers Tour

3. Portland: Old Port Seafood Lovers Tour

Explore Portland’s vibrant working waterfront to view lobster boats often unloading their catch, learn about the historic wharves and their relationship to the sea. Visit a mix of Old Port and waterfront district destinations, and sometimes a locale or two on the fringes, for a progressive lunch. Servings vary from dine-in and to go from restaurants, pubs, markets, and artisanal shops. Learn about the life of lobsters dwelling on the ocean floor and hear about how hardy lobstermen and women haul in their catch year-round, rain, snow, and shine.

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Portland, Maine: Tasting Tour to Local Breweries

4. Portland, Maine: Tasting Tour to Local Breweries

Spend the day walking, talking, and tasting your way through the historic city of Portland, Maine. Led by a local guide, this 2 or 3-hour walking tour takes you through the interesting history of the city's beer culture. From becoming the birthplace of Prohibition in 1851 to establishing the first craft brewery in all of New England in 1983, Portland has a riveting story to tell.  Experience the city that saw the first craft brewery to be established in all of New England, Geary Brewing Company in 1983. It welcomed Gritty McDuff’s in 1988 as they opened their doors in the Old Port to become the first brewpub in the state. It witnessed the dramatic rise of Shipyard Brewing Company in 1992 to be one of the county’s largest brewing enterprises that now spans well beyond the U.S. to shores far away.  See the world-renowned Belgian-influenced Allagash Brewing Company which was also found within the city limits. Sebago Brewing Company counts Portland as one of their five locations serving their delicious beer along with amazing food.  Pass by one of the world’s only brewery-distillery-restaurants that was formed on Portland’s waterfront once Liquid Riot turned on their open sign in 20111. There are many other breweries in the neighborhood around Portland that are shaping their own history in the present day. Choose among the Old Port, East Bayside, and IndustriALE Way itineraries to sip and learn about each individual neighborhood's unique breweries. Each tour includes three stops at local breweries, with a tasting at each one.

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Portland, Maine: West End Neighborhood Walking Tour

5. Portland, Maine: West End Neighborhood Walking Tour

Take a walk through one of Portland's most famous neighborhoods, the West End.  Expand your knowledge about the history of the West End that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century and has shaped the city of Portland into what is today.  Learn from your local, expert guide that will take you on a 2-hour history-filled walk. Stop at churches and cathedrals, museums, squares and statues, and the beautiful residential areas along the Western Promenade.  Throughout the tour, you will learn about Irish immigration and its contribution to the growth of the city, the history of the marvelous Victoria Mansion, the life and literature of Henry David Longfellow, and the famous architecture of John Calvin Stephens. The tour will end with a sweet treat from a local spot and lasting memories.

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What people are saying about Portland, Maine

Marcie was an excellent tour guide... informative, enthusiastic, respectful of differences in our group, funny, entertaining, loud enough for everyone to hear...loaded with history and current information about her city !!! We've been on tours throughout places in the USA and other parts of the world and she was TOP SHELF, FIRST CLASS!!

Good food and drink, local history, interesting pubs and restaurants, and personal stories by native Mainer Rachel - she was great. Plenty of food - we pushed our dinner reservations back :-)

Marcia was an excellent guide. Funny good storyteller very knowledgeable. The two hours just flew by.

a very low key, entertaining and nourishing introduction to the history and culture of Portland.

Don and Mike were excellent guides. Well worth the money!!