Maine has really hit it big on that national food scene in the past few years, and with good reason. With so much fresh seafood, amazing locally grown beef, and an abundance of fresh produce, there has never been a better time to partake in one of the many food tours offered in Portland, just twenty minutes from Freeport and James Place Inn.
The Maine Foodie Tours, www.mainefoodietours.com, offers seven different tours ranging in price from $49/person to $145/person. The tours include the favorite Portland-Old Port Culinary Walking Tour ($55/person and lasting three hours) to a Portland-Happy 2-Hour Tour. This tour lets you enjoy craft concoctions and delicious appetizers, all while leisurely walking a path through the streets of the charming Old Port while you hear stories of life as it was back in the 1800’s up until the present day. As you sip cocktails, you’ll learn how Mainers smuggled in and made rum, so much so, that we needed prohibition way before the rest of the country (or so some thought). While enjoying additional cocktails, you will hear the location of speakeasies which popped up all over town during prohibition, the story of our own “rum riot” and some tales of naughty sailors and where they had their fun when they came to port. Over craft brewed beers in the first brew pub since prohibition ended you’ll hear just how the Old Port area evolved to become a mecca for craft brewing. And finally, you’ll learn of our current culinary and bar scene at one of the area’s newest establishments. This tour is educational, tasty and definitely a happy two hours! Sounds like great fun!
If lobster is your thing, you might want to check out the Portland-Old Port Lunchtime Lobster Crawl. You will visit 4 locations to enjoy all the fixings of a lobster bake made with a few twists, from smoked mussels to New England clam chowder, a tasty lobster roll to lobster mac and cheese, all topped off with a (secret) Maine desert! Friendly tour guides will tell you all about lives of Maine lobsters, from the history of the industry to the life they live in the ocean, while you enjoy the tastes uniquely prepared for you.
Each of the seven tours is unique, fun and something you will truly remember from your Maine vacation. Just one of the many things available to you within an easy 20 minute drive of James Place Inn. We are perfectly situated to be your “vacation outpost” to explore and experience all that Maine has to offer. Our next day off, Robin and I are hoping to try the “Portland-Cookin With Friends” ourselves!