Offering a bounty of fresh, local foods from both land and sea, local food culture flourishes in Maine where farmers, fishermen and chefs are working together to deliver clean foods of extraordinary quality. Throughout the state, small farms are emerging and producing vegetables, berries, eggs, and meats, while fresh seafood continues to lure visitors from all over. Mainers understand the meaning of flavorful, local foods, and an essential part of visiting Maine is to witness and experience the state’s local food movement.
Collect your rental car at the airport and arrive in downtown Portland in time for a lunch of locally sourced, thoughtful fare at The Farmer's Table. The restaurant’s menu is packed with local organic ingredients. Maine sourced, and Mediterranean inspired.
After lunch you will set out on a private walking tour, carving a path through the streets of the charming Old Port. A hundred years ago this area was home to fish houses, canneries, industrial factories and textile mills and the air was heavy with industrial smoke. In today’s Old Port the air is fragrant with the fresh ocean breeze and scents of coffee houses, bakeries, and award-winning restaurants, all tempting passersby as they wind their way through the scenic narrow streets.
Your friendly and engaging guide will take you to several venues where you will have an opportunity to sample delectable, Maine-inspired foods and obtain a behind-the-scenes look at those who craft these culinary delights. Along the way, you will learn about the colorful local history unique to the “Port City.”
As you sample the fare at the various stops, your guide and the proprietors will discuss the history behind their industry, the uniquely Maine products that are used and a few hints to the secrets of their award-winning success. The tastes that you will have a chance to sample may include: Fresh Maine lobster served with a unique twist, Maine artisan cheeses from local farms, the best Maine smoked seafood, Downeast Maine wild blueberry preserves with scones, the original whoopie pie, dark chocolate truffles made with Aroostook County potatoes and nationally recognized handcrafted ales.
Check into the Danforth Inn following the tour. For nearly two centuries travelers have enjoyed the comfort and peace of The Danforth. Renovated and renewed with sophisticated colors and a superb and discerning collection of art, this small, luxury inn exudes old-school charm. Furnished to provide comfort and with an eye to style.
The rest of the afternoon can be spent at your leisure. Relax at your hotel or visit some of the quirky boutiques along the Old Port waterfront.
We recommend you dine this evening at the highly-acclaimed Fore Street Restaurant located a block from the waterfront in the heart of the Old Port. Housing a wood burning oven with which hardwood and applewood fires cook local meats, seafood, and produce, the restaurant’s menu changes daily and is inspired by seasonal ingredients.
Overnight Danforth Inn
This morning, depart the Danforth following a delightful breakfast in their dining room.
Arrive at Maine Mead Works in time for a tour this morning at 11:30 (public tour. No fee.) Maine Mead Works was founded in 2007 with the goal of re-introducing the world to the oldest of all fermented beverages. Using locally sourced honey, clear, pure water and their own proprietary yeast strain, they blend ancient tradition and modern science to produce distinctive wines at our meadery in downtown Portland, Maine.
In collaboration with South African scholar Dr. Garth Cambray, Maine Mead Works developed a state-of-the-art continuous fermentation system, bringing mead making into the 21st century. HoneyMaker, a decidedly modern mead — crisp, dry and refreshing — is the result.
Later, follow Coastal Route 1 to Waldoboro, where you'll step into an unassuming bakery and pick up a picnic lunch. Borealis Bakery makes, arguably, the best sandwiches in the state, offering an incredible variety of homemade breads. (Drive time Portland to Waldoboro: Approx 1 hour)
Leaving the bakery, you'll turn onto Route 220, driving into the countryside to an award-winning farm, winery, and distillery, Sweetgrass Winery (Drive time: 30 minutes). Here, you'll have a chance to hike through farmlands and wooded trails along the Medomak River, stopping to picnic at your leisure and sample flavored gins, rum, brandy, and a variety of fruit wines.
Continue on to Camden, known as the “village where the mountains meet the sea,” where you'll check into a charming, cozy inn and take time to relax before dinner. (Drive time Union to Camden: 15 minutes)
For dinner tonight, we suggest Primo, in nearby Rockland, a world-class restaurant housed inside a restored Victorian home, which serves unique dishes that include salads topped with gingerbread croutons, grilled octopus, and pumpkin swordfish (reservation required).
Overnight Camden Maine Stay
Today if available you will have a cooking class at the wonderful Salt Water Farms. The classes fill up very quickly and are only available some days so if it is not available your day will be as follows.
Enjoy breakfast at the inn this morning, after which you’ll have some time to explore Camden.
If you wish, a schooner ride aboard the Schooner Olad can be scheduled for this morning.
Stop into the local deli for a casual lunch on the upper deck overlooking the schooners in Camden Harbor.
This afternoon, drive to nearby Lincolnville to visit a beautiful 68-acre vineyard which features sweeping views of Levenseller Mountain in the distance. Cellardoor Winery and Vineyard is carefully restored 200-year-old dairy barn, filled with artisan wines made on site. Complimentary wine tastings are offered daily and complimentary food and wine pairings on Sunday afternoons (through October 1) from noon to 3 p.m. Complimentary tours of Cellardoor’s new state-of-the-art Winery are offered every day at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. through Labor Day.
Later, drive north along the coast to the town of Belfast, the hub of the coastal contemporary arts scene, with galleries and funky shops lining the streets of the small downtown. Be sure to stop into Eat More Cheese, a boutique cheese shop featuring cheeses from around the world, including many made in New England. They also carry a variety of natural foods that pair well with cheeses. Stock up for a picnic in Heritage Park, located beside pretty Belfast Harbor, which has a distinctly different feel from neighboring Camden.
Dine at The Lost Kitchen (reservation required) in Belfast or return to Camden where there are several excellent restaurants to choose from.
Overnight Camden Maine Stay
Enjoy a quiet morning in Camden on your own. You may wish to go for a morning hike, taking in the view from atop Mount Megunticook, or schedule a trip aboard a traditional schooner.
In the late afternoon, wind your way north to the small town of Appleton, for a taste of award-winning artisan goat and sheep cheese at Appleton Creamery, where you’ll enjoy a private tour followed by a guided tasting (reservation required).
Return to Camden at your leisure.
Dinner tonight is suggested at 40 Paper. 40 Paperis both an intimate neighborhood bistro & a hip urban bar. Here you can have dinner in one of two dining rooms and enjoy modern Italian cuisine while choosing from an eclectic wine list. The large, constantly changing dinner menu reflects both traditional Italian cuisine and borrows from Italy’s Mediterranean neighbors, too.
Overnight Camden Maine Stay
Drive to Portland and return your rental car at the airport this morning before meeting your departure flight or continuing on to the next part of your adventure. (Drive time 2.5 hours)
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Accommodation: 4 nights
Culinary walking tour
Complementary wine tasting
Creamery visit and tasting
Cooking Class(If available)
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International and Domestic Airfare
Airport entrance and exit fees
Visa (if required)
Trip Cancellation Insurance
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