Welcome to Maine
With more lobsters, lighthouses and charming resort villages than you can shake a selfie stick at, Maine is New England at its most iconic. The sea looms large here, with mile upon mile of jagged sea cliffs, peaceful harbors and pebbly beaches. Eat and drink your way through food- and beer-crazed Portland, one of America's coolest small cities. Explore the historic shipbuilding villages of the Midcoast. Hike through... Read More
Top experiences in Maine
Narrated Sightseeing Tour of Portland Maine Aboard a Vintage Fire Engine
Portland Fire Engine Co. operates a unique narrated sightseeing tour of Portland, Maine aboard a Vintage Fire Engine. We explore the peninsula of Portland and its many lighthouses and forts as well as the amazing architectural buildings hidden inside the cobble stoned streets that make up our wonderful city. The tour is a great way of reliving Portland’s past. Viewing the area while high up on the Fire Engine gives amazing views of Casco Bay as well as fantastic opportunities for photographs.The tours are approximately 50 minutes in length and are fully narrated by a very knowledgeable guide while displaying high resolution photographs from the Maine Historical Society via our on-board multimedia system, which includes a large flat LED TV. Tours require a minimum of 4 passengers to run, with a maximum of 12 people per Engine. Larger groups/parties will be split up allowing time for shopping, eating, or just exploring the Old Port.
Full Day Maine Lighthouse Trail from New Hampshire
You will depart from New Hampshire at 7:30am for a 1-day tour to see 5 different lighthouses in Maine. The first stop is a visit to Stonewall Kitchen for a sampling of their products. Stonewall Kitchen is a leading producer of jams, jellies, and relishes in New England. They put out 50 different products to sample and taste. Next it is on to Nubble Light, one of the most photographed lighthouses on the Maine Coast. There is a gift shop, artist painting and an ice-cream stand. Lunch will feature a Maine Lobster Lunch (chicken option is also available). Then it is on to visit the Portland Headlight and learn why George Washington commissioned a fort at this point and ordered a signal fire to be lit. The tour continues and you will see the lighthouse on Rams Island as well as Two Lights at Cape Elizabeth. The next stop will be the lighthouse at Spring Point. Several lighthouses will be seen today, while learning how the lighthouses are maintained and the many chores of the lighthouse keepers.The tour is approximately 9 hours and ends when you return to your original departure point.
Full Day White Mountain Tour with Aerial Tram
This 1-day tour to the White Mountains in New Hampshire will take you past the Lake District, a popular tourist destination in the summer time. Then you will travel across the Kancamagus Highway, that is known to be one of the most scenic roads in New England. Frequent stops will be made to view the spectacular scenery and allow a walk along the cascading streams. A stop will be made at the White Mountain Visitors Center where you can enjoy lunch on your own and watch the movie on the creation of the park.After lunch you'll continue on to the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram for a ride to the top of Cannon Mountain for a spectacular panoramic view. On a clear day, you will be able to enjoy scenic views of the mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Canada, and New York. At the summit there are walking paths, an observation deck, cafeteria, and restrooms. The last stop of the day will be a visit to the “Old Man in the Mountain Memorial.” This last stop requires walking over a relatively flat path along the shores of Profile Lake.
11-Day Best of New England Fall Colors Motor Coach Tour
Day 1: BostonWe welcome you to New England with dinner at the No Name Restaurant where the food is so good the restaurant does not need a name. DinnerDay 2: Enjoy a tour of Boston - pass by the Mass State House, the Waterfront, Boston Common, Chinatown, the Financial District and Cambridge Visit the USS Constitution, the oldest ship in the US Navy. In the afternoon enjoy the famous Quincy Market Place, New England Aquarium or visit the Frost Bar where everything from the furniture to the glasses are made out of ice. Dinner at a local restaurant. Breakfast and DinnerDay 3: Tour up the coast to Maine. Stop in Salem where the Maritime National Park is located; discover the beautiful homes built along the Gloucester shore line. Continue to Nubble Light one of the most photographed lighthouses on the coast. Breakfast and Dinner.Day 4: Visit to the Portland Headlight. Continue to Thomaston to shop at the prison Outlet store where you can pick up hand crafted gifts made by the prisoners. Breakfast and DinnerDay 5: Tour Acadia National Park. Go to the Top of Cadillac Mountain for a panoramic view of the Maine Coast. In the afternoon enjoy a Lobster cruise and learn how lobster is harvested in Maine. Breakfast and DinnerDay 6: Travel through the scenic roads of Maine, to North Conway, NH. Tax free shopping at the outlets is located near the hotel. Breakfast and Dinner.Day 7: Travel across one of the most scenic roads in New England the Kancamagus Highway. Stop at the Albany Covered Bridge for photographs. Continue onto Franconia Notch and a ride to the top of Cannon Mountain on the Aerial tram. On a clear day you can see four states and into Canada. Cross into Vermont and stop for photographs of the state house and a visit to Morse Farms for maple sugar. Breakfast and DinnerDay 8: Visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Enjoy lunch at the historic Red Lion Inn located in Stockbridge and often used as a setting for the Norman Rockwell paintings. Travel to Newport. Breakfast and Lunch.Day 9: Tour the magnificent Newport Ocean Drive. Take a self guided tour of the Breakers. Continue on to New Bedford and the whaling museum. Discover how and why the whales were harvested at the National Whaling Historic Park. Continue on to Hyannis. Breakfast and DinnerDay 10: Travel to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Continue on to the artist community of Provincetown for a whale watching excursion. . Enjoy dinner in Provincetown Breakfast and DinnerDay 11: Hyannis / Plymouth / Boston AirportTravel to Plymouth and visit the Mayflower, the recreation of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620. See how cranberries are grown and harvested and a tasting of cranberry treats. On the way to the airport time, permitting a stop will be made at the Wrentham Premium Outlets. Breakfast
Portland Maine Suds and Spirits Tour
FridayOur first stop on the tour, Bissell Brothers, has a brand new location for their brewery at Thompson's Point. Peter and Noah Bissell, the eponymous Brothers, made a splash in late 2013 when they released their first full-production offering: The Substance Ale. Mainers and visitors alike have been clamoring for their hop-forward American ales, and this amazing new space will increase production by 40% to provide all of us with more Bissell beer.Next stop is Stroudwater Distillery, opened by beverage industry veteran Jeff Johnson at Thompson’s Point in July 2016. Here you will find a production facility, tasting room and space for private events. The distillery is located in a 5,000-square-foot space in the “Brick North” building of the sprawling former rail yard adjacent to the Stroudwater River. Stroudwater Distillery plans to make small-batch bourbon, whiskey, vodka and gin on-site, and the location will also be a showcase for other premium brands.Our final stop is Austin St. The name of the Brewery references both the name of co-founder/head brewer Jake Austin and the street he once lived on. Austin Street is one of the breweries causing such a stir at Portland’s One Industrial Way warehouse complex. Bold beers are coming out of their new brewhouse, which is 10 times larger than the system they started with and ran for close to two years. We will learn about their range of beers, and will learn more about their plans for the future. SaturdayOur first stop is New England Distilling. Founder and head distiller Ned Wight comes from a family of whiskey makers and he’s brought their Maryland-style spirits north. We’ll learn about the distilling process while sipping on his citrusy Ingenium Gin, his barrel-aged Eight Bells Rum, and Maine’s first post-prohibition whiskey, Gunpowder Rye.Next up is Geary's, Maine’s oldest brewery resides in Riverside Industrial Park, surrounded by much younger players. But Geary’s recently opened a tasting room to accommodate visitors to the decades-old facility. See inside the space that kicked off Maine’s modern brewing revolution with the release of Geary’s Pale Ale in 1986.Our final stop is Austin St. The name of the Brewery references both the name of co-founder/head brewer Jake Austin and the street he once lived on. Austin Street is one of the breweries causing such a stir at Portland’s One Industrial Way warehouse complex. Bold beers are coming out of their new brewhouse, which is 10 times larger than the system they started with and ran for close to two years. We will learn about their range of beers, and will learn more about their plans for the future. Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.
Private Day Trip From Boston to Coastal Maine
Enjoy a day away from Boston with this private day trip to nearby coastal Maine. Your private driver will chauffeur your group out of the city and up north. Leave the transportation to the professionals so you can enjoy an entire day of fun!Start your morning with pickup at your hotel or local Boston accommodations at 10am and make your way out of the city. Drive roughly 70 miles or 1.5-hours through scenic New England until you arrive in Maine. Enjoy a traditional Maine lobster bake for lunch, and perhaps save room for some blueberry pie! Explore the charming and historic Nubble Lighthouse in York and be sure to have your camera ready. The photo opportunities are endless! Continue exploring the area at your leisure, asking your driver to stop anywhere and everywhere you'd like to enjoy further. Begin heading south toward Kittery, and make a stop at the Kittery Premium Outlets for some afternoon shopping. Home to over 60 name brand outlet stores, Kittery Premium Outlets is one of the area's finest outdoor shopping centers. When you're satisfied with your purchases and time on the coast, your driver will make their way back to your hotel or local Boston accommodations to complete your day trip.