Maine’s bracing waters are renowned for lobster and fresh seafood. Their seafaring history is strong and proud and traces back to pre-revolutionary colonial America. With Trouvaille’s food, history, and adventure-packed trip to Maine, dine at heralded restaurants, ride on a real lobster boat, tour preserved historic sites and recall the spirit in which this country was born.
Remember to bring your camera for a four-hour nature and lighthouse cruise along the northeastern coastline. See the rocky cliffs, dazzling sandy beaches, quaint coastal towns, and lighthouses of this ruggedly beautiful landscape.
A Trip to Maine and Through History
The Maine Maritime Museum is a 20-acre waterfront campus on the banks of the Kennebec River and a great place to experience Maine’s seafaring history. It includes indoor galleries and several outdoor exhibits. On the grounds, visit Percy and Small, the country’s only remaining shipyard that actually built large wooden ships. You can see a restored 1906 schooner, and get a taste of American history.
We also walk through a surviving masterpiece. Back in 1860, the architect who designed the Victoria Mansion plumbed it for water and gas. At the time, almost no homes had running water, flushing toilets, and central heat, which made this luxury Italian Villa style summer home a model of elegant modernism. The historical significance does not stop there, as one of the most influential designers of the time decorated the interior. The Victoria Mansion is the only surviving example of his work. Add to that original wall paintings by a master Italian artist, and you can see why people visit from around the world.
Our Maine travel package includes your Trouvaille host, all meals, double occupancy accommodations at the Hilton Embassy Suites in Portland, transportation throughout Maine including to and from the airport, a lighthouse cruise, museum entrance fees, and 24-hour customer service. Not included are airfare, personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, and gratuities.
Food! Glorious Food!
Oysters, lobster, scallops, halibut, and Alaskan king crab artfully cooked in distinct flavors are popular throughout coastal Maine. Trouvaille takes you to some of the local finest. If you’re not a fan of fish or shellfish there is still plenty to eat, though you’ll be missing out on some of the best seafood nationwide. Included in our travel package is Scales Restaurant on the pier, heralded among Portland’s best. Experience the spectacular view, local specialties, and unique sides like their Maine cornbread served with molasses.
We also dine at the Portland Lobster Company and J’s Oysters, both iconic eateries loved by tourists and locals alike. Known respectively for their lobster roll and oysters, but offering much more, you may have seen them on the Food Network channel.
A must-visit (and we will!) culinary destination is the Saltwater Grille. Nestled along the water near Portland, the Grille embraces the local love of lobster by offering full lobster dinners, lobster pizzas, and other delicacies, all served in a stylish, inviting environment.
Sail the ocean, delve into American history, and let Maine chefs astound you. These are a few of the experiences on our five-day small group trip to Maine. You can review the complete plan for each day with our detailed itinerary. Book now to guarantee your place.
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Here are the details
Join Trouvaille for a long summer weekend in Maine from June 5-9, 2020, to explore the culture, cuisine, history, and natural wonders of the Pine Tree State! From an authentic lobster boating trip to visiting Portland-area museums to a lighthouse cruise, beaches, daily fine dining, and beach walks, we explore Maine in style. Your host for this foodie adventure will be Trouvaille Travel Host, Therese Perreault. Therese knows Maine intimately and will show you Maine from the local perspective! She lived in the Portland area for 10 years, used worked at J’s Oyster, and has the knowledge and insight to help you experience the authentic Maine.
Comments from our 2019 trip ~ “I took the Maine lobster-centered trip in June of 2019. The hosts were excellent. The selection of restaurants was good and surprising places I probably would not have thought to go, but were very worth visiting. The trip included cultural stops and two boat excursions, one of which was a lobster boat, with education on lobstering. I have friends who were sorry to miss this trip, and will try to book next year.” — Pat K., 2019 Maine traveler.
Fly into Portland, Maine, be picked up at the airport, and whisked over to the Hilton Embassy Suites. Check in, get refreshed and settled, and join us at the hotel for a private welcome reception where you will meet your fellow travelers, dine on our first lobster roll of the trip, watch a presentation and overview of the weekend’s events, enjoy some wine, unwind, and relax!
Wake up, have a good breakfast at the hotel, and then head over to the Tate House Museum, where we will receive an informative, guided tour of the house where George Tate and his family lived. Learn how tall ship masts were carved from local trees and rolled down the hill to awaiting ships for transport to England! It’s a true treasure of a tour in Portland.
We’ll then have lunch in downtown Portland at the Portland Lobster Company where you can grab a lobster roll and dine with a great view of the harbor. Just down the pier will be our lobster boat with Lucky Catch Cruises, where we’ll go out in the harbor, learn how to catch lobsters, pull up a few lobster traps (and see what’s inside!), and learn about the lobster industry. Mark Murrell, the owner of Get Maine Lobster, will join us!
After our boating excursion, take some time to explore downtown Portland. The downtown area is eclectic and fun with a variety of shops of all types to enjoy.
We’ll then have an exquisite dinner on the other side of the bay at the Saltwater Grille Restaurant. If it’s lobster you want, then it’s lobster you’ll get!
After breakfast, we head over to the Victoria Mansion, get a tour of the history, architecture, and art of the mansion, followed by sampling another lobster roll at J’s Oyster. For the afternoon, we’ll drive to Cape Elizabeth to explore the Portland Head Lighthouse and Fort Williams Park. We’ll receive a guided tour, learn about Maine lighthouses and enjoy the summer weather!
Sunday dinner will be a feast for everyone at the upscale Scales Restaurant in downtown Portland near the water.
Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a short trip north to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. We’ll receive a guided tour of the museum, learn about the history of shipbuilding in Maine, and then embark on a 3-hour nature and lighthouse cruise along the coast of Maine. Be sure to bring your camera for this trip!
Travelers will receive a tasty catered lunch provided by a local Portland Eatery before sailing away on the lighthouse cruise. During the cruise, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Afterward the boating experience, we will return to Portland and have dinner at Fore Street Restaurant with another fabulous view of the ocean.
Enjoy a departure breakfast together with your fellow travelers, followed by transfers to the Portland International Jetport so everyone can make their flights home. For people with late departures, we will try to sneak in one more lobster roll lunch. It’s just the right thing to do!