Wheelie Good Bike Rentals makes exploring Portland’s trails and cityscape as easy as remembering how to ride a bike. Every cruiser and hybrid rental includes a helmet, lock, water-bottle cage, and a map of downtown Portland, provided as an edgeless jigsaw puzzle. Cyclists can call to have their bikes delivered as early as 9 a.m. the day of their rental, or they can make a reservation in advance to schedule an earlier drop off. After bombing down off-ramps and performing wheelies at Deering Oaks Park, simply give the bike cab fare or lock it up at one of three convenient drop-off locations—Casco Bay Ferry Terminal, Monument Square, or Portland Museum of Art—by approximately 9 p.m.
As darkness overtakes Bar Harbor, a group of travelers huddle outside the Ledgelawn mansion. Inside, their guide informs them, several centuries worth of spirits patrol the halls, unable to reach the next life due to unresolved earthly business or tragedy. The tour guests shiver, recalling the other stories they've heard that night. One was about a woman whose search for her husband has continued beyond her death. Another described the hauntings of children trapped between worlds. Each legend has a distinct voice, crafted from a mix of folklore, documented history, and post-it notes found floating in front of abandoned fridges. To add authenticity to their storytelling, the guides don costumes for the one-mile trip, which reaches its eerie conclusion in the center of town.
It was love at first sight when Zach and Allison Poole moved to Maine. Not with each other, but with the area's rich food and beer culture. Zach dreamed up the Maine Brew Bus as a way to share his epicurean discoveries with others and promote local businesses in the process. Zach takes groups to breweries and pubs across Southern Maine during six all-inclusive themed tours that cover every step of the beer-making process, from adding hops to checking bottle for miniature ships.
Maine Brew Bus wouldn't be able to function without its all-time employee of the month, Lenny—a 14-person bus that once transported children to and from school, but is now outfitted for a life of beer tours. The bus sports a bright green exterior painted by a local artist, a eye-catching nod to the vehicle's biodiesel engine and the business's commitment to preserving the environment.
Acadia Air Tours grants passengers a birds-eye view of the coastal scenery of Acadia National Park and its surrounding environs—all while maintaining a respectful distance a half-mile outside the park boundaries to preserve the peace and quiet for park-goers down below. The company employs a fleet of biplanes that traverse the skies above Acadia on various tours. Each year, Acadia Air Tours donates flights to be auctioned off at various charity events.
Khaled spent his childhood exploring Middle Eastern deserts. Jen spent hers exploring central Maine's rolling farmlands. Despite their polar-opposite upbringings, their thirsts for adventure eventually brought the pair together. So when Khaled up and left for Alaska, it didn't take Jen long to follow him.
There, the two pioneered the idea of the shoreline cruise, catering specifically to disembarking cruise-line passengers. Through their joint endeavor, The Scenic Route Maine Tours, they bring the tours back to Jen's homeland. Their van tours explore nearby Kennebunkport, known for its lobster rolls, along with LL Bean's flagship store and local lighthouses. And around the holidays, they bring Saint Nick to children's homes.
With a seasoned captain and crew at the helm, Boothbay Whale Watch's 100-foot Harbor Princess ferries up to 149 passengers into the glistening Atlantic in search of exotic marine life. Voyages meander from scenic Boothbay Harbor into the feeding grounds of whales, dolphins, sharks, and seals, with each marvelous sight indicated and explained by the boat's naturalist, Mechele Vanderlaan. Equipped with an open-air top deck and heated cabin, the boat grants sightseers the ability to watch for marine life year-round without baking in the sun or warming up next to a sympathetic harbor seal. Though alcohol is banned from the boat, the Harbor Princess houses a full-service galley that slings light meals and soft drinks throughout each cruise.