A walking tour acquaints you with the city around you, helping you better plan parade routes and upcoming bouts of sleepwalking. Watch your steps with this Groupon.
$49 for the Old Port Culinary Tour for Two ($90 Value)
During leisurely walking tours through the historic Old Port neighborhood, guides regale guests with more than 100 years of neighborhood history, as well as facts about popular local coffeehouses, bakeries, and seafood restaurants. At each stop, culinary artisans demonstrate behind-the-scenes operations and prepare samples of dishes made with Maine lobster and smoked seafood; artisan cheese from local farms; whoopie pies; and dark-chocolate truffles made with Maine potatoes. Tours run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. through December 22; see the full schedule here. This Groupon also covers the $2-per-ticket processing fee.
Maine Foodie Tours
Whether leading visitors along the historic streets of Old Port or along the craggy coast near Portland's harbor in a trolley, the guides at Maine Foodie Tours regale visitors with background on the area's artisan cuisine. Each of them partners with local culinary artisans to uncover historical tidbits about dishes or reminiscences about the days when whoopie pies were still carved out of wood. On walking tours, they explain how fish houses, canneries, and textile mills have given way to coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants, stopping for samples of fish, cheese, and microbrews to illustrate each point. On chocolate tours, they may explore the history of the cocoa bean by leading guests to confectioneries that craft cupcakes, ice cream, fudge, and truffles. In the spring, summer, and fall, Maine Foodie Tours offers other excursions, such as trolley and bike tours.