Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 78 miles, approximately 2 hours total. Walking at field trip sites; stairs at meadery.
At the hotel.
Traveling via motorcoach a short distance into Portland, we will meet a local expert who will join us on the motorcoach and take us on a narrated city tour. As we travel through this port city, we’ll learn about its history, its connection with the fishing industry, and Casco Bay.
Lunch is on your own. You may choose from many local restaurants along the waterfront. Many featuring great local cuisine and seafood.
Next, we’ll walk to Maine Mead Works in downtown Portland. Mead, also known as honey wine, is thought to be the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world. In 2007, a local entrepreneur began experimenting with bringing mead into the modern era. He made contact with a South African scientist who was an expert in advanced mead-making systems to produce a lighter, drier drink. The honey used at Maine Mead Works comes primarily from bees in fields of goldenrod in northern Maine. We’ll conclude with a tasting. The remainder of the afternoon is free. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The city offers excellent cultural attractions, boat rides, train rides, distinctive boutiques, and restaurants. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. As we make our way back to the hotel we will make a stop at the Cape Neddick Light (Nubble Light) in York. Built in 1879, this lighthouse is not accessible to the public, but the scenery and views are spectacular.
Traditional lobster dinner with all the fixings.
Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.