Walking at field trip sites; stairs at meadery.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as waffles, sausage, cereal, toast, pastries, yogurt, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We will meet two local experts on the city of Portland who will accompany us on our field trip this morning with our Group Leader. As we explore this historic port city, we’ll learn about its history, its connection with the fishing industry, and Casco Bay.
At a Portland restaurant, we’ll have a cup of New England clam chowder and a traditional Maine lobster roll — cold lobster salad served on a toasted hot dog bun.
We’ll take a field trip 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.
We’ll have a real treat: a traditional lobster dinner with all the fixings at the Sun and Surf Restaurant in York, Maine. Dinner includes New England clam chowder, mussels or clams, a steamed lobster, baked potato, corn on the cob, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.