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The Real Maine Adventure

Portland Hub & Spoke Tour

Experiencing Maine the way it should be with the native foods, the majestic nature and a look into the daily lives of today's "Mainer" and those that came before.

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Experiencing Maine the way it should be with the native foods, the majestic nature and a look into the daily lives of today's "Mainer" and those that came before.

Unpack just once in Portland!  Tour the faithfully restored boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  Explore the exquisite beauty of the tranquil Damariscotta River on a fully narrated cruise. Make a sweet-smelling balsam bag at the Maine Balsam Fir Products company. Enjoy a country style luncheon and tour at the Norlands Living History Museum.  Experience the “Maine Woods” on a guided tour of the Maine Wildlife Park.  See where the Puffins congregate around Eastern Egg Rock on a special summer-only Puffin Cruise.  Cross over the world’s only Cribstone Bridge to enjoy a dinner on Bailey Island. Enroute home enjoy a delightful 5-course gourmet luncheon in cozy 1786 cottage, part of the Red Riding Hood Museum.

 

 

Departure Date:

Sunday, August 22-Thursday, August 26, 2021

Sunday, August 22

Welcome to Vacationland!
On your way up to Portland this afternoon, stop to meet "Lenny". You've heard of chocolate mousse, but have you ever seen a chocolate moose? Learn how this 1700-pound life-size chocolate moose was created by local candy makers and sample some local treats. Meet the Maine Lobsterette at a welcome reception on arrival at your home for four nights, the Clarion Hotel Portland. The Clarion Hotel Portland is a full service hotel 2 miles from the Portland Waterfront. The hotel features an indoor pool, hot tub, restaurant and lounge. Dinner included at the hotel or a nearby restaurant.

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Monday, August 23

Enjoy an included breakfast then time for a quick photo stop at Portland Head Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse in America. Tour the boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Faithfully restored to the 1850's, the house was built in 1785-86 by the poet's grandfather. The house is one of the oldest brick structures on Portland's Peninsula and contains original furnishings belonging to the family. See the Maine Historical Society museum exhibits and Longfellow garden here as well. Lunch on your own in Freeport, home to the L.L. Bean flagship store and a myriad of outlet shops and cafes. Don't miss stopping into Wicked Whoopie - makers of Maine's own Whoopie Pies! Wicked Whoopie Pies have been featured nationally on: The Oprah Show and featured as a O-List Great Gift; Good Morning America; Food Network's "Unwrapped"; Rachael Ray Show; REDBOOK magazine - featured as a Guilty Pleasure. Each guest will be treated to a wicked whoopie of their choice at this shop stop. This afternoon you'll be in Damariscotta, the oyster capital of New England, where you'll explore the exquisite beauty of the tranquil Damariscotta River on the 50-foot River Tripper! You'll go seal watching, see ospreys, bald eagles and several oyster farms on this fully narrated cruise with blankets provided. "Fog is rare - and waves are rarer". Bring your camera for this breathtaking summer cruise. Lobster Choice Dinner is included tonight on your way back to your Portland hotel.

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Tuesday, August 24

After an included breakfast you're off for your day in the "Maine Woods". This morning you'll visit Maine Balsam Fir Products, a small company that hand makes balsam-filled pillows and products. See the balsam grove and learn the start-to-finish process behind these handmade Maine specialty products. You'll make a sweet smelling balsam bag of your own to take with you! A tour of the Norlands Living History Museum, will work up an appetite for their country style luncheon that will take place in the Farmer's cottage. This estate in the rural hills that includes a 19th century, one room schoolhouse, the town library, and the estate in which the Washburn family resided. The homestead has been restored and many original family furnishings are still there. You'll take part in two programs including the "laugh and learn" program with the school marm and the busy cradle program that tells the story of Washburns and their seven famous sons who rose to serve as state governors, congressmen, a U.S. senator, Secretary of State, foreign ministers, a Civil War general, and a Navy captain. To finish your "Maine Woods" experience today you'll take a guided tour of the Maine Wildlife Park, a 200 acre park with over 30 different native species of wildlife on exhibit, including George & Byron the moose, plus black bears, mountain lions, porcupines, nocturnal animals, coyotes, owls, eagles, trophy trout, fish hatchery, gift shop, and more! Dinner is included this evening at a local favorite.

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Wednesday, Aug. 25

An included breakfast this morning. Travel to Boothbay Harbor today for their narrated Puffin Nature Cruise. This special summer-only cruise is a magnificent "Seafari" for all nature lovers with seals, blue heron, an occasional whale and other coastal wildlife along the way. You will sail around Eastern Egg Rock where the puffins congregate only this time of year! See the funny-faced birds fishing, flying and sunning themselves. Free time to explore Boothbay Harbor, the popular resort town which has retained the atmosphere of an old New England village, and have lunch on your own. Motorcoach parking provided in downtown Boothbay. This picturesque village features many casual restaurants along the waterfront, along with harborfront activities, a footbridge, unique shops with handcrafted goods and many art galleries. An afternoon refreshment of homemade blueberry pie and coffee at the delightful Mae's Café and Bakery*. While you're there, enjoy seeing all the local artwork displayed throughout the bakery. *this location may change depending on availability/timing. You'll head down the street to watch the shipwrights at work on the Virigina Project in a rustic boatbuilding facility on the water in Bath, Maine. Be introduced to local volunteers who are building a replica of Maine's first ship, the Virginia, which was constructed by Popham colonists at Fort St. George in 1607-1608, thirteen years before the pilgrims landed! The building of this ship marked the beginning of shipbuilding on the Kennebec River in Maine which continues today at Bath Iron Works located less than a mile from down the road. Cross over the world's only Cribstone Bridge to enjoy a dinner on Bailey Island. The restaurant is surrounded by water on three sides, so every seat has a great view of Casco Bay. You may recognize this restaurant from the VISA commercials! You'll hear about the history of the unique bridge, what it's like to live on this island and have a chance to stroll down the dock to see the fishermen and boats.

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Thursday, August 26

Breakfast is included this morning before departing but don't fill up because you'll be stopping at the Holy Donut. Truly a "Maine thing". Your visit to greater Portland area isn't complete until you've had a Holy Donut - these Maine potato-based donuts come in so many delicious flavors! Locals know to stop in and buy their favorite hand cut donut before it sells out each morning but you don't need to worry, we'll get you there early! Enjoy a delightful 5-course gourmet luncheon in their cozy 1786 cottage, part of the Red Riding Hood museum. The main house at Pickity Place was the illustrative site for the 1948 English edition of Little Red Ridinghood, by Elizabeth Orton Jones. Luncheons are created with fresh herbs harvested daily from their 3 acre herb gardens.
Depart for home.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Cost Per Person:

$1184.00 pp Double Occupancy

$1119.00 pp Triple Occupancy

$1084.00 pp Quad Occupancy

$1479.00 Single Occupancy

 

 

Package Includes:

· 4 Nights at Clarion Hotel, Portland, Maine

· Welcome reception at hotel with souvenir lobster hat on arrival

· 4 Full Hot Breakfasts

· 2 Luncheon, 1 afternoon snack

· 4 Dinners, including one lobster choice       

 


Highlights:


· Admission to Longfellow House and Garden

· Admission to Fort Williams Park for Portland Head Light photo stop

· Narrated Oyster Boat Cruise

· Maine Balsam Fir Products – ‘make a Balsam Fir Bag’ program

· Admission and Guided Tour of Maine Wildlife Park

· Norlands Living History Museum “Laugh and Learn” program

· Narrated Puffin Cruise

· Maine’s First Ship stop and overview

· Free time in Freeport and Boothbay Harbor

· Lenny the Moose photo Stop with treat



· Hotel Taxes and Baggage Handling

· Local Tour Guide Service and Gratuities

· Tour Fully Escorted by an R&J Tours Company Representative

· All Inclusive Motorcoach Transporatation

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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R & J Lot R & J Lot, RT 183, Cressona, PA
PICK UP AT R&J SIGN
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