Happy to have earned the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” for the 5th straight year and to join the Hall of Fame.
My favorite statistic from the Buy Local movement is that 75% more money stays in the local economy when you buy local. It makes sense, a dollar spent at Bard, Tandem, Yordprom or any other locally owned coffee shop will only travel as far as the owner’s pocket whereas a dollar spent at Starbucks travels across the country to corporate headquarters, where it is then dispersed among employees and ultimately shareholders.
Portland is many things, including a robust tourist town. In 2015, 5.5 million people visited Portland, creating an economic impact of $688 million dollars. Portland is also a town with an award-winning food culture. The reality is that a tiny town of 66,000 people can’t support Portland’s restaurants. We need the tourists. People travel for a variety of reasons, but one thing that unites all travelers in the desire for a unique experience. From a sampling of oysters at Eventide to the thrill of getting your picture taken with Mickey Mouse and everything in between, experiences create memories.
The Maine Office of Tourism has done a wonderful job of identifying the profiles of the most common visitors to Maine and has focused their marketing efforts on the three largest groups: balanced achievers, genuine originals, and social sophisticates. All come to Maine seeking experiences that support their values and desires. Genuine originals value outdoor recreation, social sophisticates value excellent accommodations and balanced achievers value checking things off their bucket lists. Yet among these three distinct groups of travelers, the one thing that unites them is their desire to connect with what is local and unique. If you ask people what their most poignant vacation memories, I doubt many will say the awesome Baby GAP store
We are fortunate to live in an amazing place, with great natural beauty, an abundance of locally sourced food, and a strong and friendly community. Where you buy your morning coffee goes beyond feeling good, it helps sustain the unique community that draws the tourists who in turn bring $688 million dollars a year to Portland. This is money that among other things, allows our food and beer scene to thrive and attracts the wonderful mix of people of diverse, skills, races, and beliefs who have lived and traveled all over the world and yet choose to make Portland their home.
The number one question we get asked is “Where to Eat in Portland, Maine?” Odds are if you are coming to Portland you have heard about our amazing food scene and all our award-winning restaurants like Eventide, Fore Street, and Central Provisions. All great restaurants that I tend to avoid in the summer because they are so hard to get a table at. So here are a few local favorites that are easier to get a table at.
Back Bay Grill-many long-time residents will tell you that this is their favorite restaurant in Portland 65 Portland Street 207.772.8833 www.backbaygrill.com
David’s-Another Portland icon. David’s has been in Portland in one form or another for over 25 years. Seasonally he operates David’s Opus Ten featuring a multi-course prix fixe menu. It is my favorite fine dining experience in Portland. 22 Monument Square 207.772.8833 www.davidsrestaurant.com
Isa- describes themselves as “a cozy neighborhood bistro serving an eclectic yet seasonally driven menu. The dishes are influenced by the places we’ve been and the things we love.” A newcomer to the Portland food scene Isa has quickly become a favorite. 79 Portland Street 207.808.8533 www.isaportlandme.com
Another challenge in such a food-centric town is finding good casual fare. here are a few casual places where you will often find us eating and drinking.
Bonobo great pizza with both traditional and eclectic toppings, Bonobo is comfortable neighboorhood spot in the west end. 46 Pine Street 207.347.8267 www.bonobopizza.com
Mash Tun in the heart of the old port, Mash Tun offers a great $6.00 grass-fed burger and a big selection of local and not so local craft beers. 29 Warf Street
Silly’s another Portland icon, Silly’s has a broad menu with good choices for vegetarians and vegans as well as super laid back vibe making it a great choice for families with younger kids and people who cannot agree what they want to eat. 40 Washington Av 207.772-0360 www.sillys.com.
There is something for everyone in Portland’s dining scene.
The lodging package for Bike Maine is now available for booking. Here are the details.
We are excited to launch our 3 new Maine Bicycle Tours bringing out total in Maine to 16.
If you only have 1 day. Check out our Around the Peninsula Portland Bike Tour.
Founded in 1633 there is a lot of the rich history and stunning architecture of the Portland peninsula. Only 3.5 miles long and 3/4 miles wide the Portland peninsula is packed full of food, history, and culture. This 3-hour tour will show you the best of the peninsula.
If you have a weekend check our Festival of Color Fall Foliage Bike Tour
The Saturday ride along the Androscoggin River and up into Evans Notch is one of my favorite bike rides in the state. From the charming village of Bethel, you will spend the weekend cycling through autumn’s rich palette of colors with the snow-capped White Mountains in the Background.
If you have a week, discover our new Solitude and Sunrises Maine Bicycle Tour
Begining in the quiet, Downeast town of Lubec the trip spends the first of the week exploring the most remote and pristine sections on the Maine Coast before finishing in Acadia National park.
I did not know that Yelp had an award Progam, but they do “People Love Us on Yelp” We are happy to have earned this award to go along with our 4 years of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
In addition to gift cards for specific bicycle tours you can also buy gift cards in any amount. Just click on any of our day trips like the 5 Lighthouse tour and the booking window gives you the opportunity to buy gifts card for any dollar amount.
Give them the gift of lasting memories this year.
Discover our Half-Day Bike Tours
Why not give memories for the holidays. Here are 3 great ways to save on Summer Feet Trips when you book by December 31st.
- Book and week-long Maine bike tour like our best selling Maine’s Gold Coast Tour and save $150.00 per person. Use code week2018
2. Book and Maine Weekend Bike tour like our Beaches and Backroads tour of the Kennebunks and save $100.00 per person. Use code weekend2018
3. Book our super-fun 5 Lighthouse tour and save $10.00 per person. Use code lighthouse2018