Foodies Along the Coast - Coastal Maine Foodie Adventures

Everyone knows that one of the best parts of vacations are trying new foods.  The way to a travelers’ heart is through the stomach, and the Inns Along the Coast have all sorts of fun and interesting ways to enjoy an Inns Along the Coast itinerary filled with New England foodie fun.

Start with our 7 Days Along the Coast itinerary or any of the other exciting itineraries offered by Inns Along the Coast,  then add some of these great foodie options in Kennebunkport, Freeport, Newcastle, Rockland, Camden and Bar Harbor.  You’ll dine your way along the Coast of Maine enjoying everything from lobster to balsamic oils along the way at Maine restaurants and shops.

Kennebunkport Optional Foodie Ideas to add to your itinerary:

  • June: Plan your stay around The Kennebunkport Festival, held annually during the first week in June; a food and wine event with many venues, live music, private dinners and tented Galas.

  • Visit the headquarters for Stonewall Kitchens, specialty food purveyor.  Take a tour of the factory, schedule a cooking class and shop and taste your way through their flagship store.  

  • Hop on one of the Maine Foodie Tours in Kennebunkport for tastings at local restaurants and shops.  

  • Learn all about lobsters and the lobster industry on Rugosa Lobster Tours while cruising down the Kennebunk River and along the coast.

  • Wine Wise offers Wine (and food) Walks offers special wine and food tastings where you’ll discover great restaurants and wines paired with delicious foods – in Kennebunkport, Ogunquit or Portland.  Or book a Wine Sail where you'll enjoy scenic views of Maine lighthouses, waterways and islands on board an immaculate Windjammer... all while indulging in a wine class.

Freeport Optional Foodie Add ons for your itinerary

  • Visit LL Bean’s Home Store and enjoy a wide range of locally made specialty foods.

  • Visit the Bow Street Market for fresh produce, great wines, in-house baked goods and fresh flowers.

  • Attend a Beer and Pretzel Making class at the Brewster House Bed and Breakfast.  Learn all about the role of salts and flours, and make and taste your own.  You won’t believe what you’ll learn from Chef Dave.  Info:  www.Brewsterhouse.com.

  • Take the Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Factory Tour, and learn about the history, watch how chocolate is made and enjoy samples. $4.50 per person.  

  • Venture into Portland, just 20 minutes away, to check out the incredible foodie scene in Portland’s Old Port.

  • Come in October and be sure to get tickets to one or more of the many events held during Portland’s  Harvest on the Harbor festival in mid-October. From “Harvest Hops” beer and wine tastings to Chef showcases, this event is ranked among the top ten food festivals in the country.

  • Get your coffee and donut fix at Frosty’s in Freeport, tucked in just off Main Street behind the Freeport Historical Society.

  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Harraseeket Inn.

  • Venture up Route One to Bath and go to Maine’s premier cooking store, called Now You’re Cooking.  Find tons of new kitchen gadgets, and take in one of their demonstrations or tastings.

Newcastle Optional foodie fun to add to your itinerary

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  • Check out Glidden Point Oyster Farms to learn about oyster farming in the area.

  • Enjoy an oyster and sake pairing on Damariscotta River Cruises. Come onboard The River Tripper for a fun and educational evening of oyster, wine and sake pairings while cruising down the scenic Damariscotta River along all six oysters farms. Scheduled weekly June through Oct.

  • Visit Eventide Specialties in Boothbay for locally made olive oils, balsamic vinegars and cooking ideas.

  • Visit the Damariscotta Farmer’s Market during the summer and fall on Mondays and Fridays, or the Farmer’s Market in Boothbay, on Thursdays, May – September.

  • Schedule your visit September 1-3 and purchase a passport for A Taste of Local Flavor, allowing tastings at several Boothbay restaurants, part of the Boothbay Harbor Fest.

  • Once again in 2017, Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™, is partnering with the Boothbay Railway Village, the Maine Maritime Museum, and the Farnsworth Art Museum for the second annual Maine’s Pumpkin Trail (MPT), a 50-mile-long, event-filled tour of museums and festivals held between Labor Day and Halloween. To find out more about MPT, visit the MPT Facebook page. For info, click here.

  • For the most amazing locally-made ice cream, visit Round Top Creamery in Damariscotta.  

  • Don’t miss Morse’s Sauerkraut and European Deli in Waldoboro for the most amazing array of German, Italian, Dutch and European cheeses, meats, specialty foods, pickles and of course, homemade sauerkraut. Open Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wed).  

  • The Pemaquid Oyster Festival offers up a great line up of entertainment, demonstrations, educational workshop and of course, thousands of oysters to enjoy. 2017 date TBA.

Rockland Optional Foodie Adds ons:

Beth's Farm Market, Warren

Beth's Farm Market, Warren

  • A great way for foodies to enjoy the perfect itinerary is to book the Savor the Flavor of Midcoast Maine Package at any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland offered from June – mid-October.  Click here for full information and a delicious itinerary for Midcoast Maine visitors.

  • If you’d rather enjoy your own self-guided wine and spirits tasting tour, visit any of these wineries within a 30-minute drive of Rockland:

  • Cellardoor Winery, Camden: Open year round

  • Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery, Union, Maine: Open May – mid-October.

  • Savage Oaks Winery: Union, Maine: Open May – October.  Enjoy a self-guided tour of this unique farm along with tastings.

  • Breakwater Vineyard, Rockland, ME:  Tasting room on Rockland’s Main St open year round.

  • Visit Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars on Rockland’s Main Street for special tastings of flavored olive oils and Balsamic vinegars.  Click here for info.

  • Visit Beth’s Market in Hope, ME offering the most unusually fabulous collection of locally grown produce, sustainable caught seafood, baked items and much more.  Open year-round.  For info, click here.

  • Bring the whole family Apple Picking in Hope Orchards – seasonal – September & October.  Click here for info.

  • Got a sweet tooth? Visit Snow Drop Confections for handmade assorted chocolates, chocolate barks, truffles made on premise including Maine-themed treats like blueberry, maple and Needhams.

  • Enjoy Maine lobster, clams and crab right on the shores of a beautiful cove at McLoons Lobster Shack in South Thomaston.

  • Main Street Markets is a local, organic and Maine made products including sandwiches, beverages-to-go, fresh local produce, coffees, and much more.  

  • The Rockland Farmer’s Market is held on Thursdays from 9am to 1pm in Harbor Park, late May through late October.

  • How about a progressive dinner, tastings between three restaurants? Book the Quiet Season Savor the Flavor Dine Around package at any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland. Info here.

  • Pies on Parade celebrates National Pie Day in Rockland.  Enjoy more than 50 pie tastings from sweet to savory while raising money for the local food pantry.  Held each year on the last Sunday in January, pair this event with a package at any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland or book a unique pie package at Hawthorn Inn in Camden and get your own personal pie upon arrival, attend a pie-and-wine tasting and more.

  • Stroll through the gardens at Primo Restaurant, one of Rockland’s premier food to table restaurants, and see where much of the food you eat that night is grown.

Camden add-ons for foodies

  • Don’t miss Uncle Willy’s Candy Shoppe in Camden for Maine-made dark and milk chocolates, peanut butter filled chocolate shells made in store, Maine themed chocolates and an incredible selection of nostalgic candies on two floors.

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  • Laugh Loud Smile Big features cupcakes and painting parties, an enormous selection of delicious and whimsical cupcakes, plus homemade bars and much more.  

  • State of Maine Cheese Company in Rockport offers up a wide selection of their in-house made cheeses, plus cheese related gifts and more.   Call ahead for a tour of the production facility.  

  • Enjoy a different take on lobster at Fresh in Camden,  when you order Lobster ravioli with an Asian flair. (closed January through mid-March)

  • Try a cooking class at Salt Water Farm Cooking School offering farm to table classes right on the farm.  Chef instructors utilize traditional cooking methods to emphasize the importance of preparing food using freshly harvested, seasonal ingredients. Offered July & August.

  • Lily, Lupine and Fern offers a whimsical take on wine and flowers.  You’ll find a wide selection of wine and beer gift baskets, floral designs, chocolates, even cigars! Worth checking.

Bar Harbor Optional Food Add-ons

  • Take the Bar Harbor Foodie Tour or the “Happy” two-hour tour offered June – October and enjoy tastings at each stop during this lively guided tour.  Info here.

  • For beer tastings and brewery tours, visit Bar Harbor Brewing and their sister property, Atlantic Brewing Company.   

  • Enjoy wine tasting and shopping at Bar Harbor Cellars Winery located at Sweet Pea Farm, offering wines from locally grown grapes, fresh cut flowers and produce for local consumption.  Info, click here.

  • Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars initial location was Bar Harbor.  Visit for tastings and take home an ample supply of recipes too.  

  • Eat (lobster) drink and be messy at Beal’s Lobster Pier with beautiful views of nearby Southwest Harbor.  Open May – October.  Info: Click here.

  • For everything “lobstah” be sure to visit Side Street Café open year round in Bar Harbor.  Click here for info.

  • You won’t want to miss a stop at Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium for handmade chocolates, ice cream and gelato.  

  • Bar Harbor is home to two tea shops.  Visit the Bar Harbor Tea Company for a wide selection of teas, Maine made specialty foods, teacups and more or Tea House 278 for beautifully blended teas hand chosen from China, along with tea service and more. Both stores offer freshly brewed teas to enjoy in their tea rooms and/or gardens.

  • You simply can’t visit Acadia National Park without partaking in tea and  popovers at the Jordan Pond House.

There you have it, a tasting tour of the coast of Maine.  Add in a scrumptious daily breakfast at the inns you’ll be staying at, and you’ve got one delicious itinerary!