by Mike Dutton

Tour A - Land & Sea Tour, Monday, August 31,2009

Tour of historic Portland & Casco Bay, from 1000 through 1600, door to door from the hotel. This is a guided tour and transportation is provided on a Portland "Discovery Trolley" and by a chartered boat.

Portland "Discovery Trolley"

The tour starts at our hotel. We board the "Discovery trolleys" for a 1000 departure and sit back and enjoy a 90 minute fully narrated tour, as our informative guides introduce us to Portland's diverse history and architecture. The childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Victoria mansion, and the bustling Old Port are just a few of the landmarks that we'll see, as we travel from the city's streets to the rocky coast. We'll even stop for photos at Portland Head Light, Maine's first lighthouse. So, don't forget your camera, and come see the best of Portland.

After our "Land Tour," we will stop for lunch and shopping in the Old Port from 12:00 noon until 13:45.

Following our lunch break, we will board a charter boat for our "Sea Tour;" a 90 minute scenic cruise of Casco Bay. The cruise will take us through the busy harbor, and inner islands to see lighthouses, forts, working lobster boats, seals, and sea birds. Four lighthouses will be seen close-up, with as many as seven in view during our cruise. So come aboard, take in the salt air and spectacular sights. When the cruise is completed, we will return to shore and re-board the "Discovery trolleys" for the trip back to the Holiday Inn West.

Portsmouth Head Light

This tour will provide us with a full day of great memories and ample opportunities to take many great photos of Portland and Casco Bay.

Tour B - Bath Iron Works & Maine Maritime Museum -
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bath Iron Works

Tour the Bath Iron Works Shipyard & the Maine Maritime Museum. This guided tour starts at 0900 and ends at 1530 door to door from the hotel. Transportation is provided on a deluxe motorcoach and lunch is included.

We will tour the Bath Iron Works Shipyard and the Maine Maritime Museum. Buses will depart the hotel at 0900. We will arrive approximately 45 minutes later at the Maine Maritime Museum to pick up tour guides and then proceed to Bath Iron Works for a "window tour" through the shipyard. This tour takes approximately one hour. No one will be allowed to leave the bus.

Bath Iron Works has a few security requirements for their tours. No photography, with cameras or cell phones, is allowed. Shipyard security requires sign-in sheets for each bus with each person's name, signature, and country of citizenship. Tours are subject to cancellation due to any changes in national security.

Following the tour of the shipyard, the busses will return to the Maine Maritime Museum for a guided tour of the museum. The estimated time of arrival at the museum is 1130. This tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Included in the cost of this tour is a buffet lunch, which will be served at the museum beginning at 1230. The lunch will be prepared by retired Master Chief Joe Byrnes. The menu he specially prepared for us follows:

Victorian era Sea Captain's Home - Maine Maritime Museum

Following the lunch buffet, we will have time to self-tour the museum grounds and buildings at our leisure. The motorcoaches will depart the museum at 1430 for an arrival time back at the hotel at 1530.

Tour C - Cooks Lobster House - Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Enjoy a Maine Lobster Feast at Cooks Lobster House!! Motorcoaches pick us up at the hotel at 1800 and transport us to Cooks Lobster House for a tradtional Maine Lobster Feast. We'll be back at the hotel at 2200.

Cook's Lobster House at Bailey's Island, Maine

The tour buses will depart the hotel at 1800 heading to Cook's Lobster House for a true Maine lobster feast.

Cook's Lobster House has been voted the #1 Seafood Restaurant in Mid-coast Maine since 1995, and has been an "Editors Choice" in Yankee Magazine. Cook's is located on Bailey Island in Casco Bay. All patrons using the restaurant have a view of the water and provides all diners views of the water which includes a working lobster pier and the world's only Cribstone bridge.

Cook's is baking for RUSH! We will be enjoying a full service Lobster Bake with lobsters, of course, chicken or prime rib for the non-lobster eaters, clams, corn on the cob, a special lobster dip, baked potato, and blueberry cake - all served in a pleasing setting overlooking the water.

If you are not from "Down East", this is the chance of a lifetime. A true Maine Lobster Bake is an experience that should be enjoyed at least once in every sailor's life. For a preview of Cook's Lobster House, you can visit them online at

Stuffed full and satisfied after a great meal, we will ride the tour busses back to the hotel arriving by 2200.

Tour D -LL BEAN & FREEPORT OUTLETS - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The LL BEAN & FREEPORT OUTLETS Tour takes you to the town of Freeport, Maine for a long afternoon of self-guided shopping, luncheon and touring. The tour starts at 1100 and ends at 1600 door to door from the hotel. Transportation is provided on a deluxe motorcoach.

L.L. BEAN, Freeport, Maine

The tour busses will depart from our hotel at 1100 heading, roughly, northeast, for 20 minutes to Freeport, Maine.

No trip to Maine would be considered complete unless you visit the LL. Bean flagship store and surrounding outlets. LL. Bean, which was established in 1911 by Leon Lemonwood Bean, has been at this location since 1917. The store has four huge floors filled with virtually everything LL. Bean sells from fishing gear to home goods to clothes to outdoor goods. For you LL. Bean aficionados, it's like a temporary stay in heaven.

In addition to LL. Bean, there are scores of boutiques and shops, as well as, outlets and factory stores for the biggest and most well know companies spread around Freeport in a campus style. The area is shopper friendly and, relatively easy to walk. Some of the stores include: Abercrombie and Fitch, North Face, Brooks Brothers, The Gap, Yankee Candle, Coach, Liz Claiborne, Christmas Magic, Starbuck's, and scores of other stores.

McDonald's, Freeport, Maine

Two unique stores would be, first, the McDonald's which was built into an old house with the dining areas spread throughout the rooms of the house; and, the second being Wicked Whoopies featuring 20 different varieties of Wicked Whoopie pies in various sizes. Wicked Whoopie has been featured as a "great gift" on the Oprah Winfrey Show (Nov, 2003) and they have also been sold on QVC.

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