Discover the local culinary scenes, including top restaurants, artisan workshops, and gourmet shops. Here are three companies offering food tours in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Maine Foodie Tours: Walks offered in Portland, Kennebunkport, Rockland, Camden, and Bar Harbor, and include stops at several restaurants, pubs, and artisan food shops. During the two- to three-hour tours, guides serve up the local scoop that's spiced with insider info and history. Year-round or seasonal, depending on tour. $35-$200.
Details: In Kennebunkport, Portland, and Bar Harbor, special Doggie and Me Six-Legged Tours benefit local animal shelters. 207-233-7485; mainefoodietours.com.
Portsmouth Eats Tours: Featuring five restaurants and shops, these two- to three-hour tours are a perfect appetizer to the dining scene in Portsmouth, include white-tablecloth establishments, the best places to eat on a budget, or eateries spotlighted by visiting celebrity chefs. Year-round. $25-$62.
Details: In this compact town, all itineraries are less than a mile long. 603-571-3287; portsmouth-eats.com.
Burlington Edible History Tour: Equal parts cookery and history, this 2-mile, three-hour route to Burlington's ethnic roots (Chinese, Irish, and Lebanese, to name a few) revisits the early 19th century, when thousands of immigrants settled here. Guides reveal the city's rich international food heritage while recounting amusing and touching anecdotes. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, mid-June through mid-October. $55.
Details: American Indian, French-Canadian, German, and Greek culinary traditions also are ladled up in this dip into the city's melting pot. 802-238-8828; burlingtonediblehistory.com.
Top photo: a lobster roll | Jane Shauck / Alamy Stock Photo. Above photo: Enjoying happy hour at a Bar Harbor eatery on a Maine Foodie Tour / Armanda Davis | Maine Foodies Tour