Summertime is THE season for bachelorette parties. If you want to keep it accessible and are on the East Coast, especially New England, make Maine a priority – we’ve got sun, surf, mountains, incredible food and endless adventure. Even if you’re not within driving distance, we promise that this little “big” city is worth the flight and packed with something for everyone attending! Keep reading for our guide to the perfect Portland, Maine bachelorette party!
Explore Portland’s Breweries
Portland’s brewery scene is nearly endless, with cool new breweries cropping up all over the city (plus, most of them have patio space so you can soak in the gorgeous weather with your squad!) There are so many great ones it’s hard to go wrong, but we’ve pulled together some favorites to get you started:
- Allagash Brewing Company
- Austin Street Brewery
- Battery Steele Brewing
- Bissell Brothers Brewing Company
- Definitive Brewing Company
- Foundation Brewing Company
- Goodfire Brewing Company
- Lone Pine Brewing Company
- Oxbow Blending & Bottling
- Rising Tide Brewing Company
Private Casco Bay Charter Sail
Is there anything more luxurious than a relaxing private sail along Maine’s stunning coast? Join us at Sail Portland Maine for exactly that! We offer private trips on our sailboat for up to 6 guests and on our cocktail cruiser for up to 12 guests (with a minimum of 8) to keep an intimate feel for your group.
Our charters can be either day or evening cruises, so we can easily work with whatever other activities you may have planned for your weekend. Sails are about 2 hours long, and you can expect to see incredible lighthouses, islands, rocky shores and seals frolicking, if you’re lucky! Plus, all our trips are BYOB and food is encouraged. What is better than enjoying Portland’s iconic coastline with some adult beverages, snacks and your friends? Experience Maine’s beautiful Casco Bay and be sure to bring your phone for the most Instagrammable view of Portland. We promise, your friends at home will be jealous. Reserve your sail with us today!
Drink Around the World Tour
Like college, but better! For an adult spin on the old college classic – and to hit Portland’s major foodie scene – take a boozy tour of the city tasting cocktails and snacks from some of our most notorious hot spots. Portland’s restaurants are back up and running for the most part, and many are still offering to-go orders on both food and cocktails so this is a great way to try restaurants, especially if there’s no outdoor seating!
Here’s what we recommend for your “travel” itinerary:
- Margaritas (+ Nachos) – El Rayo Taqueria
- Frozen Rose (+ Lobby Pop) – Highroller Lobster Co.
- Quarantine Punch (+ Charcuterie Board) – Sagamore Hill Lounge
- Thai Basil Tom Collins (+ Quail Eggs) – Boda
- Bloody Mary’s (+ the Bone Marrow Toast) – Central Provisions
- Cold Sake (+ Dumplings) – Bao Bao Dumpling House
- Double Double Espresso Martini (+ Pizza) – Lazzari
- Old Fashioned (+ Parmesan Brussel Sprouts) – North Point
Dinner with a View
For dinner in Portland, especially for a Maine bachelorette party, it’s basically illegal not to enjoy your meal by the water. Okay, not illegal, but you know what we mean! There are so many incredible spots along the wharf in the heart of the city, the Old Port, that overlook the ocean. For an upscale option, you can’t beat Scales for its chic ambiance and incredible food. Another great choice is DiMillos On The Water, which is one of the oldest restaurants in Portland and is on a floating boat parked in the harbor. For a more chill, chic atmosphere, check out Luke’s Lobster or Portland Lobster Co. If you’re looking to go full local (and a little divey) head over to J’s Oyster Bar or the Porthole, which are both Portland classics and both sure to provide you with a great time!
Plan a Beach Day
There are seemingly endless beautiful beaches in the Portland area, all super easily accessible and worth every minute of the drive. Pack a cooler, some music and everything else you need for the perfect beach day! Some of our recommended local spots include:
- Old Orchard Beach (Saco)
- Pine Point Beach (Scarborough)
- Scarborough Beach (Scarborough)
- Higgins Beach (Scarborough)
- Crescent Beach (Cape Elizabeth)
Trust us when we say this is a must-do list for a Portland, Maine bachelorette party. If you’re looking for a unique bachelorette destination, or even just a weekend away with your friends, be sure to make Maine your next stop!