Summertime is THE season for bachelorette parties. Things are looking a little different this year due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it end your plans. If travel restrictions thwarted your original plans, take to the car and find a destination that’s just as much fun! If you’re on the East Coast, especially New England, make Maine a priority – we’ve got sun, surf, mountains, incredible food and endless adventure. Keep reading for our guide to the perfect Maine bachelorette party!
Explore Portland’s Breweries
Portland’s brewery scene is almost endless, with cool new breweries cropping up all over the city (plus, most of them have patio space!) 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 Bottling & Blending
- 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 day trips, sunset sails and, on Saturday nights, special rose sunset sails to keep the party going. Sails are about 2 hours long, and you can expect to see incredible lighthouses, islands, rocky shores and seals frolicking, if you’re lucky! Experience Maine’s beautiful Casco Bay and be sure to bring your phone for the most Instagrammable view of Portland’s skyline. Plus, all our trips are BYOB. 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. Pretty much all restaurants are 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 (+ the Quail Eggs) – Boda
- Bloody Marys (+ the Bone Marrow Toast) – Central Provisions
- Cold sake (+ Dumplings) – Bao Bao Dumpling House
- Double Double Espresso Martini (+ Pizza) – Lazzari
- Old Fashioned (+ the Parmesan Brussel Sprouts) – North Point
*Cocktails are only available for take-out with a food order, so plan to go into this hungry!
Dinner with a View
For dinner in Portland, especially for a Maine bachelorette party, it’s illegal not to enjoy your meal by the water – okay, not illegal, but it should be! 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, try DiMillos, 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, 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)
If you’re in the New England area and looking for a unique bachelorette destination, or even just a weekend away with your girlfriends, be sure to make Maine your next stop!