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Jeff L.

Portland, ME, United States

I am a veteran Portland tour guide. A retired high school English teacher and long-time Portland resident, my enthusiasms encompass history, music, literature, and art.

Drawing on decades of walking, biking, looking, listening, eating, and drinking in Portland, I will help you make the most of your time in one of the "coolest small cities" (GQ) in the US.
When I arrived in Portland forty years ago, I could freely climb to the top of the Munjoy Observatory to enjoy the view or sit in the garden at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of that oasis in the heart of the city. Now I'm a member of the Historical Society and a leader of tours to those and other historical and cultural attractions in a city I love and know intimately.
When I was a young man I worked in the kitchens of now-defunct restaurants. In one, I worked with Maine's oldest waitress (as an article reprinted on the menu proclaimed). I sold parts to David Geary when he was building his brewery, and cut glass that is still in one of Portland's great beer bars. Since then, I've been a patron of restaurants, bars, and tasting rooms, continuing through the boom that has made Portland "America's Foodiest Small Town" (Bon Apetit, 2009), and a top craft beer city in the world.
When I first visited the Portland Museum of Art, the marble statues, like Akers's "The Dead Pearl Diver, " welcomed visitors in the entryway. Now I never visit without walking to the atrium they rest in.
I relish the opportunity to share Portland's great public works of art, her architecture, her history, her culture, and -- perhaps -- some food and drink, with you when you visit.
Tours are available year-round and can be customized to your interests.

A Recent Review of this guide

Our walking tour by Jeff Lyons was on Monday, Oct. 8. He was fabulous! I'll give him a ten! and I always recommend ToursbyLocals.
Micki Hermansen

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Credentials

My training is all informal. Tour guides in Portland are not required to be licensed.

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Tours by Jeff L.

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Private tour guide Jeff

Beyond the Old Port

a walking tour of scenic and historic Portland

125 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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Private tour guide Jeff

Port and Lighthouse Tour

 unrated

a driving tour highlighting the city's history as a port, and visiting,...

160 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Portland On Tap

 unrated

Rum, "the Maine Law," a Riot, and the Craft Beer Boom

160 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours 30 min.

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Portland and the Kennebunks

a customizable private driving, shopping, and dining tour of some of,...

340 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

6 hours

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