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3 Days Cooking Vacations in Westport Island, Maine, USA

Cooking Holidays in Maine

Join a private cooking class while staying at a historical Bed and Breakfast lies near the prettiest village in Maine. There are two cooking classes for you to choose, to make delicious basic cooking sauces to maximize the flavors or to learn the expertise in cutting, slicing, processing meat to be steaks and roasts, stew meat, or hamburger. Losing the fear of cooking is the first step of feeling comfortable with putting a meal together for family and friends. With small and intimate setting of this 4-star B & B and range of wonderful activities around the area, your savory journey and the skills you learn will last forever.


  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Learn to make 5 basic sauces
  • Learn to use alternate base for sauces
  • Study the technique of cutting, slicing, and curing
  • Prepare steaks, stew meat, hamburger
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation


1 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The Squire Tarbox Inn

This Maine Inn & restaurant, a charming Bed & Breakfast listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a quiet country Inn in the center of Midcoast Maine. It is surrounded by fields, stone walls and woods. A peaceful salt-water marsh with rowboat and dock beckons beyond the pasture while several barns house goats and chickens. The Inn is located away from tourist crowds but situated conveniently for coastal adventures. Our Maine lodging is also pet friendly and we love to have other dogs visiting.

This Boothbay Harbor area Maine bed & breakfast combines the best of 18th- and 19th-century characters. The original house was constructed in 1763, and the original boards and timbers remain today. The newer addition goes back to 1820 and houses the parlor and the 4 larger more formal bedrooms, all with working fireplaces.

The Midcoast Maine Inn & Restaurant has eleven guestrooms, each with a private bathroom. Combining the charm of antiquity with modern comforts, each of the rooms is adorned with handmade quilts and antiques, all reflecting New England style and tradition. The main house rooms, where the Squire lived, are more formal, with high ceilings, decorative moldings, and wood-burning fireplaces. The Carriage Barn sitting bedrooms in the attached 1820s barn are more rustic, with exposed beams and a cozy, country feel.

Room One

Once upon a time this was the parlor of the main house, now it is one of our largest bedrooms. It has 2 twin beds and can fit a cot in for a 3rd. person. It is one of our more formal rooms with a working fireplace. It has a private bathroom with shower.

Room Two

Another of our large rooms with a king size bed. Sit on the rocking chair in front of the working fireplace on a cool autumn evening. It is a bright cheerful room overlooking the front garden. It has a private bathroom with shower.

Room Three

Another of our large rooms with a king size bed and working fireplace. This one is upstairs in the main house. A lovely room to just relax in and feel at home. It has a private bathroom with shower.

Room Four

Another of our large rooms with a king size sleigh bed and working fireplace. This one is upstairs of the main house with a bright and cheerful feeling to it. The side looks out to the front garden. It has a private bathroom with shower.


Participants can choose between the following classes.

Butchering 101

  • Slicing your own cuts of meat to slice your budget.
  • Buying whole poultry or fish, or larger cuts of meat like a tenderloin or a bottom round allows you to save money, get the type of cuts you want, and get high quality extras like your own stocks, or homemade pet food.
  • Check in, get settled, and eat a delicious dinner.
  • The next morning, enjoy a nourishing breakfast, and roll up your sleeves!
  • You will learn how to process two large cuts of beef, making steaks and roasts, stew meat, and hamburger. You will break apart a chicken and a fish as well.
  • After lunch, you will learn to use up the leftovers by making stocks, pats, curing the fish, or using leftovers to make incredible pet food.
  • Finally, after dinner and then breakfast the next morning, you will learn to cook some of the unique cuts of food you have butchered into some basic but impressive meals!
  • Grab some lunch, and hit the road!

Sauces and beyond

  • Learn to raise basic foods to divine heights with this class!
  • Arrive the first night, get settled, and enjoy a delicious dinner.
  • Rise to a nourishing breakfast, and head to class.
  • Learn the basics on the first day, of making great stocks for maximum flavor, and the basic five sauces of French cooking; tomato, bechamel, velout, sauce Espanyol, and Hollandaise.
  • That afternoon, after lunch, you will also learn how to use alternate bases for sauces, like mushroom, veggies, deglazes, and chutneys. Maybe you will have some of your creations for dinner that night.
  • Finally, the next morning after breakfast, learn the basics of mayonnaise, salsas, and dairy based sauces.
  • Grab some lunch, and hit the road ready to wow the next guests at your table!


The Squire Tarbox Inn is located mid-way between Boston and Bar Harbor in the Boothbay Region and one hour (about 50 miles) north of Portland, along the coast.


Breakfast is served each morning in the 1763 dining room, or you can move out onto the screened in deck, and includes freshly baked croissants, homemade bread, yogurt, fresh fruits, juices, cereals, freshly brewed coffees, a variety of teas, and last-but-not-least, and a choice of hot meals freshly prepared by the chef. In the evening, linger over a cocktail or a glass of wine on the screened-in deck while watching the sun set over the tree-tops, or enjoy making new friends in one of our cozy public rooms.

Then, relax and savor a mouth-watering meal in our gourmet restaurant prepared by Mario, the owner/chef. As Lara starts to work more in the kitchen, she will be designing menus that focus on locally produced, organic farm to table foods, as Maine has a bevy of farms and food producers to celebrate.

Things to do (optional)

At The Squire Tarbox Inn & Restaurant, you can be as busy or as relaxed as you like. There are walking paths, or one can wander through lush gardens with lots of food and medicinal herbs growing all around. There are 2 preserves on Westport Island open to the public where you can go for a good walk. The Squire Tarbox Inn is adding more and more farm features to the inn, working towards being a farm to table inn. This only adds to the rustic ambiance. Or, you can take one of our mountain bikes to explore the surrounding area of our beautiful island.

The Inn's extensive grounds are perfect for birding, and on rare occasions you might even spot a moose, deer or river otter. There are so many activities and places of interest around our Inn / Bed & Breakfast in Midcoast Maine, almost all within a pleasant 15 minute to 1-hour drive of the Inn. Take a fun ride on the old Maine Eastern train from Brunswick to Rockland. You can Kayak, bike, hike and see the sites here in Midcoast Maine. Boat trips, whale watching, shops, deep- sea fishing and ocean sciences are in nearby Boothbay Harbor. In Bath, you can visit the Maine Maritime Museum and antique shops.

In Freeport, you can check out shopping. In Brunswick, there are Bowdoin College and their theatre and art gallery as well as plenty of good restaurants. In the city of ships, Bath, there are cute shops and restaurants. In Wiscasset, the prettiest village in Maine you can find antique shops. In Winters Gone - an alpaca farm, you will find the famous Reds Eats and Treats. Go to Damariscotta, a cute small harbor town with boutiques and restaurants and then head down to Pemaquid Point and New Harbor from there. Boothbay & Boothbay Harbor, a bustling town with a ferry to Monhegan Island and boat trips galore. Lastly you have Camden, Rockland & Rockport.

In Georgetown, visit Reid State Park Beach (miles of crashing Atlantic ocean) and then have lobster on the dock at Five Islands. Take a trip to Pemaquid and see the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, the Fishermans Museum and Art Gallery, Pemaquid Beach and Fort William Henry. Or simply take it easy in the beautiful and relaxed surroundings of the inn.

How to get there

Driving direction from the south

  • Take I-95 to I-295. (Note: any maps printed before 2004 still show the existing I-295 as I-95. please be aware of this. Do not take the I-95 past Portland as you will end up in Augusta and not to the coastal area). Take exit 28 (formerly exit 22) off of I-295 Brunswick/Bath.
  • Follow Route 1 North. Stay on Route 1 through Brunswick and Bath. When you go over the Bath bridge, look at your odometer and go another 7 miles on Route One (about 7 minutes).
  • By Norms used cars turn right off of Route 1 onto Route 144; you will then take a left and another right, always staying on 144, for 8 1/2 miles.
  • The Inn is on the right you cant miss it.

Driving directions from the north

  • Taking Route 1 south go through the village of Wiscasset and about 1 mile after you will come to Birch Point Road. Watch for our blue road sign.
  • Take a left onto Birch Point and go for about 2 miles, then another left onto Route 144. It is 8 1/2 miles from the time you leave Route 1.
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