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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E M A I N E Since it sports more than 5,000 miles of coastline, Maine is widely known as one of America's premier destinations for fresh seafood. SIGNATURE DISH: Lobster bakes feature the state's most sought-after delicacy, served alongside clams, corn, potatoes and condiments. DON'T MISS THIS: The oyster is a Maine staple, and groups can take boat tours to oyster beds and taste the products fresh and raw. BOTTOMS UP: More than 80 microbreweries through- out the state feature Maine f lavors such as maple porters and pale ales made with foraged spruce tips. INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE: Maine Foodie Tours in Portland showcases New England clam chowder, lobster mac-and-cheese, blueberry scones and more. FOODIE FESTIVAL: Flavors of Freeport takes place dur- ing the winter and includes chef demos, chocolate fac- tory tours, cocktail competitions and a lobster brunch. EAT HERE: Groups love the fresh seafood at DiMillo's in Portland, which is located on a ship overlooking Casco Bay. — W W W. V I S I T M A I N E . C O M — N E W Y O R K An abundance of fertile farmland and a sophisticated culi - nary culture make the Empire State's cities and countryside an enjoyable destination for food lovers. SIGNATURE DISH: Buffalo chicken wings were created at Anchor bar in Buffalo and remain a staple of the region. A favorite regional sandwich called beef on weck also comes from Buffalo. DON'T MISS THIS: Grape pies are small, hand-held pies filled with locally made grape preserves and served cold throughout the Finger Lakes region. BOTTOMS UP: Craft beer and spirits are booming throughout New York, and visitors can taste some excellent wines in the Finger Lakes and on Long Island's North Fork INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE: The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, a legendary cooking school, offers one-day Food Enthusiast classes for groups. M A R Y L A N D The flavors of the Chesapeake Bay abound in Maryland, a mid-Atlantic destination steeped in history and culinary traditions. SIGNATURE DISH: Residents will tell you that steamed crab is the quintessential Maryland dish, although many visitors come in search of the perfect crab cake. DON'T MISS THIS: Pit beef is slow-cooked over charcoal for several hours, then sliced thin and piled on a roll. Pit turkey and pit ham are also popular around the state. BOTTOMS UP: The Black-Eyed Susan is the signature drink of the Preakness and is traditionally made with Sagamore rye. INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE: n Crisfield, a restaurant offers the Crab + Cake program, which features demos of crab cakes and the Smith Island Cake, the state's official dessert. FOODIE FESTIVAL: The Maryland Seafood Festival in Annapolis is the state's most popular culinary event and takes place the weekend after Labor Day. EAT HERE: There are numerous places for groups to indulge in a traditional crab feast, including Suicide Bridge Restaurant on the scenic Eastern Shore. — W W W. V I S I T M A R Y L A N D .O R G — LOBSTER BAKES ARE CULINARY HALLMARKS OF MAINE. Courtesy Maine Office of Tourism FOODIE FESTIVAL: The Annual Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally in Binghamton celebrates the spiedie, a local dish made from grilled, skewered meats. EAT HERE: Milleridge Inn is considered one of the oldest treasures of Long Island, serving traditional American cuisine such as lobster, shrimp and salmon. — W W W. I L O V E N Y. C O M —