Freeport Maine -
Best Ways to Spend Your Time
in Maine's Shopping Mecca!

Freeport Maine ll bean

Do you LOVE to shop? If so, you couldn't ask for a better place to spend your day (or many days!) than in Freeport Maine.

One of two major outlet shopping areas on the Maine coast (Kittery, Maine being the other), Freeport draws hoards of crowds from everywhere, especially during the summer and fall.

Freeport has a decidedly different feel to it than Kittery does, one that lends itself to a leisurely day on foot (don't forget your sneakers!), exploring all the treasures the town has to offer. With it's village feel, Freeport has charm aplenty and you'll just love strolling the streets, stopping to peruse store after store, many of which are housed in old historic homes.

The L.L. Bean store (which started it all) is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - really, it doesn't even have locks on the doors. It should definitely be one of the planned stops on your shopping adgenda. It's a fun place and even the kids won't mind shopping here as there is much for them to see.

Follow that with the Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, J.L. Coombs or Bass for shoes, Banana Republic, Coach, the Northface, Timberland and so on and so on and so on...

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Along the way, stop for a snack, a hot dog, ice cream or a cup of chowder. There are plenty of quick options to choose from.

Freeport Maine hot dog cart

Grab lunch at one of the many great Freeport restaurants and continue on 'til the money runs out or you can't carry anymore, whichever comes first!

But there is more to Freeport than just the shopping (do I hear a collective sigh of relief from all you men out there?).

Freeport is a great location to explore the great outdoors and all the wonderful recreation Maine has to offer.

Drop in to the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School at the retail store and sign up for a Walk-On Adventure. Try your hand at archery, kayaking, sport clay-shooting and more. They provide the equipment, transportation if necessary and instruction. These courses are fun and affordable ($15-$20 per person) and great for the whole family with most accepting kids as young as 8 years old (12 for shooting). Reservations are not necessary but can be made if you'd like by calling 1-888-552-3261.

L.L. Bean also sponsers a Summer in the Park series which includes music, festivals and kids activities. Go to the information desk to pick up a brochure so you don't miss out on the fun.

Venturing out from the shopping district, head to South Freeport and have lunch or a pre-dinner snack at the Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster or have a picnic in Winslow Park. Or head over to Wolf's Neck Woods State Park for a hike or a picnic.

Freeport Maine

Maybe you'd like to see The Desert of Maine - really, there is a desert in Maine. A fun place to visit with the kids, they can mine for gemstones and you can check out the 1883 Barn Museum.

Freeport Maine Hotels

If you're planning on staying in town, there are some great choices for hotels that will put you right in the heart of the action. Or, you can stay a little further out and still be within easy commuting distance of everything you are coming to Freeport for - for less money (gives you more to spend on shopping, right?)

Topping the list of great places to stay is the Harraseekett Inn, my sister and her husband's favorite getaway destination. Definitely on the pricier side, but worth it, you'll just love the Inn and it's wonderful restaurant and tavern.

The Hilton Garden Inn is also downtown and very convenient to all the shopping and restaurants.

freeport maine hilton garden inn

If a B & B is more your style, try the James Place Inn or the Brewster House Bed and Breakfast. Both are conveniently located and have wonderful, gracious hosts that treat you more like a friend than a client.

Click here for more on these and other great B & B's and Freeport Maine Hotels...

Camping in Maine? Freeport is a great place to do it! Click here for more info (coming soon)...

Freeport Maine Restaurants

Freeport Maine

On a beautiful spring day I sat outside at the Azure Cafe enjoying my outstanding (award winning and totally luscious) clam chowder and thought "this is what vacation in Maine should taste like." Delicious food, people watching, relaxing in the sun after a morning of shopping...it doesn't get any better than this.

Freeport has some wonderful dining options, from quick and cheap (like the aforementioned hot dog cart) to the upscale places like Azure Cafe and the Maine Dining Room at the Harraseeket. Dine with the locals at Gritty McDuff's for great casual pub food and local beer. There's Thai, Italian, Mediteranean, Chinese and Japanese if you tire of the fresh, local seafood. For something different, take in afternoon tea at Jacqueline's Tea Room.

For more on Freeport Maine Restaurants, click here (coming soon)...

A stop over in Freeport Maine for a day or many more is a must if you love shopping. But even if you don't, it's worth the trip for everything else the area has to offer. I hope you'll make it part of your Maine vacation, and who knows, maybe we'll bump into each other in L.L. Bean at 2 in the morning!

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