Just 20 minutes north of Portland, visitors will encounter
world-class shopping and plenty of picture-perfect outdoor adventure. Freeport,
Maine was founded in 1789, and the passing centuries are evident in its
preserved farmhouses and acres of rolling land. But many know the town for the
worldwide reputation it has gained as a shopping destination and for its scores
of international brand outlets, independently-owned boutiques and galleries
featuring local artists and artisans. Whether you get there via scenic Route 1
or on The Amtrak Downeaster, Freeport is on the must-do list for visitors to
the Portland area.
A Must-Do Maine
This Maine vacation destination is beloved in no small part
because it is home to the world-famous L.L. Bean Flagship Store – you’ll know
it by the 16-foot rubber bottom boot that sits outside. Open 24 hours a day,
365 days a year, renowned outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean has long been a
magnet for shoppers seeking hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and skiing
gear. L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools offer unique opportunities to
try your hand at kayaking, fly-fishing, archery, snowshoeing and cross-country
skiing (equipment and advance registration not necessary).
Outdoor lovers can head to Wolfe’s Neck Woods State
Park just outside of town for woodland hiking trails along Casco Bay and the
Harraseeket River. Or, they can discover Winslow Park’s large grassy
fields, semi-sandy beach, and playground.
Among Freeport’s other draws? Check off lighthouse and fall
foliage tours of Casco Bay and nearby islands; an abundance of elegant dining
rooms, casual taverns, and lobster shacks; cross-country ski trails; and
year-round festivals and outdoor concerts that fill the streets with fun for
the whole the family.
Freeport is home to Pettengill Farm, a 19th century
saltwater farm owned by the Freeport Historical Society where 140 acres of
fields, woods, and antique apple orchards surround the 1810 farmhouse which
remains without plumbing, heat and electricity.