Maine is such a special place and is rightfully called “Vacationland.” I sure loved Acadia National Park, but there is so much more to see in this beautiful northern state. Freeport is located about 1 hour passed the southern Maine boarder and is the perfect place for a pit stop or for a multiple day visit. The Hubs and I stopped in Freeport both on the way up to Acadia and back and only spent a total of 5-6 hours in the town but fell in love. Sharing my top 4 reasons to visit Freeport Maine below! (and check out my other Maine posts here and here)
LL Bean Flagship Store
I grew up on LLBean. My purple durable LL Bean backpack was apart of my school uniform all through elementary and middle school. So when I knew we would be driving right by the LL Bean Flagship Store I was determined to stop in for a visit. This place is huge folks and they carry EVERYTHING. There are multiple buildings, each with its own category such as hunting, clothing and home. We spent most of our time in the clothing building and were in complete heaven. I picked up a nice chartreuse light rain jacket (which came in handy on our trip), a cozy flannel and a comfortable better sweater sweatshirt. Make sure to pick up some of the fuzzy moccasin slippers, Bean Tote Bags or Bean Boots on your visit if you don’t already own them. They also carry cute pins, patches and balsam fir sachets/pillows (which are the bomb dot com) which I went a little crazy with. Did I mention this place is open 24 hours a day!? Oh, and make sure you take a picture with the Huge Bean Boot in front of the store!
The Big Indian
This massive wooden statue is located right on the side of Route 1 and is a must see. His official name is Chief Passamaquoddy and stands 30 ft tall. He was built in 1969 and is still a hit today! Pull off to the side and snap a quick pic with the Big Indian!
Maine Beer Company
Who doesn’t love a good brewery? Maine Beer Company was packed only minutes after they opened and has plenty of outdoor seating to accommodate the crowds. Inside you will find fresh beer on tap and coolers of bottles to take some home with you. Out of the beers we took home to Maryland with us, ‘Peeper’ (a pale ale) was our favorite! Fresh pretzels and other snacks are also available!
The Muddy Rudder
After a long morning of shopping and exploring Freeport, you will be hungry! Head to the Muddy Rudder for a delicious brunch. Order the donut holes (warm soft cake spheres brushed with cinnamon and sugar. Served with hot fudge and raspberry coulis) with coffee to start off. These things are life changing. I went with the Eggs Blackstone Benedict (biscuit topped w/ bacon & tomatoes, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, potatoes O’Brien) and the hubs the Steak and Eggs (special). Both were delicious and made even better with the great water views!
Want more of the outdoors?
Wanting more outdoor-sy stuff? Check out Apple Picking at Catoctin Mountain Orchard (here), 48 Hours in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains (here), Camping at Rocky Gap State Park (here) and a Picnic at Cunningham Falls (here).