Freeport (Maine)

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Freeport is just north of Portland in Maine and hosts the headquarters of L.L Bean. Because of the popularity of L.L. Bean, other stores were drawn to the area and it has become a shopping destination".

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

  • The nearest large airport is in Portland. Visitors also often fly to Boston, Mass. or Manchester, NH.

By car[edit]

From the South: Take I-95 to the Maine Turnpike, Exit 52. Follow signs to I-295 North Take Exit 17, 20 or 22 for Freeport.

From the North: Take I-95S to Exit 103 to I-295S Take I-295 Exit 22, 20 or 17.

All of these exits lead directly to U. S. Route One, which is the Main Street.

By Train[edit]

Amtrak, the national rail operator, offers twice a day service via its Downeaster from Boston and Portland, with one additional train coming from Portland only. Going North, Freeport is the penultimate stop before the line's terminus in Brunswick

Other Transportation[edit]

Concord Trailways can take you as far as Portland, but you're on your own getting to Freeport.

There is also Cruise Shipping docking in Portland, Maine. There are two convenient schedules available.

Get around[edit]

The main street in Freeport is Route 1.

There are also rental car companies located in Portland, Portland Airport, and Brunswick

See[edit]

  • Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolfe's Neck Road off Flying Point Road, +1-207-624-6075 (off season) & +1-207-865-4465 (in season), [1]. 233 acre park with 5 miles of shoreline and woodland hiking with views of Casco Bay, the Harraseeket River and salt marshes. Picnic areas are provided. Admission adult $3, child aged 5-11 $1; under 5 and over 65 free.

Do[edit]

Outdoors Activities:

  • Bradbury Mountain State Park- Nature Walks, trails, and hiking
  • Brunswick Golf Course- Golf Course
  • Casco Bay Yacht Exchange- Sailing
  • Winslow Park & Campground- Camping
  • Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park- Bird watching, and Picnicking
  • Hedgehog Mountain- Bicycling, X-Country Skiing, and Hiking

The Arts

  • Freeport Performing Arts Center- Music, Arts ad Entertainment
  • Maine State Music Theatre- Music

Museums

  • Freeport Fire Museum
  • Harrington House- home of Freeport Historical Society, Exhibits and Events

Buy[edit]

Freeport is a shopper’s paradise with the L.L.Bean flagship store, outlets, small shops, and specialty stores.

Retail Outlets[edit]

  • Ann Klein56 Main Street.
  • J.Crew Factory Outlet10 Bow Street +1 207 865-3180.

Jewelry & Crafts[edit]

Galleries[edit]

Boutiques & Gift Shops[edit]

  • The Mangy Moose112 Main Street.
  • Betsy's6 Bow Street.
  • CO/OP Contemporary Clothing140 N. Main Street. Worth the visit - funky boutique samples at great prices.

Eat[edit]

  • Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Main St. at the water. Daily 11:30AM-8:30PM, Closed mid Oct to May 1st, Have them pick out a live lobster and prepare it for you to eat right on the dock next to the lobster traps.
  • Broad Arrow Tavern162 Maine St (in the Harraseeket Inn, 2 blocks from LL Bean),  +1 207 865-9377. Open daily for lunch and dinner 11:30AM until. Besides extensive menu items, there is a sumptuous luncheon buffet served Monday through Saturday 11:30AM-2PM ($16.95). Casual Maine-Lodge-like atmosphere, full bar, brick pizza oven, family friendly.
  • Harraseeket Inn Main Dining Room162 Maine St +1 207 865-9377. Nightly 5:30PM-9PM, F,Sa till 9:30PM. Reservations suggested.
  • Azure Cafe123 Maine St +1 207 865-1237. Hours vary by season. Northern Italian food. Indoor and patio seating, live jazz, extensive wine list. Great special occasion spot.
  • The Corsican Restaurant9 Mechanic Street (1 block off Maine St.),  +1 207 865-9421. Lunch and dinner M-Sa. Casual soup and salad cafe.
  • McDonald's155 Main St (SW corner of Main St. and Mallet Dr.),  +1 207 865-9566. It is different in Freeport. Looks like a home with a very small sign out front. No speaker to hear outside, you place your order and it appears on the screen with no other feedback from the order taker. This is due to sound ordinance in Freeport.
  • Jacqueline's Tea Room201 Main St (8 doors North of McDonald's),  +1 207 865-2123. 10:30AM-3PM Tues. thru Sat. and every other weekend. Enjoy "Afternoon Tea", which in Jacqueline's Tea Room is a four-course meal along with tea. Select from over 70 varieties of the finest qualities of tea. Reservations are required. Gift shop includes English Teaware, baby and bridal gifts, as well as gifts for all ages of ladies.

Drink[edit]

  • Gritty McDuff's +1 207 865-4321. Lower Main Street Freeport. Brewpub. Very good microbrews.
  • Jameson Tavern115 Main St (behind L.L. Bean),  +1 207 865-4196. Built in 1779 and first became a tavern in 1801. Known as The Birthplace of Maine. Have a good brew, see some history and eat some good food.
  • Freeport Cabaret5 Depot St +1 207 865-1780. Freeport’s first nightspot featuring live entertainment is now open. Aptly named, The Freeport Cabaret features jazz, comedy, singer- songwriters and performing artists – with gourmet appetizers, desserts, fine wines, coffees, teas and cocktails.

Sleep[edit]

  • Harraseeket Inn162 Main St +1 207 865-9377fax: +1 207 865-1684.
  • Hilton Garden Inn5 Park St +1 207 865-1433fax: +1 207 865-1432.
  • Best Western Freeport Inn +1 207 865-3106, toll-free: +1-800-998-2583fax: +1 207 865-6364. 31 US Route 1.
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites +1 207 865-9020. 450 U.S. Route 1.
  •    White Cedar Inn B&B178 Main St, Freeport ME (Exit 22 off 295, head toward town, take a left at the traffic light. immediate right on Chapel St. You're here!),  +1 207-865-9099. Check-in: 3 PM, check-out: 11 AM. This B&B provides a full breakfast each morning in the sunroom overlooking the gardens. A/C, fireplaces, private baths, non-smoking inn. Free parking and WiFi. $150 and up.
  •    Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Brewster House B&B), 180 Main Street (I-295, exit 22, then turn toward Freeport, left at traffic signal, blue-gray house on the right),  +1 207-865-4121. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Located in an 1888 Victorian home. With 7 rooms, all with en-suite baths, free WiFi. Itinerary planning available. Gourmet hot breakfasts daily, afternoon refreshments. from $159 double occupancy.
  •    Recompence Shore Campground134 Burnett Road +1 207-865-9307. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 11AM. Eco-friendly campground set on 625 acres on the shore of Casco Bay. Run by Wolfe's Neck Farm, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 115 sites (22 with 30 amp service), kayak, bicycle and canoe rentals, camp store & hiking trails. $25-45.
  • Econo Lodge537 US Rt. 1 +1 207-865-3777. This hotel offers all the comforts you come to expect in a hotel with a budget price.

Go next[edit]

  • There are more outlet stores in Kittery.
Routes through Freeport
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