Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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Planning Your Visit to Maine

April 2, 2013 by Scott Gile

Freeport Maine shopping
Freeport outlet shopping

Every year a number of our guests call to make reservations for their visit to Freeport, and, in the process, ask our advice on other places to go and things to see – both while staying in Freeport, and as suggestions for the other parts of their trip.

We’re well aware that other people don’t always travel the way we do, but we can give some recommendations based on the way we like to do it.

We tend to find a place like Freeport, and plan to stay a few days. Perhaps just two nights (giving only one full day to explore), but more likely 3-5 nights. We use that as a base of operations, from which we can shop or explore the area with day trips, and we don’t have to pack up and move too often. After our several days are up, we move on to another location and repeat the process.

So, what do we suggest?

About two thirds of our visitors come into Maine from the south, so Freeport is likely to be their first stop. We suggest staying here 3-5 nights and visiting things within an easy drive of Freeport. Then, depending on the interests of the guests, and the overall length of their vacation, we suggest they visit the Bar Harbor area (or some of the nearby areas), or one of the inland regions like Moosehead Lake, or the Baxter State Park area. If they have time and interest, perhaps both.

What is there to do in these areas?

The Freeport area

Freeport is widely known as the home of L.L. Bean, and in fact L.L. Bean has five stores in town. All that retail has attracted even more retail, so there are over 160 other shops and restaurants all within a short walk from Brewster House. For most people, that provides a day or so of shopping, in itself.

Wolfes Neck Woods State Park
Wolfes Neck Woods State Park

If you like the coast, there are two state parks, Wolfes Neck Woods State park along the water, and Bradbury Mountain State Park inland, within a few miles of Brewster House. Both offer excellent hiking and views. A bit farther away, about 20 minutes or so, are Popham Beach State Park, with its beaches and historic Civil War Fort Popham on the shore, or Reid State Park, with trails, rocks, and beaches, are just the thing.

Then, of course, there are lighthouses – are there ever lighthouses! Maine has over sixty lighthouses, and many are within an hour or so drive of Freeport. We regularly send guests out with our maps, or more information if they are on our Lighthouse Tour package, to see some of the lighthouses north or south of us. Typically they can visit about six lighthouses to the south in a day, or between 3 and 6 to the north, depending on interests and endurance. Along the way, guests often want to visit some of the many lobster shacks we’ve identified on our map of Maine lobster shacks.

In two weeks, we’ll talk about Bar Harbor and the surrounding area

Ruth & Scott
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

Visit Maine Like A Mainer! Greater Portland and Casco Bay (Part 2 – Freeport)

June 30, 2009 by Scott Gile

Wolfe Neck State Park, Freeport Maine
Our series on Visiting Maine Like a Mainer turns now to the Freeport and environs area of the region known as Greater Portland and Casco Bay (previous posts have included the Maine Beaches, Greater Portland and Casco Bay (Portland area) and Downeast and Acadia).

Freeport is widely known as the home of retail giant L.L. Bean. In fact the well-known outlets and stores in Freeport are all around the L.L. Bean campus, with its flagship store, hunting and fishing store, bike and kayak store, and its outlet store. Oh, and the L.L. Bean home store is slated to open later in the year. Around it sit over 160 other stores and restaurants, providing something for everyone.

Not quite as well-known are the two beautiful state parks, Wolfe Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park. Both have excellent hiking trails. Wolfe Neck offers trails along the edge of Casco Bay, while Bradbury Mountain, as its name implies, takes you up above the neighboring communities for a view across the coastal areas.

Nearby, also, in addition to Portland and its shopping and fine dining, are the Portland Head Lighthouse and Cape Elizabeth’s Two Lights. To the north is Bowdoin College, Eagle Island, Bailey Island, Georgetown Island, Reid State Park, Popham Beach State Park, and the hideaway village of Five Islands. Maine’s Desert is also nearby.

Freeport‘s central location makes it ideal for adding to your shopping vacation with golf, and exploring all the Maine coast has to offer.

10 Things to do Near Freeport Maine (Other Than Shopping)

May 26, 2009 by Scott Gile


Maine’s premier shopping destination is Freeport. Not only are there over 160 shops, outlet stores and restaurants, but it is the world headquarters of retail giant L.L. Bean, and home to its several stores (the flagship store, with everthing from clothes to camping gear, furniture, home goods, gifts and more), the hunting and fishing store, the bike, ski and boat store, and the L.L. Bean Outlet, with a full-scale home store in the works). But what else is there to do in Freeport, Maine?

There is plenty to do in addition to shopping! In this post we’ll cover 10 popular things to do in or near Freeport, for those who aren’t here to shop (is that possible?), or when you’d like to take a break from the shops and see a bit of Maine!

1. Bird Watching

There are several great spots for birding near Freeport. From the Audubon Society’s Mast Landing Bird Sanctuary, providing a serene property, perfect for walking, enjoying a picnic and bird watching, to the Audubon Society’s Gisland Farm Sanctuary, with nature trails winding through meadows, woods and estuaries. Enjoy art exhibits and an extensive collection of mounted mammals and birds representative of Maine’s ecosystems. Also, some of the other locations below provide excellent opportunities for birding.

2. Adventure

The folks at L.L. Bean put on a series called the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools which include their $15 Walk-on Adventures. There you can learn to fly fish, paddle a canoe or kayak, cross-country ski, snowshoe, or practice archery or clay target shooting. They also have more advanced courses for the more experienced visitor.

3. Beaches

Yes, beaches. In Maine. Astonishing! In Freeport, there is Winslow Memorial Park, a lovely town park along part of Casco Bay. Most of the waterfront is grassy, and excellent for picnics and playing, but there is a small sand beach, as well.

Larger beaches are found at two State Parks, Popham Beach and Reid State Parks. Both are north on US-1 about 10 minutes, then east about 15-20 minutes more to the end of their respective points of land, where there area beautiful large sand beaches, restrooms, and camp and picnic facilities. The scenery is breathtaking.

4. Visit Lighthouses

Of Maine’s 60+ lighthouses, several are not far from Freeport. Since we recently posted on lighthouses to visit nearby, please see that post for all the scoop. This doesn’t include several small lighthouses on Casco Bay, in and around Portland’s harbor.

5. History

Visit historic Wolfe’s Neck Farm and see a 626 acre farm on the Maine coast dedicated to sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and community well-being.

Nearby is Desert of Maine, a famous natural phenomenon, creating a desert in Maine (of all places!).

If you enjoy maritime history, the Maine Maritime Museum is in Bath, about 15 minutes from Freeport, and is filled with history about Maine’s maritime past and present.

6. Golf

If you would enjoy a round of golf in a wonderful setting, there are several courses that would suit you nearby. Closest is the Freeport Country Club’s 9-hole track. Brunswick’s Brunswick Golf Club is a nice 18-hole course, and only about 10 minutes away. Fox Ridge Golf Club, past home to the Maine State Open, is not much farther away, and provides a real challenge to golfers of any ability. Others are a bit farther away, near Portland or Boothbay Harbor.

7. Hiking and Nature

Two of Maine’s great State Parks, Wolfe Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park, are located within about 10 minutes drive from Freeport. Wolfe Neck State Park is on Casco Bay and offers hiking trails in the woods and along the bay. Bradbury Mountain State Park offers fine views from its trails at higher elevation.

8. Boating

Canoes and kayaks can be rented nearby for the self-powered enthusiast. There are also tour boats for everything from puffin and whale watching tours and lighthouse tours to tours of Arctic explorer Admiral Peary’s Eagle Island home. Some are as close as 5 minutes from Freeport, while others are from 10 to 50 minutes away. Sails on an antique schooner are as close as Portland harbor.

9. Art Galleries

In Freeport you’ll find a group of artists at Freeport Square or the new Wonderful Art Gallery, right in Freeport Village, or just a bit up US-1 is the Frost Gully Gallery, featuring 20 Maine artists at Maine’s oldest gallery.

10 Antiques

OK, so hunting for antiques is a form of shopping. Still, it isn’t quite the same thing, is it? Just 5 minutes up the road in Brunswick is the Andross building, containing a large antique mall with a variety of dealers. Brunswick also has several independent antique dealers. A few more minutes up US-1 in Bath, there are several individual antique shops along the streets, and others along Route 209 toward Popham Beach.

Do you have any favorite places in Maine? Let us know in the comments.

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