Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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Where Do All the Guests Go After Breakfast?

July 21, 2011 by Scott Gile

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

Most people who visit our Freeport Maine Bed & Breakfast arrive planning to spend a bit of time shopping at the Freeport outlets and shops, or sightseeing along the Maine coast. However, as happens a few times each year, the other morning found a couple at breakfast who had no idea there was shopping in Freeport, had never heard of L.L. Bean, and didn’t know where all the other guests were going after breakfast!

Where are all the guests going?

Shopping

About 2 out of every 5 guests walking from Brewster House to the Freeport shops and outlets, which begin just about a block from our door. FreeportUSA says there are over 200 shops and restaurants in Freeport, but that number belies the charm of the historic buildings along Main Street.

In addition to L.L. Bean’s campus, which includes four of its stores (all four of these are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week), most of the shops and restaurants are located in historic buildings, dating to the late 1800′s. Even the McDonalds in Freeport is in a house that dates back before 1870. In the midst of all this is Freeport Village Station, which is a modern collection of shops and eateries, built to blend in with the historic buildings around it, and which included the L.L. Bean Outlet, which is the only L.L. Bean store that closes.

Sightseeing

Most of the rest of our guests leave quickly after breakfast to cover as much ground as possible, as they have planned sightseeing trips for the day that will take them to as many as eight lighthouses, at least three beaches, hiking in one of at least five state parks, or even all the way to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (now that is really a full day of sightseeing!). Our lighthouse map can help you find your way to the Maine lighthouses.

Lobster

Red’s Eats, Wiscasset

Some of our guests just can’t get enough lobster while they’re in Maine (imagine that)!

In addition to Freeport’s own lobster shack on the South Freeport dock, Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, they will drive south to Kennebunkport to try the Clam Shack (reknowned for its lobster rolls), or north to Wiscasset to sample the rolls at Red’s Eats. Still others will visit Five Islands Lobster Shack, or head for Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, followed by a side trip to Shaws Lobster in New Harbor, or Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse and Two Lights Lobster Shack. Of course, we have a map of Maine lobster shacks, too.

Whatever your interest (and tastes), nearly all our first-time visitors (and more than a few of our returning guests) find that there is more to do than they can possibly fit into just a couple of days. They leave anxious to plan their next visit to Freeport, Maine!

Shopping in Freeport Maine: L.L. Bean and much more!

May 21, 2009 by Scott Gile

To say that Freeport – long known as a great location for unique shopping opportunities – has been in a transition, is putting it mildly.

L.L. Bean Freeport MaineFor years, possibly decades, Freeport has been known as not only the home of L.L. Bean, and the location of its ever-growing number of stores from clothing to boats to hunting to outlet (with more on the way), but also as a great location for a mix of true outlet stores and great local and regional retail stores, most in historic buildings, and all within a short walk down Main Street or a block up one of the side streets. Many recall the walk down the hill to the dirt parking lot where the L.L. Bean factory store was located. Now all that has changed.

For the past year or so the old dirt parking lot has been the site of a major construction project, as L.L. Bean and its partners have been creating a new two-story parking garage with two stories of retail and restaurants above. The construction is nearing completion, and the first stores have opened. First up was a new Nike outlet, with its grand opening last weekend, along with the new Coach outlet and Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster Roll. More stores will continue to open throughout the summer, with special savings often available.

Maine Maven has written a nice post about the new Freeport Village Station shopping mall, and points out that if you mention “Loyal Local” to a clerk, you should receive a “passport” of coupons for additional savings.

Come join us in Freeport, and don’t forget to use the words “Loyal Local” at Freeport Village Station!

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