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Planning Maine Day Trips from Freeport

May 18, 2010 by Scott Gile

Lobster Buoys BernardOur two previous posts, on Planning Your Maine Getaway and Touring Some Out of the Way Places have merged into an idea of what type of day trips make sense from a relatively accessible area like Freeport, where Brewster House Bed & Breakfast is located.

Of course, if you can only stay a short time in Freeport, from one to three or four days, we would normally suggest day trips that are within about an hour to a two hour drive from here. That will allow for some absolutely wonderful sightseeing (several lighthouses, moose, beaches, rocky coastlines, hiking in state parks, exploring quaint villages, historic sites, and more). We’ve written a number of posts about these spots, such as our Ten Things to do Near Freeport Maine (Other Than Shop), 5 Maine Lighthouses You Can Visit (Within About An Hour of Freeport) and of course our series called Visiting Maine: Where to Find the Information You Need.

If you have the time, however, there is much more to see! In fact, that is one reason the official (and excellent!) State of Maine website has as its slogan, “There’s more to Maine.”

Lubec Channel LightOur day trip up the coast to Lubec (just across the river from Canada’s Campobello Island) is the proof that you can really cover a lot of territory in a day trip from Freeport. We were up and away early. While we have found that taking US-1 is not much different than taking I-295 to I-95, then back down to US-1, there was a big difference this time. The State of Maine will be doing major road improvement on US-1A between Bangor and Ellsworth, and the delays were (and will be through fall 2010) significant. Even so, once we were back to US-1 we drove along through the beautiful scenery until we reached Lubec, where we stopped to take pictures of the Lubec Channel light, then went on to West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, where we enjoyed a picnic lunch overlooking Quoddy Narrows and its (Canadian) islands.

After lunch we went into Lubec, where we photographed the Canadian Mulholland lighthouse (just across the river) near the Roosevelt Bridge to Canada and learned from a friendly museum curator about the smokehouse and its use in smoking herring.

Prospect Harbor MaineAs we returned south on US-1 we took several side trips, exploring the coastline near Cutler Harbor, Hancock Point, and the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park, as well as Prospect Harbor, Winter Harbor, and vicinity. We also had time to visit Mount Desert Island and Bass Harbor Lighthouse, before returning to US-1, where we drove to Camden, Maine for dinner, then returned home.

Yesterday, in search of more lighthouse photos, we repeated part of the route as another day trip. We drove to Mount Desert Island, where we again visited Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, then decided to explore some areas of the island we had not seen previously. We found some wonderful harbors and vistas, then returned to US-1, where we went from antique shop to antique shop until they had closed for the afternoon.

All of which goes to show that even some fairly far-away sights can be included in a good day’s activities, if you’re willing to make a bit of a drive.

Planning Your Maine Getaway

May 6, 2010 by Scott Gile

Lupine, near Freeport MaineSpring is a glorious time to be in Maine! The flowers are in bloom and the azaleas are budding. Can the lupine be far behind?

As you think about your Maine getaway, consider how many days you want to spend here, and also whether you prefer to be on the move, changing locations every day or two, or make one or two locations your “base of operations”, taking day trips from those spots.

It seems that most people who visit Freeport Maine either spend a night here, then travel on to their destination (to the north or south), or spend two or three days here, before going on to their next destination. Freeport is two hours drive north of Boston, and about three hours south of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Once in a while a group will spend their entire getaway here in Freeport. For those with only one day (almost all of whom leave wishing they had spent more time here!), we have to set priorities and limit ourselves to one or two activities, whether shopping, lighthouses, beaches, hiking, or whatever. Our “Only One Day for Freeport” article explores those possibilities.

If you have more than a day, we have suggested itineraries for you, with ideas for up to four days of activities based in Freeport. Nevertheless, we have had several groups stay as many as eight days, then leave saying there was so much to do here, that they would just have to return to do the things they missed.

Portland Head lighthouse, MaineTaking a hypothetical one week getaway, as you can see, we could suggest activities around the area that would keep you busy the entire time. However, if you want to see more of Maine, we would suggest spending three or four days in Freeport, and then another three or four days either in the northern parts of Maine (such as the Bar Harbor or Downeast Acadia area) or the western part of the state, where there are lakes and mountains (and a good chance of seeing moose in the wild). To see what the other areas in Maine have to offer, you may want to visit the State of Maine’s website, or read through our series on the different regions of Maine.

In either case, while in the Freeport area, we suggest visits to several of the area lighthouses – Portland Head lighthouse, Pemaquid Point lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (Two Lights), Goat Island lighthouse at Cape Porpoise, Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble), Owls Head lighthouse and Marshall Point lighthouse are all easy to visit and provide beautiful views. Reid State Park and Popham Beach State Park each have lovely beaches and natural beauty. Wolf Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park offer hiking trails and wonderful vistas. Lest we forget, there are many art galleries and museums, antique shops, lobster shacks and wonderful villages, all worth spending a few hours exploring.

Now is the time to firm up those summer holiday and vacation plans! The traditionally busy weekends are either full or filling fast, but many (Independence Day holidays – July 2-5, and Labor Day Weekend – September 3-6, for instance) still have rooms available. Book online or contact us by email or phone.

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