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  • Walking Distance to downtown Freeport
  • 3 course, gourmet breakfast served daily
  • All Rooms have private baths & luxury amenities
  • 24/7 Beer & Wine Honor Bar
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The Area

Explore Freeport and the Surrounding Area of the Maine Coast

The coast of Maine is home to Freeport and Brewster House Bed & Breakfast. Our charming, historic coastal village boasts L.L. Bean’s flagship store and over 160 shops and restaurants just steps from our inn’s door. Yet, our accommodations are located in a peaceful residential setting. Nearby are lighthouses of the Maine coast, as well as hidden lobster shacks.

Freeport is often heralded as the number one destination on the Maine coast. That’s because our lovely coastal village has world-class shopping, outlet stores and restaurants, including L.L. Bean’s world headquarters and stores, as well as other popular designer boutiques, shops, and outlets. You’ll also find outstanding dining in elegant and casual restaurants. Come, explore our back yard!

Why We Love the Freeport, Maine Area

One of the things which first attracted us to Freeport was that there was so much to do! Not only is there plenty to keep you busy for several days in Freeport itself, but it is ideally located on the coast of Maine, so that there are many wonderful places to see and things to do, within an easy drive. For a sampling, check out our sample itineraries. For additional attractions and activities in Freeport, the VisitFreeport Calendar of Events supplies the details.

If an extended stay with visits to all the state has to offer is your desire, let our collective Inns Along the Coast be your planning tool. With locations from Kennebunk to Acadia and all points in between plus hundreds of years of innkeeping experience combined, you couldn’t be in better hands to experience all that Vacationland has to offer.

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Freeport Maine’s outlets and shopping make our village the perfect place to use as a base for your coastal vacation! Our central location places you in close proximity to many other popular areas.


There are so many things to do and see that you may need to spend several days to do it all! You can view spectacular coastal scenery (lighthouses, hidden harbors with lobster shacks, maybe even see a moose!), enjoy wonderful outdoor activities, discover Maine history, and shop, shop, shop.

L.L. Bean‘s five stores and the Freeport, Maine outlets are within a few short blocks of Brewster House Bed & Breakfast. The L.L. Bean campus includes Discovery Park, where each Saturday evening from July through Labor Day weekend free concerts and other events provide entertainment as part of the L.L. Bean Summer in the Park. The L.L. Bean events calendar provides details on the events, as well as in-store seminars and special events.

The L.L. Bean stores include the flagship store, where the company was founded in 1917, their Hunting and Fishing Store, their Bike, Boat and Ski Store, the Home Store, and, of course, the L.L.Bean Outlet®. The Outlet is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week. The other stores are open 24 hours, every day.

Many of the over 160 Freeport, Maine outlets, shops and restaurants offer coupon specials and other promotions. The Freeport Visitors Guide and Map provide locations of all the stores and outlets. Information on discount coupons and specials can be found online at the Visit Freeport web site.

Neighboring towns also have many antique and collectible shops, as well as specialty shops such as for quilting, knitting and other crafts.

Large painted camel statue in the sand


There are so many things to do on and around the Maine coast, that you’ll have trouble fitting them all in a short visit! Freeport is the ideal place to find great activities in the great outdoors!


Our central location places you in close proximity to many other popular areas. You can view spectacular coastal scenery, enjoy numerous outdoor activities and discover Maine history.

Outdoor Adventure

 Bird Watching

  • Mast Landing Bird Sanctuary – A serene Maine Audubon Society property perfect for walking, enjoying a picnic and bird watching.
  • Gisland Farm Sanctuary – A Maine Audubon Society property 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.


  • Winslow Memorial Park – Freeport’s town park has a beach with nature trails, a picnic area with tables, grills, volleyball court, playground and sheltered or open group function area, all with pretty coastal views.


  • Wolfe’s Neck Farm – Cows, pigs, sheep and chickens are at this public organic farm situated on the shore of Casco Bay. Watch a calf being born (April) and walk in the wooded nature trails.


  • Wolfe’s Neck State Park – Hike nature trails around the peninsula’s perimeter, climb on the rocks and try to spot an osprey while enjoying the magnificent views.
  • Androscoggin River Bicycle & Pedestrian Path – is a 2.63 mile paved bicycle and walking path along the Androscoggin River. It is maintained year round and open 24 hrs. (Parking at the Water Street entrance is open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset).


  • Desert of Maine – Visit the 1797 William Tuttle farm. After successful years growing potatoes, severe soil erosion occurred on this land exposing a veritable desert. Under new management as of 2019, this Freeport mainstay is getting a breath of fresh air with walking trails, a children’s play area, onsite snack bar & outdoor concerts TBA.

 Boating & Fishing

  • Seacoast Tours, Freeport.  Join Captain Peter for a fun day on the water.  With visits to Eagle Island State Park, local Oyster Farms and lots more.
  • Seawalker Excursions – Charter a day trip with Captain Corey Walker and experience the thrill of catching the big one!

 Maine Coast Recreation Parks

  • Bradbury Mountain State Park – Hike a small mountain and see an enormous view.
  • Reid State Park – Enjoy magnificent scenery, crashing surf and a tidal area for children at this wonderful beach.
  • Popham Beach State Park – Panoramic views and a small rocky island to explore, this beach is a spectacular example of Maine scenery.  Ask us about a stop at Seawall beach…it’s a gem!
  • Wolfe’s Neck State Park – Hike nature trails around the peninsula’s perimeter, climb on the rocks and try to spot an osprey while enjoying the magnificent views.

There are truly so many things to do while enjoying Maine coast recreation that you’ll have to plan carefully to take in all of them!

Multiple ladies smiling and kayaking on the water


There is so much to do in and around Freeport! To help with planning, we have prepared several sample itineraries with Maine coast vacation ideas, based on length of stay and areas of interest, complete with maps and driving directions, for use by guests staying at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast.


We also have some articles on special interest sightseeing, like our blog post, “5 Maine Lighthouses You Can Visit (within about an hour of Freeport)”, or our article with lighthouse map, “Maine Lighthouses – An Accessible Treasure”. We also have a multi-part guide to visiting all of Maine’s regions, entitled “Visit Maine Like A Mainer.”

4-Day Maine Coast Stay

Here is a sample for a four-day, three-night stay, combining some Freeport shopping with visits to area lighthouses:

Day 1:

  • Arrive at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast for check-in in the afternoon or early evening, request dinner reservations at one of our local restaurants
  • Walk to L.L. Bean for some quick shopping
  • Walk to restaurant for wonderful dining
  • After dinner, walk through other shops on the way back to the B&B

Day 2:

  • Delicious breakfast at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, make dinner reservations if needed
  • Drive to Pemaquid Point lighthouse and park
  • On the way back to Freeport, stop in Bath for lunch
  • In Bath, check out the 200-year-old village on the Kennebec, then drive south along the river, passing by the Bath Ironworks to see our latest destroyers being built, check out the extraordinary Maine Maritime Museum and continue on to beautiful Popham Beach and the Civil War era fort that guards the mouth of the river.
  • Return to Freeport and park at the B&B, allowing time for a glass of wine on the porch before heading to dinner at another excellent Freeport restaurant
  • Evening shopping in Freeport Village before returning to Brewster House

Day 3:

  • Another good breakfast at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast
  • Drive to Portland Head Lighthouse in Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, and enjoy a late lunch or early supper at The Lobster Shack at Two Lights or
  • Or, if it’s adventure you’re after, join the LL Bean Outdoor Adventure School for a kayaking, paddleboard, skeet-shooting, fly fishing or other amazing adventure!
  • Return to Portland and wander the shops and restaurants in the Old Port.
  • Come back for a live concert on the LL Bean campus, before returning to the B&B

Day 4:

  • Enjoy your last breakfast at Brewster House Bed & Breakfast for this visit
  • Make last-minute plans for any activities before traveling home
  • Make a reservation for your next visit to Brewster House Bed & Breakfast!
  • Bid a fond farewell to your hosts!

3-Day Freeport, Maine Stay

Day 1

If there is any way to arrive early in the day, this will greatly help to make the most of such a short visit to Freeport. Once you’ve checked in at your cozy B&B, you can stroll into Freeport Village, enjoying the shopping at over 160 shops and a meal at one of the fine restaurants in the village. Of course there’s the L.L. Bean campus, where the factory store is open until 7 p.m. every day but Christmas, and the other L.L. Bean stores never close.

When you run out of steam, stroll back up Main Street, packages in hand, and collapse into a porch rocker with a glass of wine or craft beer at your Freeport B&B.

Day 2

Today there are choices to make. What should we try to do, and what shall we opt to leave until a return visit?

If the weather is nice, enjoy a beautiful walk along the shore at Wolfs Neck State Park, Winslow Park or a moderate hike for the view from the top of Bradbury Mountain State Park. You could follow that with either a cruise out to Admiral Peary’s home on Eagle Island aboard Seacoast Tours, or take a beautiful drive over Great and Orrs Island for a sail with our friends on their 70′ schooner, “Alert.” You’ll drive over the longest granite bridge in the world to get there, and there are fabulous restaurant choices on the ocean on Harpswell Neck or Bailey Island! All local favorite places to eat!

You could also take the lighthouse tour by boat out of the Maine Maritime Museum to see as many as 7 lighthouses, while you enjoy the Kennebec River, eagles, ospreys and wildlife! SO MANY CHOICES!!

Day 3

Sadly, this is the day to check out (after a wonderful B&B breakfast, of course!).

Since you’re likely headed south towards home, a nice distraction would be to enjoy Portland’s light houses on your way back. You can drive through the nearby community of Cape Elizabeth with its magnificent (mostly) old homes, to Fort Williams Park, where you can see Portland Head Lighthouse from the landward side, as well as exploring the park, its fort and other amenities.

From Fort Williams Park, continue down the road (to the south – away from Portland) to the road to Two Lights State Park. Here you’ll find “Two Lights” or the Cape Elizabeth lighthouse. Two Lights set about 1/4 mile apart, when aligned would give mariners a clear idea of their position. Next to the parking area (up on the hill) is a lobster shack with a wonderful view of the sea (and good food, too).

If there is still time for more, before returning to Freeport, you might travel farther south, stopping at the quaint little town of Kennebunkport, before heading farther south to “the Yorks” (York, York Beach…) and Cape Neddick Lighthouse (also known as “the Nubble” for the small rock island it is on).

See you again soon!

1-Day Trip to Freeport, Maine

People visiting Freeport for the first time often stay only one night, not realizing how much there is to do in the area. That makes it a bit of a challenge when they ask what they should see in the short amount of time they can spend.

So, what should someone see if they have only a day?

To begin, let’s set some priorities. Do you want to shop? Do you want to see the coast? Visit lighthouses? Farms? Bird sanctuaries? Hike? Sail? Kayak? OK, now we can begin.

For the shopper, Freeport offers the L.L. Bean flagship store (open 24×7!) along with its Bike, Boating and Ski store, Hunting and Fishing Store and, of course, the Outlet. The Outlet is the only one not open 24×7 – its hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day but Christmas. There are also over 160 other shops and restaurants, almost all within a few blocks of us, so it is a nice walk.

If you enjoy hiking or the coastal scenery, you have choices, as you will not have time for more than one or two places to visit. Wolfe Neck State Park and Winslow Park are both within the Freeport area. Both are on the shores of Casco Bay and offer wonderful views of the bay, and Wolfe Neck offers hiking trails through the woods and along the shore. Another choice is to visit either Popham Beach State Park or Reid State Park, both offering sandy beaches, magnificent coastal views and views of the offshore islands, as well as hiking trails. Both Popham Beach and Reid are within an easy drive of Freeport.

For hiking of a more inland variety, there is nearby Bradbury Mountain State Park. Not difficult to hike, but somewhat more hilly than the others, Bradbury Mountain is only a few miles from Freeport.

If getting out on the water is your preferred way to see the coast, you have lots of choices. From the wharf in South Freeport you can rent a kayak and take the self-propelled route. Or, take a tour of Casco Bay to Admiral Peary’s Eagle Island with Captain Peter Milhollund on a Seacoast Tour. Looking for something quieter? How about a two-hour cruise (or a sunset cruise) on an antique wooden schooner built in Maine? Portland Schooner Co. has two of them and offers several daily cruises. Harpswell Neck is home to the Alert Schooner with beautiful views of the Casco with excursions daily.

Were you thinking of whale watching and/or puffin watching, or even seeing lighthouses from the water side? There are whale watching cruises and lighthouse cruises from Boothbay Harbor, just a short drive from Freeport. If you want a puffin cruise, you can find one in New Harbor, just a bit farther north.

If lighthouses are something you want to see, we have lots – over 60 of them! Some, of course, you can only see by boat. Others may be too far away (Maine has a LOT of coastline, you know!). However, there are at least eight within an hour’s drive from Freeport (that doesn’t count the ones you can see on distant islands off the coast), and another 4 or 5 if you extend the distance to an hour and a half drive. Since lighthouses can be in remote areas, we also supply our guests with maps and directions or GPS coordinates of the places where they can be found.

If you’re looking for a bird sanctuary or a working historic farm, you’ll find those right here in Freeport. Mast Landing Bird Sanctuary is a serene Maine Audubon Society property, with trails to walk, places to picnic and, of course, bird watching. Not far away is Wolfe’s Neck Farm, where cows, pigs, sheep and chickens may be seen at this organic farm on the shores of Casco Bay.

If you can only stay for a day, you’ll have some tough choices to make. You may want to consider more than one day…

Painted wood whales hanging on a wooden display structure in the grass

Art, Museums, and More

Maine Coast attractions in and near Freeport include art galleries, botanical gardens, museums, the Old Port, lighthouses, lobstering tours, and much more.



Botanical Gardens

  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is located on Barters Island Road in Boothbay. Even in winter, there are sights to see and trails to walk or snowshoe. Come spring, revel in the brilliant color and masterful stonework in the spectacular Central Gardens, Rhododendron & Perennial Garden, Shoreland Garden of Native Plants, and Hillside Garden. Walk groomed trails along the shore and on ledge-lined paths on our 248-acre waterfront landscape.


  • Joshua Chamberlain Civil War Museum – See the home of the great Civil War hero who was also the President of Bowdoin College and Governor of Maine
  • Peary-MacMillian Arctic Museum – Part of Bowdoin College, its exhibits feature the history of the North Pole expeditions of these famous explorers.
  • Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum – The nation’s only Shaker village that is still functioning as a religious community. Take a guided tour of the village, which is home to the few remaining Shakers in the United States.
  • Victoria Mansion – The interiors of this fifteen-room 1860 Italian villa-style National Historic Landmark will dazzle you. The Museum shop has unique Victorian-style gifts.
  • Wadsworth Longfellow House – Tour the childhood home of Maine’s most famous poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Located at 487 Congress Street, it was the first brick house in Portland.
  • Owls Head Transportation Museum

Other Maine Coast Attractions

  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Colby College
  • Portland Sea Dogs – Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox
  • Lucky Catch Lobstering – Captain Tom will guide you through the daily routines of a Maine lobsterman, while enjoying closeup views of historic lighthouses and Civil War forts.
  • The Old Port – You will be surrounded by historic buildings as you walk along the cobblestone streets. Shop in eclectic stores and dine in a multitude of restaurants of every type.
  • Southworth Planetarium – Owned and operated by the University of Southern Maine, it offers public astronomy shows on a wide range of topics. Laser light shows and children’s shows are not to be missed.
  • Blueberry Pond Observatory – See the moon, planets, asteroids, nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and more using the same technology as the Hubble Telescope.
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Maine Oyster Festival

Visitors flock to Maine from around the globe to enjoy our world-class seafood, and Maine oysters are no exception. Learn more about the Maine Oyster Festival.


Celebrate this tasty and environmentally critical bivalve with us in Freeport June 29th & 30th, 2024 when this annual celebration of ALL Maine oysters returns featuring sea farmers representing fisheries from Ogunquit to Corea.

What to expect:

  • Dozens of sea farms will be shucking and serving oysters grown up and down the entire Maine Coastline.
  • Industry experts blind tasting oysters from all participating sea farms and awarding an Oyster of the Year Award
  • Oyster dishes on the menu in Freeport restaurants and festival food trucks with a People’s Choice Award up for grabs
  • Regional oyster farm tours departing from South Freeport
  • Shucking demonstrations & hands-on lessons
  • Shucking competitions, open to the public as well as professionals
  • Learn more about the science of oyster farming from the Maine Aquaculture Association and Maine Sea Grant
  • Shop with makers of Maine-made products used in serving or preparing oysters as well as products made from oyster shells, or other industry by-products
  • A Kelp Korner highlighting kelp as well as a sampling of other sustainably harvested Maine seafood
  • Educational activities hosted by Maine non-profits dedicated to keep Maine’s waters safe & clean
  • Hands-on crafts for kids
  • Oyster cooking demonstrations by Maine chefs
  • Two ticketed events featuring live music, local craft beer & beverages and oysters!
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Sparkle Celebration

Visit Freeport’s Sparkle Celebration is one of Maine’s most popular holiday celebrations. In addition to our signature events, Freeport businesses roll out the red carpet and host their own seasonal festivities including, of course, L.L.Bean’s Northern Lights.


Each year, Visit Freeport presents one of Maine’s most popular holiday celebrations, Sparkle Celebration. The festival kicks off with the LL Bean’s Northern Lights kick off followed closely by the Sparkle Celebration Parade of Lights, which ends with Santa arriving to bring our famous talking Christmas Tree to life!

2023 marked the 30th Anniversary for the Celebration and also the largest parade to date plus the addition of a free Holiday Shuttle taking visitors up & down Route 1 with stops at our favorite tasting rooms & retail destinations.

Each year our event grows with more festive events like Breakfast with Santa, Wreath Making, the Sparkle Stroll and Frosty Frolic.  The fun continues all week with lots of lights and holiday merrymaking including custom candle and ornament making, the Night Tree at Wolfs Neck Center & Gift Certificate Giveaways with the Stealth Elf.

Close up view of people playing drums in a parade

Freeport, Maine Events and Festivals

Freeport, Maine loves to celebrate! Join us throughout the year for wonderful events and festivals celebrating everything from our country’s independence to our favorite bivalve, oysters! Don’t miss Freeport’s own Memorial Day & Fourth of July Parades as they travel down Main street right past the Brewster House.  Or schedule your visit to coincide with Flavors of Freeport, Makers on Main, Fall Festival & Early Bird Sale-A-Bration plus concerts and farmers’ markets. We look forward to showing you some Maine fun!

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