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

June 30, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

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.

Visit Maine Like a Mainer! The Maine Beaches

June 9, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

For many in the eastern United States the area of Maine that is most familar is the southern Maine region known as the Maine Beaches.

Nubble Lighthouse, Cape Neddick, MaineThe sandy beaches stretching across 30 miles of coastline have made this jewel of Maine a favorite of vacation visitors for many decades. Beginning only little more than an hour’s drive north from Boston, or an hour east of Manchester, New Hampshire, the region encompasses the outlet malls of Kittery, the beaches and coves of York and York Beach, Wells, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and Old Orchard Beach.

Detailed information on lodging, restaurants and activities can be found at the Maine Beaches Association website, the Maine Tourism website, or the State of Maine’s tourism website.

Among the well-known attractions are the Ogunquit Playhouse, celebrating 75 years of Broadway at the beach, and the Seashore Trolley Museum.

The Yorks are home to Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble) and When Pigs Fly, bakers of exquisite breads.

US-1 is a two-lane highway that runs from the Southern border of Maine, directly up through the towns of the Maine Beaches region. All along it you’ll find antique shops, outlet centers and one-of-a-kind shops, as well as restaurants, including the historic Maine Diner, Bed & Breakfasts, hotels and motels, and many other things.

Lodging recommendations can be found at the Maine Innkeepers website, the Maine tourism sites mentioned above, or the Chamber of Commerce sites of any of the towns mentioned – all linked in the regional site.

Even for the experienced visitor, there’s more to Maine!

Golf Maine with our Swing & Shop Special

June 2, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

Fox Ridge Golf Club
Adding to our popular list of schooner and lighthouse specials, we are delighted to introduce our Swing & Shop special for 2009!

This special includes two nights at Brewster House (queen room, double occupancy), our delicious gourmet breakfasts, afternoon refreshments, plus one greens fee with cart at Fox Ridge Golf Club, Maine’s premier golf destination, and a $50 gift card at L.L. Bean. It finishes off with a $50 gift certificate at Azure Cafe.

For more information, or to book, please contact check our availability page.

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

May 21, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

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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