Shopping and Other Adventures in Freeport, Maine

Posted September 16, 2009 by Jamie Moore

Maine-freeport-llbean-def Break from your hectic back-to-school routine and escape to the quiet coastal village of Freeport, where fall colors and a picture-perfect bay can calm even the most frazzled. Unwind at a luxury country inn that may well be the best value in Maine. Learn fly-fishing from experts at L.L. Bean. If retail is your therapy, max out at a specialty boutique or one of many premium outlet malls.

The Harraseeket Inn: The Harraseeket, just two blocks from the L.L. Bean store, isn't your average inn. Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted it one of the top 700 places to stay in the world and one of the top 50 resorts in America. Cozy extras here make your autumn getaway ideal: in-room fireplaces, antique furnishings, indoor pool, and locally grown gourmet comfort food. Fall rates start at $185 per night, on par with most other local accommodations.

L.L. Bean: Three million people visit this enormous 24/7/365 store annually, many coming for the entertainment factor alone. You can climb a wall, see fly-fishing demos in the trout pond, or check out fun events. Most popular, though, are the adventures at L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools, where expert guides lead fly-fishing, kayaking, and other expeditions in Maine's wilderness. Try a walk-on adventure for only $15. Also, get more next door at Bean's new fishing and hunting store with a huge 24-foot riverbed aquarium stocked with fish and turtles.

Sea Bags: Freeport is known for its upscale outlet malls, but if you're looking for a Maine-made souvenir that's also eco-friendly, check out Sea Bags. This shop, 10 minutes away on the Portland waterfront, creates handmade tote bags from recycled boat sails. The water-resistant bags have been featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines as a fashionable and functional must-have accessory for boaters, beachgoers, and even the corporate set.

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