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If you've been to Freeport, you know there's a lot of shopping going on here. You may also know that your spouse or SO is not necessarily interested in spending a day shopping for frilly, girly stuff. You also know that the longer spouse or SO is amused, the longer you get to shop. (OK, I totally tried to make that gender-neutral but it's impossible. Face it, a lot of guys glaze over when a day of shopping for frilly, girly things is mentioned. Alright, got that out of the way.)
So, now that I've got you thinking how you can keep spouse busy while you shop, look no further, I've put together the 'Tool Time Tour' just for hubs. (Again, making huge assumptions that hubs is interested in tools, but hey, give it a shot!)
The Tool Time Tour will take about 6 hours (longer if he's really into tools). It may cost you as we're going to hit some really high end tool emporiums, as well as ridiculously cheap tool places (good tools, just inexpensively priced). But, look at it as a cheap price to pay to have hubs happy while you're happy, too.
One small corner of the three storey Liberty Tool Company building. Just multiply by 100 to try to get an idea what this place is like!
So, without further ado, the Tool Time Tour:
Starting here at White Cedar Inn, turn right on Route 1 just in front of the house. The following are the highlights of the Tour, the map above will show the route!
- Shelter Institute/Woodbutcher Tools - Woolwich. Check here for the Shelter blog telling about one day, free classes. (Approx 20 miles north on Rt 1, on right)
- Liberty Tools- Liberty. Check here for Liberty Tool website. (Approx 22 miles from intersection of Rts 1 & 220 in Waldoboro, turn is 5 miles south of Lie-Nielsen.)
- Lie-Nielsen Toolworks- Waldoboro. Check here for the Lie-Nielsen website for hours and more info. (Approx 30 miles north of Shelter Institute, on Rt 1, on right.)
- Davistown Museum- Liberty. The entire downtown of Liberty is one big mecca for tools, tool museums, antiques, t-shirts, art galleries and more. The town itself is worth a 2-hour stop just to look at tools! (Across the street from Liberty Tool Co.)
- Morse's Sauerkraut- Waldoboro. Holy cow! If your guy can't find something to eat in here well I just don't know. This is guy heaven- pickles, sausage, sauerkraut, bacon, and more. (On the way to Liberty.)
- Moody's Diner- Waldoboro. Say no more! (Intersection of Rts 1 & 220.)
- Borealis Bread- Waldoboro. Some of the best bread in Maine + sandwiches. (Intersection of Rts 1 & 220.)
- Montsweag Roadhouse- Montsweag. A roadhouse-style restaurant that is family-friendly during the day and a is a hopping roadhouse with music at night.
- Back home again, check out John Libby Houses and Barns (just around the corner)- Freeport. More info at the John Libby blog.