Monday, April 09, 2012

Day Trip: Freeport, Maine

A day isn't really long enough for all Freeport, Maine has to do, but here are some ideas to get you started!

Shopping at LL Bean

Shopping. Yup, Freeport is the outlet shopping capital of Maine. Lots of well-known brand name stores call Freeport home. Of course, we can't forget LL Bean! We encourage you to take some of the side streets in Freeport to find local artisans and smaller shops. For a list of shops in Freeport, check our Freeport Shopping page.

Wine, beer and vodka tastings and tour: Cold River Vodka has its manufacturing facility here in Freeport. Head over for a tour! Grittys Brew Pub has the silo on Lower Main Street with a small brewing facility and gift shop inside the restaurant. Wine tastings happen around town at different shops (Freeport Cheese and Wine and Bow Street Market) mostly on Friday or Saturday.

Hiking in Wolfe Neck Woods.

Hiking: Freeport has hiking trails all over the town and even one wooded trail right in downtown. Check out the osprey in the spring. the seasonal colors in the fall, and the many different trails maintained by the Freeport Conservation Trust all year long. Can't forget our Desert of Maine, either!

Long walks in Winslow Park.

Kayaking: Kayaking instructions and guided tours are offered by LL Bean and Lincoln Canoe & Kayak. Lincoln and Ring's Marine also offers rentals.

Bicycling: Freeport is at the confluence of 3 different bike trails. You can rent bikes at Ring's Marine, have service done at LL Bean and purchase bikes and gear at LL Bean and Freeport Ski & Bike.

Biking trails nearby.

Dining: You're bound to get hungry with all this activity! Almost all the restaurants are a short walk from White Cedar Inn. Park the car and stroll into town! Here's a list of Freeport restaurants.

Music, theater and the arts: Many restaurants feature live music on the weekends (and during the week in the summer) and LL Bean has the LL Bean Summer Concert series most Saturdays in the summer at 7 PM. Live theater has a home in Freeport at the Freeport Factory Stage and with the Freeport Community Players. Looking for movies? Head over to the Nordica Theater on Depot St. Art walks occur throughout the year on the third Friday of the month. In September the Fall in the Village Arts Fest takes place downtown.

Desert of Maine.

History: Follow the Freeport Historical Society's Heritage trail signs around town to get a taste for Freeport's maritime, shoe-making and farming history. Visit Memorial Park for a little Civil War history.

Memorial Park.

Winter sports: Snowshoeing and x-c skiing are great outdoor activities in the winter! Head over to the parks (Wolfe Neck Woods, Winslow or Bradbury Mountain) or hit the conservation trails for gorgeous views through pine woods and along coastal waterways.

Winter in Freeport- hiking, skiing, snowshoeing.

Tired yet? Then it's time to lay your head down in a comfy bed at White Cedar Inn! Check the White Cedar Inn calendar for rates and availability.

Capt Dan's Room.

There are so many other things to do right in Freeport, but here's hoping this little sample helps you decide that your 'home base' in Maine can definitely be Freeport! More 'Day Trip' stories are in the works. All an easy drive round trip from here.

White Cedar Inn Bed and Breakfast 178 Main St Freeport, Maine 04032

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