Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Shopping in Freeport and so much more!

What a nice surprise the other day to read about White Cedar Inn in the Boston Globe Travel section online!

The author of the piece said some things that are dear to my heart...there's more to do in Freeport besides the shopping! Not to say the shopping isn't a big part of it, it certainly is, but there is so much more to the town and the surrounding area than retail.

Just a couple of things that come to mind immediately are the great nature trails that are hidden away, some within feet of the commercial district! Freeport Conservation Trust has miles of trails in every corner of Freeport. On the water we have two terrific parks where you can bird watch, kayak, relax on the beach, hike, cross country ski, snowshoe and more. Check out Winslow Park and Wolfe Neck Woods. Not quite IN Freeport, but close enough, is Bradbury Mountain State Park. Climb to the top for vistas of Casco Bay.

Not really into the outdoorsy stuff? Harrington House, the local historical society building has a wealth of Freeport information, artwork and more. Speaking of artwork, check out Freeport Square for a showcase of local artists. (Yes, you can shop there, but you can also get a feeling for the area through the artistic expression of the locals.)

How about your own culinary tour? Try the 'Spirits' tour and check out Cold River Vodka's distillery, Gritty's brewery and the ale sampler at Jameson Tavern.

Back to the outdoors, we also have our own golf course! There are free tennis courts availble at the high school and a playground for kids at the elementary school.

It's a small town with a big heart. And we're glad the Boston Globe picked up on that! Read the full story here.

And if you were following the study released earlier this year on the happiest states, you'll be happy to know that Maine ranked 10th out of the 50 states + DC! We were beat out by those really warm Gulf Coast states, but there's always next year! Maine...it's the way I like my life to be!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Christmas Cookie Exchange- December Recipe of the Month

Cookie Exchanges are everywhere this year! Here are some links to some of the best cookie recipe sites around. Enjoy!

Hope you find at least ONE recipe in here to call your own this year!