From Retail to Relaxation: Freeport’s Shopping and Outdoor Fun
Freeport, Maine is situated near two state parks and surrounded by more than 120 outlet stores and specialty shops, making it the perfect blend of adventure and refinement – and a unique Maine shopping experience. Even if you are spending the bulk of your visit exploring in Aroostook or DownEast, Freeport is a convenient stop on your way.
Village Station has all the retail essentials, many at outlet store prices. Peruse stores like Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, CorningWare and Corelle, G.H. Bass and Co. and more. Freeport is the birthplace of outdoor clothing giant, L.L.Bean, and home to the company’s flagship store, plus an outlet at Village Station.
Freeport is also home to clothing designer Jill McGowan, whose work has been featured in numerous fashion publications and on The Martha Stewart Show. Her signature design is The Great White Shirt, and her Freeport boutique, on Main Street, opened in 2011. Nearby, you’ll find one-of-a-kind accessories at Sea Bags and finish off your outfit with a pair of deck shoes from the Sperry Top-Sider outlet store.
Stop at Brahms Mount for vintage American-style linens woven on antique shuttle looms by local artisans, and Maine Woolens, which prides itself on being the “preeminent fancy weave blanket maker in the U.S.”
A few blocks from the shopping district is Leon Gorman Park. This quaint park is the perfect place for a stroll and a picnic made with fresh bread from When Pigs Fly and the gourmet items from Bow Street Market. If you visit the park in the wintertime, expect to find the pond turned into a picturesque ice skating rink.
Done with shopping and ready to explore the great outdoors surrounding Freeport? Beginner outdoor enthusiasts might want to visit one of L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools, which offer expeditions and classes in snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fly fishing and more.
At Wolfe’s Neck Farm, all ages can learn about agriculture, as well as camp, bike and kayak. Less than five miles outside of town is Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, containing more than 200 acres of varied coastal ecosystems. Favorite activities here include hiking the trails and snowshoeing and skiing in winter. Whatever you choose to do, there are plenty of outdoor activities in Freeport, Maine – and plenty of experiences to bring home with you. Check out FreeportUSA for other ideas too.