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Maine's Most Iconic Retailer

It all started with a boot.

Or, more precisely, with a shoe, ‘The Maine Hunting Shoe,’ invented by Leon Leonwood (L.L.) Bean in 1911 and first marketed by mail the following year. With a leather top and a rubber sole, Bean’s high-top ‘shoe’ was designed to help outdoors-people tramp through the woods without getting their feet wet. When the first batch didn’t work as advertised, Bean sent out refunds, rebuilt the boot, and got a winner. Thus, Maine’s most iconic brand was born.

Bean’s little company was built on attributes that support the giant international company to this day. Bean’s remains devoted to Freeport, the little coastal town where it all started. The brand has spread across Freeport’s downtown, creating a campus where you can easily spend a day shopping or trying out your purchases. When you come visit the campus, you’ll find:

Don’t worry about what time to arrive at the Flagship store. In 1951, Bean decided to keep it open 24/7. That way, adventurers who’d driven all night to get to Maine’s good hiking, fishing and boating spots wouldn’t have to wait to pick up needed gear.

Once you’ve scored some new gear or things to wear, why not test them out? Over 40 years ago, Bean opened its Outdoor Discovery Program, which offers trips, camps, classes and workshops on everything from fly fishing to wilderness first aid. Many of the program’s offerings are available right at the Freeport store itself. Many are open to families.

If you’re in Freeport in the summer, you can even enjoy some entertainment between trips to the stores. At Discovery Park in the center of the L.L.Bean Campus, their Summer in the Park series offers free concerts, yoga, films and other family events.

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  • Sabattus Disc Golf is a pay-to-play 3-18 hole disc golf course and Pro Shop located in Southern Maine.

    Phone: 207-375-4990


    Address: 605 Bowdoinham Road , Sabattus

    Mini Golf and Disc Golf Clothing, Apparel and Textiles
  • Fun, funky, functional gifts, clothes, toys, and more.

    Phone: 207.824.0224


    Address: 2 Mechanic St. PO BOx 1176 , Bethel

    Gifts Clothing, Apparel and Textiles
  • Quiltessentials is a full service quilt and knitting retail shop full of fabulous color, texture and...

    Phone: (207) 784-4486


    Address: 909 Minot Ave. , Auburn

    Gifts Clothing, Apparel and Textiles
  • One of Maine's largest and oldest quilt shops, since 1978, with over 10,000 bolts of fabric.

    Phone: (207) 474-9628


    Address: 167 Lakewood Road Route 201 , Madison

    Art and Craft Arts, Crafts and Furnishings Clothing, Apparel and Textiles
  • The Lupine Cottage is a co-op of 65 Maine Artists and craftspeople. We all use only the highest...

    Phone: (207) 338-4300


    Address: 7 Old Searsport Road , Belfast

    Gifts Arts, Crafts and Furnishings Clothing, Apparel and Textiles
  • Offering a large selection of yarns, patterns, and supplies including Maine yarns. Come in and learn...

    Phone: (207) 338-8388


    Address: 133 High Street , Belfast

    Gifts Clothing, Apparel and Textiles

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