No matter how good it is, you can only do so much shopping on vacation. You’ll discover at least a day’s worth of successful shopping and entertainment at the well-known outlet shops in Freeport (especially their L.L. Bean store). But, when you find yourself saying, “I can’t possibly step into one more store,” here’s what a group of friends visiting the area found to do on one glorious day in Freeport, Maine.
I have friends who own a second home in Freeport, Maine, who graciously invited invite us to spend multiple weekends. We recently took advantage of their hospitality and spent a lovely weekend with them and several other families. After spending some time shopping on Friday, we decided to opt for more active and go “native” Saturday. Here’s how we spent a glorious weekend day in Freeport!
Freeport, Maine Adventure
On our Freeport adventure, we took to the road, countryside, and water for some fun. If you don’t have access to sporting equipment like we did, you can always sign up for one of L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools or rent the equipment in town. They will even bring the kayaks to you at the water.
But, no matter what you decide to do, keep a look out for the Oreo cows. They are actually Belted Galloways, but don’t you agree they look like a giant Oreo cookie!
Take a Hike in Freeport Maine
How can you travel to Maine without loving the outdoors — and getting outside and literally, taking a hike. Freeport has several really nice parks in the area, including Wolf’s Neck Woods and Bradbury State Park. While it’s great to explore, don’t forget the bug spray and sunscreen.
Visit the Farmers’ Market
With many to choose from, we hit the Brunswick Farmers’ Market at Crystal Springs on Saturday. Over 40 vendors make this one of the largest in Maine. It is easy to get EVERYTHING you need for dinner, including lobster. Find a variety of local and fresh produce, dairy, meats, fish, baked goods, and artisanal products.
I can personally vouch for the gluten-free brownies, multigrain bread and pretzels, tomatoes, zucchini, corn, arugula, and a salad with edible flowers.
Of note…We realized we forgot eggs, but as luck would have it, they were being sold on an honor system along the side of the road. You leave your $3 in the cooler and take your dozen eggs. Gotta love it!
Take to the Water in Freeport Maine
Our friends lived about 5 minutes from the South Freeport Harbor with access to Casco Bay, so water sports is a natural pastime. With a “flotilla” in their garage of kayaks and SUPs, we loaded up the car and headed out. We spent almost 2 hours on the water, switching kayaks and boards half-way in. A special treat was seeing an Osprey flying overhead, guarding the nest with at least 5 babies peeking out. And, of course, with Harrraseeket Lunch & Lobster right there, we had to grab a bite to eat after a hard morning on the water.
Go for a Bike Ride
Maine is a bike-friendly state where it’s the law that cars have to give bike riders a 3-foot berth. Of course, we wanted to take to the road for a little cruise. Plus, we had 2 triathletes and a cyclist among us. There are so many quiet, country roads to choose from that are in great shape for riding and lined with trees for plenty of shade. Driving up, it was easy to just put our bikes in the car (note to self – need to get that roof rack) and all the gear and go.
Go Blueberry Picking
With wild blueberries as the official fruit of Maine, how could we NOT go blueberry picking and bring some home with us? We choose Orchard Ridge Farm in Gotham. After a lesson in the types of blueberries and how to pick, we each filled our Tupperware containers with fresh berries.
When blueberry season is over, the farm offers a variety of other fruits and vegetables, including apples, pumpkins, squash, and raspberries. Their gift shop also offers honey and fresh eggs. After munching on a few on the drive home, I placed the rest on a baking sheet and placed in the freezer. Once frozen, I put in freezer bags. I was instructed to do this by a native, so the berries wouldn’t freeze together. It works!
Host a BBQ
That night, we gathered our Farmers’ Market and blueberry farm bounty and made a feast. Everyone pitched in to cook. We tasted fresh oysters, corn on the cob, tomato and mozzarella salad, homemade sausages, grilled zucchini, roasted potatoes, tossed salad, and what else, but blueberry crumble for dessert. The perfect ending to the perfect, active day.
So, if you think all there is to Freeport, Maine is outlet shopping, I hope you see there’s so much more and take advantage of all it has to offer!