Freeport: Stay a little longer...
We recently posted an article describing a one-day whirlwind visit to Freeport.
If you can stay just a bit longer, maybe two nights, you can actually see quite a bit more. Not as much as a three or four day visit, (but those are for future articles in this series!) but quite a bit more than a one day stay. We will still need to set some priorities and save some of the wonders of the Maine coast for a future trip, but we will have time for a little more this time.
Don't forget, we also have a sample itinerary for a four day visit on our web site.
If there is any way to arrive early in the day, this will greatly help to make the most of such a short visit to Freeport. Once you've checked in at your cozy B&B, you can stroll into Freeport Village, enjoying the shopping at over 160 shops and a meal at one of the fine restaurants in the village. Of course there's the L.L. Bean campus, where the factory store is open until 10 p.m. every day but Christmas, and the other L.L. Bean stores never close.
When you run out of steam, stroll back up Main Street, packages in hand, and collapse into a comfortable bed at your Freeport B&B.
Today there are choices to make. What should we try to do, and what shall we opt to leave for a return visit?
If you enjoy the magnificent coastal scenery, and the Maine lighthouses (there are over 60 of 'em), we will definitely have time to visit one or two. We can start to the south, heading into Portland's Old Port district, browsing among the shops before parking near the Maine State Pier, where we can take a two hour cruise on an antique schooner, built in Maine nearly 100 years ago, at Portland Schooner Co. One of the highlights of the cruise is seeing picturesque Portland Head Lighthouse from the water!
After the cruise, you can drive through the nearby community of Cape Elizabeth with its magnificent (mostly) old homes, to Fort Williams Park, where you can see Portland Head Lighthouse from the landward side, as well as exploring the park, its fort and other amenities.
From Fort Williams Park, continue down the road (to the south - away from Portland) to the road to Two Lights State Park. Here you'll find "Two Lights" or the Cape Elizabeth lighthouse. Two lights set about 1/4 mile apart, when aligned would give mariners a clear idea of their position. Next to the parking area (up on the hill) is a lobster shack with a wonderful view of the sea (and good food, too).
If there is still time for more, before returning to Freeport, you might travel farther south, stopping at the quaint little town of Kennebunkport, before heading farther south to "the Yorks" (York, York Beach...) and Cape Neddick Lighthouse (also known as "the Nubble" for the small rock island it is on).
Before heading back to Freeport, stop for a light dinner at the Maine Diner in Wells, stop at one of Portland's many fine restaurants (an amazing number of fine restaurants for the size of the town), or return to Freeport for dinner at another local eatery.
Sadly, this is the day to check out (after a wonderful B&B breakfast, of course!).
If time permits, visit the Freeport harbor or Wolfe Neck State Park, for wonderful views of Casco Bay. Time has run out for the many other things that can easily be done when your trip is based in Freeport. Things like a tour of Eagle Island (Admiral Peary's home), visits to beautiful Reid State Park or Popham Beach State Park, antique shopping from Bath to Bar Harbor, searching for photo opportunities of moose, and visiting seaside lobster shacks will all have to wait for another visit.
See you again soon!