Freeport Is More Than Shopping

If you have heard of Freeport, Maine, the first thing that may come to mind is shopping. I’m going to take you on a day trip and show you that the quaint town should be visited for more than hitting the discount outlet stores.

Let’s start our little adventure at the harbor in South Freeport which is home to both yachts  and fishing boats. It is three miles from Main Street in downtown Freeport so   many people never see the working harbor.

Freeport Harbor View From Harraseeket Lunch And Lobster

There perched at the water’s edge is Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster. It is what many people come to Maine to find…a typical seafood shack where you can enjoy fresh seafood served “in the rough” as a New Englander would say.

You might be wondering what “in the rough” means. Typically the seafood shack has an outside walk up window with a printed menu on a wooden board. The menu usually consists of fried seafood, lobster rolls, and steamed whole lobsters. Sides are usually fries, slaw or corn on the cob. You place you order, pay, receive a number and then find a seat at a picnic table. When you food is ready, your number is called and you go back to the window for your food which is served on paper plates and baskets. Simple but good.

The seafood shack sounds good but you keep thinking about the shopping. For an in town dining experience and within walking distance of the shops, we’ll head into historic downtown Freeport. I know that you see all the nice outlet stores that are located in the old homes and businesses that line Main street…certainly not your ordinary strip stores. I’ll take you shopping but lets eat first so we will have strength to carry all those shopping bags.

Azure Cafe, Freeport, Maine

I think you would enjoy having lunch outside at Azure Cafe on Main Street. The weather is lovely and we can sit in the shade of a large red umbrella  and people watch while we have something cool to drink.  The Italian inspired dishes listed on the menu feature fresh Maine seafood and locally sourced ingredients. With such a nice choice of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and terrific pasta dishes, it may be hard to choose.  Let me give you some suggestions to make it easier.

The thin rings of fried calamari with a light vinaigrette is nice or perhaps you would enjoy a salad as a starter. My favorite is the Insalata Mescolare. It’s mixed greens with caramelized pistachios, Bermuda onions, and gorgonzola with a grilled strawberry balsamic vinaigrette.

Insalata Mescolare

For the main course, I have two suggestions that I think you might enjoy. The first suggestion would be the Spring Ravioli with peperonatta, spinach, and basil topped with a long stemmed grilled artichoke…perfect for this time of the year.

Spring Ravioli

The second  suggestion would be the Mussels al Fresco. Fresh harvested Maine mussels prepared with garlic, onions, lemon, white wine, tomatoes and butter tossed with linguine…it is delicious.

Mussels Al Fresco

Now that we have eaten such a terrific lunch, I think a little shopping is in order. Just a little walk down the block is where we are headed. It is the one store in town that is famous around the world but not for discount prices…think more in the terms outfitting yourself for an outdoor adventure.

L. L. Bean

The legendary L. L. Bean is celebrating its 100th anniversary. L. L. Bean became known for its’ Maine hunting shoe “the bean boot” and outdoor clothes and equipment.

L. L. Bean, Everything You Need For An Outdoor Adventure

Today,  they have a complex of buildings that specialize in hunting and fishing, bike, boat and ski, camping, hiking and backpacking and a home store.

L. L. Bean Home Store, Everything To Decorate Your Cottage

Through out the buildings you will find very interesting displays of historic items from the past 100 years. You can sign up for their discovery schools for lessons in kayaking, archery, sporting clays and fly casting to name a few. During the summer they have outdoor concerts.

Now that you have signed up for a class, bought a lightweight jacket for the cool evenings even though it’s summer…remember it’s Maine after all, we are off to see where we can find some ingredients to this evenings meal.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm

First stop is Wolfe’s Neck Farm…let’s go into the barn. Remember to tell your friends to bring their kids…they will love this.

Goats Must Like To Picnic

Does This Calf Remind You Of An Oreo

Now we are off to Wealden Farm just a couple of miles away. Local artisanal cheese, fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants are sold here.

Wealden Farm Fresh Vegetables

Tomatoes From The Farm…Plant Your Own Or Take What Is Picked

We have one last stop before we head back to Naples, and that is at Maine Distilleries.

Cold River Still

They are a boutique distillery that produces the highly rated Cold River Vodka. They distill their premium vodka, blueberry vodka and gin from potatoes. Very few distillers produce potato based alcohol anymore. Would you believe that it takes more than twelve pounds of potatoes to make one bottle of vodka.

Cold River Potato Vodka For A Perfect Martini

Their vodka is perfect for the best martini.

We have had a busy day…let’s go back to the cottage and I’ll make you a strawberry martini and garnish it with one of the lovely strawberries that we bought at the farm.

See, I told you… Freeport is more that just shopping.

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161 Responses to Freeport Is More Than Shopping

  1. hotlyspiced says:

    That’s amazing. I had no idea it took so many potatoes to make one bottle of vodka! That’s astounding. It looks like you have so many beautiful place to visit in Maine and not just shopping outlets but restaurants – I love the look of that ravioli xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, I really enjoyed the behind the scene tour that the brewer was kind enough to give my husband and myself. You should have seen the 1000 pound bags of potatoes…they start with 15,000 pounds for each batch they make. The ravioli is terrific.

  2. Karen I would be eating with you…we love fabulous food and I can see you have found it…and the farm and distillery are right up our alley…my husband is lover of vodka/gin and is looking hard at Cold River…I have never been to Maine but will be adding it to my must see places.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, My husband and I do like good food and I enjoy letting others know when I find a good restaurant. Cold River is a highly rated boutique vodka…your husband would enjoy it. I hope someday that you get a chance to visit Maine…it is a wonderful place for a summer vacation.

  3. Thanks for taking us on a trip with you. Those farm fresh tomatoes and fresh distilled vodka look quite nice, maybe you can get some of each and make a lovely creamy pasta vodka sauce for later. Enjoy your holiday!

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the trip, Bam. Vodka cream sauce is great way to use of the fresh picked tomatoes. I think I will save this particular vodka for our martini drinking guests…it is very special.

  4. Sue says:

    Hubby and I LOVED Freeport when we were there many years ago. We stopped because of the name–we were from Freeport, IL at the time(but were on the road trying to find our new place to live after his retirement). It was such a beautiful town–the complete opposite of what we had left.
    Maine is such a gorgeous state. It was a close call for us. Michigan won because of the climate and the vast cherry/peach orchards.
    Hope you have a great weekend, Karen. We are on the downward slope of our trip (Montana) and I’m GLAD. I am so tired and miss Snuggy House terribly!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sue, Freeport, Maine is a wonderful little town to visit. It is a shame that so many people only go the the outlet stores and don’t discover all there is to enjoy. Would you believe that I have never been to Michigan but know of its beauty. Road trips are lots of fun but I know your own bed will fill good when you get home. Plus your gardens are waiting. Have a safe trip home.

  5. I would love to visit it too! That ravioli with artichoke looks scrumptious!

  6. Ah, so many of the things I love about New England and Maine in particular :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeannee, New England has such great places to visit. Maine has a rugged beauty that is fun to explore, especially in the summer.

      • Yes, I’m quite familiar with it as I lived in RI for 5 years and spent a lot of time in Maine. I didn’t want to leave but my work took me elsewhere. That’s why I love looking at the photos and stories in your blog.

      • Karen says:

        I’m glad that I can bring back memories of you time spent in New England.

  7. Monique says:

    I thought it was just for shopping.Thanks for this charming day trip..
    I love Maine.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Monique, I think a lot of people never venture off the Main Street…shopping being the first priority. I wanted to do this post so people would explore the outskirts of this quaint town. There are so many historic homes and farms that line the bay.

  8. Diane says:

    I just loved this trip around Maine, thanks so much for sharing. I am not sure though that I would manage to get past the Seafood Shack, yum yum. Diane

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, I’m glad you enjoyed the little trip. There is something very fun about having fresh seafood outside at a waterfront picnic table. If you enjoy lobsters, it is great to pick out just the size you want and have someone steam it perfectly for you.

  9. Amy says:

    Thank you for the virtual tour of Freeport! Beautiful photos!

  10. Looks like such a fantastic trip, fantastic place. Love the giant Bean boot! And a delicious way to end with a strawberry martini.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, Freeport is a fun place for us to visit and take guests as it’s is a short 45 minute ride from the lake. There is a Bean Bootmobile but it must be out touring the country for their 100th anniversary. If you every see a large boot rolling down the road, you will know where it came from. The strawberry martini tastes like summer in a glass.

  11. Norma Chang says:

    Spent a week in Maine few years ago but was not able to see and do all that we wanted, would you believe I did not make it to Freeport? Hopefully I will have the opportunity to revisit.

  12. Really interesting – so lovely to see photos of a place I have never been to, being over the other side of the Atlantic. And by coincidence, I’ve just had a very similar salad with strawberries!

  13. You make us all want to get in the car for a road trip to Maine. And the food! The ravioli looks wonderful and I can almost taste the strawberry martini. Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Victoria, Thank you for your nice comment. Maine is about as opposite as you can get from Mexico. Wow…it would be a long ride in the car for you. Strawberry martinis have such a wonderful flavor that you forget that they are potent…just one for me.

  14. Karen Harris says:

    What a great day out with delicious food and great shopping. I’m on my way!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, Get packed…the sun has come out at last and the weather is lovely. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. It was a fun day.

  15. Hi Karen,

    I loved the style of your post-I really did think I was walking around with you. If I ever find myself in your corner of the world I’ll know where to visit!
    p.s.-hope the water levels are going down now…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dragonette, Thank you for your nice compliment. If you ever do get to my corner of the world there is so much to see and do. Thanks for inquiring about the water. The pressure on the historic lock let up and they were able to open it. The dams on the other waterways have been opened so that the water should start going down rapidly. Our lakeside garden is out of the water now and the sun is shining.

  16. lulu says:

    I haven’t made the trek to Freeport yet. Next time to Portland I’ll try to make time. Thanks for the vodka tip. Is the distillery right in town?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lulu, Definitely stop in Freeport the next time you make a trip down to Portland. The distillery is on US1 south of downtown. You won’t have any trouble finding it.

  17. cabinet stew says:

    Wow – I lived in Maine for a while and have spent many happy days in Freeport – it is my favorite outlet shopping because it is a ‘park once and walk’ place! We even spent a pleasant Thanksgiving day there one year – shopping for Christmas presents early in the day at Bean and having Thanksgiving dinner a little further south at the Stageneck Inn. But I must admit I have never ventured beyond the outlets, Ben & Jerry’s and LL Bean. Thanks for showing me all the rest and clearly I need to schedule a day that DOESN’T include shopping!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, Don’t feel alone about not venturing beyond the outlets…I think that would describe most people. You know me and my love for searching out the little treasures that most people don’t don’t know about. I always hope that my posts encourage people to look beyond the well known in any place they visit. Bean is wonderful for buying Christmas presents. I bought my husband a pair of lined chino pants to wear when we travel to Europe in the winter…nice looking but warm.

  18. Hey, look! The SUN came out!
    Great tour…I’ll take the Shack meal today, though…Nothing says “summer” like lobster eaten at a wooden picnic table, with butter dripping off your chin!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marie, Yes…the sun has finally come out and sounds like it will be around until the middle of the week. Lobster is what everyone coming to Maine wants. Most picnic tables here come equipped with a large roll of paper towels to deal with the buttery chin. LOL.

  19. I’ve never heard of Freeport, even though I’m a big LL Bean Fan. And I love that big shoe in front of their store. The dish with the mussels and the artichoke looked fabulous. I’d love to recreate that at home. Thanks for taking the time to post all of the photos and take us along on your trip.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lea Ann, Now you know where your L.L.Bean items come from. Would you believe they are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Both pasta dishes are excellent. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and post. Thanks.

  20. Wealden Farm is adorable, my kind of place! And that Spring Ravioli is calling my name! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laura, Wealden Farm was cute. I took a lot more photos there but I didn’t want the post to be too long. Beautiful just picked long asparagus and pink fur potatoes and loads of pretty flowers to name a few. The Spring Ravioli was terrific.

  21. What a wonderful tour Karen, I think I’d have the lobster at the shack, followed by the mussels for lunch!
    And I found the farm name interesting Wealden – as the Weald runs across the counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey – a set of hills that run across these counties (I live in Sussex).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Claire, Lobster and mussels…that’s a real meal. Thank you for the interesting information about the Weald. I bet the family originated from that area.

  22. Saving the best for last, I see. When we went to Maine the furthest North I got was to Portland…too bad I was so close to LLBean and didn’t know it. I would love to see that shop and the Vermont Country Store. Sounds like I need to plan a New England trip again. : )

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bliss, Portland is a great town to visit and has wonderful restaurants. If you get a chance to visit Maine again in the summertime, you should try to get at least to what is called the Midcoast. Think rocky coast, crashing waves, etc. That is the area where I took my biplane ride last summer.Now as far as the Vermont Country Store, you would enjoy visiting that area in the fall.

  23. NYParrot says:

    What a pleasant photo trip it was! Thank you. And shopping is the whole separate story for me;)http://nyparrot.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/my-love-confession-to-shopping/

  24. annie says:

    omigoodness. L. L. Bean is such a different experience from the catalog. Definitely like the brick and motar experience more. well, heck – who wouldn’t. LOL

    • Karen says:

      Hi Annie, L.L. Bean is a huge complex but is definitely a fun experience. Especially for anyone interested in outdoor activities. If it’s in the catalog, you will find it in the store.

  25. wow, i’ve never been to Maine, but I hear it’s amazing. the food looks incredibly good.. love all that “fresh” seafood. yum!

  26. Larry says:

    Karen – When we were up there we actually ate lunch at Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster, which we just stumbled on to – here’s my post – http://bigdudesramblings.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-england-day-3-north-of-portland-me.html. Small world isn’t it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Larry, It is a small world…I have the same photos that you put in your post but didn’t publish. We didn’t eat at the Harraseeket because as much as I love lobster, I don’t like taking it apart myself. We go to a seafood restaurant in New Hampshire where I order fried lobster tail…delicious and I don’t get messy.

  27. What a fantastic outing. Thank you for sharing it with us! :-) Mandy

  28. A_Boleyn says:

    I want to go travelling with you. You go on the best trips. I once had seafood “in the rough” in Raleigh, NC including the picnic tables and the tickets for your order. The only thing missing was the ocean though they had the best hush puppies I’ve ever tasted which kind of makes up for it.

    And seeing the goats reminded me of a trip our grade school class took to a working farm with goats where we got to taste the milk practically fresh from the source.

    So many good memories were brought back by your post.

    And the mussels were mouthwatering. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boleyn, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post and that it brought back good memories. I enjoy taking my readers along on our trips, even if it is a short day trip. I love hush puppies…one thing you don’t see in the north. When I lived in the south, you always got them with fried seafood.

  29. Amy says:

    I wish I had time to get up to maine…it’s so beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

  30. viveka says:

    You have just got me thinking about visiting Maine again – beautiful spot and everything is dent and pretty. You’re a very good eater, where do you put it all. Those mussels look so good and with some fresh sea air … Yummy. Like my vodka too, but I stick to my Absolut and tonic. *smile It seems like you had a great and enjoyable day … your photos are excellent.
    Going to New York over my 65th birthday next year … maybe I should extend and take the train up to Maine and Portland.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Viveka, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. If you wanted to go from NYC to Portland, you could take a train from NYC to Boston and then Boston to Portland. I like you taste in vodka…Absolut is a favorite of mine as well. I had the salad and ravioli for lunch but didn’t have an evening meal so not really so much to eat.

      • viveka says:

        Yes, I did the train journey many years ago .. when I missed the plane Boston – because of snowstorm. Think I took bus from Boston to Portland. Where is you live – love Boston, great for shopping *smile

  31. Mad Dog says:

    You had me on the food and then you took me to a distillery!
    I’m sure that calf would like to go and live on Cecilia’s farm ;-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mad Dog, I was a terrific day…a little sightseeing, a great meal and last but not least the distillery. I sure the calf would love the farmy.

  32. Loving your post – Great Photos – thanks for sharing! Happy Saturday!

  33. katiepede says:

    Thank you for sharing your day…. it looked fabulous :-)

  34. What a fabulous post, Karen! As I sit here on the other side of the world watching Hawkeye on MASH talk about Maine, and thumbing through our LLBean catalogue, it was such a joy to see photos of the actual place! Thank you! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celia, That is amazing. I think one of the best things about blogging is the chance to experience places, food, life and activities from around the world that we might not ever have the chance to see otherwise. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I also have to thank you for your tour of Sydney in chocolate.

  35. Linda says:

    Hi Karen, I recently discovered your wonderful blog and am enjoying your posts. I’m in CT but we spend a great deal of time in Maine as we have 2 kids in college in Lewiston (one about to move to Boston). 30+ years ago when I was in college there we would take midnight trips to Bean’s as they were open 24 hours a day, and we all carried our books in beanbags, as we called their famous Boat and Tote bags. Freeport was in the middle of nowhere and Bean’s was much smaller, too. Now I am amazed at the beautiful buildings Bean’s has erected as they expand, and the details on the doors and interiors. It is truly worth a visit just to see the grounds. Last weekend we visited Camden and Rockport where there is another scenic and unspoiled harbor. We are now beginning to think about retirement destinations and Maine lakes and beaches are on the short list! Looking forward to more of your stories and recipes. Linda

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, Thank you for your visits and lovely comment. It is nice to hear that you are enjoy my blog. You will find lots of posts on Maine as we spend almost half the year here at our summer cottage. Camden and the midcoast is another great area to visit…I did a post last September about my biplane adventure there. I look forward to your return.

  36. Desi Chick says:

    Now I have to take a trip out to Maine. Gorgeous photos Karen, almost made me feel like I was there!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Desi Chick, Thank you for your nice compliment…happy to hear that you enjoyed the photos. I think you would enjoy a summer vacation in Maine.

  37. I keep thinking about the seafood shacks — not the shopping! Thanks for the tour of Freeport, as this is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barb, Freeport and the surrounding area is a nice destination. A lot of the coves along the Maine coast have working harbors. Usually there is a traditional seafood shack where you can eat fresh caught seafood.

  38. ChgoJohn says:

    Sounds like a great little place to spend the day, Karen. Well, any place that features that kind of lunch would be a great place to visit, to be sure. And I’ll take a lobster “in the rough” any day. No problem! You can give my strawberry martini to another of your readers. I bought strawberries today for jam and have some left over. Cheers!

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, Freeport is a nice little town to visit for a day. I know you would have enjoyed the many pasta dishes that Azure Cafe had on their menu. And who can go wrong with a fresh steamed lobster while enjoying a nice spring day outside by the water.

  39. What a wonderful tour, Karen! I loved it! It was fun to see L.L. Bean. I know the catalogue, but that’s not quite the same. :-) You live in a beautiful and interesting part of the country, and I’m so glad you shared. The wonderful little cafe looks so inviting, and the menu delicious! Debra

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, Thank you for your compliment. We do live in a beautiful part of the country. I’m glad you enjoyed the visit to Freeport. I think the cafe probably has the best food in town. I get Bean’s catalog but nothing beats experiencing the store. By the way, I had to retrieve your comment out of the spam file…don’t know why it was there.

  40. Tandy says:

    What a fantastic post! I just loved walking around with you :)

  41. I’m old so I remember Freeport when it was a sleepy village and LL Bean looked much different than it does now. There were things piled everywhere but the store clerks knew where everything was. it began changing as I became an adult and went all posh.

    Maine was a great place to grow up in.

    Thanks so much for this post – it really made me smile. Especially on Father’s day. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maureen, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. Freeport isn’t a sleepy little village anymore…at least not on Main Street. Get out on the back roads and you would find that things really haven’t changed that much. I think that is what I enjoy about Maine and New Hampshire…it’s a simpler way of life.

  42. Thank you for the amazing trip Karen, I really loved your lunch suggestions and those fresh tomatoes are so red and tempting

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sawsan, for your nice comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the little day trip to Freeport. The little tomatoes at the farm were amazing…very red indeed. I do hope we get some nice tomatoes like that from our garden later in the season.

  43. I saw that Cold River vodka on a television program I watch and have been dying to try it. Just haven’t found it yet. Oh well. :-)

  44. Wonderful post, Karen!

  45. Lovely! Great pictures. The food looks amazing.

  46. This is just my sort of outing, Karen, and I loved looking through your photos and reading about your adventure:) I’m on my way, I’ve done shopping and can’t wait to try your strawberry margarita!! xoxo Smidge

  47. glamorous glutton says:

    Maine looks great both on and off the beaten track. I love the idea of the seafood shack despite being allergic to shellfish. Thanks for the tour. GG

    • Karen says:

      Hi GG, I glad you enjoyed the tour of Freeport. Maine certainly has lots of offer for residents and visitors alike. Most of the seafood shacks have fish and chips on the menu and usually a sandwich or two for those that don’t care for seafood.

  48. Sissi says:

    Freeport sounds like a very interesting place, but it’s your great review that makes it probably even more attractive :-) Potato vodka is in my opinion the best (better than the grain vodka).

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sissi, for your kind words…they are very much appreciated. I agree about potato based vodka. Unfortunately, not many distilleries use potatoes anymore.

  49. Jane says:

    Very nice, thanks for the tour! Blueberry vodka sounds pretty good :) That calf does look like an oreo – too funny!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane, I’m glad you enjoyed the tour of Freeport. The distillery uses wild Maine blueberries when they make that vodka. That calf was so cute.

  50. Kristy says:

    I just love Maine. Everything about it. The mussels al fresco looks delicious. I’m totally craving muscles now. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy, My husband had the mussels and said they were so fresh and plump…he loved the dish. Living in New England, we do get great seafood.

  51. Beth says:

    What a lovely town! Thanks for the tour. I’d go there any day for lunch!

  52. I have never been to Maine…it is on my list. Your story on Freeport is like a travel guide with great images. Thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Teresa, If you get a chance to travel to Maine during the summer, I know you will enjoy the trip. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and photos.

  53. Carolyn ChanC says:

    Lovely day trip!

  54. krimkus says:

    I’ve enjoyed taking this lovely virtual tour with you. It makes me feel like I’ve gotten away for a little break before Monday starts the work week all over again. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristi, Thank you for stopping by and your lovely comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the little day trip and that it gave you the break you needed to start the new week.

  55. What a fun, fun place to visit, You’ve got me wanting to get in the car and head north!

  56. I haven’t been to Freeport in years. I think you’ve just given me a idea for a good road trip, thank you.

  57. twbarritt says:

    I’ve never been to Freeport. It would be worth the trip to see that giant boot, but the vodka, mussels and ravioli are calling my name! Thanks for the tour!

  58. Eva Taylor says:

    That looks like an incredible little town with so much to offer; not with standing the shopping! I’d love to try that vodka too…we just love our martini’s! You had great weather, and the photos are just lovely Karen, I can almost smell the ocean from here!
    That giant boot is hilarious.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, I’m glad you enjoyed visiting Freeport on my lithe tour. It does have lots to offer and there is that shopping (I can’t see you in a pair of Bean boots but I’m sure you might find a lovely pair of heels in town). It was nice to have a beautiful sunny day at last and we certainly did enjoy our outing.

  59. I’ve enjoyed fresh seafood “in the rough” in Massachusetts and Maine, but didn’t know that was what I was doing! However, the more gentrified fare at the cafe looks really amazing. A lovely tour, Karen and thanks for taking us along!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Betsy, I’m sure a lot of people haven’t heard the expression “in the rough” before. I don’t know if it is just a New England term or not. Since we can eat at the seafood shacks anytime, we decided to try a restaurant in town and weren’t disappointed…the food was terrific.

  60. Loved the picture of the insalata! I could devour that whole thing! How far is Freeport from Portland?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ducky, Thank you for your nice comment. The salad was really great with the strawberry vinaigrette. Freeport is only about a 15 or 20 minute drive from Portland depending on traffic. I only takes us about 45 minutes on the backroads from the lakes region to get to Freeport.

      • Wow, that’s pretty close! I was in Portland, Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor, ME a few years back and I absolutely loved it. Can’t beat the food, the people and the views!

      • Karen says:

        It sounds like you went to all the right spots for a nice vacation. As you said…the views and food are terrific and the people are so nice. We love spending our summers in Maine.

  61. ladyfi says:

    Such pretty shots!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ladyfi, for your nice compliment. I’m still learning how to use my camera. I have a long way to go to have them be as good as yours.

  62. I love Freeport though I haven’t been for a number of years! Thanks for capturing all the different sides of it :)

  63. I absolutely adore this post! I felt like I was there and want to go there all in the same moment. Maine is perfect (sigh).

  64. Katerina says:

    Beautiful photos Karen! Through them I got to meet Freeport!

  65. Lovely post. I’m from Maine originally, and I traveled to Freeport once in a while … for the shopping :) Thanks for sharing all the area has to offer – love your photos!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pumpkin, Thank you for your nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos. Where in Maine did you grow up…it is a beautiful state.

  66. What a lovely tour you’ve taken us on. My husband has talked for years about moving to Maine when we retire and I think you may have convinced us. It is so beautiful.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary, Thank you for your comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. You will get to know a little more about Maine over the summer as I will share a few more trips with you. Maine is a beautiful state and I am so glad that we have a summer cottage here.

  67. Cucina49 says:

    First the food photos made me hungry, and then the goat photos made me laugh. It looks like a delightful town. I can’t believe I’ve never been to Maine!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cucina, Thank you for your nice comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos…the goats were so funny on the picnic table. Maine is a terrific state for a summer vacation. There is a rugged beauty here that I love.

  68. It is so beautiful to get to see and know about so many places..
    B/W that LL bean shoe remind me of a shoe house we had in a park we use to go growing up…
    Thanks for sharing!!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Reem, for your lovely compliment. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the day tour of Freeport. I’m sure it was lots of fun to have a shoe house in your park. I’m glad that I brought back memories that you enjoyed growing up.

  69. those mussels are screaming my name and that is one large boot!

  70. What an amazing place – this part of the world is on my “must visit” list, but in the meantime I can enjoy a sneak preview here!

  71. My kind of day… I’d have to start early to fit in as many meals as possible. Definitely want a lobster roll, slaw and fries. Then the artichokes and mussels.yum. LL Bean = Maine – I can work with that. Forget the kids and take me to see the farm animals. But tell me when they were selling those tomatoes- not June right? Blueberry vodka – I don’t drink but would be up for a taste of that… and the strawberry martini :-)
    What a great place to spend the summer. How are your tomatoes anyway? Drying out a bit?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post about Freeport…it is a fun place to visit. Maine has one of the largest growers of hydroponic tomatoes in the country. I think that is where those very red tomatoes were from…not their own garden. Thanks for asking about the tomatoes. I had to trim off a lot of yellow leaves but they seem to be doing well. It has been in the 40′s F. at night…so not many blossoms. Now it is going to be in the 90′s F. for the next few days but at least we have had sunshine. Having a garden in Maine is a challenge.

  72. That is a VERY big boot! Love the photos and your travel story, would love to visit one day! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenny, It truly is a very large boot…everyone wants their photo in front of it. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you get to visit Maine some summer as there is lots to see and do.

  73. spree says:

    You’ve sold me! (And I wasn’t even shopping!) Freeport looks quaint & old-time wonderful…and that’s some mighty tasty food you’ve got there! (Great shots too Karen!)

  74. Karen, what a beautiful tour of Freeport! We’ve never been to Maine, and I’d really like to make it there on one of our trips home. The L.L. Bean Store makes me miss America! I love L.L. Bean! Thanks for such a lovely insiders’ view.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dana, Thank you for your nice comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour of Freeport. Perhaps you will be able to visit Maine on one of your trips home. Summer is the nicest time of the year to visit the area.

  75. What a wonderful town. I would love to visit and see all of the pictures you posted! I’ve always wanted to visit Maine. And I would definitely try that salad with the strawberry vinaigrette. I know it would be much better than the one I made. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kimberly, Thank you for your nice comment. Maine is a wonderful vacation destination…especially in summer. The salad was delicious and I think that you would have loved the dressing. Unfortunately, I think that the recipe that you tried was not the best one for what you were looking for and certainly not your fault. I think experimenting with a light vinaigrette with a touch of fresh strawberries would be great.

  76. starlight says:

    awesome post.. food, animals, places, travel – all in one post, nice!

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