Freeport's Fun Other Side
Surprise yourself by spending a weekend in Freeport without ever stepping into L.L. Bean.
- By: Michaela Cavallaro
Those who think Freeport is limited to large retail miss the chance to see that the outlets are interspersed with a treasure trove of locally owned stores too often overlooked by shoppers.
SHOPS Tucked in a brick courtyard just off Main Street, (1) Puzzles & Games, Etc. (58 Main St.; 207-865-4185) stocks old standbys like dominos and chess, as well as Red Sox and, heaven forbid, Yankees - checkers and a surprising array of adult drinking games. Edible - and drinkable - gifts are the order of the day at (2) Freeport Cheese & Wine (27 Bow St.; 207-865-3993), where owners Eric and Aly Fullagar and their staff write their own insightful tasting notes for almost every wine they stock. (3) Earrings & Company (2 Mechanic St.; 207-865-3097) specializes in handcrafted - and surprisingly affordable - jewelry, with an emphasis on Maine and New England artisans. Pick up a stroller for your shih tzu, along with more prosaic supplies for dogs, cats, fish, and other small creatures at (4) Pet Pantry (140 Main St.; 888-772-9392). Whether you're looking to gut a deer or dice shallots,
Freeport has quiet nature trails and sea views.
(5) Freeport Knife Co. (148 Main St.; 207-865-0779; www.freeportknife.com) has the sharp implement you need. And if someone on your shopping list has been especially good, stop in at (6) Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers (149 Main St.; 207-865-4519; www.thomasmoser.com) for a gorgeous piece of handcrafted furniture.
LODGING Enjoy the fireplace, the indoor pool, and the newly renovated bathrooms at Freeport's home for hospitality, the (7) Harraseeket Inn (162 Main St.; 207-865-9377; www.harraseeketinn.com). The (8) White Cedar Inn (178 Main St.; 207-865-9099; www.whitecedarinn.com), the boyhood home of Arctic explorer Donald B. MacMillan, offers a Christmas shopping weekend package, complete with a complimentary bag of gift-wrapping supplies.
ACTIVITIES When you tire of all the getting and spending, clear your head with a walk through the grounds at (12) Pettengill Farm (207-865-3170; Pettengill Road), a nineteenth-century saltwater farm owned by the Freeport Historical Society. Or traipse your choice of wooded and coastal trails at (13) Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park (207-865-4465; off-season, 207-624-6080; 426 Wolfe's Neck Rd.)