Freeport is located along the shores of upper Casco Bay, approximately 20 minutes north of Portland. It is best known for its upscale outlet shopping and as home to the world-famous L.L. Bean outdoor store. Locally owned shops offering Maine-made items can also be found throughout the downtown area. However, Freeport isn’t all about shopping. The historical town is often credited as being the birthplace of the State of Maine. Many of the meetings leading up to the state’s separation from Massachusetts in 1820 took place in Freeport’s Jameson Tavern, which is still in operation today. A good number of the town’s original schools, homes, and churches have been preserved and refurbished, thanks to a very active historical society. The town’s dedication to historic preservation has also ensured that the old blends nicely with the new. Even the local fast food restaurants have a distinctively New England feel.
If visitors travel a bit off of the beaten path, they’ll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of green space that has been preserved in this bustling town. Wolfe’s Neck Woods is one of several well-maintained parks and sanctuaries ideal for bird watching and hiking along the coast. One of Maine’s most quirky attractions—the Desert of Maine—is also located in Freeport. The desert was once a fertile farm, but overproduction caused the topsoil to give way to sand. The sand eventually engulfed everything in its path.