What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Freeport, Maine? Well, before my past weekend trip to Freeport, I probably would have said lobsters. But after seeing the eons of outlet shops and the blueberry infused dishes that ran ramped at local restaurants – I’ve come to realize that there is much more to the city than my delicious crustacean friend.
~*~*~Ate~*~*~There is a reason why Maine is known for their lobster – almost every single restaurant in Freeport had some form of lobster on the menu – from the $6 bowls of lobster stew to $30 plus whole steamed lobsters. One of my favorite meals during my weekend came from Azure Café, a charming fine dining establishment serving Italian and seafood classics. I started my meal off with a blueberry infused prosecco, which I was very excited about (FYI, blueberry just by happy chance is one of my favorite fruits). The drink was delightfully bubbly and the slight hint of blueberry juice gave the drink not only a welcomed tartness, but also a beautiful royal purple coloring.
|Hellllloooo Mister Delicious!|
|Coco's Blueberry Salmon|
|Broad Arrow Tavern's Lobster Roll|
~*~*~Played~*~*~Freeport is known for two things: being a mecca for outlet shopping and being the birthplace of L.L. Bean stores. You definitely won’t forget the latter, as there are three large L.L. Bean complexes all within 5 miles of each other: the original L.L. Bean flagship store (complete with “Bean Boot” statue and interactive fish tank), the lower priced but highly disorganized L.L. Bean Outlet, and the L.L. Bean Hunting and Fishing Store (two subjects I ashamedly know nothing about, even though I grew up in Texas). And if that wasn’t enough, there is also a Linda Bean’s (L.L’s granddaughter) Perfect Maine Lobster Roll kiosk, home to her $16 lobster rolls. Whew – this is truly an L.L. Bean town!
|Coco and I picking pumpkins at Wolfe's Neck Farm|
~*~*~Stayed~*~*~During my 48 hour trip to Baltimore, I had a very pleasant stay at the Hilton Garden Inn. Therefore, I decided to stay at HGI again in Freeport due to its convenient location (within walking distance of the outlets for quick shopping bag drop-offs), free in room wi-fi (as someone who lives for the digital age and is constantly checking emails, its important for me to have the option to stay connected, even on weekend relaxation retreats), and the friendly service (and the fresh baked cookies at the front desk upon check in). This mid-price HGI isn’t quite as luxurious or full service as its namesake parent Hilton Hotels, but the rooms are still spacious and beds still comfortable (and thankfully sans crazy patterned polyester bedcover that always make me nervous / dizzy).