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LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School Adds Adventure 20 May 2015, 5:55 am
LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School (ODS) Adds Adventure To Your Stay. Not familiar with the many adventures awaiting you through LL Bean’s ODS? Everything from clay shooting to kayaking to bird watching awaits you.
The ODS has a variety of events and offers something for everyone, from the novice to the most experienced. If it is your first time trying kayaking, standup paddle boarding, fly fish casting, clay shooting, or archery, be sure to check out the ODS desk at the LL Bean flagship store when you visit Freeport. There you will find helpful people to answer questions and all sorts of information regarding the ODS experience. Best part: not only is there something for everyone, it is also just $25/person. That includes all equipment and instruction for your 2-3 hour experience. The instructors are top notch and love what they do. Having done a number of these myself, the instructors are part of the experience and what makes it so fun.
Recently added to the ODS family are Kids’ Camps and Teen Adventures. If you are traveling to Maine this summer and want your child/teen to experience something of the Maine outdoors (and not their cell phone or computer), explore one of these opportunities for them. They are day adventures and you can sign your kid up for a week or even multiple weeks. They will come back full of stories about their action-packed adventures, the people they met and the new things they learned. Your child over 12 years of age? The Teen Adventures are for them. They can experience a day kayaking trip or an overnight kayak/camping experience. There is no better way to explore the outdoors, build confidence in your child, and learn new skills than one of these adventures.
For you Birders out there, the LL Bean ODS bird watching trips and tours are a must. The Maine Coast is on the migratory path of many birds and renowned ornithologist Dr. Jeff Wells leads these tours and knows where to find the best views for the birds moving through Maine. There is also an option to day-trip to Monhegan Island for some amazing bird watching among some spectacular views. These trips do fill up fast, so be sure to register beforehand.
There are many more outdoor opportunities, including biking, fly fishing courses, hiking…check out their site for more information. Once you schedule your adventure, be sure to call James Place Inn and book your stay with us. We will start your day with a full gourmet breakfast to send you on your way, and the cookie jar and tea will be waiting to greet you upon your return. We want to hear all about your experience, so please be ready to share your story! Make your plans now and let us know if we can help. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Top 10 Spring Activities in Freeport, Maine 11 May 2015, 11:19 am
Spring has finally arrived and there is so much to do in and around Freeport, Maine. Here are our Top 10 favorite springtime activities to enjoy:
- Winslow Park – this is Freeport’s hidden gem. It is our town park, sitting on a beautiful peninsula overlooking Casco Bay. I love to walk here any time of year but spring is truly my favorite. The birds are singing, everything is turning green, and the air has that fresh spring smell. Less than ten minutes from James Place Inn, this is a must to enjoy an hour or two outdoor.
- Wolfe’s Neck Farm and Wolfe’s Neck State Park – growing up on a farm, lambs always signaled the arrival of spring. Visit the lambs, calves, dwarf goats and other animals at the farm, picturesquely situated overlooking Casco Bay. Walk the paths or take your bike for a nice ride. Put in your kayak at one of the landings. Walk further down the road to Wolfe’s Neck State Park and enjoy the views and the birds. Great place to view the migratory birds here.
- Toots Ice Cream: nothing signals the arrival of spring and warmer weather like ice cream and “Toots” is the best! Located on a farm in Yarmouth, Toots Ice Cream is worth the 15 minute drive. It is homemade on site and the flavors change daily. I love “Grandma’s PB Fudge.” Toots gets its name from the caboose car where the shop is located. Once served, enjoy strolling the farm or sit and relax in the gazebo, enjoying a cool breeze.
- Bike Riding – bike paths are plentiful throughout the area and the roads are bike friendly. Enjoy a casual ride to the town docks in South Freeport or work up a sweat on one of the routes we have mapped out for you. Careful, it is hilly around here!
- Popham Beach – sun worshiper or not, this is a beach not to be missed. One of the most beautiful I have seen anywhere. Enough said.
- Schooner Excursion – get out on the water and enjoy the salt spray and the views. Our favorite is “Schooner Alert,” leaving out of Bailey Island. This is a family owned and operated business. You will enjoy the drive there, your time on the water with amazing views, and the owners.
- Lighthouses – a trip to Maine is not complete without a few lighthouse visits. Portland, twenty minutes south, has three to enjoy, including Portland Head located in the beautiful Fort Williams Park. Head north and walk the breakwater out to Rockland’s scenic lighthouse.
- Lobster Shack – another spring tradition…the first lobster roll of the season! Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster is our favorite and affords beautiful views of Casco Bay, looking over to Wolfe’s Neck. Delish!
- Shopping Freeport – new stores have arrived, some, such as British Goods, have moved into larger locations, and old favorites are still here. Enjoy a day strolling the streets, enjoying a bite at one of our many restaurants, and seeing what is new.
- Sea Dogs Baseball – if it is baseball season, it must be spring! Enjoy a local game of the Portland Sea Dogs. Playing on Hadlock Field in Portland, this is the perfect way to while away a spring afternoon or evening. Take in one of Portland’s many great dining spots before or after the game.
Things To Do In Freeport: Summer Activities 28 Apr 2015, 4:07 pm
Freeport and the surrounding area offer so much to do, especially during the summer season. This summer looks to be no exception.
One of the best things offerings is summer theater. Maine State Music Theatre is just up the road in Brunswick and the line up for this season is one of the best yet. The 57th season kicks off with a heartwarming, upbeat comedy, The Full Monty. This show has had 10 Tony Award nominations. In this show, a group of unemployed steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, decides to present a strip act at a local clubs after seeing their wives enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. This is an audience favor, full of humor, affection, and toe-tapping melodies. You don’t want to miss this!
‘Sister Act’ will have you jumping to your feet as you enjoy this feel-amazing musical comedy. When disco dive Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent! What ensues is an engaging story of friendship and heart. You will leave with a smile on your face.
With 76 trombones and 110 cornets, it is a classic favorite: Music Man. The six-time Tony Award winning musical comedy will entertain and delight you, just as it has audiences for over fifty years. Come enjoy this comedy and the amazing dance sequences. This is theatre at its best.
Closing out the season is ‘Young Frankenstein,’ a hilarious comedy musical by Mel Brooks. The grandson of the famous Victor Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania and with the help of a hunch-backed side kick and a leggy lab assistant, he finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestor. This musical is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment that will send you out the door laughing and singing.
2015 Show Schedule:
The Full Monty: June 3-20
Sister Act: June 24-July11
The Music Man: July 15-August 1
Young Frankenstein: August 5-22
Being just ten minutes from Brunswick, Freeport is the perfect location for your plans to include catching one of these great shows while visiting Maine. Make it part of your summer vacation plans. You will have a smile on your face as you enjoy some of the best summer theatre around.
L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series & Events 21 Apr 2015, 9:39 am
L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series and Events are lining up and look to be great fun for the entire family. Check out the list and prepare to enjoy!
June 5-7: L.L. Bean PaddleSports Weekend
July 4: L.L. Bean Summer Concert TBA (stay tuned as this one firms up) at 7:30pm
July 4: Fireworks follow the concert
July 11: KidsFest
July 25: L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series: Dawes (American folk-rock band) at 7:30pm
August 1: L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series: Roseanne Cash (singer/songwriter and oldest daughter of Johnny Cash) at 7:30pm
August 15: L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series: Trombone Shorty at 7:30pm
August 22: L.L. Bean Dog Days of Summer
August 29: L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series: Lake Street Dive (one of my favorite bands – awesome)! at 7:30pm
September 5: L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series: Andy Grammer – “keep Your Head Up” and be sure to be here for this one!
So much great entertainment, all Free and all happening in Freeport, Maine this summer, thanks to Freeport’s own L.L. Bean. Making plans for your summer vacation? Set your sites on Freeport and stay at James Place Inn. Located just one block from L.L. Bean campus and all the action.
Spring Arriving to Freeport, Maine 15 Apr 2015, 11:37 am
Spring has finally arrived here in Freeport, Maine. After the long harsh winter, I think we are all ready to welcome it and enjoy being outdoors in the sun. Despite receiving a few inches of snow just one week ago, the past four days have produced temperatures in the 60’s and all of our snow is gone! We have had a slow melt and little rain, resulting in essentially no mud season. If you have been wanting to make a visit, spring is an ideal time to be in Freeport.Wolfe’s Neck Farm
The warm sun invites you to enjoy a walk about the town, perusing the shops and enjoying a bite to eat. Take the opportunity to update your spring and summer wardrobe with our more than 120 shops to choose from. Once you have had enough shopping (or if you are not a shopper), enjoy a nice walk at one of the surrounding parks. Choose from our town Winslow Park (one of my favorite spots as the views of Casco Bay are spectacular), Wolfe’s Neck State Park, or Bradbury Mountain. All offer great views, all of them different. If you visit Wolfe’s Neck State Park, be sure to stop by Wolfe’s Neck Farm to visit the newly arrived lambs. Having grown up on a farm, the arrival of the new baby lambs always reminds me of spring. They are so cute and fun to watch.
If you are in search of a new bicycle, the L.L. Bean bicycle weekend is coming up. Hundreds of bikes are available to choose from and take for a short test spin. There are often sales to accompany this promotion, so check out their web site. Also, take the opportunity to check out the Outdoor Discovery School. Perhaps your Freeport weekend is a good time to try fly fish casting (their pond is finally thawed) or stand up paddle boarding. Whatever you choose, it is sure to be fun and offer new adventures, plus it gets you moving outdoors and enjoying this beautiful spring weather. Whatever your reason, plan to spend a weekend in Freeport and your stay with us here at James Place Inn, a great way to herald in spring!Wolfe’s Neck State Park Winslow Park
Girlfriend’s Getaway Weekend June, 2015 7 Apr 2015, 6:13 am
It has been one long winter and I think we are all looking for an excuse to get out, take a break, and enjoy spring. What could be better than grabbing your BFF, or two or six, and heading to Freeport for a weekend of catching up, shopping, dining and trying something new. Girlfriend’s Getaway Weekend is happening in Freeport June 5-7, 2015. The weekend coincides with the Maine Women’s Ride and L.L. Bean Paddle Fest. The Paddle Fest is a really fun event and a great way for you and your friends to get out and try something new. Events include Standup Paddle Boarding and Kayaking. Try your had at the Paddle Boarding and you will be hooked! The events are situated on Casco Bay and provide a great activity and a chance to be out on the water enjoying the sites. Kayaking is another opportunity to explore the Maine coast from the water. Both of these water sports are free for the weekend and offered by L.L. Bean. There will be plenty of other activities going on throughout Freeport as well, stay tuned for exact details.Girls Wanna Have Fun
Freeport offers world-class shopping and dining as well. There are over 120 stores and outlets to choose from, including specialty boutiques such as Jill McGowan and Rapid River. There are styles and options for everyone, making it easy to do your spring and summer shopping here in Freeport. For those of you really on the ball, start your Christmas shopping early. Need a break from the shopping? Hit one of the many dining options including everything from a lobster shack on the docks to fine dining at an award-winning restaurant.
James place Inn is the ideal place to stay while enjoying your girlfriend weekend. The location is ideal for parking your car and walking to all shopping and dining. In addition, we are offering you your choice of a bottle of Prosecco and box of local hand-made chocolates OR a $25.00 gift card to Azure Café (www.azurecafe.com) to enjoy lunch or dinner (one gift per room). Have a number of BFFs coming to Freeport? Book two or more rooms for two consecutive nights and receive 10% off each room. What more do you need? Reserve your rooms now and look forward to reconnecting with your friends!Never Too Old for a PJ Party!
Things To Do IN Portland, Maine 2 Apr 2015, 6:23 am
Portland, Maine is an easy 20 minutes from Freeport (just south on I-295), making Freeport an ideal location to base out of. Many of our guests like the relative quiet and charm of Freeport but also want to see sights in Portland.Tall Ship Eagle
One must-see event happening in Portland this summer is the Tall Ships. It is the first tall ships festival for Portland in 15 years. The event will take place over three days on Portland’s scenic waterfront. The Coast Guard barque Eagle is among eight tall ships set to parade through Portland Harbor on July 18th and dock on the waterfront. This is a particularly unique event in that you will be able to view these vessels up close, to go aboard and meet the crew, and to step into our living maritime history.
The Portland event will feature 4 of the 40 Class A tall ships currently operating. In addition to the 295-foot Eagle, also in Portland Harbor will be the Oliver Hazard Perry, a 210-foot square-rigger out of Newport, Rhode Island; the 179-foot Picton Castle, a three-masted barque based in Lunenberg, Noa Scotia; and the 180-foot El Galeon out of Seville, Spain. Other smaller ships will be in port for the weekend. Portland is the final stop on the 2015 Tall Ships Challenge, a series of races in which tall ships crewed by young people are pitted against each other in a friendly competition.
Tours of the Eagle will be free and a single fee of $15.00 will cover the cost of tours of all of the other tall ships. Some of the proceeds will go toward youth sail training, and education – a great way to support our local youths. Make your plans now to visit these majestic beauties and enjoy the Maine coast. We are looking forward to this event!
Where to Stay in Freeport, Maine 25 Mar 2015, 6:13 am
You have many options when choosing where to stay in Freeport, Maine. There are chain hotel properties, family owned hotel properties, camp grounds, pet-friendly properties…and then there are bed and breakfasts.
When thinking of bed and breakfasts, you often think of someone’s home converted into individual sleeping quarters, perhaps sharing a bathroom. Not so here in Freeport. Think of an experience more like a relaxed yet intimate boutique hotel. For instance, James Place Inn offers seven guest rooms, all with a private bath, some with Jacuzzi tubs. Each room is uniquely decorated and has its own “personality.” Several rooms offer skylights, one has a tucked-away mini kitchen, another a wood burning fireplace and private deck. The rooms are well appointed with waters, custom made soaps, shampoo/conditioner, and chocolates by your bed. The in house DVD library lets you help yourself to the over 150 titles anytime, making viewing in the privacy of your room a pleasure.
Service is a distinguishing feature when looking at where to spend your hard earned vacation time. You want to be at a place that takes care of you but doesn’t hover or interfere. This is exactly the attention you will find at James Place Inn. While the owners are just steps away, they have a private residence so that you are not sleeping in the room next door in someone’s home. Guests enjoy the privacy of the inn, as well as knowing that the owners are available to answer questions, help with reservations, and bake those awesome fresh cookies in the afternoons.Fresh Cookies!
Never stayed at a bed and breakfast? Now is the ideal time to give one a try. Individually appointed rooms, great hospitality and friendliness, great food, and ideal location make James Place Inn, as well as several other bed and breakfasts, the ideal place for you to explore the Maine coast for your summer vacation.
Best Day Trips From Freeport, Maine 16 Mar 2015, 4:11 am
Best Day Trips From Freeport, Maine
While Freeport is often known for its shopping, don’t let this fool you. There is plenty to do for you non-shoppers as well. Freeport is centrally located, offering many options within an easy 45-minute drive. A few suggestions:
- Popham Beach – a favorite spot any time of year as this is one of the prettiest beaches I have seen anywhere. With about 1 1/2 miles of beautiful sandy beach, this is a great walking spot. Explore the fort or, when the tide is out, walk out to one of the small islands to explore the horseshoe crabs and periwinkles in the water. Just be sure to be back before the tide rolls in!
- Botanical Gardens – located on the Boothbay Harbor peninsula, these gardens have been rated #2 in the country and are worth the 45-minute drive. The gardens are open year-round and are constantly changing with the seasons. There are paths leading down to the water for you to stroll and enjoy. There is also a fabulous children’s garden, great for us big kids as well!
- Wolfe’s Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park – within 5-10 minutes of Freeport, enjoy a fun hike and spectacular views. Wolfe’s Neck offers beautiful views of Casco Bay and the Osprey nests (and it will soon be that time again) while Bradbury Mountain provides more challenging hiking routes and views over the countryside. Both are worth a visit. Pack a snack or picnic lunch and go enjoy.
- Bailey Island – if you want to see a quintessential lobster community, this is it. A short but beautiful drive from Freeport lie Orr and then Bailey Island. Bailey Island opens straight to the Atlantic and is so picturesque. Connecting Orr to Bailey Island is the only Crib Stone Bridge left standing in the world. Walk about the bit of shore, enjoy a lobster roll and take a sail aboard Schooner Alert. The water is one of the best ways to really see the shore and landscape. This is one of our favorite areas to send guests.
- Lighthouses – your trip to Maine is not complete without lighthouses! Portland, just 20 minutes to the south of Freeport, affords some of the best lighthouses. Portland Head is a favorite. Situated in Fort Williams Park, worth the trip alone, is one of the most photographed in the country and one of the few with a museum open to the public. Two Lights and Portland Bug Light are close by, so check them out while you are here.
- Maine Maritime Museum – located in Bath, 20 minutes to the north of Freeport. Ship building is part of Maine’s history, dating back to the 1600’s when the King of England sent slaves and army personnel to Maine to collect masts and build ships. This, and more, including the lobstering of Maine, can be seen and enjoyed at the Maine Maritime Museum. Situated on the beautiful Kennebec River, and next door to Bath Iron Works, explore this side of Maine’s heritage through trolley tours, boat building, and more.
- LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School – with options to suit everyone, this is a fun way to explore the Maine outdoors. Summer courses include kayaking (including a sunset kayak experience on Casco Bay), standup paddle boarding, fly fish casting, archery, and clay shooting while winter sports offer snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Offered several times each day and including all instruction and equipment for just $20/person. Try something new and enjoy the fun.
You get the picture here…Freeport is so much more than shopping. We have many more great places we enjoy sending people, depending upon what you enjoy and what you are looking for. Robin is great with suggesting motorcycle rides with spectacular views, being a rider himself. We also have mapped routes for bicycle riders, both challenging as well as flatter routes. Let us know what we can do to help you make the most of your Maine vacation. We love to help!Crib Stone Bridge, Bailey Island Kayaking Casco Bay at Sunset Lobster Roll!
10 Family Activities in Freeport, Maine 19 Feb 2015, 9:34 am
10 Family Activities in Freeport, Maine.
- Visit Winslow Park – just eight minutes from James Place Inn sits a gem on Casco Bay. Winslow Park is a peninsula offering amazing views, trails to walk, and a small beach area as well. Great for a picnic and family fun.
- Hike Wolfe’s Neck State Park or Bradbury Mountain State Park. Both offer amazing views, one of the water, the other out over the countryside. Visiting in winter? Both are great places to practice your snowshoeing.
- Take a lobster boat to Eagle Island. Atlantic Seal offers excursions daily, leaving from South Freeport docks. Enjoy a ride with Captain Tom to Eagle Island, home of Admiral Perry, discoverer of the North Pole. Enjoy the museum on the island, have a picnic lunch and explore. The views are amazing.
- Try your hand at kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, archery, clay shooting or fly fish casting through LL Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School. Just $20/person gets you instruction and equipment. Visiting in the winter? Check out the cross country skiing and snowshoeing options available.
- Depending on the age of your kids, “Smudge” is a great art studio in town that lets kids get creative, and messy! Finger painting, clay, or my favorite, shaving cream “painting” are available, among other things. An easy walk from James Place Inn and rates by the hour. There is even an area for the adults to relax in while you organize the rest of your day.
- Head to Boothbay Harbor, about 45 minutes away, and take in a whale watching excursion or a Puffin ride. This is a great way to get on the water and see some of Maine’s beautiful coast line.
- Did you know LL Bean does free concerts in the park during the summer? Beginning July 4th weekend and running through Labor Day weekend, LL Bean offers free concerts on Saturday evenings. Music covers all tastes from bluegrass to pop to folk, and everything in between. Come check it out – it is a lot of fun and it is free!
- Beaches, beaches, beaches. We have some of the best beaches anywhere, many within 30 minutes of Freeport. Popham Beach continues to be our favorite any time of year. Even the winter provides a beautiful walk and views straight out to the ocean.
- Schooner and windjammer excursions – another great way to get on the water. Although schooner rides depart from many areas, our favorite is the Schooner Alert, leaving out of Bailey Island. The views are spectacular, as is the ride. And there are several great spots to enjoy lobster once your ride is over. Or get lobster rolls to go and take them with you for a picnic lunch on the water.
- Lighthouses – Maine is home to over 50 lighthouses, six of which are within 30 minutes of Freeport. Enjoy a piece of history, spectacular views, and all of those great lobster shacks often located by the lighthouses.
- OK, there is still more to do! Shopping – Freeport is known for shopping, both retail and outlet. LL Bean is always a draw however Freeport features some unique boutiques for that special souvenir.
There is plenty to do in and around Freeport. Whether staying for one day, four days, or seven days, we can find plenty of fun activities to keep the family busy and well entertained.Eagle Island Winslow Park Kayaking Casco Bay at Sunset Sun sets on the Lighthouse