If you are staying for the weekend, the following links may help you decide what you would like to do! For those of you who attended the last LLNE meeting in Maine, the spring of 2004, you will remember the beautiful setting of the Stone House, where the meeting was held. We were not able to have the meeting there this time but we have included some links if you would like to visit that area again. We hope you enjoy your visit!
From the Freeport Merchants' Association, a good introduction to the village of Freeport and the region. This page features places to stay, places to dine, and places to shop. In addition, there are links for upcoming events, special offers, and a list of things to do within an hour’s drive of Freeport.
Attractions Near the Stone House
The Heather Gardens, located at the Stone House are recognized nationally for the extent of their collection. A rhododendron walk and perennial beds are also available for viewing free of charge.
Neck Woods State Park
The park offers self-guided hiking and nature walks. It features varied forest ecosystems, a rocky shoreline, and salt marsh estuaries. Watch for nesting osprey and view the islands of Casco Bay. Admission is charged. Tel. (207) 865-4465 (seasonal)
The farm raises 300-400 beef cattle on the Wolf Neck peninsula. In the early spring and fall the public is invited to share in the calving process. Year-round visitors are welcome to visit the cattle and other small barnyard animals. There is a gift shop at the farm where the farm’s products may be purchased. Tel. (207) 865-4469
If you like beads, this is the place for you. They have vintage beads, contemporary beads, semi-precious beads, even Victorian beaded curtains. If you string your own beads, they have supplies for that and classes, too. Come visit this unique shop located at 15 Main Street.
Mountain State Park
For those of you who are more ambitious hikers, you may want to try Bradbury Mountain. Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine, is five miles from the Freeport-Durham exit off U.S. 95. A picnic area and shelter, playground, ball field, hiking trails, and 41 campsites are available to visitors. A short hike to the 460-foot summit of Bradbury Mountain allows a view of Casco Bay and the surrounding countryside.
Located at 24 Maine Street in Freeport, this shop features an enormous selection of all types of buttons. I’ve found buttons for historic costumes, and I’m sure that knitters would find a good selection appropriate for all types of knitted garments. Take a muffin tin when you go in and fill it with your selections.
This moderate hill, not Mountain is the highest point in Freeport and a nice LITTLE hike especially in the spring when the air is so fresh!! Hedgehog Mountain is located approximately 1.9 miles from the center of Freeport. From Main Street turn onto Mallet Dr. and go to the end. Turn left (as if going to Bradbury Mt.) Turn left on Landfill Rd. Just before the gate to the Landfill there is a parking space for about 4 cars. Enjoy.
Moose or Cool As A Moose
Contrary to popular belief, the Maine state animal is not the Maine Black Bear. (Don’t tell that to the hockey fans at the University of Maine!!) It is the MOOSE! So take one home with you!! Visit the Mangy Moose (112 Main Street) or Cool as a Moose (10 Bow Street) where you can find all things Moose, from stuffed animals, t-shirts and hats to mugs and dinnerware sets.
At 140 Maine Street, north of L.L.Bean and on the opposite side of the street. Your "special friend" at home has probably missed you and might appreciate a treat!
For all of you gardeners, here is the place for you. A little off the beaten path but worth the trip. Owned and operated by Peggy and Walter Young, Young's Perennials is a family run business. They have 42,000 various hardy perennials potted in one gallon pots and they also specialize in landscape-size plants, in 2 to 5 gallon containers. They are open 7 days a week starting at the end of April.