Sure, summer gets all the glory when it comes to Maine vacations, but there’s just something about crisp New England days spent outdoors to energize the soul. The low-hanging sun reflecting off the bay, a colorful canopy of leaves, luminous clouds, the smell of a distant wood stove, your coziest outfits and your favorite people all collide to create the perfect autumn day in Freeport, Maine.
There’s so many ways to enjoy one of nature’s most beautiful seasons in Freeport. Here are a few of our suggestions!
- Grab something delicious to fuel your adventure! Quick options include SipHouse, which offers healthy, delicious, local, organic smoothies (made in-house), as well as teas & coffee. Local baked goods made in-house & more are brought in fresh by Spun Bakery. Wanderlust Juicery & Cafe serves award-winning cold-pressed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, soups, artisan toasts, waffles, popsicles, and more at their plant-based café. The Met Coffee House & Fine Art Gallery presents refreshing hot or cold specialty lattes, coffees & teas, a tantalizing breakfast and lunch menu, and a case full of mouth-watering desserts.
- The perfect fall day requires a certain level of coziness and comfort. Head to The Vermont Flannel Company where the fabric is made in the USA with 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, and brushed beyond reason for unbelievable softness. No trip to Freeport is complete without a trip to the L.L.Bean Flagship Store. Don’t miss the new Blundstone and L.L.Bean collaboration on the perfect fall boot with a touch of buffalo plaid. You’ll need a tough tote to carry blankets, thermoses, snacks and more! Try the L.L.Bean Boat & Tote, or a Sea Bag, made out of recycled sails just down the road in Portland!
- If your trip to Freeport doesn’t coincide with Makers on Main, or the Freeport Fall Festival, don’t worry! There are a lovely array of local artisans to be explored at the Freeport Market, Meetinghouse Arts Gallery, and The Maine Organic Marketplace. Plus, don’t miss the weekly Farmers Market on Friday mornings in Memorial Park through the end of September. If you arrive after November 1st, be sure to visit Two Sisters in Maine Holiday Pop-up for 2023 at 124 Main St.
- Venture outside of town to Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment for a wagon ride around their 600+ acre oceanfront farm. Don’t miss their Wishcamper Education Barn to visit with sheep, goats, chickens and ducks. On the way to or from Wolfe’s Neck Center, make sure to check out the vibrant ACK ME ARTS Studio & Gallery, or the fresh produce and disc golf at Tripping Gnome Farm!
- Looking for an adventure with a little more incline? Head to Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal! Spend a day or afternoon exploring 800 acres of trails, taking in the magnificent view from the summit, or enjoying a picnic under a canopy of trees. Bradbury Mountain is the only state park in southern Maine to offer shared-use trails for horseback riders and mountain bikers. On the way back into town, don’t miss the opportunity for a tasting at Portersfield Cider. This small family farm produces less than 2,000 gallons annually. Their focus is quality, not quantity. The ciders they produce are fully dry, lightly bottle conditioned, and blended with food pairing in mind. Click here FMI on reservations.
- Unwind around a crackling bonfire or fire table with your adventure buddies. The Harraseeket Inn’s Broad Arrow Tavern, Hilton Garden Inn, and Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern all offer mouthwatering dinner options, full bars, and a cozy ambience to conclude the perfect fall day in Freeport.