Think Freeport is all outlets? Made in Maine shops will show you otherwise.  The shaving scuttle mugs, ikebana vases and butter dishes from Georgetown Pottery travel less than 30 miles from a studio on a Maine island to the showroom in Freeport. The journey for Maine Woolen’s woven blankets is even more brief, a 10-mile jaunt from the Brunswick mill to the Main Street shop. At Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections, you can lob a maple maltball from the factory floor to the retail area without straining your arm. Read more by The Washington Post

Best Christmas Celebrations in New England. In search of the Christmas spirit? These 10 New England Christmas Celebrations guarantee good food, shopping, activities, and plenty of ho-ho-holiday cheer. This annual event in bustling Freeport (home to the L.L. Bean flagship store, several specialty shops, and a bevy of designer outlets) is a whirlwind of holiday cheer and excitement. Read more by Yankee Magazine

Best 5 Holiday Shopping Towns in New England.
Where one-of-a-kind treasures and old-time Yuletide merriment bring the magic of the season to life. It’s New England’s only place to shop at any hour, 365 days a year-and to talk to a Christmas tree. What enables the conifer at the corner of Main and Bow streets to converse during Sparkle Weekend? Organizers will only reveal: It’s magic! Read more by Yankee Magazine

5 Jack-o’-Lantern Festivals You Need to See to BelieveKnown for being the home of the L.L. Bean Campus, the town of Freeport, Maine, has been celebrating Halloween with the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival since 2003. This year nearly 10,000 jack-o’-lanterns will be lit. See more at MSN

Where to Experience 6 Quintessential Fall Activities. On Saturdays and Sundays in October, Wolfe’s Neck Farm offers its guests hayrides out to its picturesque pumpkin patch. Climb into the back of its open-air wagon and relax as a tractor pulls you past the magnificent fall foliage. Read more by Flipkey

A Great Place to Visit, A Great Place to LiveThere is no such thing as off-season in Freeport, even in November. The Cumberland County shopping mecca always seems to be jammed with people searching for a stuffed monkey at the Mangy Moose or a marked-down kayak at L.L. Bean, the town’s flagship store that began running 24 hours a day in 1951. Read more by Bangor Daily News