An Open Letter to L.L.Bean in Freeport, MaineDear L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine:
I have known you as a friend for more than 50 years and you still feel like family to me. While the media and millions of customers have rightfully focused on your quality merchandise and honest, knowledgeable customer service that has lasted through the generations, I would like to focus on your sincere quest to become a successful small business owner. Read more here.
The Elite Experience – When I heard about Elite Airways launching direct flights twice a week in June from Halifax (the only Canadian city they service) to Portland, Maine, I was looking forward to giving them a try – especially since I love Maine! Read more here.
The Harraseeket Inn L.L.Bean Guest House – Shopping can be exhilarating and exhausting, especially in Freeport, Maine, where the opportunities to quench your browsing (and purchasing) thirst are virtually endless. So, after a day of searching for bargains at L.L. Bean’s flagship store, along with name-brand outlets, what could be better than checking in to the new L.L.Bean Guest House at the Harraseeket Inn? Read more by New England Living
Here’s Why the Lobster Cooker Grill in Freeport, ME is the Real Deal –  If you ever find yourself in Freeport, Maine, the Lobster Cooker Grill is a must-go. Situated in the lovely downtown, across the street from the O.G. L.L.Bean store, the Lobster Cooker Grill is about as authentic as you can get. Here’s why this seafood joint is the real deal. Read more by Spoon University.
You’ll never guess which shopping destination is at the top of the list! If you still long for the good old days when you could touch and feel something before handing over your credit card, here are seven cities that have managed to preserve their shopping bona fides and are worth considering as you plan your next vacation or weekend getaway. Click here to see the full list by AARP.

Brown Goldsmiths Named Winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2017 – Eleventh Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across AmericaRead more.

Harraseeket Inn – L.L.Bean decks out a historical inn in FreeportThe L.L.Bean Guest House at the Harraseeket Inn provides all the comforts of a fine hotel (including room service) in a single-family house while giving you the chance to see how much you really like that leather chair you ogled at L.L.Bean HomeRead more at nshoremag.com

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