Jun 15, 2007
Aug 31, 2007
Freeport was the first big stop along Maine's Rte 1. It looked quaint but commercial with the taste of Starbucks stained all over town. What once was a nice little Maine town near a major highway became outlet central because of LL Bean's presence. While inherently this sounds bad, it has brought something to Maine beside Stephen King and Acadia National Park. It was nice for a walk around and actually I liked the outlet part because instead of being situated around a large parking lot, a shopping outlet center was centered around actual streets. But then it made me sad because there probably was once a downtown that existed and it was all bought out by outlets or something. But I'm sure Freeport wouldn't have it any other way. So I quickly headed onward toward Bath and Brunswick to see what a true harbor city is like. Bath was boring and its "largest New England Farmer's Market" consisted of a hot dog vendor and one vegetable stand, so I passed onward toward Boothbay Harbor. The tourist map put its name in big letters, so I figured something had to be there.