There is a reason why Maine is nicknamed ‘Vacationland’.

For centuries, people have been spending their leisure time in our quiet corner of New England.  Back in the 1800s, the wealthy citizens of Boston and New York would often spend their entire summers at our resorts.  Some of them even constructed elaborate vacation homes in Maine.

These days, the tourist trade is still going strong, but it is a lot different.  People of all financial backgrounds make the trip to Maine.  They come here for the outdoor activities, amazing restaurants, beaches, arts scene, and shopping.

From specialty food shops to internationally-known boutiques, Maine is quickly becoming a shopper’s paradise.

Most people would agree that the hub for all shopping in Maine is Freeport.  Not only does the town have some cool locally-owned shops, but it also has dozens of national retail chains like Coach, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Sketchers.

Of course, Freeport is also home to the massive L L. Bean flagship store.  Actually, it is more like a compound than a store.  The L.L. Bean campus includes the main store, several specialty shops, a performance space, a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream stand, and more.

Freeport really is a great place to spend the day with the family.  The one downside?  Finding parking.  During the busy summer and holiday seasons, the town is slammed with visitors.

The good news is that we have found a place with abundant free parking.

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Google Maps

Finding parking in Freeport, Maine

If you are familiar with Freeport, you probably realize that there is an outlet village in the shopping district.  Freeport Village Station is home to a number of well-known stores, including Old Navy, Carter’s, and Sunglass Hut.  Because the shopping area is level with Main Street, you may not have realized that the village is actually the roof of a multi-level structure.  Below the ‘streets’ of the village is a parking garage.  Even better, it’s free!

The best way to get to the garage is via Depot Street. It's just a quick walk away from most of the popular downtown shops.

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Google Maps

You can learn more about the facility from the Visit Freeport website.

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Just south of Moosehead Lake lies a memorial that some may not know about. The memorial is a short hike in, right on the southern slope of Elephant Mountain in Piscataquis County.

The memorial is the crash site of a B-52 Stratofortress that went down on a training mission in 1963.

The site is now a popular hiking destination for folks to learn of its history and to pay respect to the seven men who lost their lives that fateful day.

A thank you to Erin from Norway, who took these very powerful images of the site, and allowing us to tell the story through her work.

Gallery Credit: Chris Sedenka

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According to the Maine Fairs website, these are the proposed dates for some of Maine's biggest fairs and festivals. If there is an event that we missed that you believe should be on our list, or if we got something wrong, please let us know by sending an email to

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