We are finally back on the road trip after a couple of …um….excursions here lately. 🙂 So where are we headed today? We are leaving Perkins Cove (remember it?) and driving north. The inn we are headed to is a few hours away, but we are making a stop in Freeport at the L.L.Bean flagship store first. You can’t miss it. It’s the one with the giant boot outside!
I said we are stopping at the L.L.Bean store, but actually it is a huge huge complex (or campus as some say.)
This is just one side.
Here is another side. The landscaping in the area was just amazing.
There is even a waterfall!
Step inside the flagship store, and you will see any and everything related to the great outdoors and even the great indoors as well. I loved the canoe display!
A little bit of kitchen things for you…
The flagship store had a home section, but to really see all their housewares you have to go across the parking lot to an entirely different building. (I told you the complex was huge!)
Voila! L.L.Bean Home Store.
The photo below shows part of the first floor of the L.L.Bean Home Store. Needless to say, I was in heaven. 🙂 And the smell…ahhh. You are immediately hit with a heavy scent of balsam trees. I walked around and around trying to find a candle that was giving off that wonderful scent. When I had no luck with that I finally asked the clerk about it, and she pointed to buckets and buckets filled with sachets of dried balsam. (I don’t know how in the world I missed them!)
There are chairs, and hammocks, and signs, and pillows….
Even buffalo check painted tables!
(No, I didn’t buy one. 🙁 )
If we had a mountain cabin, I would have wanted this table and chair set right away.
There is a second floor at the home store as well. I thought this hanging display was very pretty.
Here is a little closer view for you.
And then I forgot to photograph the second floor. 🙁 But here is a shot that I found online. The second floor is for all their bed and bath linens
Just to give you another idea of how large the complex is, here is a map.
(And this does not even include the L.L.Bean Outlet that is a couple of blocks away.)
Go across the street, and you will find another Bean…Linda Bean (actually Linda Lorraine…another L.L.) I was surprised that I did not already know about her. She is a granddaughter of the original L.L.Bean, has a major lobster business, and oversees a brand called Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine with everything from weddings, art galleries, vacation rentals, restaurants, an inn, a catering business, and more. One of her restaurants is located directly across the street from the L.L.Bean flagship store.
Freeport is truly a shopper’s paradise with every kind of store imaginable, and if you are an outdoor enthusiast like my husband and son, you could shop for days there!
I was so hoping to go in this one, but it was closed when we arrived there. 🙁
Again, the landscaping in the area was simply beautiful.
Here is a better view of that pergola and its garden below.
The black-eyed Susans made me jealous. That is exactly how I want mine to be.
So what did I buy in the town of Freeport? Well, I bought several of those balsam scented sachets, a throw pillow for our son’s apartment (hallelujah he agreed on something decorative!!) and the cutest sugar cookies you will ever see! 🙂 (The cookies match a super thoughtful gift I received a couple of Christmases ago here.) I’ll show you the pillow when we look at the before-and-after on our son’s tiny place.
The L.L.Bean store is normally open 24/7, but a little over a week ago, their former CEO and major head of the company who really made it take off, Leon Gorman (grandson of the original L.L.) passed away at age 80. They are closing the stores for half a day on Sunday while they hold a memorial service for him. There have only been 2 other times when the stores have been closed – for the death of the original L.L.Bean himself and for the death of President John Kennedy. Leon Gorman was an amazing man and will be very much missed by all the folks who have anything to do with L.L.Bean. You can read about him here.
Right before we left Freeport I snapped this photo. Isn’t that simply the most perfect scene with the Adirondack chairs gathered around the fire pit? (It just needed a fire in that pit, right?)
And finally, I have to say a huge thank you to all of you for your very kind words of congratulations on the last two posts! We are humbled, so blessed, and very lucky to have such fun opportunities come our way. Thank you is so inadequate.
Alright..moving on…where are we going next on this road trip?
To our inn in Maine! How could I resist a place that had this sofa?! 🙂
It was most definitely calling me. It is in a fun, funky old hotel that I can’t wait for you to see!
Until next time…