Freeport, L.L. Bean, Lighthouses and Lobster

Since Kelly’s bus back to Boston left early on Friday we decided to go south on Thursday and spend the day then check into a hotel in Portland and get her off bright and early. So we headed to Freeport to visit the flagship store of L.L. Bean.  This is a huge store and actually in 4-5 big buildings and covers 70 acres, and they pride themselves is saying they never close. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and actually have people who shop here all hours.  One saleperson said they did not have any shoppers here for 3 days one February.  And they have over 500 employees.

After looking around inside we had to pick a lunch place so enjoyed a burger and shake at Johnny Rockets.  Johnny Rockets was founded on June 6, 1986, by Ronn Teitelbaum of Los Angeles, California, and “crafted as a ‘nongimmicky’ recreation of the 1940s-vintage malt shops of his childhood.”  The first restaurant was established as a 20-stool counter operation on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.  In 1999, Royal Caribbean International featured a Johnny Rockets location onboard its Voyager of the Seas, making it the first ever “mobile” Johnny Rockets restaurant.  From that point forward the cruise line has offered a Johnny Rockets location onboard all of their new cruise ships.  Now they have expanded into New England and have over 300 locations.  They serve a good burger and better Chocolate Malt or shake made with Ghirardelli Chocolate! After lunch we headed south to Cape Elizabeth to see the tides, lighthouse and best Lobster Pound in Maine.  Kelly enjoyed the wild surf and rocky view and the Leader got up close and personal with the waves as they came in on the point. (see him down there? Click to enlarge the picture)  Funny thing we discovered is the actual lighthouse and keeper’s house are privately owned and not open to the public so all you can see is a view of it.  So we took off and drove over to the Portland Headlight to see what we think is the prettiest lighthouse in Maine. This is the one that Longfellow used to visit on his walks and is actually located at Fort Williams Park.  It was first lit on January 10, 1791 using 16 whale oil lamps and was updated with a Fresnel lens in 1865 and then automated and became part of the US Coast Guard in 1989. They still maintain the light and fog horn but the remainder of the property is managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth since 1993.  There are gardens here and a small gift shop but we just missed it as they close at 4PM. So after pictures and looking around we drove back to the Lobster Shack that sits on the rocky point looking over the ocean.

This is our idea of a real lobster pound as you eat outside on picnic tables.  Kinda breezy but lobsters are served hot and steamy so no problem! We enjoyed our meal but too full for blueberry pie so headed to the hotel.  Then we discovered we’d left a credit card at Johnny Rockets so made a quick round trip to Freeport and back to Scarborough just south of Portland and our Choice hotel.  Wheew another long day!


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