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sandydownunder August 17th, 2009 06:07 PM

LL Bean Portland Maine
I wouldn't mind visiting the LL Bean store (or outlet store) if I have time. From my research I am a bit confused. I have the address as 542 Congress Street. I assumed it was in Portland but it may be in Freeport.

Where is the store?

If it is in Feeport how far away is that from Portland? How long would it take?

Is there a bus?



Spurscorner August 17th, 2009 07:33 PM

Theres a LL Bean outlet store in Portland about a 15 min walk from the cruise terminal. the main store is in Freeport 30 min by car.

sandydownunder August 17th, 2009 07:37 PM

Thanks Spurscorner. Will visit the Portland store.
I'm figuring outlet= bargains
main store = full price

Spurscorner August 17th, 2009 07:45 PM


Originally Posted by sandydownunder (Post 20842684)
Thanks Spurscorner. Will visit the Portland store.
I'm figuring outlet= bargains
main store = full price

True but the main store has a much bigger selection.

daytona August 17th, 2009 11:00 PM

Sandy-There's an outlet in Freeport also right near the flagship store. Go to the llbean website and it will list the information for the Portland and Freeport stores. Here is a link for a map of LLbean in Freeport.

Freeport is worth the 1/2 hour drive if you have the time.

sandydownunder August 18th, 2009 01:33 AM

Thankyou for the link Daytona. Cute map-I love those. Unfortunately I'll have to settle on Portland. We are doing two tours city & lighthouses so there won't be enough time to go to Freeport.


TheWog August 19th, 2009 09:19 AM

That's too bad, because the outlet stores do not do LL Bean justice. The flagship store is just that, a flagship. Have a great time.

ellbon August 28th, 2009 09:40 AM

the main store is open 24/7 and i shop there at night- less people. the outlet is the sell stuff- nice for a jacket or two but not big at all.

chatdad October 3rd, 2009 11:10 AM

Outlet in Portland not worth a visit unless you find yourself in need of a jacket if you left yours at home.

Donder1 October 3rd, 2009 07:56 PM

I'd ditch the city tour as the Old Port is the best area and that's where your ship docks. LLBeans flagship store should not be missed. I seldom go to the outlet store.Don't bother. Go to Freeport.

Spender Nui January 5th, 2010 07:18 PM

The REAL LL Bean store is in Portland. Once you've been there (regardless if it's 3:00 AM or any holiday). It's the one to visit.

SailBadtheSinner January 5th, 2010 08:09 PM

The main store is located in Freeport Maine; the store located in Portland Maine is an outlet. I do agree with the time (24/7); the store in Freeport is the one to visit provided you have the time and transportation.


daytona January 5th, 2010 10:36 PM

Yep the original since 1917? is in Freeport. Open 24 hrs a day since the 50's I think. The small Portland outlet closes at 5-6 PM.

sail7seas January 18th, 2010 07:50 PM

we'vebeen to the Freeport store and was at the Portland one this summer. We found a few useful things in Portland but the Freeport one is very much better.

If you don't want to take the time to go to Freeport, it's worth a visit in Portland IMO

Spender Nui January 19th, 2010 05:14 PM


Originally Posted by Spender Nui (Post 22551307)
The REAL LL Bean store is in Portland. Once you've been there (regardless if it's 3:00 AM or any holiday). It's the one to visit.

Just re-read what I posted. Of course the Freeport store is the one! Sorry about that.

sopo pirates January 27th, 2010 08:41 PM

Anyone traveling to Portland Maine after Sept 2010 will find the LL Bean Outlet on Congress Street closed - Bean announced earlier this winter they are not renewing their lease, so come September your only choice will be going to Freeport.

skyview851 February 16th, 2010 10:50 AM

How do I get there
I want to visit the store in Freeport. How do I get there? Taxi? Are there any local tours that include a stop at LLBean?

SailBadtheSinner February 16th, 2010 12:02 PM

Q: I want to visit the LLBean store in Freeport. How do I get there? Taxi? local tours that include a stop there?

A: I'm not aware of any tours originating in Portland that stop at the LLBean store in Freeport; IMO, it is not a tourist destination but a destination for the serious shopper. There are really 2 options: rent a car or go by taxi. If you search this forum for car rental Portland, you should receive
numerous hits because your question has been asked before. The distance from Portland to Freeport is about 17.5 miles.


jagsfan April 4th, 2010 06:01 PM

It's a short drive in a rental car, but an expensive one in a taxi. The main store is
wonderful, and the outlet is across the side street. There's a guy selling red hot dogs
on the corner....delicious. If you do go, and you do drive, go to Harraseeket Wharf
for your lunch.....lobster rolls, steamed clams, fried clams and boats to look at.
Anyone can tell you how to get there.
LLBean is like Wonderland, tons of outdoors stuff, but also t-shirts, jackets, boat totes,
a kitchen section with jars of wild blueberries for pies, etc. It's a destination in itself!!

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