About the Freeport Maine Area

Freeport is a wonderful place to call home while you're in Maine.  Located on the shores of Casco Bay, Freeport is world-famous for shops, restaurants, outlets, and local boutiques housed in charming brick buildings, some dating back as far as the 18th century. Freeport offers d a diverse assortment of enjoyable activities for all ages and interests. Rich in history, nature and the arts, you’ll come to shop and stay to play. From here, you can visit rocky seas-side cliffs, coastal villages, mountains, lighthouses, forests, lakes, sandy beaches.... and so so much more. 

Freeport is a 20 minute car ride to downtown Portland, and all of it's museums, galleries, and restaurants. 
The Maine Botanical Garden: ______ minutes away.  is a fantastic place to spend a day sketching! While you're there, an afternoon strolling the streets of Boothbay Harbor is something you won't soon forget. 
Brunswick and Bath: 20-30 minutes away. Brunswick and Bath Maine are fantastic old Maine towns, loaded with artists, places to eat, great Farmer's markets, and wonderful museums. Bowdoin College Museum of Art is free, and just 15 minutes from Freeport. They have fantastic exhibits year round. 
Harpswell: 25 minutes away. Harpswell is a series of islands, all connected to the Maine coast by small bridges. Cliff walks, hidden coves, rocky beaches to search for treasures, and little artist-run galleries dot all of Harpswell. 

Maine has over 60 lighthouses, and there are a bunch of great ones you can visit within an hour of Freeport! Lighthouses are wonderful places to reignite your creative spirit! Between photography, sketching, painting, and writing, Lighthouses have a way of inspiring artists like little else.  Here are a few of my favorites that are easy to travel to from Freeport: 

Portland Headlight
Maine's oldest operating lighthouse. Built during the presidency of George Washington and first renovated in 1813, Portland Head Light (1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth) is among the most photographed lighthouses in all of America.

Bug Light / Portland Breakwater Lighthouse Affectionately referred to as Bug Light because of its small stature, Portland Breakwater Lighthouse in Bug Light Park (Madison Street, South Portland) was built in 1855 of cast iron with a brick lining on a granite block foundation. The lighthouse was first lit in 1875. 

Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Built in 1897, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse (2 Fort Road, South Portland) sticks up at the mouth of the harbor like a giant spark plug, and it also has several distinctive features including a view of the entire Portland skyline from across the water. Of the 50 caisson-style lighthouses built in America on sturdy, metal foundations, this is the only one you can walk to: It's connected to land via a breakwater on the campus of Southern Maine Community CollegeWhile you're on campus grounds, you'll also want to see the ruins of Fort Preble, which guarded this point of land against foreign invasion from 1808 until 1950. Additionally, South Portland's Willard Beach adjoins the Southern Maine Community College Campus and is open to visitors.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Perched on a rocky bluff at the end of a peninsula, and overlooking Muscongus Bay, Pemaquid Point is one of the most dramatic and photographed lighthouses in Maine. On sunny summer days there will be artists all through the picnic area and on the rocks, painting or sketching the lighthouse. Built in 1827, the lighthouse warns of the treacherous rocky formations in the area. From the rocks you’ll also see many lobster buoys marking the strings of lobster pots (traps) just off the rocks. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is about an hour from Freeport.