Did you know Portland, the largest city in Maine, is only 20 minutes south of Freeport? Many of our group members stay at least one night in Freeport and so we wanted to provide some additional information on the area. Although our main trip focus is the snow activities at Sunday River, it is always nice to take advantage of what else Maine has to offer!
If you are staying at the Best Western Freeport Inn, you will be just around the corner from the exit to hop on the I-295 S highway and head down to the area of Portland / South Portland.
If you are looking for shopping, there are a number of big-box stores, such as T.J. Maxx, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Target, Burlington Coat Factory, and Lowe’s to name a few. The Maine Mall, just off the highway, has both a Macy’s and J.C Penney among the many other store options.
Any boaters or tool enthusiasts in the group might be interested in West Marine, Hamilton Marine Inc. or Harbor Freight Tools.
A number of chain style restaurants are located surrounding the mall area, with Five Guys, Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Chipotle Mexican Grill as a few examples.
Trip Advisor gives a list of restaurants in South Portland, ranked from 1 to 102. We have had a few great meals at Pom’s Thai Restaurant (#13 🙂 ). There is also a list of restaurants in Portland, more in the downtown area.
One of our favourite spots to go in Portland is Trader Joe’s. If you aren’t familiar with the name, it is a US grocery chain that is quite unique. The majority of the items they carry are exclusive to the chain, with a large selection in a smaller format style store. Prices are really good, with lots of different items. If you go, be sure to check out their:
- cheese selection (Unexpected Cheddar is so good)
- wine and beer section (famous for their ‘Two-Buck Chuck’ Charles Shaw wine selection, now a bit more than $2)
- snacks (Reduced Guilt dips and Partially Popped Popcorn)
- ever popular Cookie Butter (in it’s many forms)
A list was recently published of the top customer pics for 2016, read that here. We plan on picking up groceries at Trader Joe’s for our time at the hill.
In addition to Trader Joe’s, you can also find Hannaford Supermarkets and Shaw’s, as well as a Whole Foods location just around the corner from Trader Joe’s.
Hope this helps if you were thinking of heading south of Freeport! Let us know if there are any other areas you would like us to feature.