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Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine

Harraseeket Inn guests can walk home from the L.L. Bean complex in Freeport to relax in the indoor pool or the pub
Harraseeket Inn guests can walk from the L.L. Bean complex in Freeport to relax in the indoor pool or the pub.

FREEPORT — You might think of Freeport as a day trip: Roll into town, hit the L.L. Bean flagship store and a few outlet stores, grab a lobster roll at Linda Bean’s (or a double-chocolate whoopie pie at Wicked Whoopies), and be on your way. But why not take your time, and make this a real getaway?

You can even skip the two-hour drive. The Amtrak Downeaster train now stops in Freeport. And Freeport’s comfiest inn, the family-owned and -operated Harraseeket, is a short walk from the station. While there are plenty of places to stay in this outlet shopping mecca, staying at the Harraseeket feels like a vacation. It’s a bit pricier than some of the chain hotels in town, but the amenities are more lavish. This 93-room, AAA four-diamond-rated property offers an indoor heated pool, two dining rooms (we love the Broad Arrow Tavern), and fireplaces galore. A full buffet breakfast is included in the room rate, plus a treat-laden afternoon tea. (You might reconsider that whoopee pie.)

Guest rooms are located in the main inn, a carriage house, and a townhouse, but the main inn offers the liveliest experience. All rooms are outfitted with 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and all have private baths; deluxe rooms have fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Decor is traditional, but not over the top; sleekest digs are in the Thomas Moser Suite, completely decorated in Thos. Moser cabinetry furnishings, including a queen-size pencil-post bed and a wood-burning sandstone fireplace with a walnut mantle.


Don’t be in a rush to leave: the Lobster Sunday Brunch was voted “best brunch in the state” by Down East magazine. 162 Main St., 207-865-9377,,rooms $150-$295.

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Diane Bair and Pamela Wright