Two Icons of Maine
Before finishing this series of posts, I would be remiss if I did not mention two major Maine Icons: L.L. Bean and Moody’s Diner.
L.L. Bean is a Maine institution that effectively dominates the town of Freeport. What is really cool about L.L. Bean is not the awesome camping equipment and wide range of colours if seems to offer in its women’s wear line (admittedly, some of the styles need updating and I’m not sure who is wearing raisin brown) but, the fact that it stands behind every item it offers with a lifetime, 100% satisfaction guarantee. Even cooler than that – its main store is open 24/7 every single day of the year – the store does not even have locks! Yes, if you are in Maine on Christmas Eve and realized after midnight mass that you forgot to buy everyone gifts, you can go to the Freeport store and shop till your hearts content. www.llbean.com
While shopping is not necessarily what every kid wants to do, on my last visit there I saw swarms of kids eagerly picking out backpacks and water bottles for monogramming. At Bean’s you can get almost anything with your name or initials on it – a wonderful thing for those of us with kids whose names can never be found in the racks of miniature licence plates or pencils.
L.L. Bean also has an active roster of classes that you can attend as a student of their Outdoor Discovery School. Classes run the gamut from kayaking to fly-fishing to leadership and first aid. http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1000001692?nav=ftlink
As part of its contribution to the local community, Bean’s sponsors “Summer in the Park”, a series of free concerts and events suitable for the entire family. http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/513045
Okay, so Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro Maine does not have the best food I have ever tried and the décor is a little rustic to say the least, but it has been around since 1927 and looks to be around for a long time to come.
Moody’s is directly on Route 1 and was established in response to the rise of travel via the automobile. It started with a few cheap cabins and evolved to include an onsite restaurant and gift shop. It’s website proudly states that it has served over 1 million customers since it opened – and probably just about as much pie (a main draw). There is not a ton I can say about Moody’s – just that it is worth a quick visit for nostalgia’s sake. http://www.moodysdiner.com
Mid-Coast Maine has a ton of great little towns and quirky places to visit and explore – far too many for me to mention here. I have included a link for Visit Maine – http://www.visitmaine.com and I highly encourage you to start clicking and exploring the mid-coast region and all it has to offer.
Just remember, a local saying in Maine is “You can’t get there from here.” So keep your GPS handy and a good stockpile of games and snacks for the kids – you won’t regret it.