Hi, friends! I hope each of you had a lovely weekend!
We used to go away for a weekend here and there before we adopted Lucy, but since then, our vacations have been more the "rent a cabin by the lake" style, not so much a hotel. When we went to Freeport in April, we loved the town, and the quaint feel it had. It's easily driveable for us, and has tons of dog-friendly places, too!
|(This was taken in April, our visit was almost entirely sunny!)|
The benefit of visiting Freeport in the summer with a dog is that many restaurants have dog-friendly patios. We ate dinner at Linda Bean's Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern the first night, and though the outdoor seating was right alongside the Main St. sidewalk, it was a great spot to watch the action, and for Lucy to take a break under Rich's chair to watch the world go by. The food at Linda Bean's was awesome, as well! We'd definitely recommend visiting if you're in Freeport.
We got there on the early side, which was nice, so we didn't have to wait. There aren't tons of dog-friendly restaurants where we live, so we weren't sure how Lucy would do with all of the hustle and bustle, so it was nice to not wait for a table. Turns out, she did just fine, thankfully!
Many of the stores in Freeport are also dog-friendly, which was wonderful. The days were pretty hot, and walking around, it felt even hotter, so it was so, so nice that we could all go into the stores to browse and take a break from the heat. We definitely wouldn't have done any shopping if one of us had always needed to stand outside with Lucy, sweltering, while she was getting no break from the heat. The stores that are dog-friendly are all marked in the touristy brochure available all over, which was so helpful. The employees of every store we went into were so friendly toward Lucy, and we're all very respectful of her shy personality. The people in the Patagonia store even offered to let us just take a break on their couches for a bit to cool off. We were so thankful for the stores being so friendly!
The one place we would have loved to explore was the big LL Bean flagship store. To be honest, I was pretty surprised to find out that it was not dog-friendly. It's one of, if not the, biggest stores in Freeport, and seems like the kind of place that would be more welcoming to well-behaved furry friends, but I guess it's not. Anyway, the grounds of the store complex were pretty, and shady, and made for a nice spot to relax a bit. Of course, no trip is complete without paying a visit to the huge boot, so we did what all people who are yet to have children do, and made our dog pose for a photo op. ;)
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading! I'd love to know if you have any favorite dog-friendly places to visit or restaurants to try out in New England. Please share!
Also, in case you missed it, check out our DIY hanging chalkboard project here. I love how it looks hanging in our dining room!