Some might think that because of Maineís vast green forests and undeveloped terrain that there arenít places to shop. They would be wrong. So if while visiting Maine you are dreaming of malls and smoking credit cards instead of the rugged beauty of ocean crashed shorelines there is hope for you. Maine is brimming with places to spend your money from traditional malls to flea markets to shopping towns.
The traditional malls can be found in South Portland and Bangor. The mall in South Portland is actually called the Maine Mall. With 140 stores, 18 restaurants and anchor stores such as Sears, Macyís and J.C. Penneys you can have hours of shopping enjoyment. Because of its size, everyone in your family will find places to lose some green. Donít worry guys, there is a Best Buy, Electronics Boutique, and Fye to feed your electronic urges. Kids will find the Disney Store, Build-A-Bear and, if theyíre like my chocolate munching children, Godiva of special interest. The traditional mall in Bangor is appropriately called the Bangor Mall. Shocking, huh? Itís about half the size of the Maine Mall with 79 stores but it has the same anchor stores. You can find hiking, fishing and outdoor gear at the Dickís Sporting Goods store. For those seeking to support Maine businesses Iíd suggest stepping into Berg Sportswear and picking up your University of Maine Black Bearís t-shirt.
If a traditional mall is too sterile, new or ordinary maybe a flea market is for you. Itís difficult to tell what strange forgotten treasures you can find at a flea market. In Maine there are too many flea markets to review so Iíll give you a list to explore.
Another shopping experience can be found in towns that specialize in shopping. Yes, you heard me correctly, entire towns dedicated to fine art of shopping. Freeport Maine is such a town. A motivated shopper could spend days wandering through the streets of Freeport, itís an incredible place. From the whimsical fun of the Cool as a Moose store to the striking beauty of the pottery at Edgecomb Potters there is a store for you. Because of an unwritten law, I have to mention the massive L.L. Bean store or they will bar me from Freeport forever. After a tiring day of shopping go to Gritty McDuffís to unwind. They have a fenced yard with a swing set for the kids to play while you enjoy adult conversation on the deck. Those of you who have rug rats know how rare it is to eat and chat without interruption. Bar Harbor is another quaint town with plenty of shopping and other fun tourist activities. If youíve ever been to Ben and Billís Chocolate Emporium and savored some delectable treats you understand that being a tourist isnít a bad thing. Overall, Bar Harbor has a flare for local crafts and arts. It seems as though the entire town is comprised of artists and craftsmen. Long ago Bar Harbor was known as a place for the ultra wealthy but today everyone can feel comfortable here.
Please realize that these arenít even a fraction of the shops in Maine. There are tiny towns throughout Maine with wonderful shops and breathtaking views that offer additional shopping. Take a day or two to meander through harbor towns with small mom and pop shops to really understand Maine and its friendly people.
I've attached a link to Fairfield Inn to the bottom of this article because there is one in Bangor, Portland and Freeport. We've stayed at the Fairfield Inn in Freeport and loved it. The kids enjoyed the indoor pool and hot tub!