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Llbean store in Bar Harbor?

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Llbean store in Bar Harbor?

Is there an Llbean store or outlet in Bar Harbor?

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1. Re: Llbean store in Bar Harbor?

No, there is not. The nearest one is in Ellsworth, a half hour drive away.

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2. Re: Llbean store in Bar Harbor?

Is the one in Elsworth worth going to? We are debating on whether to stop in Freeport on our way up or skip it and go to a Llbean closer to Bar Harbor where we'll be staying for a week.

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3. Re: Llbean store in Bar Harbor?

As with any outlet, it is a bit of a crap shoot of what they have. If you are looking for something in particular, stop by the Mother Ship in Freeport. There is also an LLB outlet in Freeport, but it gets picked over pretty fast.

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The LLBean store in Freeport is way, way superior in every way to the little LLBean outlet store in Ellsworth. I would consider the huge campus of stores in Freeport a tourist destination in itself. LLBean has a fish tank, a stuffed moose, and several ponds (inside and out). It's really quite beautiful to just walk around. The main Freeport store is NOT an outlet store. But there is an outlet store nearby. The Ellsworth store is just a simple store with varying (and not all that deeply discounted) goods.

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5. Re: Llbean store in Bar Harbor?

There is also an L.L. Bean outlet in Bangor that you will be pretty close to if you are driving up 95. It is larger than the one in Ellsworth.

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If you're looking for a specific item, or a particular kind of item (rain gear for example), my strategy would be to stop at the Bean's outlet store in Freeport (it's less than a block down the hill from the flagship store and right upstairs from the free parking garage). If they have what you want, you'll get it at a reasonable, but generally not fantastic, discount. If the Freeport outlet store doesn't have it, then take the short walk to the flagship store. (If for some reason they don't have it in-stock, they'll contact the mail-order folks for you and ship it for free so it will be waiting for you when you get home). Then, if you happen to also stop into the Ellsworth outlet store and find it there, you can always return the full-price item, no questions asked.

But if you just want to poke through a moderate-sized selection of Bean's merchandise and hope they have something that catches your eye at a reasonable mark-down, a stop at the Ellsworth store may suffice. (We've found some good buys there at times; come out empty-handed at others.).

The outlet stores generally get items that: are being discontinued at the flagship store; have been in the flagship store but are a bit out-of-season; have been sent out to a mail-order customer and returned because the size/color/fit was wrong but the merchandise is still in good condition (returned items are clearly marked on the price tag); or items which have been taken out of inventory because they've been replaced by an updated model/style.

You can generally find a good sampling of things like T-shirts, men's shirts and ladies blouses in various styles, blue jeans (L.L.'s store brand), over-shirts, and a variety of footwear in the outlet stores, but I would never go to any of their outlets with the expectation that any particular item will be in stock the day I decide to go.... It's not as predictable as that... but part of the fun is seeing what's in the store today....

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7. Re: Llbean store in Bar Harbor?

Wow, great answers! Thanks!

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8. Re: Llbean store in Bar Harbor?

look at the LL BEAN web-site for store locations

Are you driving up from the Philly area ?

If so look at stores in Mass, on route.

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9. Re: Llbean store in Bar Harbor?

Re: post #8 and Massachusetts LLBean stores: Just want to let you know that only the Wareham store is an outlet (and I don't think this would be on your route north to Maine). The others are regular retail shops, which are very nice (I've never been to the Mansfield store, but assume it's like the others), but in no way compare to the Freeport flagship store, IMO. MA does not charge sales tax on clothing, however.

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10. Re: Llbean store in Bar Harbor?

We aren't shoppers but loved our stop on the way through both times.

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