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There's a lot going on at L.L.Bean, and this is the place to keep up with all the latest news. Our blog is chock-full of great ideas and advice to inspire your outdoor adventures – as well as updates on products, sales and events in Freeport, Maine, and around the country.

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After launching Share Your Story on llbean.com, our customers wrote to us with everything from product stories and suggestions to simple notes of gratitude. Every day, we learn about adventures in backyards and abroad,... More

  1. Thursday, 4/3/14

    Our National Park Series: Voyageurs National Park

    Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park has been a boater’s paradise ever since French Canadian explorer Jacques de Noyon first ventured along the Rainy River in 1688. With 55 miles of interconnected waterways to meander, today’s visitors have ample opportunity to explore the park’s 30 lakes and 900 islands. During our 100th anniversary, we supported the Teen… More



  2. Saturday, 3/29/14

    A Little Cashmere, a Lot of Softness

    The 5% of premium cashmere in our Cotton/Cashmere Sweaters takes cotton to a whole new level – you’ll notice it at first touch. Five percent might not sound like a lot, but a small amount of something can actually make a big difference. Just think about what happens when you stir a bit of chocolate… More



  3. Thursday, 3/27/14

    Off the Grid with Google Trekker

    With the pristine wilderness of Acadia National Park and over 3,000 miles of crystal clear shoreline, we’ll tend to believe that Vacationland is the best place to explore the outdoors. But what if we want to paddle the winding bends of the Colorado River? Explore the Canadian Arctic by dogsled? Summit over 12,000 feet to… More



  4. Tuesday, 3/25/14

    Made in Maine, Built for the Long Haul

    Designed when ice came in big chunks and money didn’t. Long before ice cubes tumbled from a freezer door, block ice was cut from local lakes to keep ice chests cold. The trick was transporting the ice home without it melting all over the car. Bean’s Ice Carrier – now known as the Boat and… More



  5. Friday, 3/21/14

    Rugged Cotton Canvas: “The Toughest Fabric Known”

    Thumb through any vintage L.L.Bean catalog and you’ll find lots of great items made from heavy-duty cotton canvas, starting with the Original Field Coat from 1924. Originally called “duck” after the Dutch word “doek,” meaning cloth, cotton canvas has been used since the 1800s in traditional sails, work clothes and even in the first “duck”… More



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