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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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Meet L.L.Bean Paddling Instructor Daniel D.

We recently caught up with Daniel D., an L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools (ODS) instructor from our Victor, NY store, who was excited to jump on board (literally) to share his love for paddleboarding and his... More

  1. Friday, 5/22/15

    Appalachian Odyssey: Jeff Ryan’s 28-Year Hike on the A.T.

    There are two ways to hike the famous Appalachian Trail: “thru-hiking,” which means a continuous trip from one terminus to the other; and “section-hiking,” which means splitting the hike into sections and tackling them piece by piece, perhaps out of order, perhaps over years.   Jeff Ryan didn’t realize, when he first set foot on… More



  2. Friday, 5/15/15

    The Craft behind the Craft

    Located on an unassuming street in Brunswick, a Maine legacy lives on. Not shipbuilding. Not fishing. Not “lobstah” dining. It’s blanket weaving – a rich (and warm) textile tradition stretching as far back as the 1800s.     One look around the textile mill of Maine Woolens™, the preeminent fancy weave blanket maker in the United… More



  3. Wednesday, 4/15/15

    L.L.Bean and the U.S. Ski Team

    L.L.Bean is proud to be an Official Supplier to the U.S. Ski Team. On Friday, March 27, we kicked off the partnership with an event in Sun Valley, Idaho. Our team met the Nordic Ski Team, presented them with ProStretch Fleece Jackets, took some pictures and had a great time in the legendary resort town.… More



  4. Wednesday, 3/11/15

    Cutting Edge Fly-Fishing Gear for Spring 2015

    Spring is almost here, and warmer temperatures aren’t the only reason we’re excited. The change in seasons means it’s time to go fishing and hit the rivers, lakes and streams with three innovative new products: the new Apex Fly-Fishing Rod, the L.L.Bean Nipper and the redesigned Rapid River Vest Pack.   “For us, innovation and… More



  5. Monday, 3/9/15

    Up Close and Personal

    Artist A.D. Maddox Will Reel You In    The big trout races at you in an explosion of color. In the excitement of the moment, you feel the strength and energy of the fish. You find yourself eye level with nature’s freshwater torpedo – the wild steelhead. “There’s something I love about this sport,” says… More



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