September is upon us – seriously, how did that happen?! – and there are so many amazing ways to enjoy this month in Maine. The beginning of the month feels like summer, and the end of the month boasts the colors of fall, making September basically a two-fer. So how do you take advantage of all the amazing things about summertime in Kennebunkport and an amazing fall foliage tour? Here’s our 5 favorite things to do to get the most out of your September getaway to Maine:
1. Schooners. Nothing says “summering” more than a glorious sailboat ride on the Atlantic.
September can be a little cooler than the middle of summer, especially come the end of the month, so just make sure to bring a sweatshirt or windbreaker. Schooner Eleanor has blankets, in case you forget your layers, but both of those are pretty much staples for any time between May and November. So don’t forget it when packing, okay? Anyhow, a sailboat ride along the coastline is also a spectacular way to enjoy the colors of fall – think about those Instagram-worthy shots of the coastline from the water. Stellar!
2. The Lighthouses. Okay, the Maine lighthouses are gorgeous literally 365 days a year, and they just scream “Maine.” But tours of the coastline means amazing opportunities to spend time on the water, and toward the end of the month, your pics will feature glowing colors, and getting from one to the next is basically a fall foliage tour all on its own. Goat Island Light, one of the state’s smallest lighthouses, which is located right in Kennebunkport Maine, is a spot not to be missed, and you can stop in to the nearby Cape Pier Chowder House for a quick lunch on the docks.
3. Local Farms. Who doesn’t love a trip to the farm? You support small businesses, local agriculture, and it’s so delicious! I might fail at growing anything but herbs, but thank goodness others have greener thumbs! September is sometimes the end of blueberry season, but it almost always means corn and apples. Who doesn’t love apple picking? Just over the border in Wells sits Spiller Farm, a great spot to pick early and late season apples, and their farm stand is super cute.So grab your basket, head to Pinterest for apple inspiration, and get picking!
4. Antiquing. This is another year round fave, but when the beach is calling your name, searching for that perfect piece even Joanna Gaines will envy usually falls a little lower on the list. But as the weather cools, there is something amazing about hunting for treasure (in furniture or accessory form, of course) the Southern Maine Antique Trail. It’s a real thing, I swear. From little to big and everything in between, the antique shops in the area are sure to have just what you were looking for (or didn’t know you were looking for).
5. Hikes and Nature Walks. Break out your sneakers and maybe some binoculars, because there is tons to see and enjoy on the trails of Southern Maine. For some altitude, head to Mount Agamenticus in York, or even day trip over to Mount Washington for some real mountainous terrain. Or stay a little closer to your home-away-from-home and try the miles of trails at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, the Kennebunk Land Trust and the Wells Reserve. You’d have to spend the entire month to traverse them all, but there is plenty to enjoy!
So even in an “in between” kind of month like September, when it might not be super beachy and might not be the epitome of autumn, there are so many things to enjoy!