The last few days have felt like a preview to fall with beautiful sunny days, cooler temps, and chilly nights that just beg for a sweatshirt or jacket, signaling that the end of summer really is approaching here on the Maine Coast. But thanks to the 10 day forecast, I know the summer weather is supposed to return later this week, just in time for a glorious Labor Day Weekend. This actually happens to be my very favorite time to be in Maine – the warm days, the cool nights, and the beautiful warm (for Maine, that is) water at the beaches. The end of August and September is a truly spectacular time to explore the coast of Maine.
So this week, we turned off the A/C (although obviously visitors are welcome to control the climate in their rooms or suites) and threw the windows wide open, letting that glorious ocean air to float through. And while breakfast on the porch at the earliest seatings were delightful with a sweatshirt, more than a few folks opted to enjoy inside the dining room – something that definitely says “fall” for us at the Maine Stay. Fortunately, we are still about 2 weeks away from seeing the first hints of fall foliage color, with the exception of our solitary struggling maple out front, which always loses its leaves by mid September. Unfortunately the town arborist says that it is time to say farewell to that towering tree, which this year started losing them in July. But with about a month before we reach the peak of the fall foliage (or even more, as the range is usually from the last week of September through Columbus Day), there is definitely plenty of summery weather to enjoy even after Labor Day!
This brief change in the weather is great for thinking about awesome fall plans like when to go apple picking or visit the local pumpkin patch, plan day trips to the mountains or our northern neighbors, and of course, plan some perfect fall hikes. I am sure if there were a Starbucks nearby there would be plenty of Pumpkin Spice on order this week (though Mornings in Paris probably has plenty to fill the void) and you can be sure that our kitchen is working on fall themed recipes for breakfast and afternoon tea this coming fall – and this cool weather is great inspiration. But don’t fret – the gardens are still growing and we aren’t ready to plant our Mums just yet, so it’s not quite time to usher in the fall season. After all, there are still plenty of opportunities to use our beach towels on the sands of Kennebunkport Maine! No matter what, this weather is glorious, and we are so lucky to share such a beautiful part of the Maine Coast with locals and visitors alike.