While Labor Day has barely passed, fall foliage is only weeks away, bringing with it glorious colors of autumn to the New England landscape. Here on the Maine coast, you’ll see glowing reds, oranges and golds to contrast the deep ocean hues, and that is one of the best things about fall here – the beautiful scenes and the ocean views! There are countless ways to enjoy the fall season, but one of the best is simply wandering the streets and coastlines of Kennebunkport and drinking in the glorious colors.
Since the big box stores are sending the message that Thanksgiving is practically here, we are clearly behind the 8 ball thinking about fall (because clearly the time to do that was, like, July 4th). In reality, though, the foliage colors peak sometime between the last week of September and Columbus Day Weekend. That said, some years the stunning scenery will last until the very end of October, and fading into November. But almost no matter what the weather brings, you will definitely see autumnal tones on the trees from September 20 through Halloween. That means that there is plenty of time to grab a pumpkin spice something, go apple picking, and take the perfect Instagram photo of the fall foliage. Speaking of fall foliage, there are so many routes for enjoying the fall colors – on foot, by bike, or in a car. The staff at the Maine Stay Inn is happy to help you map out your ideal route to maximize enjoyment of the seasonal views.
This fall, we are looking forward to leaf peeping (of course, right?) because we too like posting beautiful pictures on Instagram, but we are also hoping to take a foliage cruise on the water, because local sailboat rides like the Schooner Eleanor or the Pineapple Ketch offer a unique view of the foliage from the water. We are also particularly fond of hikes (not just in the fall, but honestly in any season!) and Mount Agamenticus is a favorite spot in the autumn. Why? The view is spectacular! In one spin you can see the fall foliage of Southern Maine towns of Wells, Kennebunkport, York and Ogunquit, the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and all the way to Mount Washington, as long as the weather cooperates, of course! But hiking and sailboat rides are just two of the activities to enjoy during your fall foliage getaway, so what’s on your to-do list this fall when leaf peeping in Kennebunkport Maine?