The sun is sitting a little lower in the sky and there’s a freshness in the morning breeze. We’re past September 21st and it’s officially autumn in Maine.
Kennebunkport is a great year around travel destination. Summer is the busiest, and most popular time of year, but we prefer autumn in New England and not just for the leaves changing color. So if you’re planning to visit soon, here’s a few things to do while you are here.
Of course, leaf peeping is the first thing that comes to mind. Our peak season here in the Kennebunks is normally around the middle of October. Having said that, we see the beginnings of color from about the middle of September so you have several weeks to enjoy the sights.
There’s several pick-your-own orchards nearby and we love to combine a trip to the orchard with our leaf peeping. Our favorite destination is Libby and Son U-Pick in Limerick, Maine. They are about an hours drive from the Inn and you can pick your own apples and high-bush blueberries during the fall at this 40 acre orchard. They also sell homemade blueberry donuts, apple cider donuts, fresh popped kettle corn and caramel apples from their farm shop. Take Route 35 North from Kennebunk and then left on Route 5 North until you spot their signs. This route is very scenic and also skirts along Lake Arrowhead. Stop and dip your toes in the water before heading back.
Fall is a great time to get outdoors. The days are still warm and sunny and there’s a lot of great walks nearby. We love Parsons Beach this time of year because it’s a little off the beaten path so it’s usually quiet and peaceful. From Kennebunkport, take Route 9 towards Wells. Cross over the Mousam River and Parsons Beach Road will be on your left. You have to drive through private property, but the beach is at the end with public parking available.
If you carry on a little further down Route 9, you will find the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. This 5400 acre National Refuge sits along 50 acres of Maine coastline and includes walks that move from forest to beach and tidal salt marshes. The trails are well marked and provide easy walking that’s both scenic and informative.
Kennebunkport’s Cape Porpoise is a must stop when visiting our area and is only a 10 minute drive from our Bed and Breakfast. This little coastal fishing community is home to several great restaurants and an amazing Kitchen/Food store (see our farm+table post for more on that!). From the end of the pier you can see the Goat Island Light House and chat with the lobstermen as they bring their daily catch in. Take your camera to watch the sunset and you may be rewarded with a spectacular sight.
If you want to enjoy Kennebunkport in the autumn, give us a call to check availability, throw a sweater in your bag and head up to the coast for a few days. You’ll be glad you did!