An armchair tour of fall gardens along the coast of Maine

The swamp maples are always the first to turn.  This photo was taken in Midcoast Maine just about a week ago by PJ Walter Photography.

The swamp maples are always the first to turn.  This photo was taken in Midcoast Maine just about a week ago by PJ Walter Photography.

How do our gardens grow at the Inns Along the Coast?  Autumn in New England is well known for its fall foliage.  Leaf peepers flock to the Maine Coast and to New England states to see beautiful leaves.  Yet, fall foliage color is a little behind schedule this year.  We know it's coming, but due to a warm, dry New England summer and September, we're just now beginning to see turning leaves in Maine.  Yet, fear not.  The color is still in our gardens! 

We thought we'd take you on a armchair tour of the Inns Along the Coast's fall gardens.  Better yet, plan your own fall getaway and come see our gardens and views for yourself.  Book the Inns Along the Coast 6-day package and spend two days at your choice of Kennebunkport inns including 1802 House, Inn at English Meadows and Captain Jefferds Inn.  Then, head up to Midcoast Maine and enjoy two days in Rockland at your choice of Granite Inn, LimeRock Inn or Berry Manor Inn.  You'll finish off your 6-day itinerary with a stay at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Yet for now, let us show you how our gardens grow and the views from our decks and our towns. Here's a view of the late season herb garden, still going strong at the Inn at English Meadows.

Photo of late season herb garden by Inn at English Meadows.

Photo of late season herb garden by Inn at English Meadows.

Next, we're on to the 1802 House which shared this photo of their gardens, still replete with color in late September.

Photo of the late season garden taken in September by 1802 House B&B.

Photo of the late season garden taken in September by 1802 House B&B.

Look at the newest guest who made Captain Jefferds Inn its home over the summer and into the fall!

This little guy roosted below one of the decks at the Captain Jefferds Inn throughout the summer. Photo by Marti Mayne.

This little guy roosted below one of the decks at the Captain Jefferds Inn throughout the summer. Photo by Marti Mayne.

Next our tour will move up the Maine coast to Rockland, Maine's Midcoast home for the Historic Inns of Rockland.  The gardens here are still going strong, with plenty of fall color to greet guests, starting at the LimeRock Inn.

You'd think this photo of the LimeRock Inn's gardens was shot in the height of the summer, but it was taken in early October!  Photo by Marti Mayne.

You'd think this photo of the LimeRock Inn's gardens was shot in the height of the summer, but it was taken in early October!  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Berry Manor Inn's gardens are still filled with color.  Here's another example of a fall garden that you'd think might be mid-summer's blossoms.

Pink and maroon are Berry Manor Inn's colors in this late September photo.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Pink and maroon are Berry Manor Inn's colors in this late September photo.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

And the Granite Inn overlooking Rockland Harbor is also still in bloom.  In fact, with the addition of its new greenhouse to raise orchids, the Granite Inn will be blooming year-round now!

Yellow flowers flank the deck at the Granite Inn.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Yellow flowers flank the deck at the Granite Inn.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Our final stop on the fall tour of Coastal Maine is in Bar Harbor, renowned for its fabulous fall views and Acadia National Park hikes.  Lately the sunsets have been fabulous.  Here's one captured by a guest of the Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B in early fall.

A view of Frenchman's Bay from Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B.  Photo provided by Saltair Inn.

A view of Frenchman's Bay from Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B.  Photo provided by Saltair Inn.

And when guests of Saltair Inn and Canterbury Cottage went hiking in Acadia National Park, look what they found as early as late August!

Guests at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B and Canterbury Cottage B&B always spend time in Acadia National Park.  Photo by guest of Saltair Inn. 

Guests at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B and Canterbury Cottage B&B always spend time in Acadia National Park.  Photo by guest of Saltair Inn. 

The best part about the late fall foliage season is that many of the inn's move to "value season" after mid-to-late October.  Book your Inns Along the Coast trip later in October and you'll still enjoy plenty of great Maine leaf-peeping along with value-season rates too.

When you go

Of course, you’ll find all the info you need about the 7 Inns Along the Coast at www.InnsAlongtheCoast.com. However, if you should want to reach out to any or all of the Inns Along the Coast directly, here’s the info you’ll need.  We look forward to welcoming you soon for your tasty trip to the Maine Coast. 

In Kennebunkport:

1802 House: Email:  info@1802house.com, website: www.1802house.com, reservations: (800) 932-5632, Innkeepers: Teri & Roger Walker

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email: captjeff@captainjefferdsinn.com, website: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom

Inn at English Meadows: Email: innkeeper@englishmeadowsinn.com, website: www.englishmeadowsinn.com, reservations: 207-967-5766/800-272-0698, innkeepers: David and Kate Parisi

In Rockland:

Berry Manor Inn: Email: info@berrymanorinn.com, website: www.berrymanorinn.com, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email: info@oldgraniteinn.com, website: www.OldGraniteInn.com, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

LimeRock Inn: Email: info@LimeRockinn.com, website: www.LimeRockinn.com, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis

In Bar Harbor:

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:  relax@saltairinn.com, website: www.saltairinn.com, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.