Ask most travelers when the best time to visit the Maine Coast might be, and the majority will tell you it’s during the summer. Yet, anyone who has visited the Maine Coast in the fall will be quick to choose September and October as their favorite months for an inn-to-inn getaway to Maine’s Coast. From Kennebunkport to Rockland to Bar Harbor, September and October are the quiet winners for romantic getaways in Coastal Maine. Shhhh…don’t tell too many people, as most travelers don’t want you to discover their treasured inns and Maine Coastal adventures during this hallowed season. We don’t mind spreading the word, though. Fall getaways in Southern Maine, Midcoast Maine and Downeast Maine are scenic, tasty and best of all far from the maddening crowds.
With kids back at schools, family travel wanes during September and October. This leaves the fall months ideal for those who prefer a romantic inn setting and adventures sans kids and teens, and oh yes! No mosquitos either. But for foodies, the tastes and colors of local fare come alive in the fall. Tis the season for fantastic foodie getaways on the Coast of Maine.
Eat a Lobster
A common misunderstanding among travelers who have not yet visited Maine in the fall is the assumption that lobsters are only plentiful in the summer. Not true, especially this year. With the cold winter we had, the lobstering season was a bit late to start, which means it will continue well into September and October. In fact, September is so special for lobster lovers that a group in Rockland celebrates each year with Lobsterpalooza, featuring lobster specials in the restaurants and a Lobster Mac and Cheese contest to which the public is invited for tastings, for a mere $10. Save September and October to ride on LuLu’s Lobster Boat Ride in Bar Harbor or enjoy a lobster roll at Nunan’s Lobster, owned by a fisherman in Kennebunkport, then return to the inn for the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a long time! For foodies, fall is the ideal getaway season.
Visit a Farm stand or Farmer’s Market or Go Apple Picking
From pumpkins to squash, zucchini and plenty of tomatoes, the farm stands and Farmer’s Markets are overflowing with harvest abundance in September. The colors of bright orange pumpkins, red apples and green squash are almost as spectacular as the colors of the leaves on the way to the farm stand. In Bar Harbor, the Acadia Farmer’s Market is held Friday from 3:00-6:00pm through October 10th. In Rockland, the Farmer’s Market is held on Thursdays from 9:00am – 12:30pm in Harbor Park through the end of October, and in Kennebunkport the Farmer’s Market is held on Saturdays from 8:00am – 1:00pm at Lafayette Center in Kennebunk through November 21.
One of the most scenic farm stands in New England is Beth’s Farm Market in Union, Maine. Visit this on your way from Kennebunkport to Rockland or Bar Harbor. It’s packed with everything you can imagine from fresh apple crisp to sustainable fish, and more pumpkins and squash varieties than you have ever seen.
You’ll find plenty of choices for great places to go apple picking in Maine too. Simply click here for a map to all of the apple orchards in Maine, along with a list of the farms and directions.
The Maine Foodie Tours are now operating in Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor. They operate a number of different tours in Portland too. For foodies, this is a great way to enjoy a guided tour of the most delicious stops in each of the destinations hosting Inns Along the Coast members. Hop aboard the Maine Foodie Tour bus for a guided gastronomic introduction to the most tasty restaurants and food purveyors in each destination. Better yet, enjoy the Inns Along the Coast six—day package and add on the Maine Foodie Tour at each location. Afterward, you can tell all your friends that you tasted your way through the best parts of Maine! Of course, each day you’ll return back to your inn to share your impressions and tasty tips with your innkeeper and other guests.
We can’t also forget that each day will start out with a sumptuous hand-crafted breakfast, filled with the freshest ingredients, some of which just might be growing in the kitchen gardens outside the inn’s door! For many guests, these breakfasts are the favorite part of the day, served each morning with a fresh brewed Cuppa Joe.
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.
Granite Inn: Email: email@example.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