Autumn along the coast of Maine: A photo tour to spur your next trip

Grassy Pond in Union, Maine.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Grassy Pond in Union, Maine.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

While Indian Summer may be upon us right now, it's beginning to look a lot like autumn in Maine. With temps in the 80s this week, it may not feel like fall is here, but just look up at the trees and you'll see fall colors are beginning to turn.  The leaves make their shift from summer greens to harvest hues in the Northern part of the Maine Coast first, but by mid-October Maine foliage is a sight to be seen.  Contrast the color of the leaves with a deep blue sea or a blue sky and it's no wonder that people flock to Inns Along the Coast for romantic getaways during this time of year.  Return to a crackling fire, a warm toddy and the most comfortable bed you've ever slept in, then start the next day with a scrumptious homemade and hearty breakfast. Now that's what New England fall getaways are all about.

We thought it might be fun to take you on a photo tour of what you'll see along Maine's coast this fall.  While admittedly these photos were taken in previous seasons, Mother Nature never disappoints us. Here's what you have to look forward to.

Starting in the Southern part of the state, the colors are in the beautiful decorations found at Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport.

And sunsets are beautiful along the beaches and rocky coast at any time of year.

And sunsets are beautiful along the beaches and rocky coast at any time of year.

And each door is highlighted by a beautiful fall wreath at this time of year.

Fall wreaths at Captain Jefferds Inn, Kennebunkport, ME

Fall wreaths at Captain Jefferds Inn, Kennebunkport, ME

In Freeport, look for fall leaves to highlight the Brewster House B&B.

Golden yellows light the way to the front door of the Brewster House B&B.

Golden yellows light the way to the front door of the Brewster House B&B.

And with a focus on craft beers sampling, cooking demonstrations and fabulous breakfasts, your innkeepers, Kelleigh and Dave will be on hand to offer a hearty autumn welcome.

Kelleigh and Dave, your innkeepers at Brewster House Inn.

Kelleigh and Dave, your innkeepers at Brewster House Inn.

Continue traveling up the Maine Coast toward the Midcoast, and you'll find fall foliage scenes that will leave you speechless.  LimeRock Inn innkeeper, PJ Walter, has captured some beautiful scenic shots along Maine's Midcoast.  Now grab the camera and see these for yourself on your own Inns Along the Coast getaway!

In Newcastle, you'll find the ideal respite at the Newcastle Inn, flanked by beautiful foliage and fall themed window boxes.

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Whether you enjoy a glass of wine or sample some of Maine's Craft beer in the pub, filled with innkeeper Julie's collection of board games, or sit and enjoy putting the final piece of the puzzle in the ongoing jigsaw, there are plenty of common rooms at the Newcastle Inn to return to after a day of leaf peeping.

Board games in the pub at the Newcastle Inn.

Board games in the pub at the Newcastle Inn.

Next stop, Rockland, and the three Historic Inns of Rockland, LimeRock Inn, Berry Manor Inn and Granite Inn,  in all their autumn glory!

Fall flowers and fall leaves offer autumn color at the LimeRock Inn.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Fall flowers and fall leaves offer autumn color at the LimeRock Inn.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Berry Manor Inn in all her fall glory.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography.

Berry Manor Inn in all her fall glory.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography.

Autumn reds are seen both in the leaves and in the late blooming gardens at Granite Inn.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Autumn reds are seen both in the leaves and in the late blooming gardens at Granite Inn.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Rockland's harborside downtown section comes alive in fall colors.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Rockland's harborside downtown section comes alive in fall colors.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Next stop on our Inns Along the Coast fall photo tour is Camden.  As beautiful fall colors ring the harbor, the town is painted in the natural autumn hues and long rays of sunshine during the fall months. Stay at Hawthorn Inn and view the fall colors around the harbor from the back yard or walk the few blocks into town and take in the view from Main Street.

Falling leaves add a carpet of autumn colors to the Hawthorn Inn.

Falling leaves add a carpet of autumn colors to the Hawthorn Inn.

And beauty is not only served by mother nature.  Fall, winter, spring summer, beauty is served up each morning at breakfast by innkeeper/breakfast Chef, Ted!

And beauty is not only served by mother nature.  Fall, winter, spring summer, beauty is served up each morning at breakfast by innkeeper/breakfast Chef, Ted!

We end our photo journey of Inns Along the Coast in Bar Harbor, known for its gorgeous inns and Acadia National Park. Here you'll take in the colors of fall from trails, Carriage Roads and the windows of your room at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B or Aysgarth Station.  Here's what you can expect to see.

Fall views in Acadia.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

Fall views in Acadia.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

Colorful trees line downtown Bar Harbor streets.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

Colorful trees line downtown Bar Harbor streets.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

At Aysgarth Station B&B, Bar Harbor leaf peeping starts right in the front yard.

At Aysgarth Station B&B, Bar Harbor leaf peeping starts right in the front yard.

Take in the fall views of Frenchman's Bay from the back yard of Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B.

Take in the fall views of Frenchman's Bay from the back yard of Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B.

There you have it; an online armchair tour of the inns along the Coast of Maine in all their autumn glory.  Wouldn't you love to see it in person?  Contact your favorite inn and book your fall getaway soon.  We'll continue to see color until late October, so you still have time!

In Kennebunkport:

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

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.

Aysgarth Station B&B: Email: innkeeper@aysgarth.com , website: www.aysgarthstation.com, 207-288-9655, Innkeeper: Melody Kronenberg.