Once October comes and goes, Maine Coastal towns move from the bustling tourist-filled vacation spots to a quieter and more pensive feel. Many like visiting Maine much better during the “off-season” than during the busy summer and fall months. There’s a more relaxed feel to Maine’s coast during this time of year. It’s romantic, it’s peaceful and it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a romantic New England vacation. Picture sitting in front of a crackling fireplace with a steaming cup of tea or a bold glass of red wine or cuddling up under blankets in the most comfortable bed you’ve slept in for months. This is what Inns Along the Coast offer during the off-season. Use our itineraries or create your trip with our 6-day package and you have everything you need to plan the perfect off-season Coastal Maine getaway.
We asked our innkeepers what they love to suggest to guests during the off season and here’s what they had to say…
Sarah at Captain Jefferds Inn says “We send our guests for a nice walk along the Kennebunk River and the Ocean to look at Walker’s Point the Bush Family’s summer home. Additionally, she explains that Kennebunkport has three lovely beaches that are perfect to walk on when the summer folks have left: Parson’s Beach, the three Kennebunk Beaches, and the 3 mile Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport. Additionally, Sarah explains that in Kennebunkport, vacationers are fortunate to have miles of hiking trails owned by the Kennebunkport Conservation Land Trust and the Captain Jefferds Inn offers maps their our guests. Additionally, Sarah confers with Teri saying “The Rachel Carson Preserve and the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm also offer great hiking as does “the Bridle Path” all within a 10 min. drive. Once snow is on the ground in addition to the above trails we suggest going to Harris Farm (a 30 min. drive) for snowshoeing or cross country skiing on groomed trails (they are also pet friendly)
Ed at the Granite Inn recommends any one of the four museums in the vicinity along with his two favorite places to shop: Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars (vinegar and oil tasting room) and Archipeligo (The Island Institute Gift Shop). Of course, says Ed, "You can always just eat all day in any of our restaurants too!"
Cheryl at the Berry Manor Inn says things her guests enjoy are massages and Spa Days at one of Rockland's great downtown spas or the Farnsworth Art Museum and gallery hopping for the afternoon. Another great off-season idea includes catching a movie at the renovated and historic Strand Theatre or checking out the area lighthouses and the Maine Lighthouse Museum. Once the snow falls, Cheryl suggests tubing, a toboggan run or a 2 hour day pass to downhill ski at the Camden Snow Bowl with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
In Bar Harbor:
We suggest a trip to Acadia National Park because there are so many places off season that are just heavenly, quiet and pristine . Unknown to some, Acadia is a natural playground year round, even after the leaves have fallen. “Little Hunters Beach and the Stone Bridge are two of my most favorite places. It is just different in the winter. Beautiful in completely different ways than in the summer.”
There you have it; the inside scoop on all the fun things to do in the off-season from Inns Along the Coast expert innkeepers. Just because the temps are cooler, doesn’t mean winter isn’t the perfect time to visit the Maine Coast. Both indoor and outdoor fun are store for your next Maine Coastal getaway.
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.