Why would you leave Maine before fall? There is magic that happens after summer ends in the woods around the coast. We love to notice the gradual change from green to yellow, gold, orange, and deep red. You can always drive deeper into Maine to find new ways the foliage expresses itself. It is incredibly beautiful and humbling. Fall reminds us that we all transform. There are endings and new beginnings, sometimes all at once. We want to guide you through the autumn as you take a road trip into Maine to observe the changing of the seasons and the explosion of color that starts in September and continues through the end of October, sometimes even peeking into November. As much as we cherish the sweet, warm summer, fall is the coziest time of year. You should be here!
The slow drive up Route 1 is a perfect place to start. Beginning in Brunswick get off the highway and follow the coast. You can go slow as you like to admire the sensational view (but please stay to the right so we can pass you :). We advise making lots of stops along the way. The journey is the destination, especially when it comes to fall foliage expeditions. Stop for pumpkin ice cream and lobster rolls, stop to take pictures and breathe the clean, crisp air. Get pumpkins and squash at Beth’s Farm Market or School House Farm in Warren. Head north to Hope Orchards to pick apples and watch as cider gets pressed. Attend one of the harvest festivals and sit out by a crackling campfire under the stars.
If you desire an experience that is even more astounding, you have got to go up to to Baxter State Park, home of imposing Mount Katahdin and part of the Appalachian Trail. You can drive through the winding park paths, a trip that takes 2 hours at the least, and see nature up close and secluded. If it’s a warm fall day, take off your shoes and roll up your pants and stand in a stream that burbles over the rocks. If it’s chilly, turn on the heat in your car and sip hot chocolate from a thermos. It’s all about a total sensory experience. Play music that speaks to you, whether it’s Mahler or the Rolling Stones. You will have a sublime experience when you drive through this impressive expanse of wilderness.
Our final advice is to meet people and buy things you find along the way. If there are quilts for sale by the roadside, talk to the women who sewed them. Leave a few dollars in the jar of a farm stand for a pile of sunflowers or late tomatoes. Have breakfast at the diner where the locals go for eggs and baked beans every morning. Soak it all up, because Maine is a world apart, but it is evolving. Much like the leaves, the times they are changing. You don’t want to miss a minute of this fleeting season in our glorious state. Stay for a while through the fall; we’d love to find you a cozy place to rest your head at the end of a day of adventuring.