Nothing sparkles quite like foliage season in Mid-Coast Maine. Though it’s hard to say goodbye to long summer days on the water, the promise of Indian summer looms near. Warm days linger long into September, and crisp nights harken the onset of changing colors across the region. Combine sparking blue ocean water, a clear cerulean sky, and a forest afire with red and orange foliage. It’s a feast for the senses. And, with so many fun ways to get out and experience Mother Nature’s leaf-peeping season, you’ll need to spend several days with us at the Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, Maine to appreciate it all.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to experience foliage season in Mid-Coast Maine.
- Drive to the top of Mt. Battie. Few places on earth offer a vista that slopes from a mountaintop down to the sea. But, the view from the top of Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park will take your breath away.
- Pick your own apples from nearby orchards. Travel to the tiny village of Hope, Maine to indulge in crisp red apples and tree-ripe pears. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to visit on a cider-pressing day, take home a quart of the most delicious juice you’ve ever tasted.
- Choose a nearby peninsula to explore. Along the winding roads of Boothbay, Pemaquid, or St. George you may encounter local lobster shacks and hidden coves painted with the vibrant colors of fall.
- Take a stroll through the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and breathe in the rich, earthy aroma of pine forest mixed with salty air.
- Get out on the water for a whale watch adventure, a seal cruise, or a harbor tour to view the foliage from a different vantage point.
- Rent a kayak and paddle around Penobscot Bay or take a sea kayak tour with a guide for a salt water adventure along the Maine coast.
- Visit the Alpaca Barn at Weskeag Farms. Start your Christmas shopping early. Pick up the softest hats, scarves, gloves, and socks to give as gifts to family and friends.
- Grab a bike and head to the Camden Snow Bowl to ride the mountain trails amidst the glorious fall colors.
- Take a trip to Beth’s Farm Market for fresh produce and yummy baked goods. You can even pick up “fresh off the boat” Maine lobsters to take home with you. For a true fall adventure, try your luck at finding your way through their corn maze.
- Break out the hiking boats and take a beautiful fall trek along the trails at Beech Hill Preserve for a gorgeous view of Penobscot Bay, Camden Hills, and the St. George Peninsula.
And, when the day is done, return to your luxurious room at the Inn for a relaxing cup of tea and a delicious slice of homemade pie.