An Autumn in Maine is leaf peeping at its BEST!
If you have never seen the leaves change in New England, put this on your bucket list. When the temperature drops to a nice chill at night, the leaves start to change to yellows, orange, purple, red, brown and a whole mix of shades. The leaves change first in the elevations and low lying areas, then they move southward and to the coastal areas last. The Islands turn even later, sometimes by a week or two. Timing the perfect color tour can be challenging but from your location at the PineCrest you can find a short drive to either the elevated areas or coastal, so if there is color somewhere, we can help you find it. View a map of our recommended scenic tour - Fall Foliage Scenic Loop
Other fall activities and traditions:
Nothing beats a trip to one of our local farms during the Autumn season. A combination of brisk country air and down-home Maine farm hospitality completes this seasonal experience. Just a quick drive from the PineCrest is Randall farm (pictured upper left). This family owned farm, located in nearby Standish, produces some of the finest "pick-your-own" apples in Southern Maine. They also have produce grown for sale which includes: peaches, pears, squash, gourds, pumpkins, and cider. Open late August through middle of November.
A little further away, stop for a visit to Orchard Hill Farm
in Cumberland Maine (about a 30 minute drive from the Inn) where "u-pick" a wide variety of crisp Fall apples. There are tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin hunts, hay rides, children's activities, farm stand, fresh cider, baked goods, squash, maple products, candles and more.
Looking for more farm fun?
How about getting lost in a corn maze at Pumpkin Valley farm.
The Cumberland Fair has been part of a Maine fall tradition in the southern portion of the state for over 135 years now. The fair always takes place the last week in September and has been doing so year after year. There are a number of rides and exhibits, livestock, food stands and shows. The fair also hosts the 20 year old tradition of the Maine State Pumpkin and Squash weigh-in.
Additional fall activities include antiquing, museums, restaurants, shopping, state parks, lighthouses and the most gorgeous coastline tours imaginable.
Maine activities for ANY season