Before you go, check the fall foliage website, the official tracker of conditions in Maine and where the colors are really starting to show. As of right now, most of Maine is still pretty green, but it's only a matter of time before the index ticks up and it will be in peak foliage season.
|Acadia National Park. Credit: Acadiamagic.com|
There are dozens of festivals in Maine during the months of September and October, including pumpkin carving events, haunted tours and craft shows, and there is no end to the wide array of foods one will taste while attending the festivities. Here is just a quick list of events you could hit throughout the state:
- Harvest Fest & Chowder Cook-off in Bethel
- ChiliFest in Wells
- Salmon Festival in Eastport
- Country Roads Artists & Artisans Tour
- WoodenBoat Sail-In in Brooklin
- Ogunquit's Antique Show & Sale
- Cumberland Fair
- Common Ground Country Fair in Unity
- Apple Festival in Rangeley Lakes
- Acadia's Oktoberfest on Mount Desert Island
- Caribou Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
- North American Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River
- Candlelight Ghost Tour in Bangor
- Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest in Hiram
As far as food, well, you certainly will not go hungry in Maine. The state is known for its seafood, especially its lobster, and visitors will devour its fresh, farm raised clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, salmon and trout, too. There are many great places to enjoy a traditional lobster "shore dinner," so check out this list to find one you like. Maine is also credited with having some of the best artisanal cheeses in the country from popular cheesemakers like Hahn's End, Appleton Creamery, Liberty Fields Farms and Oak Leaf Creamery, among others.
|Portland Head Maine. Credit:Imagemania.net|
Another symbol of Maine is the lighthouse. In our age of digital technology, satellites and GPS, lighthouses no longer serve the same important purpose of guiding boats home that they once did, but they are still very distinctive features of Maine's coast, where more than 60 lighthouses can be found. So no matter what coastal city you choose to visit, chances are there will be a lighthouse somewhere along the beach.
If the outdoors are not your thing, Maine provides plenty of indoor attractions and activities, including world-renowned museums and art galleries, critically acclaimed theaters and performing arts centers, traditional antique and craft shops, and relaxing spa and salon getaways. Trust me, you can still enjoy those fall colors from the comfort of a lodge, boutique shop or museum gallery.
So why not schedule a trip to see the seasons change in one of the most magical places in the United States?