As you likely know, I spend much time writing about life in Kennebunkport Maine – where to eat, what to do or see, and, of course, where to stay! But with the official start of autumn literally around the corner, I started thinking about all the things I want to do in the area but haven’t yet. Now that list is still miles long, but here’s a glimpse at some of the things that have made my short list for this fall.
- Hike Mt. Agamenticus! There’s really nothing better than a hike through the woods to drink in the fall foliage so iconically “New England”. Hopefully in the next few weeks, as the leaves undergo their fiery turn, I will head down Route 1 to York, Maine and explore the trails leading through the preserve’s 10,00o acres. Each time I run along the ocean in Kennebunkport
Maine, I admire the “peak” (more of a gentle bump, really) overlooking the Atlantic, and I just can’t wait to see the view from the top myself!
- Drop in to two of the newest shops in town – Anniebells and Day Trip Jr. From what I can tell, Anniebells is an adorable shop (with great window displays, I might add!) offering fine home accents and gifts with a contemporary and beachy twist. Day Trip Jr. is the junior version of a known favorite (Day Trip Society) focusing on the littlest clients. This fab, funky shop now designates an entire shop to kids and babies – a much needed addition to the shopping scene downtown, and best of all, they’re just steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.
- Kayak around Goat Island. This summer the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust has invested substantial efforts into restoring the facade of Goat Island Light to its 1950s version. Apparently you can see a unique view of the Bush estate from Goat Island – one I’d like to see for myself! Plus, you’d get to see the lobster boats up close and personal!
- Eat at Nunan’s Lobster Hut. Okay, okay, I’ve done this, but I still want to – again and again and again! There is something quintessentially “Maine” about this lobster shack, so you’ve got to get your fill before it closes for the winter (don’t worry, you’ve still got about a month to dig in for yourself!).
- Take a ride on the Seashore Trolley during the day. Now, I’ve enjoyed their spooky Halloween ride (only at night), but the fantastic foliage that surrounds the acres of rails at this unique museum just beg for a daytime viewing. Though many think of Kennebunkport Maine for its beaches and historic architecture, much of the town is covered in forests – just the thing you want to see on your New England fall foliage tour!
- Ride a bike on the new Eastern Trail. This nearly 70 mile wooded biking trail stretches from Kittery to South Portland, and its I-95 overpass has just opened! Now you can have easy access to the entirely of the trail, something which never existed before – and the reason I have yet to explore.
Clearly some of my favorite things to do in the fall in Kennebunkport Maine take place outside, but that is just my preference! Whether you share my enthusiasm for the outdoors or not, there are countless other ways to enjoy the beauty of fall in New England. If you’ve done any of the things that are on my list, let me know! At our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, I give my feedback daily, and would absolutely welcome yours!