September and October are prime times for leaf peeping in New England, and there’s no better place to experience all that encompasses foliage season than at a Maine Bed and Breakfast. Despite some unusually chilly mornings lately, the days have been absolutely ideal for exploring the Maine coastline and taking in the changing of the leaves. The iconic coves off the Atlantic become the perfect spot to take pictures, soak in some sunshine and just frolic at the water’s edge. But sometimes you need another spot to explore other than the beach, and any of the staff at the Maine Stay Innis happy to help you figure out where to meander next – that’s part of the fun of visiting a Maine Bed and Breakfast! But in case you’re feeling a little shy, here are a few of my favorite fall foliage oogling spots!
- Parson’s Walk along Ocean Avenue. Where else can you enjoy incredible views of the ocean and amazing architecture, featuring historical “cottages” sandwiched by modern reproductions. Plus, you can make pit stops along the way at the shops and restaurants scattered between our Maine bed and breakfast and the Bush family compound and stop at St. Ann’s Episcopal church for one of the best nearly 360 degree views of the water.
- The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust properties are great for hiking, especially at this time of year, when the foliage is beginning to blaze with color. While these leisurely hikes may have been passed over for beachfront trails during the summer, they are a must-try during the autumn months!
- Cape Porpoise and Goat Island Light – right here in Kennebunkport lies one of Maine’s smallest lighthouses, just off the pier in Cape Porpoise. Kill two birds with one stone for this mini-expedition, as you’ll see a scenic harbor and working fish pier, a stunning lighthouse, and the foliage ablaze on and off shore. What could be better than that?
The Atlantic Ocean, just steps away, is constantly changing the view, and during the autumn months, the leaves on the trees are as well, and it’s so exciting! Plus, the opportunities to capture some incredible scenes exist at every turn. So break out your walking shoes and your camera, and we’ll see you in Kennebunkport!