Just in time for Columbus Day Weekend, officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry have reported that the fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine is nearing its peak of color. Predicting the most vibrant time to see fall foliage in New England can be very tricky, if not impossible, but you can pretty much
guarantee that you’ll see some stunning shades between the last 10 days of September and the first three weeks of October. Honestly, though, that does not mean that you won’t see great colors before and after that period. While I’ve never given too much thought to the different factors that go into guestimating when the trees are going to be painted with the most vivid shades, but this recent article from Seacoast Online got me thinking. I mean, I’ve always realized that the temperatures make a difference, and that a cool early fall moves the timeline earlier, but warmer temps move it a little later. Rain definitely has something to do with it – just don’t ask me how! And windy weather really messes with the timeline, because the leaves get knocked to the ground before they even reach their most lovely stages. And we in Kennebunkport Maine have enjoyed the glorious warm and sunny weather recently, which means that the painted trees are hanging around even longer (yay!). But best of all, the unpredictable winds that come with living on the coast, have been much more tame than they can be in the fall, which also means that the colors are staying on the trees and not on the lawn. Plus, with the percentage of leaves hitting their peak color rising, Southern Maine is experiencing a truly stunning fall foliage season. We at the Maine Stay Inn are certainly looking forward to suggesting scenic hikes, bikes, and strolls this Columbus Day Weekend so that everyone can enjoy the peak of fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine!