We might be experiencing a bit of a fall “heat wave” with an incredible stretch of Indian Summer this week, but the weekend ahead is bringing classic fall weather – lots of sunshine with cooler temps and low humidity. That means that visitors will likely trade beach days for leaf peeping and other favorite fall activities like hiking, biking, apple picking, hayrides, and, of course, antiquing! Antique shopping along the Maine Coast is a year round activity, but as the weather turns cooler we find more folks hitting up the plethora of unique shops in the area.
There’s so much more to a fall foliage getaway in New England than just enjoying the turning of the leaves, and the Southern Maine Antique Trail is an incredible opportunity right in our backyard! There are more than 25 Antique Stores between the Maine border in Kittery and the greater Portland area. It would be impossible to visit all of them in a day (or even a weekend), but if you are on the hunt for a gorgeous new dining room table or just some fun new old accessories, you’ll find just what you were looking for – and even if you’re not looking, you’ll surely find something that screams “take me home”!
But if you have to select just a few in the Kennebunkport Maine area, here are some faves that shouldn’t be missed:
- Antiques on Nine might not be found on the official Antique Map of Maine (because they also stock a variety of new and reproduction products), but they have an assortment that is truly special, and their outdoor rooster signals the unique finds that lay inside. I am particularly a fan of their silver plated sea creatures (we have their hermit crab and sea stars in our dining room!) – they’re not antique, but they sure are fun!
- Old House Parts in Kennebunk and Portland Architectural Salvage are also not standard antique stores, but they sell salvaged antique features like stained glass, antique doorknobs, and beautiful wooden doors that are begging for a DIY project. You probably won’t find any dressers or dining chairs in either, but they are both definitely worth the trip!
- Just up the street from the Maine Stay Inn sits both Arundel Antiques and Antiques USA at the junction of Log Cabin Road (which turns into Maine Street when you head into Kennebunkport) and Route 1. Between the two, they feature dozens of different vendors and a huge assortment of items.
- For some of the finest antiques anywhere, check out R. Jorgensen on Route 1. Route 1 is kind of like the antiques superhighway of Maine, and R. Jorgensen is its crown jewel, just over the border in Wells, ME. You won’t find cute knick-knacks here, but the stunning antique furnishings you have been dreaming of!
But whether you’re on the hunt for a particular piece or just looking to enjoy a leisurely day along the coast, the Antique Shops of Southern Maine are sure to have just the thing to liven up your home, all just a stone’s throw from the Maine Stay Inn!