The last two weeks have felt solidly like summer in Kennebunkport, but now that Labor Day has come and gone, there is no question that fall foliage season is on its way to the Maine Coast. There are a few trees with hints of orange, and the darkening green leaves have the telltale look of fall approaching. So while we are busy enjoying these late summer days, there is so much to look forward to once fall foliage season arrives!
Obviously, the most important thing about fall foliage season is the changing of the leaves from lush green to fiery reds, oranges, and sunny yellows. And fortunately the leaves turn from early-to-mid-September through late-October with the peak of color (usually) from the last 10 days of September through the first ten of October, but the spectrum can be enjoyed for most of the fall season. And since this past spring was a wet one, followed by a summer with lots of sunshine, we are certainly hoping for some truly phenomenal color displays on the trees this autumn.
While I personally enjoy taking in the colors of fall foliage season on the Maine Coast with hikes and nature walks, there are plenty of other great ways to enjoy the season. But if you are looking to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of autumn, check out the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, with miles of paths throughout Kennebunkport Maine. While the Emmons Preserve is well known, I am a big fan of the Smith Preserve (which also doubles as a great cross country skiing or snowshoeing trail once winter arrives!). Or check out the Kennebunk Land Trust, which has one of my favorite trails within easy walking distance from Dock Square. The nearby Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm also has a special spot in my heart, because you can enjoy the beach, the estuaries, and the woodlands all in one spot! But all of us at the Maine Stay Inn know that outdoor adventures aren’t for everyone, so we are happy to help you find the perfect place (and way) to explore. No matter how you choose to enjoy fall foliage season on the Maine Coast, make sure to grab your camera and get snapping, because there are Instagram-worthy shots coming soon to the New England coastline near you!