Thanks to a warm early September, the changing of the leaves is a little behind schedule, but the fall foliage here in Kennebunkport Maine is rapidly approaching peak color! And while Columbus Day typically marks the peak period, most foliage forecasters say we are about 7-10 days away from peak fall foliage, but three is no question the trees are exploding with color on a daily basis. So now is the time to enjoy the splendor of fall in New England.
Our go-to site for figuring out the “lots of color” vs. “peak fall foliage” is the Foliage Network, and as of their most recent report, Southern Maine falls into the “moderate
color” category. So here is my calculation: we were at “low color” about 7 days ago, and it looks like we have a ways to go until we fall into the peak zone, which means it will be November before the “past peak” time hits. But even last year the scenery here on the Maine coast was had some stunning pops of color all the way to Veterans’ Day!
So when planning your fall foliage getaway in New England, it is always a safe bet to assume that early to mid-October will be great for leaf peeping, but you can take a gamble and try for late October to take advantage of Shoulder Season pricing here at the Maine Stay Inn. But no matter when you arrive, there are countless ways to enjoy the sights of the season.
The Kennebunkport area is home to countless miles of trails (for the seasoned hiker and casual nature walker alike), with varied terrain to suit your style – and your time commitment! Looking to snap a few pics? Check out the Wells Reserve or Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge – both of which offer short and manageable trails. If something more leisurely is up your alley, consider stepping aboard the Schooner Eleanor for a calm sail along the Maine coastline. Or just lace up your walking shoes and enjoy a stroll around Historic Kennebunkport, where colorful foliage and historic homes combine for the most picturesque New England scenes imaginable! No matter your chosen activity, however, there is plenty to do while enjoying the beauty of fall foliage season on the Southern Maine Coast of Kennebunkport.