Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and while that means that the dog days of summer are behind us, and fall foliage season is fast approaching in Kennebunkport!
In many ways, September is the forgotten month of summer on the Maine Coast, with many early days in September indistinguishable from those of August. But generally, September brings cooler evenings – the kind that is perfect for a sweatshirt or light jacket during your after-dinner stroll. As the month draws to a close and the leaves change to a fiery hue, the crisp and clear days of fall in New England are perfect for apple picking, hayrides, and scenic hikes.
Now that “back to school” season is here, that means many children are heading back to class, leaving the beaches much less populated and more peaceful. So don’t put your swimsuit away just yet, because there is plenty of excellent beach weather ahead! And quiet sands with warm waters are sure to be just what you’re looking for when it comes to a relaxing getaway on the Maine coast.
Not planning to take a dip? The stunning sandy beaches are one of the things that make the Southern Maine Coast special and are not to be missed. Not only does the shoreline offer the soft sands for catching up on some beach reading, the Kennebunkport area also features the striking rocky areas that Maine is famous for. Left your book at home? Check out the perpetual book sale at Graves Memorial Library. Just a few doors down from the Maine Stay Inn, the Library has tons of titles for as little as 50 cents for great beach reads or national bestsellers. Even if you aren’t looking for a good read, this is a spot to visit, because it’s classic small-town New England!
Kennebunkport and the surrounding communities are known for incredible galleries, and it’s easy to spend the day strolling through Dock Square, enjoying the works of talented artists. For a more structured art experience, head to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Featuring collections of American art of all mediums from the late 1800s until today, this museum recognizes the incredible achievements of American artists.
The area shops and boutiques are also starting their fall sales, which means that you can take advantage of the one-of-a-kind shopping experience that Kennebunkport is known for. Nearby outlets in Kittery and Freeport also are ideal for mainstream retail therapy. Plus, get ready for fall with a new pair of Bean boots from L.L.Bean or fun flannel! And, of course, no trip to the Maine coast is complete without awesome meals, and the Kennebunkport restaurant scene is bursting with incredible options. Everyone at the Maine Stay is happy to help you select the perfect restaurant for your fall escape. But no matter how you spend your September getaway to Kennebunkport and the Maine Coast, you are sure to enjoy all that the area has to offer!