I was on the verge of beginning this post with, “My favorite season in Maine is fall..” when I realized that would be a lie. Not because summer is my favorite… or winter… but because my favorite thing about the seasons in Maine is that I can’t choose just one. I frequently reflect on how fortunate I was to grow up in a state with four distinct seasons and numerous opportunities to enjoy each one, indoors and out.
Although it’s only mid-August and there’s still a bit of summer (and Indian summer) to savor (“bit” being the operative word), now is the time to plan for your fall getaway in Maine or add activities and events to your calendar if you live there already. Whether you’re looking to take in the radiant colors of Maine’s fall foliage, go for a hike in the crisp fall air, or participate in the revelry of one of fall’s many fairs and festivals, the opportunities are abundant.
High on my personal list are the Cumberland County Fair (September 21st – 27th), the Fryeburg Fair (September 28th – October 5th), and general outdoor activities like hiking or biking at Baxter State Park, Acadia National Park, or any of the other scenic locations Maine has to offer.
A little research yielded some other interesting options for me to share with you:
International Seaplane Fly-In, Moosehead Lake, September 4th – 7th: Who wouldn’t want to visit beautiful Moosehead Lake in the early fall? It is not only the largest lake in Maine, it’s the largest lake east of the Mississippi contained in one state. This event consists of Float Plane Competitions, educational exhibits, and is the area’s largest craft fair.
13th Annual Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts, Smiling Hill Farm, Westbrook, September 6th: I have many, many childhood memories that involve Smiling Hill Farm – whether it was a visit to see the animals, an educational event, or enjoying their fresh milk and homemade ice cream – we visited regularly. Attend this event (low cost – $2 per adult, children under 12 are free) and meet a number of artisans sharing their crafts.
Mt. Abram Ascent, Greenwood, ME, September 6th: This is a 5-mile run up the mountain – a part of the New England Trail Run Series – that will be followed by a celebration featuring an arts and crafts fair, mini-farmers market, and beer from Baxter Brewing Co. I would be doing this in a heartbeat if I was in Maine!
The bottom line is – get out, get to Maine, and partake in this season of harvest and outdoor fun before the weather drives us inside to wait for spring (unless we exit the house armed with one or more of the following: shovel, snow shoes, skis, ice skates… you get the idea).