While Columbus weekend is typically peak fall in Maine, this year the leaves took their sweet time turning to spectacular color. So it’s not too late to celebrate foliage my friends. Looks like local lodging rates will fall before the leaves do this season. Need another trip to Maine’s beautiful seacoast town. How about a few fairs and festivals, and happy hours and haunted happenings?
Read on and come to Kennebunkport – its fall y’all!
Happy Hours and Kennebunkport go together like fall foliage and sweater weather. Stroll the tree lined streets from Kennebunk’s Lower Village, stop at Old Vines for a happy hour wine, then continue toward the brig for wood-fired pizza at at Ports of Italy, then on to Dock Square for an appetizer at Alisson’s or a drink at David’s Boathouse on the deck, then continue on up Ocean Ave for sunset and cocktails at Stripers at The Breakwater Inn or dinner at Mabel’s Lobster Claw.
Oct 13 Thursday The Nonantum Resort hosts a Funky Bow Craft Beer Dinner from 5:30-8. Nonantum’s Executive Chef Steve Sicinski prepares a special seasonal four course dinner featuring lobster, quail, braised short ribs and a pumpkin whoopee pie – oh my! All paired with Funky Bow’s creatively crafted local beer like So Folkin’ Hoppy IPA, G-String pale Ale, and their rich delish Coffee Porter. Funky Bow Brewing Co. is a small but spectacular musician-inspired brewery in Lyman, Maine. This beer lovers’ night at Nonantum will capture flavors of fall, good times, laughs and great beer, at a beautiful riverside setting overlooking the changing leaves in Kennebunkport. Reserve asap for $75p.
Oct 16 Sunday is the 7th annual Wicked 5k Fun Run/Walk– costumes are encouraged for this fun run through the streets of Kennebunkport from The Nonantum Resort. Open to everyone, this Halloween themed costume race has amazing prizes and give-a-ways, most everyone leaves with something. Entry fee is $25 in advance, there is even a Kids 1K Fun Run for $5. The Wicked 5k benefits the Animal Welfare Shelter.
Oct 20 Thursday is the GHOST SHIP party on board the Spirit. Your $30 admission is for a spooky spirited night of chilling tales, creepy decorations, costumes, and wicked cocktails. Two signature cocktails and appetizers are included for each admission, 6-9pm, get tickets at The Chamber 207-967-0857, or purchase tickets.
Also taking place along the Southern Maine coast this fall:
Oct 15 in York is Harvestfest at York Beach with games, Maine crafts, local harvested foods, music and prime foliage near Nubble Light.
Oct 21-23 is Ogunquitfest with the funny high heel race, pumpkin decorating, craft shows, wagon rides, and a classic car display.
Oct 22 is Camp Sunshine’s Maine Pumpkin Festival, a tradition that started in Maine in 2003, takes place at LL Bean in Freeport with over 10,000 jack o lanterns illuminated for this important Maine charity provides sick children and their families a respite and vacation in Maine at Point Sebago Resort.
Oct 20-23 is Portland’s best food and wine fest – Harvest on the Harbor where Maine’s best chefs compete for the top title and Maine wineries and breweries tap their best vintages for foodies at avenue overlooking Portland Harbor.
Fall shopping in Maine means falling prices. Freeport, Portland and Kennebunkport offer post-summer sales, so it’s a shoppers delight – be sure to budget time for lunch of clam chowder or a lobster roll at one of Kennebunkport’s waterfront restaurants, David’s at the Boathouse Hotel or Stripers at Breakwater Inn overlooking the river.
Take advantage of falling rates come run through the fall leaves. Book a room and read a book by a fire in a seaside inn like The Nonantum Resort or Captain Lord Mansion, or enjoying a fall walk on the beach followed by an outdoor hot tub overlooking the ocean at the Seaside Inn. Bring the family for fall apple and pumpkin picking, and a swim in the indoor heated pool and a soak in the outdoor hot tub at Rhumb Line Resort.
Kennebunkport’s best restaurants stay open through the fall and all year round- and they serve lobster always! Sunsets in Kennebunkport in the fall are particularly splendid. Sea you in Kennebunkport this fall y’all!
Fall Foliage Kennebunkport Photos
Photos Property of KennebunkportMaineLodging.com, 2016