What’s the most beautiful time of year in Kennebunkport? Many would say summer…but fall is magical on the Maine coast and especially in the beautiful seaside town of K’port. In September and October you can still walk the beaches of Gooches, Mother’s Beach and Colony Beach in Kennebunkport…and it’s a much easier to find that parking spaces. Fall brings cool crisp evenings, while you still have warm sunny summer days. The temperatures in Maine in fall are splendid, 70-s by day and 50’s at night for perfect sleeping under a down duvet at a local Kennebunkport inn or cozy bnb. You can sit by the fire on a fall evening, but wear shorts as you walk along Ocean Ave during the day.
A few favorite things to do in the fall in Kennebunkport…
Get aboard a charter lobster boat or sailboat to see the coastline and the gorgeous leaves changing colors in contrast to the brilliant blue Atlantic Ocean…there’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Just bring a jacket for that fall boat cruise, we recommend the Pineapple Ketch sailboat charter and the Rugosa Lobster Boat tour that both leave from the Nonantum Resort on Ocean Ave, both are available for private charter as well. If you’d like to go fish for striper, you can charter Libreti Rose Fishing Boat with Captain Bruce, he also boards at Nonantum’s docks.
Kayak or Canoe the Kennebunk River – its the best way to see fall y’all. You can rent kayaks and canoes at Kennebunkport Marina or from Kayak Excursions. The boat traffic is much reduced in fall versus the busy yachting summer season, and the fall foliage along the riverbanks is extraordinary. And you don’t get too hot, since the fall temps are cooler as you canoe your way up and down the river. When kayaking the Kennebunk River, be sure to go with the flow – check the tide chart and head up river during an incoming tide for a nice push, planning your return with the bonus of outgoing tide -with perhaps a picnic at Picnic Rocks beyond the Cape Arundel Gold Course on the River at slack tide.
Biking around Kennebunkport and Kennebunk in fall will deliver you to beautiful tree lined streets and foliage covered pathways like the Eastern Trail that leads you along a gravel path to Biddeford. The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust has several wonderful bike paths behind their Headquarters on Gravely Brook Drive – called the Edwin L. Smith Preserve. The cooler temps make biking in fall delightful, the display of autumn leaves and the crunch of oak, maple and birch leaves under your tires is terrific.
Go Apple picking at Spillers Farm in nearby Wells, where you can also visit their farmer market for locally harvest fruits, vegetables and farm raised beef, chicken and eggs. Giles Family Farm in Alfred has pick your own apples and pumpkins. In Springvale, McDougals Orchard offers pick your own apples and pumpkins in a pretty historic farm setting.
The Pumpkin Trolley Patch at Seashore Trolley Museum is an annual favorite where you ride the trolley and pick your own pumpkin. Halloween on Summer Street In Kennebunk is legendary (which may be changed due to Covid 2020) historic sea captains’ mansions are decorate to the hilt in scary spider webs, candles and creepy haunted themes.
Shopping in Dock Square and Lower Village, plus Main Street Kennebunk are always in season. Fall brings post-summer sales to some of the Kennebunkport boutiques, so it’s a shoppers delight.
Chowdah just tastes better in fall y’all. Enjoy a cup or a famous Maine lobster roll at one of Kennebunkport’s waterfront restaurants, which offer lovely outdoor scenic settings at Alisson’s, The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, Nonantum, Old Vines and Stripers at Breakwater Inn overlooking the river. Kennebunkport’s best restaurants stay open through the fall and all year round- and fresh Maine lobster is always on the menu!
The simplest pleasures of fall in Maine include reading a book by a fire in a seaside inn like Nonantum, or enjoying a walk on the beach followed by an outdoor hot tub overlooking the ocean at the Seaside Inn, or a swim in the indoor heated pool and outdoor hot tub at Rhumb Line Resort.
What a way to end a perfect fall day. The sunsets in Kennebunkport come fall are particularly splendid as the night skies fill with stars more than other seasons.
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