Autumn in New England (Maine)

The first of seven articles

Is it possible, “Autumn is just around the corner”? I have noticed Monarch Butterflies playing in the garden and the evening temperatures are cooler than they were a few weeks ago. In fact, my dog and I, listening to the song of the crickets singing in the near by woods, are snugly covered with a comforter.

Someone recently asked when “Fall Foliage” would begin in New England. One of nature’s most spectacular shows, it would be well worth you time to plan spending a week, weekend or even a day trip to be enchanted by this wonder of wonders. “The Farmers Almanac”, website, http://www.almanac.com is chuck full of interesting information and a fun website to visit – for predictions about the best time to view the fall colors go to http://www.farmersalmanac.com/home_garden/a/fall_foliage_dates.

Motoring through the New England States is a wonderful way to enjoy the “Fall Foliage”. However be aware that traffic on Friday and early Saturday morning can be horrific particularly from Boston or New York city towards the states of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York State or Vermont. Courtesy and safety on the road is always appreciated. When you see, and you will see wonderful sites, signal, then when safe, pull the car over to the side of the road for viewing.

A tour of the New England states, I’ll begin with state of Maine.

Maine offers the traveler a wide range of accommodations that fit most budgets as well as a variety of activities to enjoy along with the “foliage show”.

The White Barn Inn, located in Kennebunk Beach, Maine, is a member of the prestigious world hotel association, Relais and Chateauz.

Getting there:

Logan International Airport, Boston Ma –then, 90 minutes by car.

Portland International Airport, Portland, Me – then, 45 minutes by car.

Sanford Regional Airport, Sanford, Me – then, 30 minutes by car

From New York City, 6 hour drive, depending on traffic.

As the name suggest, this barn was transformed into an elegant country retreat with only 25 rooms and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Also, there are individual cottages, many with fireplaces.  If you do enjoy a grand meal then this may certainly fulfill your desires.  You may also enroll in one of the cooking classes, although the fall classes have not been scheduled as of this writing.

There are many activities from which to choose within the town of Kennebunk. You can Whale watch or just stroll along the coastline beach. Then there are thousands of persevered acres to hike that are within a close distance of the hotel; “The Kennebunk Plains”, “The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge”, and “Laudholm Farm”.

Within the area is Campobello Island.  In 1964 a bridge to the mainland linked Campobello to Lubec, Maine opening the area to tourism, and the Roosevelt Campobello International Park was established to preserve the former president’s summer home.

Portland, Maine, a bit closer to the east coast with it’s own airport, is a major city in the state with the charm of “a large town”.

While staying in Portland, I would suggest the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.  This hotel having completed a multi-million dollar renovation has earned the “Energy Star” label from the U. S. EPA as well as “Green Seal” Certification. There are 496 rooms on 16 floors with 6 suites.

Portland is a delightful city to walk around and explore.  There are parks, museums the historic “sea captain’s homes”, and very close by, the Maine woods for hiking and canoeing.

What I love most about the New England states is the sense of awe, the freedom of just looking out and seeing the wonders of the natural surroundings. Maine Lobster! Don’t forget “freshly caught Maine Lobster. To discuss and/or compare which restaurant and/or state serves the best Clam Chowder is a definite no, no.


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