Often I find myself living in a world where things exist purely for their function - or they're just there as I whiz by on my way to get another thing on my to-do list done. But when I see the world through the eyes of my daughter, who is now nearly 9 months old, I remember that the world is full of colors, shapes, textures, sounds, scents and flavors, and we are here to experience and enjoy it. Another thing that brings me back to this part of life is traveling.
Autumn in New England is rich; there is so much to experience and savor. Of course it all starts with the New England fall foliage - vibrant hues of orange, red and gold against skies that are never as brilliantly blue as this time of year. Enjoying the foliage starts right outside our door at Captain Fairfield Inn, your Kennebunkport inn, as we are surrounded by towering elms and maples. The last week in September and the first two to three weeks in October are a good bet for peak foliage, but you can get help from the leaf peeping pros who provide Maine foliage maps, Maine foliage reports, Maine foliage blogs, and photos of the Maine foliage at specific locations.
How best to take in the scenery? May we suggest a good old fashioned bike ride. Feel invigorated and carefree as you coast along. We are happy to arrange rentals for you. Or even better, our Autumn Escape package will turn your stay at Captain Fairfield into a true autumn experience with bike rentals, a gourmet picnic lunch and suggested routes for your ride (just some of the included amenities!). If you'd rather paddle than peddle, you can try an afternoon of kayaking and enjoy the foliage from the unique vantage point of the Kennebunk River.
After your adventure, you could return to the Inn and lounge outside in an Adirondack chair while enjoying a local apple and cheese board and a bottle of wine from our boutique wine list. Maybe it has something to do with working up an appetite, but there are few things as sweet and crisp as biting into a McIntosh after a day outdoors.
No doubt that dinner is in the plans during your fall vacation. If you are staying at Captain Fairfield Inn, you can stroll into downtown, where there are several highly recommended Kennebunkport restaurants to choose from. Bandaloop, for one, is a great spot in the fall; you can take in the warm, funky atmosphere as you start off with a bowl of Bandaloop soup (changes daily but always delicious). Walk back to the Inn among the historic homes, with crackling leaves beneath your feet, the smell of wood smoke in the crisp air, the starry sky above.
There is so much of the season to enjoy in Kennebunkport, but if you want to explore more of Maine, Kennebunkport makes the perfect base for day-trips up the coast to Bath, Brunswick and Camden or inland to the lakes region. You could even plan your trip around one of Maine's fall fairs or festivals, which show off the proud agricultural traditions of Maine and usually coincide with the harvest. Check out the Cumberland County Fair, Strawbery Banke Museum's Fall Festival, the Fryeburg Fair (Maine's largest agricultural fair), Eliot Festival Days, or the York Maine Oktoberfest - all within driving distance of Kennebunkport.
If you have your own suggestions for "autumny" things that you enjoy, we'd love to know! Share them with others at our facebook page. Wherever you are this fall, we hope you are able to take the time to relish the pleasures the season has to offer.