Foliage and barn

Welcome to warm sunny days and crisp cool nights, perfect for exploring all the Maine Beaches has to offer!

If you’re visiting to discover our rich history, start by learning a bit more about our towns, and then plan a tour that includes museums, historical forts (McClary and Foster), and guided tours through the beautifully preserved homes and gardens of the Hamilton House and Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick.

Maybe you’re on the hunt for a certain something for a certain someone?  Make it a day, overnight or weekend shopping excursion so that you’re able to experience the many faces of retail in the Maine Beaches.  Whether it’s outlet, antique or galleries and boutiques you fancy, you’ll find them all here, along with just the thing you’re seeking.

Of course, fall is the season of Halloween haunts and thrills and with the Maine Beaches long and storied past, we are home to a ghost story or two.  To hear more about those tales you can join a walking tour or explore on your own (visit one of our historical societies to learn more and plot your route), and no Maine Beaches Halloween would be complete without allowing yourself to be slightly terrified by a visit to Haunted Grandview Manor in Sanford or Destination Haunt in Lebanon.

No matter what you’re here for, you’ll want to plan your trip to include some of the best dining New England has to offer.  Or are you here specifically to reward your inner foodie?  If it’s lobster you’re dreaming of, perhaps plan a route using the Go Kennebunks Lobster Roll Trail.  In between bites, intertwine a brewery and distillery tour.  And don’t forget to pick up some of the freshest and delicious harvest treats from one (or more) of our farmer’s markets!

Need a few more suggestions (excuses) to visit the Maine Beaches this fall?

  • Hike Mt. Agamenticus in York for breathtaking views of the southern Maine area.
  • Pack a lunch, rent a kayak and spend the afternoon on the water.
  • Take a foliage drive on scenic Route 9 through from the Kennebunks to Old Orchard Beach.
  • Explore the historical mills in Biddeford with a two-hour walking tour through the mills and underground tunnels.
  • Spend the afternoon on a lobster boat as the lobstermen check their traps.
  • Spend a day at McDougal Orchards in Springvale where you can pick your own apples or a pumpkin straight from the patch, take hay ride, wander through a corn maze, and indulge in Captain Jack’s famous apple cider donuts.
  • Take a bike ride on the Eastern Trail/East Coast Greenway that runs from Kittery to Old Orchard Beach.

Whatever you’re looking for in your fall getaway, you’ll find here at the Maine Beaches, where summer is a state of mind.  Find your way back today!