How to Make Your Fall Foliage Tour of Maine Perfect
In Maine, we’re pretty lucky to have four very distinct seasons and fall may just happen to be the prettiest – or at least the most unique for our state. Peruse our tips below to ensure a great leaf peeping trip to Maine – and be sure to visit us in Monmouth when you’re up here.
Check the Fall Foliage Report
There are many beautiful places to visit throughout New England to see the beautiful colors of fall. There are many variables that affect the way the leaves change every year including the weather, temperature and the landscape. Before you hit the road, be sure to consult Yankee Foliage’s Foliage Map to ensure you’ve scheduled your trip perfectly in terms of timing as well as location.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
If you’re heading to Maine, chances are you’re going to come across a pumpkin patch on your travels. Pumpkins provide for many festive activities for fall including carving jack-o-lanterns, baking pumpkin pie, brewing pumpkin ale or simply roasting some seeds - perhaps you could do all of this with your pumpkins! Visit Pumpkin Patches and More to find the Pumpkin Patch closest to your foliage tour.
Stop by an Apple Orchard to Go Apple Picking
It’s peak apple season in Maine, and there are lots of great ways to make the most of it. The easiest way may be to stop by an apple orchard along your route but for the more adventurous, you may want to hop out of the car to pick your own apples. They make great snacks on the road or take them home to make Apple Pie. If apples are usually one of your highlights, you may want to check for local Apple Festivals in the area you’re heading to - you may get lucky! Find Apple Orchards along your route with the Maine Apples Directory.
Take a Hayride or Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Fall marks the time for everyone’s favorite holiday of trickery and treats - Halloween! What better way to celebrate early than with a festive hayride or corn maze. While you’re exploring the colors and the sun starts to set is the perfect time to go on one of these adventures. If you’re especially brave, be sure to get tickets ahead of time for a Haunted Hayride which start more towards the second half of October. Visit Pumpkin Patches and More to find the perfect adventure for your tour.
Visit a County Fair or Agricultural Fair
We’ve covered many types of great activities you can do while on your foliage tour in Maine, but perhaps one that can combine them all would be our vast number of fairs. From wagon pulls to bake offs to pig scrambles - you’re sure to experience some classic fall festivities as well as some ones you’ve never seen before. Great for family as well as adults. Check out the fair schedule with the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs.
We hope you have a lovely trip to Maine -- or wherever your leaf peeping takes you!