How do you celebrate the arrival of fall in Maine?
Q: How do you celebrate the arrival of fall in Maine?
Each year for the past twenty years, my friend and I pack our bags and depart from Newfoundland for Bangor in late September. The drive from St. Stephens, New Brunswick, on Route 9 is absolutely breathtaking. Our final destination is Vermont, so we eventually leave Bangor and drive on Route 2 through the Maine countryside. It is the time of corn, pumpkins, scarecrows, and the early signs of Halloween decorations.
Upper Bullies, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Autumn is my favorite season in Maine. I start my celebration by pulling out my favorite sweatshirt. The smells of autumn are the best. The scent of the falling leaves, apples and cider, pumpkins sitting in the warm sun, spices with promises of wonderful pies, the scents of woodstoves because of the chill in the air. I love the sounds of chainsaws cutting wood for the upcoming winter. I love Maine, and to me every day is a celebration because I live in the most wonderful state.
Every year we head to Lubec to enjoy a quiet, simple time away from the distractions of televisions, cell phones, and most things electronic. We can travel over the bridge to New Brunswick, up to Calais, or stay in town and enjoy the beauty of nature found in its sunsets, coves, West Quoddy Head, and small-town activities.
Autumn is my favorite season. The air is cooler and crisper, and it smells cleaner. Autumn in Maine is like a Robert Frost poem, and I celebrate it by being outside to enjoy it as much as I can because it also seems to be the shortest season. I usually drive up toward Kingfield to see the trees light up the hills and mountains with glorious colors. Some weekends I will drive to Camden or Bar Harbor or the Boothbay area to visit the quaint shops and restaurants and just to be near the ocean to smell the salt air. The autumn air is invigorating no matter where you are in Maine.
In early fall, we like to hitch up our camper and head to Bayley’s Camping Resort. We go over to Pine Point Beach to watch the windsurfers, go to Portland’s First Friday Art Walk, and check out the Portland Museum of Art. We love the bluegrass at Apple Acres, the Cornish Apple Festival, and the Cumberland Fair.
Sue and Dave Robinson
New Windsor, Maryland
With joy and delight! That hot, muggy weather is behind us, and cool, crisp, blue-sky days are with us.
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The Moment: It was a clear, sunny, autumn day in Ogunquit and while standing on a footbridge, I was able to capture the wide channel at high tide. The colors of autumn were reflected on the water, from the colorful trees to the golden marsh in the distance.
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