In addition to the cooler weather, fall brings an assortment of fun activities, natural beauty, and a breath of fresh air. Travelers look forward to the many things to do in Maine in October each year. From stumbling upon the best photo ops amidst colorful, falling leaves to celebrating the season at an annual autumn festival, you’ll discover the best of the area when you choose to visit this time of year. Throw on your coziest sweater and pick the tastiest apples at a local orchard or hike the breathtaking nature trails nearby. For more ideas on where to go and what to do near Pilgrim’s Inn, check out their complimentary vacation guide for thoughtful suggestions!
5 Things to Do in Maine in October
1. Seek Out Fall Foliage
One of the best places to visit in the fall and see the leaves changing colors is Downeast Maine. Warm amber, golden yellow, and rustic red hues contrast against the sky blue horizons. Driving along the coast, through forested areas, falling leaves dance in the breeze. Admire vibrant colors of oak, maple, and ash trees as they reflect a mirrored image onto the water. Hills of evergreen trees become studded with a myriad of warm tones. Expect to see some of the best fall palettes when traveling through this section of New England.
2. Go Apple Picking
Take a quick trip to a nearby orchard and spend the day picking delicious apples. Visit Hope Orchards and choose from various types of apples. With a variety ranging from sweet sundance and autumn crisp apples to tart black oxford and Paula red apples, you’re guaranteed to leave with the best bunch. The orchard also begins pressing cider in September and October. Made from hand-picked apples, the cider boasts a fresh, crisp flavor and makes for the perfect fall treat. Pick some up at their stand on the weekends.
3. Celebrate at Blue Hill Harvest Festival
Fall brings an array of festivals and events to the area. Enjoy the dreamy weather and celebrate the season at the Blue Hill Harvest Festival. The event marks the start of the Winter Farmers Market and features local food, drink, and artists vendors. Grab a tasty bite to eat and peruse artisan wares. Listen to live music by local bands and participate in the scarecrow contest. Judges award prizes to the scariest and the funniest creations. You don’t want to miss this fun, fall festival!
4. Hike Beautiful Nature Trails
The hiking options in Maine draw people to the region throughout the year. One of everyone’s favorite parks in New England is Acadia National Park. The park spans from Bar Harbor through Mount Desert Island. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, you’ll find a series of trails throughout the park that offer breathtaking views of rocky, ocean shorelines and forested mountaintops. The Barred Island Preserve is another enticing hiking destination for those looking to stretch their legs and enjoy the stunning scenery of coastal Maine.
5. Stay at Pilgrim’s Inn
While you’re busy researching all the best things to do in Maine in October, consider staying at Pilgrim’s Inn during your vacation. Our property boasts gorgeous panoramas and sits conveniently located near all the best nature trails, parks, and festivals. Our refreshingly elegant accommodations allow for ample rest and restoration. Stay in Room Four and admire the views of our mill pond from your window and wake up to a delicious breakfast each morning. You can even request a picnic package for two to keep you fueled on a hike. You won’t regret planning your trip in the fall. We look forward to seeing you!