Kennebunkport, Maine is at its most stunningly beautiful during the fall. Here are all the things you can’t miss on your autumn trip to Kennebunkport.
When people think of Kennebunkport, Maine, they often think of midsummer sailboat rides and sunbathers on beautiful rocky beaches.
But in my mind, the hidden secret is that there’s an even more beautiful time of year in Kennebunkport: the autumn season.
In Kennebunkport, fall is the season to find yourself lost in a rainbow of color. The shimmering coastline provides the blue; the trees and wild shrubs along the shoreline add a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, yellows, even deep purples.
I also feel such a sense of peace and calm in Kennebunkport in fall. Although busloads of leaf peepers descend on the town each autumn, most of the summer crowds have abandoned the beaches. So, even though you’ll need a heavy sweater and a scarf, you might just be the only one walking along a calm and deserted shoreline.
Here are the things I love most about Kennebunkport in the fall:
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Kennebunkport. The trail is an easy, flat, one-mile loop that takes you through the salt marshes of the Maine coastline. It’s a beautiful stroll in the month of October, perfect for taking in the vivid New England fall foliage. The towering trees, the wild marsh grasses that sway in the breeze, the fall leaves that scatter all along the trails – everything takes on an ethereal golden glow in fall.
One of the things I love most about Maine is its lack of big cities. So always when I visit, I get such a comforting feeling of roomy, boundless space to breathe. Such a sense of quiet and peace. Walk the Rachel Carson Reserve, and you’ll understand what I mean!
Kennebunkport has a beautiful downtown shopping district with so many local, one-of-a-kind shops. Browsing through art galleries, home decor shops, and children’s clothing stores, I could while away an entire afternoon here! Plus, there are restaurants galore with plenty of fresh seafood and lobster on their menus. You’ll have a wealth of options from the most unassuming and casual “lobster hut” at Nunan’s, to five-star, luxury dining at the White Barn Restaurant.
All of the Kennebunkport storefronts go all out with autumn decor too. Add stunning views of the sailboat-filled harbor, and it’s all very scenic and beautiful.
A drive along Ocean Avenue is the best way to see the stunning coastline of Kennebunkport. You can stop to walk the beautiful white sands of Colony Beach. As you continue along the drive, you can take in the jagged, rocky shoreline and the stunning mansions along the coastline. You’ll also see the famous Kennebunkport landmark, St. Anne’s Church. It’s a beautiful stone church that’s perched beside the water, and it seems to melt perfectly into the surrounding gray stone beaches.
Tip: be sure to time your drive for sunset! The sun sets right over the vivid blue waters along Ocean Avenue, and typically lights up the sky with stunning oranges and yellows that perfectly mimic the fall foliage lining the shores.
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