With all the hustle and bustle of summer, it’s easy to let its sweater-weather successor fall by the wayside. Thanks to a blanket of colors and serene fall sights from Perkins Cove to Mount Agamenticus, we’ll be the first to advocate for autumn in Ogunquit — here’s a peek into the coziest Vacationland views you can expect during fall in Maine.
1. Vibrant Foliage
Alright, we’ll admit it: we’re not exactly famous for fall foliage here in southern Maine, but that’s only because some spots are more peep-worthy than others. Our favorite seaside mountain, Mount Agamenticus, is a must — the summit sees a stunning outlook of rolling hills and forests that reach all the way to the White Mountains. As an added bonus, you may even feast your eyes on the magnificent hawk migration, where more than 4,000 raptors migrate past the mountain each fall.
You can also view the vibrant reds and oranges at any of the freshwater shores in southern Maine — and some of the options are far from the average leaf-peeping vantage points. Get a bird’s-eye view on a float plane over in Naples, where Naples Sea Adventures will take you soaring over Long Lake and western Maine’s dense forests.
2. Fall Sunrises
We tout that show-stopping sunrise all season long, and can you blame us? If you’ve yet to feast your eyes on a fall sunrise in Ogunquit, however, put it on your Vacationland bucket list. There’s something especially swoon-worthy about the fall glow on a whitewashed cottage and the pink streaks that weave their way into the sky.
There’s another argument in favor of fall sunrises, and it speaks to the regular bedheads of the world: you’ll get to sleep in a lot longer. Sunrise is around 7:00 a.m. in October, almost two hours later than the 5:20 a.m. colored sky you’d be rolling out of bed for during the height of summer.
3. Autumn Blooms
In the fall, the flowerful footpaths of Ogunquit swap out their sunflowers and sea roses for fall mums, hydrangeas, and vibrant catmints. They color up every step in Ogunquit during the fall, giving garden lovers a fresh experience standalone from summer. We plant some autumn blooms here at The Dunes as well, and you’ll certainly spot a Monarch Butterfly (or twenty) on a fall visit — we’re a certified stop on the Monarch fall migratory path along the Atlantic coast.
4. Chimney Smoke On Maine Cottages
Although fires may be crackling on a cool summer night, the chimney stacks will be collectively billowing much more smoke after Labor Day. It’s one of the coziest fall sights you’ll see in Maine, especially if you take it in while sipping on a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate — the feeling only comes second to letting yourself unwind by your own fireplace in a Maine cottage.
If you haven’t pondered an end-of-season escape to Ogunquit (and you love reveling in relaxing sights), definitely consider it. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about experiencing fall in Maine, and if you’re already all-ready, make a reservation and start planning your autumnal visit to Ogunquit.