As much as we love the hustle and bustle of the summer months, there’s something to be said for the peace and quiet of a crisp fall day. Especially during the midweek. Rates are more affordable, the crowds have thinned out, the long lines have disappeared and most places are still open for business. You can still head outdoors for some exercise and spectacular views. Enjoy the cool ocean breeze from your porch. Grill up a local lobster. Snuggle up by a warm fire. Or throw on a sweater and head out for a stroll along a now uncrowded beach. Just pack a few extra layers, plus your bathing suit for the sunny days, and check out a few of our suggestions on how to make the most of your fall midweek stay.
The coast of Southern Maine is known for our spectacular fall foliage as well as our scenic coastline. Looking for the best way to experience all of those Instagram-worthy views? Then lace up those walking shoes and hit the trails.
Mount Agamenticus is a favorite viewing spot for locals and tourists alike. Featuring miles of moderate to difficult hiking and biking trails, views that stretch beyond the state line, and even front row seats to the fall hawk migration, Mount Agamenticus in the fall is a must. Closer to home, and a bit more relaxing, is Marginal Way. A true Ogunquit landmark, Marginal Way is a can’t miss opportunity for a casual stroll, some fresh air and fabulous views. This picturesque, one-mile trail overlooks the Atlantic as it winds along the ocean’s edge in Ogunquit. Two additional hotspots and nature preserves are Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and Wells Reserve at Laudholm.
Nothing signals the arrival of fall quite like a bagful of fresh, juicy apples. They’re perfect for picking, eating, drinking, making sweets and just about any other autumn pursuit you can think of. What could be better than hitting the great outdoors, taking in some fresh air and soaking up some of those sweet Autumn rays – all while strolling through a pristine apple orchard? That’s what picking is all about. There are a number of great spots just a stone’s throw from The Dunes. These “U-Pick” (also referred to as “Pick-Your-Own”) farms include nearby Spiller Farm, McDougal Orchards, Gile’s Family Farm and Smith’s Red Apple Farm just to name a few.
What better way to wile away a weekday afternoon than by strolling through one of our museums or art galleries. Brush up on your American art history at The Ogunquit Museum of American Art. The museum showcases over 3,000 paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints ranging from the late 19th century to today. If history is more your thing, check out The Ogunquit Heritage Museum located in the Captain James Winn House, a historical home built in 1780. The museum is packed with educational exhibits of Ogunquit’s history and culture, including pieces on fishing, farming, ship building, and sea travel and command. Finally, take to the streets and stop in a few of the art galleries that are such a rich part of Ogunquit’s culture.
There’s nothing like a thirst-quenching craft beer on a cool fall day. Quaff a few on site. Bring a few back to your cottage. Or both. Whether you’re into dark, amber or golden, all of these fall colors can add a little spice to your weekday. There are enough nearby local craft breweries to satisfy just about every taste Including fall faves like pumpkin spice and hard cider. Try these local breweries. Hidden Cove Brewing Co. in neighboring Wells. York Beach Beer Company, SoMe Brewing in York and Ogunquit’s own Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza and Craft Beer.
It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping. In Ogunquit you can spend an entire day exploring our stores, galleries and gift shops for that perfect gift. From nautical knick knacks to art, fashion and taffey, you can definitely find a few Yuletide treasures. Try Perkins Cove and Main Street. They’ve got something for every shopper. Or take a 15 minute drive to The Outlets at Kittery – an outlet shopping destination with tons of leading designer and factory store brands. Take it a step further and head to Freeport – home of L.L. Bean and 82 other outlet stores as well as a number of stylish local boutiques.
Take a midweek break with us this fall or a weekend getaway. It’s your chance to head up to Ogunquit for one last hurrah before another Maine winter sets in.