Five Arguments In Favor Of A Maine Fall Vacation


Many of us cling to the last days of summer with all our might. We at The Dunes know that fall has its own special offerings, and are excited to move into the next New England season. A Maine fall vacation is a great way to herald the autumn: pack a few extra layers, plus your bathing suit for the sunny days, and head up to Ogunquit for a fun fall weekend getaway!

1) Cool Weather Beach Walks

Slip into your favorite sweater and ball cap, throw on a pair of boots, and head out for some fall beach combing! The crisper air pairs perfectly with the rolling waves and clear blue skies. Take a rowboat across the river at high tide, and wander down Ogunquit Beach with a picnic. As the sun sinks below the water, snuggle up next to your sweetie and enjoy the romance of the moment.

2) Enjoy the Off Seasondunes_on_the_waterfront_Maine_fall_vacation_cottage

As much as we love the hustle and bustle of the summer months, there’s something to be said for having the resort to yourself! There’s a distinct calmness that descends on Ogunquit as school starts up again and fall temperatures begin to set in. Take advantage of this quiet season and escape for a mini Maine fall vacation! Whether you want to go out and explore, or just sit and bask in the serenity on your cottage’s front porch, the “off season” is The Dunes’ best kept secret.

3) Agamenticus Foliage Views

There’s nothing like elevation to give you those sweeping, fall views that autumn vacationers seek. Mount Agamenticus is a favorite viewing spot for locals and tourists alike. Bragging miles of 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.

4) Fireside Entertainment

You may have heard, but if you haven’t, listen up: our cottages and cottage suites all feature wood-burning fireplaces. There isn’t much that can beat a warm drink and a round of rummy by the fireside on a cool, blustery day. If card games aren’t your thing, settle down with a book you’ve been waiting to read, or perhaps, simply enjoy the crackling of the fire and the rush of the waves outside. Whether it’s just you and your sweetheart or the whole family, a Maine fall vacation is surely just what the doctor ordered.

5) Fall Treats

Nothing brings on the fall feelings faster than a hot apple cider donut, a glass of fresh-pressed cider, and a hand-picked apple. Head out into the southern Maine countryside and find yourself some good fall eats! There are several “U-Pick” (also referred to as “Pick-Your-Own”) orchards and farms a stone’s throw from The Dunes; take a day trip and try your hand at apple picking! The farm stores offer baked goods galore, plus seasonal veggies and other charming items. McDougal Orchards, Spiller Farm, and Libby and Son are a few local favorites.


So go for it. Take a few of the vacation days you’ve been hoarding, round up the troops (and the hats and scarves), and head up to Ogunquit for one final hurrah before winter descends on the East Coast. The seaside in the summertime gets all the hype (and we’re not disputing its awesomeness), but it’s time to start some chatter about the splendor of a Maine fall vacation –– book yours today at The Dunes on the Waterfront.

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