Maine in fall is not only a spectacular display of color but also an invigorating time to be outdoors and surrounded by the state’s beauty.
Take a (not-so-strenuous) hike — For an easy, four- mile walk (mostly on paved surfaces), try the Eastern Promenade Trail in Portland. Relatively flat, it follows the water’s edge with benches and picnic tables located along the trail and gorgeous harbor and ocean views. East End Beach offers swimming if you can brave Maine’s ocean temperatures.
Enjoy some island time –– Ten miles off the coast you’ll find Monhegan Island. Accessible only by boat, the one-hour trip can be made by ferry from New Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, or Port Clyde with the latter being the favorite of longtime visitors. The island is small — only one square mile — and no cars are permitted. Travel is on foot via numerous trails and dirt roads. Near the center of the island, at its highest point, sits the Monhegan Light overlooking the Gulf of Maine and the Atlantic Ocean. The keeper’s house is home to the Monhegan Museum of Art and History. https://monheganmuseum.org/
Sample more oysters than you could ever imagine — Love oysters? The Maine Oyster Trail can be tailored to your needs and interests. Whether you seek a farm tour, kayak tour, a shuck truck, or a raw bar – or just want to buy oysters and take them home – you’ll find it here. Their website (maineoystertrail.com/maine-oyster-trip-planner) makes it easy to customize your trip by region and type of experience.