It is as reliable as the changing tides. When fall foliage rolls into season throughout New England, the resulting sparkle attracts millions of visitors each year, many on a quest to dive into the region’s rich palettes before nature pulls these vibrant colors back to their muted, winter greys. The high country garners much of the attention this time of year, but equally as rewarding is a stay along New England’s rugged coastline.
Leaf-peeping season is one of the favorite times of year for both staff and guests of the Colonial Inn, the last of the Grand Hotels in historic Ogunquit, Maine.
“Seeing the leaves change up in the mountains is beautiful, but here, along the coast, you get to see the rich canopies of color against the sparkling blue of the ocean, which is quite magical,” said Allie Gill, director of marketing for the Colonial Inn. “There are several boat charter companies in Perkins Cove who can take you out on the water for the afternoon to really make the most of it.”
Perkins Cove is the historic fishing village located just south of Ogunquit that is replete with shops, restaurants, and scenic walking routes. An autumn boat tour is only one of many activities available to guests booking a stay at the Colonial.