Six Spectacular Ways to Experience Fall Foliage in Maine

At its peak, the fall foliage in Maine will surround you with vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold. That’s why many visitors consider the fall season to be among the best times to visit Midcoast Maine. October in Boothbay Harbor combines all the enjoyment of the coast with many extra perks! For starters, Maine quiets down significantly during the fall months. So, if you are craving a peaceful and relaxing getaway, you might find that autumn is the perfect time to visit us.  

To start planning your fall Maine getaway, request exclusive access to our free Vacation Guide and see everything our beautiful region has to offer. From autumn events to beautiful fall colors to unique experiences, our guide will take your Boothbay Harbor to the next level. 

Discover Maine in the Fall  

Fall Foliage in Maine: How to See the Best Fall Colors 

Visit Lighthouses 

Maine is known for its lighthouses, and for a good reason. There are more than 60 of these beautiful structures, earning us the nickname of the Lighthouse State. Enjoy a beautiful fall foliage tour from the water as you discover a bit of local history. You can visit Burnt Island LightHendricks Head Lighthouse, and, of course, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. The list goes on, and you can see them via boat tours, scenic drives, and some incredible vantage points along the coast. 

Set Sail on a Schooner 

Take a ride on one of three local schooners to experience autumn’s beauty by sea. Our Schooner Sail package is available until Columbus Day each year, providing the perfect opportunity for nature lovers and fall leaf-peeping. Feel the crisp fall air rush through your hair as you revel in the sights and sounds of Midcoast Maine. 

Tour the Maine Wine Trail 

Another fantastic autumn adventure can be found along the Maine Wine Trail. With over 20 excellent wineries, you’re sure to have a great experience and find a new favorite wine. Due to Maine’s climate, our local wineries feature some unique, delicious flavors. Stop by some of our favorites, like Cellardoor WinerySweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, and Savage Oaks Vineyard and Winery. Not only can you sip on exquisite beverages, but you can also tour the scenic landscapes while you’re there. 

Attend the Fall Foliage Festival 

The name says it all. When you take the time to check out the Annual Fall Foliage Festival, you can take part in a festive celebration of everything autumn. Held in October each year, this is the perfect opportunity for a memorable experience just as the leaves are transitioning to their peak colors. Head over to the Boothbay Railway Village during Columbus Day Weekend to see artwork from talented local artists, explore historic buildings, and listen to live music. You can even step aboard an old steam train for a unique adventure. 

Explore Local Parks 

Of course, you can always enjoy a classic hike through the area, and there are plenty of magnificent local parks to do so. Midcoast Maine features a long list of serene destinations for hikers, including Camden Hills State Park. Lace up your hiking boots, and remember to bring a camera because this atmosphere is perfect for an afternoon adventure. There are some breathtaking vistas as you journey along the trails.  

When Is the Best Time to See Peak Colors? 

If you aren’t sure when to plan your vacation, consult the Maine fall foliage report. Due to the region’s size, the complete fall foliage report includes five color zones: Southern, Eastern, Central, Western, and Northern. Each zone reaches its peak at a different time, but usually, peak colors in the Midcoast Maine region occur from mid to late October. 

See the Fall Colors from Above at Topside Inn

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After making priceless memories in Boothbay Harbor, head back to Topside Inn and put your feet up in one of our peaceful accommodations. Many of our beautiful rooms and suites offer plush beds, gorgeous views, and even private balconies for enjoying the fresh ocean air and beautiful foliage! Between our premium amenities, breathtaking views, and delicious gourmet breakfast, each day you spend here, will have you feeling refreshed and ready to keep exploring!  

Ready for a fabulous fall getaway in Boothbay Harbor? Check our availability and book your favorite room today!