Last Chance: Maine Leaf-Peeping At Its Best
Fiery red, amber orange, golden yellow—these autumn colors are trademarks of the season, and the perfect excuse to plan a weekend getaway along New England's coast.
Maine’s striking foliage is still in its prime, and just an easy drive from Boston. Pack up the car and course along one of America’s best fall color drives to get there, or opt for a train ride to take in the hues. (Amtrak's Downeaster service departs five times daily from Boston to Portland.) Once you arrive, the fall viewing opportunities take to the sky, literally. Step onto a private plane with The Inn at Brunswick Station, whose “Fall Foliage Flyover” package offers for an hour-long aerial tour of Maine’s coastline. Or, take the Maine Eastern Railroad further north. Passengers will get an eyeful of colorful views on the 57-mile trip along state's scenic Mid-Coast, from Brunswick to Rockland.
More active leaf seekers can hit the trails with the Camden Harbour Inn, whose “Sea the Leaves” package lets you hike up mount Battie, kayak across nearby lakes, and sail along Penobscot Bay. For dinner, don't miss tasting the state's famous lobster. Recently dubbed Maine’s lobster chef of the year, the Inn's own Chris Long of Natalie's serves the butter-poached crustacean with grilled local mushrooms, corn and parsnips ragout, and thyme butter.
If you’re really looking to unplug, check into one of the classic rooms at the Grey Havens Inn in Georgetown—are all television free and have partial or full Atlantic Ocean views. Plus, second nights are 50% off until the end of the month.
Catch the best of Maine's fall colors and flavors this weekend—whether you choose to leaf-peep from the comfort of a car, plane, or train!
Maria Pedone is on the digital team at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @mariapedestrian.