By now, you likely know all about lively Portland and beautiful Acadia National Park, but sandwiched in-between these two popular destinations rests a sprawling, historic region worth revisiting time and time again: Midcoast Maine. While the seaside communities of Boothbay Harbor and Camden may ring a bell, nothing quite tops an autumn escape to this visually-striking, vibrant slice of New England. The dense forestry that lines the Atlantic Ocean is already starting to transform into a vivid blend of amber, marigold, crimson, and emerald, so you better book that well-deserved fall vacation to Midcoast Maine before it’s too late!
A Handy Fall Guide to Colorful Midcoast Maine
It’s nearly impossible to see all of the sights during a vacation, regardless of the location. But that doesn’t mean that you and your family should miss out on the best of the best. This handy, autumn-inspired guide to Midcoast Maine was pieced together after careful consideration. We based all of these selections on customer feedback, personal experience, and proximity to Linekin Bay Resort, the top-rated oceanfront getaway in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Best Boat Tour: Cap’n Fish’s Cruises
Cap’n Fish’s whale-watching cruises run until mid-October, so there’s still plenty of time to spot majestic, migrating Midcoast Maine whales. The vessel may also drift past seals, puffins, dolphins, sharks, migratory birds, and lobster boats during your voyage, but that will depend on the weather conditions and date of arrival, of course.
Best Haunted History Tour: Red Cloak Tours
As you might expect, Midcoast Maine is filled with absorbing history and haunting tales. Thankfully, local historian Sally “The Lady in the Red Cloak” Lobkowicz hosts haunted history tours throughout Midcoast Maine in several communities, such as Bath, Damariscotta, and, yes, here in Boothbay Harbor.
Best Lighthouse: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is always a visual treat, regardless of the season. But we particularly love to visit this seaside landmark during autumn’s peak when the surrounding area provides a colorful glow. If you’re aiming to snap a “postcard-esque” photograph, start at Pemaquid Point.
Best Lobster Roll: Red’s Eats
It’s worth noting that Red’s Eats will close for the season on Columbus Day (October 12), so you better get up here before they pack up their mouthwatering lobster for the winter. Many shacks, shanties, and restaurants claim to have the “world’s best lobster roll,” but they are surely one of the best on our list. While visiting Linekin Bay Resort, make sure to give the Deck Bar & Grill’s classic lobster roll a try—you will not be disappointed! We’ve never heard of too much lobster on a trip to Maine!
Best Midcoast Maine Hiking Trails: Camden Hills State Park
Yes, there are several fantastic parks and preserves in the area, including Reid State Park, Popham Beach State Park, and Barrett’s Park, but the prettiest ocean and valley overlooks can be discovered in nearby Camden. The sprawling lookouts at Mount Battie and Maiden Rock will leave you breathless.
Best Multi-Weekend Fall Festival: Fall Foliage Festival
Every October, the Boothbay Railway Village holds an annual Fall Foliage Festival just five miles north of Linekin Bay Resort. This historic heritage village transforms into autumn-inspired jubilee as visitors can observe craft demonstrations, hop aboard a steam train, devour tasty treats (such as kettle corn, lobster rolls, and apple cider), and listen to live music. And the surrounding fall foliage provides endless opportunities for amateur photogs.
Best Oktoberfest Lager: Route 27 by Boothbay Craft Brewery
While Waldoboro’s Odd Alewives Farm Brewery is putting on yet another Oktoberfest celebration in late September, the preferred Oktoberfest lager can be found in sleek, 16-ounce cans: Route 27 by Boothbay Craft Brewery. This malt-forward German lager is bready yet crisp—the perfect combination on a cool fall evening!
Plan a Visit to Midcoast Maine in Autumn
Linekin Bay Resort remains one of the top-rated oceanfront hotels, wedding venues, and dog-friendly restaurants in Midcoast Maine. Memories are made at Linekin Bay Resort that last a lifetime. Browse through our new and newly renovated Midcoast Maine accommodations on our website to find a room, cabin, or lodge that perfectly suits your size, style, and budget. Be sure to check out our Specials & Packages for fall getaway deals! For even more autumn-inspired things to do in Midcoast Maine, please visit our blog page.