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Fall foliage in Southern Maine

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Not ready to let go of summer? Fall is the new summer. There is no better time than the fall to visit Maine. The temperatures are just right and most of the tourists have headed south. Lots of festivals and agricultural fairs abound, some are one day affairs and others last a week.

Not to be missed is the annual toast to Maine’s culinary arts, Harvest on the Harbor, It involves incredible seafood, wine tastings and an array of visiting celebrity chefs. Our favorite event is the Grand Tasting, with its starry setting in the Ocean View Room of the Ocean Gateway Pier. The Maine lobster chef of the year competition is one of the most popular events.

And, oh yes, there’s the wicked awesome fall foliage. Everyone asks,” when’s the best time for peak color?” The first colors of the season can appear in early September and extend into late October. There is no magical moment when the fall colors are most vibrant. Different varieties of trees change color at different times and weather patterns affect the change also. Steve and I prefer the late foliage because as the crimson, orange and gold fade, the landscape takes on a more subtle magic that is just as beautiful.

The end of October is chock full of Haunted Hayrides, Wicked Walking Tours and Pumpkin Festivals. Apple picking sure beats raking leaves.

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