Autumn in Maine, our favorite season. Sure, Winter and it’s snow is beautiful and gives us many outdoor activities. Summer and its water based activities on the coast or lakes warms our heart. Spring…meh. We only like Spring because it’s no longer Winter. But Autumn in New England is magic.
The summer tourists are gone. The days are getting cooler, but snow is still a month or two away (we hope.) The leaves are beginning to change color and fall from the trees.
The smell of leaves, there is nothing quite like it. A cup of hot apple cider, an apple cider donut, and the smell of leaves. That is what Autumn smells like.
Growing up in the Northeast I’ve always known Autumn (we typically call it “Fall” in North America) and the beauty that comes with the leaves changing color. In the NYC area the leaves would change color towards the end of October. In Maine we’ve had to get used to it coming a bit earlier though. The leaves begin changing up north as early as the end of September. In fact, as I’m writing this post it is peak foliage for most of the state of Maine, and October has just begun!
Here is a link to Maine’s Official Fall Foliage Website which has a great map to tell you to current foliage conditions.
Forewarning for those wanting to get out and enjoy a weekend drive to see the color, maybe staying overnight at a secluded hotel up north in order to have the foliage all to yourself. Know that everyone else wants to do the EXACT SAME THING. All of those poor souls who live in other parts of the country that don’t have a colorful Autumn (imagine the horror!) fly in, drive in, and cruise in to see the leaves changing color. So, just when you’re used to the post-Summer traffic we get hit with a few more weeks of congestion.