Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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A Day Trip to See New England Fall Foliage

October 4, 2011 by Kelleigh Dulany

Some of our guests in late September had hoped to be able to tour some of Maine’s fall foliage areas and see the vibrant fall colors we are known for. While the leaves have begun to turn in many places, it is quite clear that the best is yet to come.

Meanwhile, areas to the north and west of us are well along in their colors. As a result, to see the better colors while it is still a bit early for the best color in the midcoast area, you can drive north and west to see some wonderful foliage.

Just about two hours drive from Brewster House will bring you to Rangeley Lake and all of its wonderful wooded areas. They are very scenic in their own right, and our guests tell us that the trees are filled with color right now. While there, if you wait until dusk, you may even find some moose grazing by the roads.

Another option is to drive west on US-302 to Fryeburg, Maine, on the New Hampshire border, where you can see an old covered bridge among the fall foliage, then continue to North Conway, New Hampshire, for a bit of outlet shopping and a drive up the magnificent Kancamagus Highway for a view of the fall colors in the mountains. Even with all that area to cover, you’re still only about 2 hours from Brewster House.

Whether you visit the fall colors in other areas, if you come early, or here in Freeport, you’ll love the fall foliage throughout the New England region.

Maine Foliage Update, New England Foliage Map

September 29, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

October leaves in MaineThe fall foliage season is well under way in Maine and throughout New England.

Normally, in Maine, the colors change from north to south and from west to east. While this is predominantly the case this year, there are significant areas in the middle of the state, in the Highlands area, that are a bit ahead of schedule. Similarly, New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway is having an early change, too.

Maine’s foliage area information is updated weekly on the state’s foliage site and map. Today we learned that Yankee Magazine (the magazine of New England) has a foliage map of the New England region, as well.

Along Kancamagus HighwayAs both of these maps reflect, the area along the Maine coast from Freeport to Belfast has only small amounts of color at this point. You would have trouble convincing visitors of this, however. Driving from Portland to Freeport yesterday, there was a lot of green left on the trees (at least 70%), but there was a lot of nice color, too.

What this seems to indicate is that we should have a nice, long, foliage season, with colors changing a bit each day, and different stretches of highway changing into peak color at different times. We think this is the ideal pattern, to maximize the time for great viewing of the fall colors.

Armed with the foliage maps for the area, you can certainly plan your visit to be in the area you want at the right time for peak foliage, but be careful if you want to visit on October weekends, as college homecoming and parents’ weekends, Columbus Day weekend, and other events compete with foliage viewers for guest rooms in hotels and B&B’s throughout the region.

Our various foliage tour packages (from $389, all inclusive) have filled many of our weekend rooms, but there are still a few available, with more selection on weekdays.

Enjoy the spectacular show of fall foliage color in Maine!