Autumn in Maine is a true treat for the eyes and the soul. It’s a time when most of the state lights up with brilliant colors of red, yellow and orange for a show unlike any other. Use our guide on how to enjoy the fall foliage near Damariscotta and discover all the beauty that awaits you this fall.
Amidst sightseeing, attending festivals, and simply relaxing, there are many ways to welcome the arrival of cool weather in Damariscotta. Guests at Newcastle Inn enjoy a cozy atmosphere, nestled amongst some of Maine’s most beautiful scenery, particularly during the fall.
When to go
Fall foliage in Maine begins in late September and ends around the last week of October. Peak week for Southern Maine is typically mid to late October. Due to the dependency on weather patterns be sure to check the Maine fall foliage tracker for most up to date information regarding peak season.
Visit a park
Take a drive out to Camden Hills State Park for the day and take in views of the fall colors from the road to the top of Mt. Battie. Or take your tour on foot and hike the trails on Mt. Megunticook and Bald Rock Mountain, both offering spectacular views of the colorful leaves.
Views of Camden from top of Mt. Battie
Take a hike
Head to the neighboring town of Boothbay to explore the Lobster Cove Meadow Preserve Trail. As you get to the end of the trail, a permeable marshland lays out in front with bright colors of red, yellow and orange saturating the surrounding landscape.
From the water
Part of what makes coastal Maine special is the opportunity to see the colorful fall foliage reflected in the waters of the Atlantic and small coastal harbors. Join Damariscotta River Cruises for their Oyster Farms and Fall Foliage Tour. Take in the beautiful autumn colors and with a narrated tour, complete with a hot apple cider and blankets onboard to keep you warm.
Attend Pumpkinfest and Regatta
Plan a trip to Maine and book your stay at Newcastle Inn during Columbus Day weekend for the annual Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta. This fall time festival brings together all that makes fall in Maine so special. With pumpkins everywhere and a colorful autumn backdrop, this is the quintessential Maine fall festival you don’t want to miss!
Giant pumpkin from Pumpkinfest
Explore coastal gardens
Welcome the changing of the season with miles of walking trails at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the beautiful landscaping of the gardens with the colorful leaves that sprinkle the gardens. And if you are in town on October 20th, join others at the garden for The Great Pumpkin Hunt, an event fun for the entire family.
Stay at Newcastle Inn
If you are planning a trip to experience fall foliage in Maine, then there is no better place to stay than at the Newcastle Inn. Enjoy the crisp autumn air and views from our deck overlooking the Damariscotta River. With rooms such as our Pemaquid Point Suite, Pumpkin Island Room, and the Winter Harbor Room guests can take in the beauty of fall time in Maine, right from their rooms.