As the air cools and the smells begin to change, locals and visitors alike embrace the Fall in Kennebunkport Maine. With uncluttered streets and empty parking spaces we leave the hustle and bustle of the hot summer months in the rear view mirror and fill with excitement for what’s to come. Crisp air, bright colors and familiar flavors welcome us back to a time of year when the days cool down, the food warms up and we settle in for a cozier time of year.
Autumn in Kennebunkport is a wonderland of activities and experiences. The season officially kicks off with the Kennebunkport Harvest Festival on October 1st with a pancake breakfast, pumpkin carving, hayrides and more. Bring the kids or make it a date with someone you love. It’s a Fall filled day of memories just waiting to be had. The parade is another annual ritual for the town. It will take place at 11:30 AM, starting at Water Street, turn onto Dane Street, and finish at Park Street, where participants can loop back around to Main street for the festivities. Children are invited to join in the parade by dressing up in their favorite costumes and wave to the spectators. Parents are welcome to accompany their children and you don’t have to be a Kennebunk resident to participate. The parade lineup is at 11:15 AM on Water Street.
Get Lost! Well, sort of. Just down the road is The Great Corn Maze at Zach’s Farm in York. Great for a day of family fun or just wandering through a field aimlessly with the one you love, or like, or actually want to lose, or whatever. A twenty minute hayride in their freshly rebuilt carts delivers you and yours to the maze where the expedition begins. Not up for exploring? No problem. Zach’s also offers “pick your own” pumpkin fields. Remember to wear your hiking shoes so you can play around the farm!
If you’re looking for something a bit more Halloween than you have got to check out the All Souls Walk at the Brick Store Museum on Oct. 29th 12-3 pm. Join a narrated walk through Hope Cemetery to visit graves and hear costumed interpreters tell the fascinating and sometimes tragic tales of Kennebunk residents from the past three centuries. Three chances to take this hour long tour, 12 pm, 1 pm and 3 pm . No advanced reservation required. $10 p/p or $30 for a family.
Have you discovered Bentley’s Saloon yet? Well here’s your chance! This place is like no other and as they say at Bentley’s “Who has more fun than us? We do!” Bentley’s is always full of life and ready for a down right good time. If you’re looking for an off the chart Halloween experience look no further! Join us for the Bentley’s Annual Costume Party on October 22nd from 7 pm-the witching hour. This party is sure to leave it’s mark on your soul and put the fun back in your Halloween spirit!
Whatever you do this Fall, get out there with the ones you love. Spend some time just taking in all the season has to offer. Consider this Harvest season the harvest for your soul and feed it. Put on your sweater, get your boots dirty, carve a pumpkin with someone you love. Just be sure you do something to celebrate and enjoy this very special time of year so that next year when warm colors and sea breezes return, they’re that much more anticipated.
-Captain Jefferds Inn
Photo Credit: Bob Dennis