Fall is the ideal time to enjoy Maine due to its perfect weather and significantly smaller crowds! The best way to soak in every last ray of warm days is by spending it outdoors, enjoying an al fresco meal with friends or family. Pack some snacks and get outside with some of our fun fall picnic ideas to enjoy this September!
1. Eastern Promenade – Portland
Portland’s East End is made up of classic neighborhoods, delicious cafes and eateries and a view like no other in the city, which makes it the perfect place for a fall picnic. Soak in the beautiful fall foliage along the Casco Bay – but make sure to bring a blanket or two, because being right on the ocean can get a bit breezy.
Another bonus? No need to pack a picnic – you will have your choice of delectable food trucks that park along the Promenade!
2. Coastal Maine Botanical Garden – Boothbay
The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden is truly spectacular, especially come fall once the summer crowds die down and you can take your time wandering among the end-of-year blooms. With over 300 acres of gardens and natural spaces, a huge variety of flowers, and a new exhibit, “Guardians of the Seeds,” featuring magical, recycled wood sculpture Giant Trolls hidden in the woods, you can spend an entire afternoon enjoying the property. What better way to end your walk than with a picnic as you take in the scenery?
Boothbay Harbor is known for its delicious, fresh seafood dishes, including lobster rolls, so be sure to pick some up to complete your picnic!
3. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park – Freeport
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park is a beautiful networked trail system, stretching for about 4.5 miles along forest and coastline. In fact, the overlook by the rocky shoreline is the perfect location to sit down and enjoy your lunch!
On your way to the park, make sure you stop in downtown Freeport – there are so many delicious restaurants to choose from, so your takeout options to fuel your picnic will be essentially endless!
4. Sebago Lake – Casco
Sebago Lake is one of Maine’s most clean, breathtaking lakes. Spanning six towns throughout the Lakes Region, it provides walking trails and long, sandy beaches with picnic tables and grills so you can eat comfortably anywhere along the water. Take advantage of the grills and bring burgers, hot dogs, and anything else you may need for a good old barbeque picnic. There are even campsites available if you want to make it an overnight or weekend getaway!
Cumberland Crossing by OceanView
Cumberland Crossing by Oceanview is an active retirement community located in stunning Cumberland, Maine. With two customizable cottage plans to choose from and an inclusive monthly maintenance fee, you can spend less time worrying and more time staying active, enjoying all that Maine has to offer! To learn more about what our community has to offer, please contact us today!