207 Fall Getaways

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For those who watched my segment on WCSH’s 207 show tonight, here’s a bit more info as well as links to the two getaways we discussed.

Camden/Rockland/Rockport

What to do:

• Hike in Camden Hills State Park: Or cheat and drive to the summit of Mt. Battie for grand views over the color-dappled Camden Hills, snug Camden Harbor, and out to the islands dotting Penobscot Bay.

• Sail with Capt. Bob Pratt from Rockland Harbor aboard Morning in Maine. Pratt is both a marine biologist and a Master Maine Guide, so he can identify the the sealife as you sail aboad his 55-foot ketch.

• Visit the Farnsworth Museum and the Lighthouse Museum, both in Rockland, and browse the shops and galleries lining its main and side streets. Don’t miss downtown Camden’s shops, either. Good chance of clean-out sales in both locations. If you’re on a budget, both towns have quality thrift stores and used book shops.

• Head out to Lincolnville to the Cellardoor Winery for a wine tasting overlooking the vineyard. And here’s a heads-up: Oct. 18 is the Romp & Stomp Grape Harvest Festival, with hot air balloon rides, grape stomping, a crafts market, live music, and a free barbecue; events both in Lincolnville and at the winery.

• Noodle around the backroads of the region on a bike or in a car for pretty rural views.

Where to stay;

Samoset Resort, Rockport: full-service oceanfront resort with golf course and indoor pool, easy walk to the Rockland Breakwater.

Hartstone Inn, Camden: Gorgeous inn in downtown Camden with an excellent dining room; reservations required.

Historic Inns of Rockland: Three elegant B&Bs within walking distance of downtown.

Glen Cove Motel, Rockport: A less pricey alternative open through this weekend. Nice location with ocean views.

Greater Augusta

What to do:

Maine State Museum, Augusta: It’s Maine’s attic, with intriguing exhibits.

Old Fort Western, Augusta: The oldest surviving wooden fort in the country, and Sunday features a fall festival with cider pressing and other events. It closes Sunday for the season.

Pine Tree State Arboreteum, Augusta; on the east side of the river, it’s laced with 6 miles of trails for non-motorized use, and many of the trees are labeled, so you can learn to match a tree to its fall color.

• Get pampered at The Senator Inn and Spa, Augusta: See my previous post about this full-service spa that’s great for a romantic escape or a girlfriends’ getaway.

• Take a scenic drive or pedal looping through the backroads around the China, Belgrade, and Winthrop Lakes for gorgeous scenery.

• Mosey through downtown Hallowell, lined with intriguing shops and restaurants.

Where to Stay:

Senator Inn & Spa, Augusta: Full service inn, with rooms in a variety of configurations and prices, full-service spa and fitness center with indoor pool, and a restaurant.

Maple Hill Farm, Hallowell: Just as it sounds, a B&B situated on a gentlemen’s farm; quiet location to escape.

A Rise & Shine, Monmouth: an unfussy B&B on the former Woolworth family estate, a horse farm, in the Winthrop Lakes region

Wings Hill Inn & Restaurant, Belgrade Lakes: Craving a great meal? This chef-owned inn provides both comfy rooms and excellent fare.

1 COMMENT

  1. Had a chance to hike Mt. Battie last week, Hilary. It was tough! More difficult than I would have thought, when at the trailhead it says simply that it’s a .5 mile long trail. I thought, “No big deal. It’s half a mile.” My goodness, it took some butt scooting, some hand-holding and a lot of tenacity to get up that hill. It was steep, steep, steep in some parts. But it was worth it. The views are spectacular. Going down was a lot easier for me, though I heard otherwise from climbers we met along the way.

    I’d do it again.

    I’ve posted a recommendation for your guidebook on my travel blog if you want to take a look; it’s in the comment section. Thanks for visiting me there:

    http://www.thephoenixtraveler.com/the-phoenix-traveler-travels-new-england-pt-2/

    All my best,
    Jackie

  2. Yeah, that trail is a bit deceptive, isn’t it? Starts out nice and easy, and just when you think no sweat, it’s time to sweat and clamber over, around, and through the rocks.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    H.