The leaves are turning, the refreshing Northerly winds are blowing, the pumpkins and gourds are in the markets – all a sure sign that the fall season is upon us.
Coastal Maine gets a little less crowded but doesn't shut down. It is a great time to come for a weekend of hiking, sightseeing or just plain relaxing. With many special weekend packages, the Historic Inns of Rockland greet guests all winter long with gourmet breakfasts and pampers them in cozy fire-placed rooms.
We are standing in front of our downtown Rockland Inn, the Captain Lindsey House, and taking a long goodbye look at our summer window boxes filled with tomato plants and herbs. This was our summer garden, a breakfast garden almost completely harvested. We've just returned from Beth's Farm Market, where we bought tall corn stalks to grace the front door, along with a wonderful collection of gourds and squash. We even found four delicious ears of corn on the newly cut stalks which we ate for lunch. The ferries continue to run across Penobscot Bay – a lovely excursion on a clear day. Thanksgiving weekend opens the Christmas season with Rockland's Festival of Lights, followed closely by Camden's Christmas by the Sea. The Samoset Resort offers a great Thanksgiving feast.
Cultural offerings abound all winter. The Farnsworth and the Transportation Museums are open. The Mid-Coast Forum On Foreign Relations hosts well-known international speakers on a monthly basis. And several movie theaters simulcast the Metropolitan Opera on Saturdays. The Strand in Rockland is also presenting several of the Globe performances from London.
We are ready for fall and that feel of crisp, clear air. We welcome all to the Mid-Coast of Maine during the fall and winter season. We stay here – we don't fly south.