Have you ever seen a mountain blush?  There’s nothing like Fall in New England!  It’s as sweet as summer’s Maine Lobster and blueberry pie! It’s a journey, not a destination and you don’t want to miss it!

With the Inn boarded up with its own splashes of red, you can still enjoy lots of natural brilliant reds and golds in the foliage around the great state of Maine. This image from maine.gov shows 75-100% peak color in 5 of the 7 zones a recent as this past weekend.

 

From the coastal tip of Southern Maine up through the mountains and Lakes Region there are enough choices for the active, adventurous hiker or the leaf peeping Sunday driver. You can even combine the two by taking the auto road up to the top of Mount Battie in Camden or Mt. Agamenticus in York. The views at the top are absolutely breathtaking. From Mt. Agamenticus you have a 360° view where you can see the White Mountain Range in New Hampshire to the west and the Atlantic Ocean with Nubble Lighthouse to the east. From Mt. Battle you have a panoramic view of Penobscot Bay and Camden not to mention the scenic vistas along the way.

Kennebunkport, Rangely, Bridgton and Bar Harbor offer their own spectacular, colorful views without the summer crowds. You can even enjoy a Chondola ride at Sunday River to take in a bird’s eye view before the snow flies! Check out some of the best places in Maine to go leaf peeping. With unseasonably warm temperatures this year and very  little autumn rain, it’s a perfect time to extend your visit to the Pine Tree State before winter sets in. You can still ride the Pumpkin Train at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad during the weekend of October 28th and 29th. Enjoy the foliage, hot cider and cookies and explore the museum! Children can decorate a miniature pumpkin to take home with them. Free for museum members!

Directions to Mt. Agamenticus, York, Maine

Directions to Mt. Battle, Camden Hills, Maine. Take Rte. 90 for an even more scenic drive!

So gather the family, pack up the car and head north to “Maine, the Way Life Should Be”. Enjoy a cup of chowder or lobster stew along the way, take a road off the beaten path and experience Maine’s natural Autumn beauty.

You may even see a mountain blush!  

Recently while in a fish market in North Hampton, New Hampshire I asked where they got their oysters.

The young lady behind the counter couldn’t pronounce it, but having lived in Boothbay for 12 years I knew exactly where she meant, the Damariscotta River. Many consider Damariscotta, Maine to be the ultimate destination for oyster lovers.

Crassostrea virginica, the American or Eastern oyster, is native to the great state of Maine. Native Wabanaki people are believed to have harvested oysters from the river long ago, as documented by several historic oyster middens in Maine. What remains of Whaleback Shell Midden, Glidden Midden and other shell heaps on the Damariscotta River were created over 1,000 years ago.   You can see the middens in Damariscotta and Newcastle while kayaking in the river or you can take a short hike behind Roundtop Ice Cream in Damariscotta to the Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site. Take a Damariscotta River Cruises aquaculture tour aboard the 50′ River Tripper, including live music cruises and oyster tastings or for the more adventurous, a self-propelled tours of the farms with Midcoast Kayak.

Since 2001, on the last Sunday in September, the Pemaquid Oyster Company and Schooner Landing Restaurant in Damariscotta host the annual  Pemaquid Oyster Festival, a fundraiser with all profits going to the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund. Myers, from Walpole, Maine, was a pioneer in the aquaculture business. If you missed the festival or just want to enjoy them in Boothbay Harbor – try them baked, fried or on the half-shell at Mine Oyster or The Boathouse Bistro.

The Oysterater website lists 11 varieties of oysters from the Damariscotta River region alone: Wawenauk, Pemaquid Point, Whaleback Cocktails, Glidden Point, European Flat, Wiley Point, Norumbega, Pemaquid, Dodge Cove, Ebenecook, and Damariscotta.

Glidden Point Oyster Farm in Edgecomb sells their oysters nationwide, including Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Glidden Points are grown forty feet deep in the frigid Damariscotta River, making them possibly the deepest and coldest grown oysters along the East Coast. They are also the only oysters in the world that are hand-harvested by divers. Oysters in the tidal river are slow grown taking four years to mature. Barbara Scully started Glidden Oyster Farm 31 years ago while working full time at DMR.  After 12 years, when she turned a profit, she quit her full-time job to become a full time oyster farmer. Read her story here. About a year and a half ago Glidden Oysters was purchased by Ryan McPherson.  Oysters are still in Scully’s blood though and she now operates Barbara Scully’s Oyster and Lobster Market, officially know as The Lobster Store where you can find freshly harvested Damariscotta River oysters, raft purged Maine littlenecks and steamer clams, and hand selected hard bottom lobsters from the islands of the Boothbay region, as well as gift items and shucking tools. You’ll see her quaint, little shop on the River Road in Edgecomb, Maine just down the road a piece from Glidden’s Oyster Farm.

Awww shucks, take a ride along the scenic River Road and stop in to pick up some oysters, clams or lobstahs today!

For more information on oysters in Maine, check out the links below.
The Oysterater website has a wealth of information with  300+ oysters and 125+ oyster bars!
Maine Sea Grant Oyster Trail
Guide to Maine Oysters 
The Oyster Guide
Oyster Farming Booms Along the Coast