As the calendar flips from August to September, travelers turn their attention to the upcoming fall festival season. There are dozens of annual festivals that families mark on their calendars, including the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest, Pemaquid Oyster Festival, and Boothbay Harbor Fest. But don’t forget to visit several of Midcoast Maine’s most beautiful natural landscapes during your autumn escape to Newagen Seaside Inn. We’re a short drive from the state’s most-frequented state parks, small towns, and, of course, beaches. While you likely won’t be going for a “dip” in the Atlantic Ocean this fall, spending an afternoon at one of the premier Maine beaches should be high on your autumn to-do list.
The 3 Best Maine Beaches
To ensure that your upcoming autumn getaway to Newagen Seaside Inn is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled a concise, handy list of our three favorite Maine beaches (all of which are within 50 miles of our charming cottages). The most common activities during September and October are typically picnicking, photography, hiking, and shelling.
Although Popham Beach State Park is a short sailboat voyage from many of the top-rated Midcoast Maine beach resorts (including Newagen Seaside Inn), the drive itself takes over an hour due to the area’s many meandering rivers. Popham Beach is quite popular during the summertime as sunbathers, dog walkers, and paddlers flock to this secluded haven. But, during autumn’s peak, you’ll have much of the acreage to yourself. Upon arrival, visitors can stroll along the shallow, mildly-chilly water en route to historic Fort Popham and Fort Baldwin where you’ll also spot awe-inspiring Pond Island Lighthouse (as well as nearly a dozen other offshore islands) from the sand.
Birch Point Beach
Birch Point Beach State Park, which is located near Owls Head Lighthouse, the lengthy Rockland Breakwater Light, and historic downtown Camden, remains one of our favorite hidden gems. A trip up the coast to this beautiful stretch of Midcoast Maine is a must, especially during the fall festival season. Birch Point is one of the least-frequent Midcoast Maine beaches near Boothbay Harbor, but that’s a vital part of its allure. The state park itself has several scenic hiking trails, unique geologic rock formations, nearby lobster fishing vessels, and a calming ambiance that you won’t find at many other dog-friendly beaches in Maine.
Reid State Park
Reid State Park isn’t often labeled as one of the best beaches in Maine, primarily because its name doesn’t hint at a day spent sunbathing, swimming, and paddling. Don’t be fooled by this common misconception—this beautiful state park has dazzling geologic formations, warm tidepools, and, yes, fine sand. Families love to gather near the park’s “Outer Head” where the Sheepscot River meets the Atlantic Ocean. This gorgeous spot is where many choose to snap photos, enjoy a picnic, and search for unique shells.
A Quintessential Boothbay Harbor Inn
Newagen Seaside Inn‘s idyllic location is minutes from sailing, whale watching, “leaf-peeping,” and a wide variety of other fun things to do in autumn. We’re also centrally located to the best Midcoast Maine beach towns, such as Georgetown, Phippsburg, and Owls Head. After each full day spent gazing at lighthouses, dining on lobster rolls, and exploring serene Midcoast Maine beaches, retreat to our charming, elegant seaside escape. To learn more about our guest rooms, please visit us online. Or give us a call today at 800-654-5242.