The state of Maine has some places that are still very much alive during this post-summer season. One is the Boothbay Harbor vicinity where autumn does not mean the end to recreation. This week (through September 24th), for example, is “Restaurant Week” not only in town but in some of the other communities nearby as well. Special menus that include appetizer, entrée and desert for a flat price are available in 18 different eating establishments. And, you’ll find that most of the many fine lodges are still open at off-season rates.
That’s not all. Friday, October 1st, is the first Friday of the month which means that, like in other months, free tours to ten art galleries will be offered to the general public. Moreover, this will mark the beginning of the Fall Arts & Cultural Celebration (a/k/a Artoberfest) which runs through the 17th of the month. Some of the events are held at the beautiful Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens such as the Maine FiberArts Weekend (10/2-10/3) and the Three-Woman Sculpture Show which is open through the 11th.
The Opera House participates in the Cultural Festival. Emily Smith will perform traditional Scottish music on Sunday the 3rd before the Celtic rock group Enter the Haggis arrives in town the following Saturday. The 37th Fall Foliage Festival adds to the fun on the weekend of October 9-10. That means more art, crafts, food and even some hot cider thrown into the mix. Boothbay Railway Village will run steam train rides, too.
Excursion boat rides will still be available—just dress a little warmer. One I like is the 1.5-hour roundtrip to Squirrel Island which passes by the historic and attractive Burnt Island Lighthouse. You will enjoy nice views of many other islands as well. If you prefer to go searching for whales, you can still do that into Columbus Day Weekend. Of course, if you are a landlubber, there are always nice walking opportunities to take advantage of such as School House Pond Preserve, Saunders Memorial Park and the Linekin Preserve, all of which have nice trails. The 1,000-foot footbridge from the village across the harbor to Atlantic Avenue on the east side is another good way to get your exercise in. Then again, a walk around town to browse the many shops is a preferred option for many.
Don’t forget the Historical Society and Museum near the Opera House and the several other museums in the area. And, if all else fails, just take a slow drive around the coastal area and absorb the great scenery.
As you can see, Boothbay is still a destination worth visiting–at least for a little while longer.