Leaf peeping is plentiful in New England come October. Pair the golden hues with hiking trails, fall festivals and the overall charm of this coastal Maine town, and you’ve got a recipe for a perfect getaway. Fly directly into Bar Harbor, or hop a flight to Bangor or Portland and rent a car. Here are five things you won’t want to miss.
One of Bar Harbor’s biggest attractions is the sprawling 47,000-acre Acadia National Park. Gorgeous bay and ocean views abound, as do wildlife sightings. Summit Cadillac Mountain, traverse hiking trails, stroll the beach and visit Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.
Inside Acadia, enjoy a scenic drive or bike ride around Park Loop Road. Its 27 miles offer plenty of scenic pull-offs for snapping photos of foliage.
Oct. 11-12, Smuggler’s Den Campground hosts the Acadia Oktoberfest, which offers wine, champagne and, of course, beer. On Oct. 12, explore handmade crafts and other artisan goods during the Island Arts Association Oktoberfest Craft Fair. The free event takes over the Pemetic Green.
Pick your own cranberries from a four-acre bog at Snuggle Magic Cranberry Farm, a 30-minute drive from Bar Harbor. Harvesting ends in late October or early November.
On the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, breathtaking 110-foot Otter Cliff is one of the highest coastal headlands on the East Coast.