For many Midcoast locals, fall–especially later fall, after the Columbus Day holiday weekend–is our favorite time of year.
Colorful fall foliage can linger for weeks, and the icing of a heavy frost only enhances the beauty of the ridgelines of the Camden Hills. It’s also the perfect time of year to take a long, cool hike on the area’s many miles of scenic trails without the annoyance of biting insects.
Sidewalks and restaurants are a little less crowded. You finally have a shot at getting into award-winning Long Grain for lunch again without a reservation. In fact, most of the shops and restaurants in the Camden-Rockland area remain open year-round, sustaining the energy of this wonderful place to live, work, and play.
Here are a few of our favorite things this season has to offer:
- Pop Tech Conference. The 2017 Pop Tech Conference runs from October 19 – 21. This year’s theme is Instigate. Pop Tech’s mission is to bring together interesting innovators and ideas from around the world to “share insights and work together to create lasting change.” If you can’t afford the conference itself, the participants provide great people-watching opportunities!
- Apples! Hope Orchards, a short drive from Camden, offers a variety of apples, pears, squash and other vegetables, cider, honey, and more. They’re open Wed. – Sun. in October; weekends in November, with a Variety Weekend October 20 – 22 that features live music and other performances.
- Icelandic Horses. Pepper Hill Farm in South Thomaston offers a 90-minute introduction to riding an Icelandic Horse. What better time of year to learn about this unique breed and explore the local woods on horse-back?
- The beautifully renovated Strand Theatre in Rockland, which offers a full schedule of live music from performers like folk singer Cheryl Wheeler, HD live broadcasts of the Met Opera and the Bolshoi Ballet, and good ol’ movies.
- American and Maine art at the Farnsworth Museum, including exhibits through the end of 2017 to celebrate Andrew Wyeth’s 100th birthday and a must-see retrospective featuring the paintings and textiles of Marguerite Zorach.
And we take Halloween seriously around here, especially on Camden’s Pearl Street!