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Top Reasons to Plan a Maine Getaway in September

August 14th, 2019 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

This blog post was updated August 25, 2020 to account for changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is no better time to visit our quaint Camden Inn than in the fall! Outside of lovely day-time temperatures and fewer crowds, guests can enjoy an abundance of Maine attractions in September. This includes a plethora of ongoing summer outdoor activities, events, and seasonal happenings. Keep reading to learn the best time to visit Camden Maine for your fall getaway.

View of Hawthorn Inn, a Maine Bed and Breakfast

Perfect Temperatures

Unlike our neighbors to the north, Camden offers perfect fall temperatures averaging in the 70s throughout September. With gorgeous summer weather stretching into the fall months, guests are able to take advantage of all the wonderful outdoor things to do in Maine. As water temperatures are at their warmest, guest can enjoy sailing, kayaking, swimming, stand-up paddleboard, and other fun water activities without the crowds or cold weather.

Those wanting to explore the land and see the area from a different vantage point can choose from multiple scenic hikes in Camden. These include the Coastal Mountain Land Trust trails, the Georges River Land Trust trails, such as the Spruce Mountain hike, and Camden Hills State Park, which offers 30 miles of hiking bliss. We also recommend checking out trails to Bald Rock Mountain, Mount Battie, and Maiden’s Cliff. They all offer spectacular views!

Maine lighthouse and coast view

Seasonal Events

Like all seasons, fall offers a wide selection of unique festivals and Maine events. Due to COVID-19, there are a number of festivals and events that have been cancelled for 2020. Planners  hope to bring them back bigger and better in 2021.  However, there are some creative new events and some of the tried and true like apple picking in Hope Orchard.

  • The Owl’s Head Transportation Museum (OHTM) will host two special events for antique, classic, vintage, and special interest vehicles of all production years, the Midcoast Auto Tour and Cars and Coffee.
  • The United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation normally sponsor Maine Open Lighthouse Day during the month of September. It has been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.  Guests will have to wait until Saturday, September 11, 2021 for the rare opportunity to learn and climb over two dozen historic Maine lighthouses.  However, one can still commemorate the day be visiting the outside of the several light houses that that are close to Camden, such as Curtis Island Light, Owls Head, Pemaquid Point, Marshal Point, and Rockland Breakwater Lighthouses. Another way to commemorate the day is to take one of the Lighthouse cruises at the Maritime Museum in Bath.
  • The Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce has a few interesting events occurring this September.  The 2020 Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament is on Friday, September 11, 2020.  The Chamber is also having a raffle “Turning the Tide on 2020“.  Purchase a ticket and you could win $2020!
  • The Camden Opera House has live music most Friday nights in September! Tickets are $10 a piece.  45 seats per show, assigned socially distanced seats, and one set.  You can also live stream at home.

Couple eating pizza at a Maine Restaurant

Short Maine Getaways

For guests on a tight schedule who want to experience all the best things Maine has to offer, we recommend jumping on the 36 Hours in Camden and Rockport, Maine train, as seen in the New York Times Travel section. Even during the pandemic, many of the activities in the article are available!  Here is an update on what you can do from the article and/or adaptations to be made:

  1. One can do the following activities as they are described as long as you are following the COVID-19 restrictions of the establishment: visit Owl and Turtle Bookshop, hike Mount Battie, harbor tour with Maine Sport Outfitters, visit Cellardoor winery on a Friday through Sunday (tasting tours must be reserved in advance), and the museums in Rockland.
  2. Salt Water Farm is not running in person.  However, you can still learn from Head Chef and Instructor, Annemarie Ahearn. You do not even have to travel to Lincolnville.  She is doing classes online!
  3. If you’re a foodie, these Camden restaurants should definitely be on your bucket list. During the pandemic, some of the restaurants are only doing take-out: Nina June, Long Grain, and Boyton McKay as Cold Toes Tacos.  Others of the restaurants listed are doing dine in and take out 40 Paper, Fresh and Company, PRIMO and 18 Central.

With fewer travelers in town, comfortable temperatures, and a ton of things to do, September is the best time to visit Camden Maine for your fall getaway. Make sure to check out our specials and packages and book your incredible Maine getaway today!

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