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Summer’s end, your beginning

Maine’s fall closing season is the backdrop to one of the greatest road trips in the U.S. op

story and photos by jennifer coombes

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ollyo’s Restaurant in York Beach, Maine buzzes with energy as one cook mans a row of toasters, shoving bread into them as fast as they pop newly crisped pieces of cinnamon toast out. The air is thick with the smell of bacon that piles up on the griddle alongside a mound of potatoes. All of the food must go and they are cooking everything until they run out of it. “No more blueberry muffins,” a waitress calls out as she plucks up the last one and places it on one lucky customer’s plate. Like many businesses

along Maine’s coast, October heralds in the changing of the seasons. Locals call it the end of summer but to most it is clearly fall. The leaves peak into technicolor and the summer visitors trickle down to those who are unscathed by colder conditions. Columbus Day signals closing time and Mollyo’s is no different. A chalkboard sign advertises their last weekend and various regulars and cooks part company with lines of hugs at the register as they cheerfully say their last goodbyes. Up and down Maine’s coast along Highway 1, fall means a slower pace. It is time for a vacation.

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AWAY Magazine is a travel magazine for those who want to have travel experiences off the beaten path. This fall issue focuses on travel in C...

AWAY Magazine/Jennifer Coombes  

AWAY Magazine is a travel magazine for those who want to have travel experiences off the beaten path. This fall issue focuses on travel in C...

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