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Visitors to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse near Bristol, Maine can climb on the craggy rocks and watch the water foam up as it crashes.

When I was considering a trip to Maine the unappealing accounts of crowded beaches, long tourist clogged highways that doubled drive times, and expensive room rates made summer seem like a stressful nightmare. Who needs it?. Warmer, yes. But no one wants to fight for authentic vacation moments alongside throngs of others. For the adventurous traveler, the end of the season is actually a beautiful time to catch businesses as they wrap up for the year while also skipping the crowds. The weather is milder and the fall color makes it a magical outdoor experience. With weather dipping down and then bobbing back up, October may not be the best weather for swimming in the Atlantic but it doesn’t AWAY |6

mean you cannot enjoy the beach. This journal takes you just over 200 miles along Highway 1 from the southern part of Maine’s coastline all the way up to the Downeast region. Pack for warm and cold climate and bring an empty stomach.

Ogunquit/York Beach

Assuming you come up from Boston, the drive is just over an hour and a half. If you drive from Portland it is only 45 minutes. York is where visitors can find the most New England looking neighborhoods decorated for fall. The town is charming and is home to many worthy stops. While visiting Mollyo’s Restaurant one local rattled off a long list of must visits. “Aww, yah gotta go to the Nubble,” he said

sipping his coffee. By this he means the Nubble Lighthead just off of Cape Neddick. While not my favorite lighthouse on the trip, it is close so why not? I suggest checking out York Beach, maybe watch some surfers at dawn or collect shells and sea glass then take the short walk to the Nubble and watch the sunrise. Afterwards head to Mollyo’s for some first class breakfast and conversation. The barstools at the counter force someone to talk to while you watch your bacon on the grill. Another worthy notable is the Cat N’ Nine Tails General Store where a visitor can listen to the local gossip, grab a newspaper and a bowl of the best chowder on this coastal trip. You would never know it by looking at the place, but

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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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