As the morning air turns to a familiar crisp, cool breeze. The leaves change color and we begin to layer on our favorite flannels. It is time for fall festivals, pumpkin spice lattes and a trip on the Amtrak Downeaster!
With oversize windows and reclining seats, you can sit back and relax while you take in the breathtaking scenery. Find your way to one of our station communities with everything Autumn has to offer. Fall festivals, foodie events, foliage tours and more. You will start to see splashes of color in mid to late September so don’t wait! It’s time to pile on the layers, the Downeaster deals and book your trip today.
Let’s go to: Freeport, Maine
Kick off October with a ride on the Downeaster to Freeport for their 24th Annual Fall Festival. The train platform is just steps from big name retailers, as well as over 200 visiting New England artists, makers, and local food vendors. Located on the L.L. Bean campus. This event is FREE to the public and fun for the entire family.
Next Stop: Portland, Maine
Four days of expertly paired spirits and food fare. Since 2007, Harvest on the Harbor continues to return and serve up something for every palette. Each event is ticketed.
Meet Maine’s top spirit makers and sample crafted cocktails and food pairings. Think you know Lobster? Think again! For their third event, sample and select your favorite lobster focused recipes and help crown the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year! The perfect way to kick off cozy season on the coast of Maine.
Self-Guided Foliage Tour – Boston, MA
Extend your leaf peeping adventure city wide. The Public Garden is typically where you can find the first signs of fall as the colors begin to splash about the Japanese Maple Trees. The footbridge across the lagoon offers the opportunity to submerge yourself in historic charm, foliage and discovery. Learn about the species of foliage by locating the brass label with the botanical name under the trees.
In the Boston Common, enjoy hundreds of trees spotted in color across a 44-acre plot of land. A Historic setting and celebration for Bostonians. Trees tend to change a little later in the season here. Enjoy this picture-perfect spot in November as well.
The Amtrak Downeaster will drop you off and pick you up right at TD Garden, at Boston’s North Station. Conveniently located on the green line, you can access the back bay on foot and enjoy your self-guided foliage tour and return when you prefer. Our flexible schedule and five round-trips daily give you many options and allow you to create the itinerary you want.
Insider Travel Tip
Foliage will pop along our route at different times of the year. Be sure to check in the Maine.gov foliage report so you don’t miss peak foliage in your desired destinations.