October Attractions

Why October is such a great time to visit the Pemaquid Peninsula!

October is a great time to visit the area for many reasons including:    
  - there are fewer people around after Columbus Day Weekend   
  - off-season rates at Thompson Cottages after Sept 10   
  - beautiful oceanfront sunrises happen at a more reasonable hour
  - cooler evening temperatures are a great excuse to stoke a fire in the fireplace and cozy up!
"But what is there to do in Maine in October?," you ask. Here are some things to enjoy late in the season.

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Leaf Peeping

Early October is the peak of foliage season. The first two weeks are generally when the brilliant yellows and oranges of the maples and birches really dazzle. By late October, the color pallet has transformed to the fiery reds of staghorn sumacs and the golden brown of the oak leaves that haven't yet fallen.

The Damariscotta Pumpkinfest

You can't miss this annual festival on Columbus Day weekend (Oct 8-10, 2022). It's kicked off with the weigh-in, with winning giant pumpkins weighing in at over 2,000 pounds! Main Street is lined by giant pumpkins carved, painted, and decorated by local artists and businesses. The highlight is the Pumpkin Boat Regatta, where folks transform giant pumpkins into boats propelled by either motor or paddle. 
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Apple Picking

There's nothing like crisp apples fresh off the tree in the fall. You can pick your own apples at our local orchards!
- Biscay Orchards
 Clarks Cove Farm

Hardshell Lobsters

If you've only visited Maine before in the summer months, then you'll find fall hardshells to be a game changer. These lobsters are more expensive and harder to crack, true, but they are loaded with meat and deliciousness. Visit Shaws Wharf or the New Harbor Co-op for lobsters right off the boat!
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