ECOtourz, 18 Jarves St., Sandwich
Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich
Heritage Museum & Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich
There’s always time for tea and the Dunbar Tea Shop offers that and more. Sip on black tea infused with cranberry and essence of almond, a house specialty. The classic British tea house also serves breakfast and lunch.
1 Water St., Sandwich
South of the popular beach town, Wells, in York County, you’ll find Ogunquit — a town meaning “beautiful place by the sea.” Although Wells and Ogunquit play at a slower pace post Labor Day, they are still great places to hit in the fall.
On Sept. 28, head to PunkinFiddle in honor of National Estuaries Day at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The annual fete celebrates Maine’s rich coastal environment. Carve pumpkins, stuff scarecrows, press apples, and churn butter just like in the olden days.
342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells
While in Wells, visit Spiller Farm and pick your own crops. Owner Bill Spiller and his wife, Anna, purchased the farm in 1976. September and October visitors can expect to pick tomatoes, winter squash, carrots, beets, and an array of apples. “We have a tremendous crop of apples this year because we had a freeze last year,” Spiller said.
On weekends through October, hop on a hayride and relish rows of sweet corn, bustling bee hives, a quaint picnic area, and an irrigation pond. Please call ahead as operating hours can change based on weather conditions.
85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells
Head to Ogunquit Oct. 25 to 27 for the annual OgunquitFest. The three-day celebration includes a highly touted scarecrow contest where participating businesses showcase their creations during Columbus Day weekend. Ballot boxes are located throughout town and visitors are encouraged to vote. Other activities include a classic car show, an autumn bazaar, and horse-drawn wagon rides.
Cornerstone serves up artisan pizza and local craft beer. The pie selection includes an autumn-inspired acorn and squash pizza topped with goat cheeses and pecans ($17). After lunch, snuggle up with a sweater (it’s fall after all) and stroll Marginal Way. Hugging Maine’s magnificent coast, the footpath, with its breathtaking views and crashing waves, connects Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach.
228 Main St., Ogunquit
Make a savory stop at Jewell Towne Vineyards in South Hampton. For nearly two decades, New Hampshire’s oldest winery has been producing red, white, and rose varietals. Take a guided tour and learn about winemaking from vine to vial; and enjoy a complimentary wine tasting.
183 Whitehall Road, South Hampton
Take Route 1 north along the New Hampshire coastline to the town of Portsmouth. The quintessential New England port is seriously perfect for postcards. Stroll the brick streets and back roads of Market Square. In the nation’s third-oldest city you’ll find history, character, and a glimpse back in time. Visit the North Church which houses a towering steeple that can be seen from almost any location in the town. Dine at Popovers on the Square, a quaint cafe serving soups, sweets, specialty coffees, and cordials. Browse the all-day brunch menu and devour a popover with homemade maple butter.
8 Congress St., Market Square, Portsmouth
Lose yourself in the daily life of centuries past at Strawbery Banke Museum. Admire wood-frame buildings and visit antique period homes situated on 10 acres of manicured landscape. Open daily until Oct. 31.
The historic grounds welcome the PASSPORT Craft Beer and Food Pairing on Sept. 14. Sip local craft brews paired with savory small plates from local purveyors. Further into fall, experience a traditional New England fair at the New Hampshire Fall Festival on Oct.12. You’ll encounter country living at its finest with art demonstrations, food preservation lectures, and a popular chili cook-off.
14 Hancock St., Portsmouth
A mysterious draw to Portsmouth are the Isles of Shoals. Located 6 miles from the coast, the rocky archipelago was discovered in 1614. Join the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company on a nearly three-hour narrated tour of each island. You’ll also cruise by the town’s working harbor which is home to the nation’s oldest and active naval yard. The final sail of the season is scheduled for Sept. 21.Continued...