The Sunday River Golf Club in Newry features an 18-hole championship course nestled in the western mountains of the state. Photo courtesy of Sunday River Golf Club

Fall in Maine is simply gorgeous. We typically have nice warm days, cool nights and plenty of things to do and see all along the I-95 North corridor—and beyond. Maine hosts a different type of visitor in the fall, once the kids have gone back to school. We see more couples and Boomers around, taking the time to explore and enjoy the scenery, the shops, the restaurants and more. In this issue of 95 North, we are featuring the Bethel area on the cover—certainly a ways away from the turnpike, but worth every bit of the drive.

In addition to neighboring one of the larger ski resorts in Maine—Sunday River—Bethel offers a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities for our fall visitors. Fishing, hiking, camping, kayaking, shopping, dining—it’s all there, surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of some of the finest leaf peeping in the state. To learn more about what Bethel has to offer, visit

There’s lots of other cool things to do this fall in Maine. Here are some of my favorites:

Vintage Bazaar New England—You will find interesting vintage, salvaged and homemade stuff at this two-day vintage bazaar Oct. 7 and 8 at Raitt Homestead Farm in Eliot.

Moulin Rouge Masquerade—If you are looking for a Halloween party for the 21+ crowd, check out Moulin Rouge Masquerade on Oct. 27 at Harmony Farm in Wells. Tickets and more info available on Eventbrite; search “Moulin Rouge Masquerade.”

Harvest on the Harbor-Sample the tastiest stuff from local chefs, restaurants, makers, distillers and brewers at Portland’s annual food and drink festival Oct. 16-22 at various locations around the city.

“Real Pirates” at Portland Science Center—The 10,000-square-foot interactive exhibition tells the story of The Whydah, from slave ship to pirate ship, presented by National Geographic.

Freeport Fall Festival—Oct. 6-8, join thousands of locals and visitors at the L.L. Bean campus and the Freeport Village courtyard, right across Main Street. The free festival includes music, art, food and the creations of more than 130 artisans.

Electric Bike Rentals—See New Gloucester on electric bikes from Norumbega Green Rentals. An electric bike will allow you to visit New Gloucester’s scenic lake beaches and historical sites while getting exercise. Norumbega Green Rentals also offers a double-yurt for rent.

Gardiner Swine and Stein Oktoberfest—This all-day street party on Oct. 7 hits the trifecta of local beer, local pork and local music.

Naturally, there are many, many more great things to do and see. We’ve tried to capture the “best of the best” in our 95 North guide. Enjoy, and we will see you in the spring.

Lee Hews