October 12th, 2012 by Ray Deleo
Atlantic Birches Inn
Central and Southern Maine are the best locations to see colorful foliage through the coming week, these area’s are close to or very near peak according to the 2012 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation.
Color Zone Map
Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are reporting past peak leaf color in zones 5 through 7 of the state’s seven tracking zones, but pockets of remarkable color can still be seen in the Kennebec Valley region along Route 201 and in Cumberland and York counties in southern Maine. Leaf drop in these regions is currently 30 to 50 percent, rangers say.
I went out for one of my rare October drives this Tuesday on Route 5 heading toward Fryeburg and the White Mountains to see some of the Fall colors and check out some of the wooden covered bridges along the way. I was surprised to still see an abundance of bright colors and leaves still on the trees. I am usually here attending to guests here at the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast, for most of the October leaf-peeping season. I was amazed at the brilliance of leaf color even at higher elevations. Along the beach here in Old Orchard Beach many of the trees are very near their color potential. We have Ash, Maple, Birch and Oak trees on our property that are in their full Fall display of bright fall colors. The road that we are located all the trees are orangingy, red and yellow Crayola Crayon shades that over-shadows all other leaf colors.
Portland Head Light
Numerous guests have taken area drives on scenic drives along coastal route 9 to Kennebunkport and Ogunquit and Cape Neddick to see Nubble Light and to Route 5 toward the White Mountains, this past week and brought back spectacular photos of waterfalls, swimming-holes, covered wooden bridges, landscapes, hiking trails, and all the photos bore a palette of bright colors.
Never mind the experts. We have gotten the word straight from the source, our guests: The leaves are still on the trees and that the show will go on for another week or two. Don’t miss them.
October 3rd, 2012 by Ray Deleo
Atlantic Birches Inn
The leaves are changing here in Southern Maine and families from all over are celebrating Autumns arrival in towns all across Maine. by attending craft and country fairs, apple and pumpkin picking along with fun and unique ways to experience the beauty of the fall season –from hot air ballooning, hopping on the Mail boat sailing on Casco Bay or taking a scenic drive to explore some of Maine’s wooden covered bridges and Maine
Wooden Covered Bridge
coastline or traveling down some of the popular trail maps(breweries, wineries, wooden bridges, antiquing, apple picking, Christmas tree farms, birding, lighthouse, walking and bicycling ) we have put together for our guests. Come to Old Orchard Beach and let us the Atlantic Birches Inn show you the Better Way to Stay and how you can explore and enjoy the fall foliage from every angle this season.
Portland Head Lighthouse
Below are links for the trail maps we have created to help you navigate and enjoy the Maine Foliage.
Maine Brewery Trail
Maine Winery Trail
Apple Picking Trail
U Cut Christmas Tree Trail
Walking and Bicycling Trails
Maine Wooden Bridge Trail
September 16th, 2012 by Ray Deleo
Atlantic Birches Inn
Its that time of year again when the nights are cooler, daylight is shorter, scent of fresh apple cider is the air and the apples are ripe and ready to be picked. Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast would like to share with you some of our favorite u-pick apple orchards in York and Cumberland Counties.
At the apple orchard, you can enjoy a day filled with activities and goodies for the whole family.
U Pick Orchard
Many apple orchards are family-owned with a strong sense of tradition, which makes them a great place to spend a fun filled day with your family and friends. Some activities offered at various orchards include weekend festivals, hayrides, playgrounds and petting zoos. Some also offer, fresh baked apple donuts, jams, pies, apple crisps, honey, maple syrup, vegetables, pumpkins, wagon rides and gift shops, U picking apples in Maine is a fun family day event for all ages.
If you visit an orchard that presses its own cider, you may have the opportunity to witness an apple-pressing demonstration. During a visit to an apple orchard on a warm day, you may want to enjoy a light picnic lunch. Depending on the orchard, they may offer snacks on-site, or you may need to pack your own.
Apple Pie & Ice Cream
Most orchards will have a picnic area or a nice area under the apple trees with majestic views, where you can relax while you eat. After your picnic treat yourselves to a slice of fresh baked apple pie with a scoop of ice cream to help keep everyone cool.
View Maine U-Pick Apple Orchards in a larger map