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Southern Maine Fall Foliage

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.

Southern Maine Fall Foliage

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
Antiquing Trail
Apple Picking Trail
Birding Trail
Lighthouse Trail
U Cut Christmas Tree Trail
Walking and Bicycling Trails
Maine Wooden Bridge Trail

Southern Maine U Pick Apples

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.   

Cider Press

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.   

 
  
Brackets Orchards, Limington ME (207) 637-2377
Giles Family Farm, Alfred ME (207) 324-2944            
Libby & Sons U-Picks Limerick ME (207) 793-4749
McDougal Orchards Springvale ME (207) 324-5054
Moulton Orchards Standish ME                
Raven Hill Orchards East Waterboro (877) 213-1672
Romac Orchards Acton ME (207) 324-3140
Spiller Farm Well’s ME (207) 985-2575         
Thompson’s Orchard New Gloucester ME (207) 926-4738 

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Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Portland Head Light

The Atlantic Birches Inn is delighed to inform our friends and guests of the following, as a result of the huge success of past years open Lighthouse day’s The State of Maine and the U.S Coast Guard and the American Lighthouse Foundation have announced the 4nd annual Maine Lighthouse open house day the  twenty-two Maine Lighthouses on Saturday September 15, 2012 from 9am to 3pm. Transportation to these lighthouses must be provided by yourself. 

Spring Point Light

Last year, hundreds of people visited lighthouses along the Maine coast in the largest effort of its kind in the nation.  This year we expect another fun family event. Below we have created a map of some of our favorite area lighthouses with directions to help you find and visit them.

Pemiquid Light

We hope you enjoy visiting them and photographing them as much as we have at this Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.


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Old Orchard Beach Car Show

The Atlantic Birches Inn a Old Orchard Beach Bed and Breakfast would like to make you aware of the 19th Annual Old Orchard Beach Car Show and Parade will take place September 14 – 15th with hundreds of classic and antique automobiles parading through the streets of Old Orchard Beach.  This Car Show weekend has become a favorite for car enthusiasts, collectors, fans and spectators from far and wide. Old Orchard Beach is an ideal place to host this show with its classic downtown strip leading to the Pier, and the historic seaside amusement park atmosphere. The Car Show weekend kicks of Friday night with beautifully restored and maintained classic cars and trucks lining Old Orchard Street. The street is closed to traffic so viewers can browse the vintage car display then enjoy the famous Car Show Parade as the cars and trucks of yesterday “cruise” East and West Grand Avenue, creating a scene of past decades.

The actual 19th Annual Car Show Exhibit takes place from 8am to 3:00pm on Saturday on 1st Street across from the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Center. The public is welcome to attend, with a $2 donation admission to benefit OOB firefighters and EMS show attendees also receive a ballot to vote for their preferred vehicles. Car Show entry registration is 8am to Noon with final balloting by 1pm. registered cars and trucks receive a commemorative Car Show dash plaque to display.

Car Show awards range from best engine to the best of each vintage, to street rod, antique trucks and more. Over 70 trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with over 24 classes including the Mustang class, the Antique Car class and the Camaro class. The Car Show Awards Presentations will take place at 2:30pm. A Grand Finale Car Parade along East and West Grand Avenues concludes this classic car weekend.  Hope to see you there.

Maine Beer Week

Beer Week

Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach ME. Bed and Breakfast  is happy to inform you that New this fall is Maine Beer Week the celebration of craft beer and good food the event begins Thursday November 10 – 17.  Just think how great it is and lucky we are to have so much good beer to choose from in Maine.  At Jimmy the Greeks in Old Orchard Beach its always beer week with 50 Taps and 100 bottles of diferent beers.  Jimmy will have a rotating menu featuring food prepared with Maine Micro Brews. Also there will be a Maine Beer of the Day Baxter release party and special event Wed Nov 16.  

This event offers a unique experience that showcase’s many of Maine’s Brew Masters, (Shipyard , Gritty’s , Belfast Bay. Geary’s, Sea Dog)   along with celebrated restaurants and fine dining establishments, that  feature high-caliber and authentic Beer.  Hope to see you there. Cheers. 

Southern Maine Fall Foliage

Main House 2011

Central and Southern Maine are the best locations to see colorful foliage through the weekend, according to the final 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation.

Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are reporting past peak leaf color in each 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 50 to 70 percent, rangers say.

Autumn Colors

I went out for one of my rare October drives this Tuesday on Route 9 and Shore Road to see Nubble Light House in Cape Neddick  and 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 wase amazed at the brilliance of leaf color even at higher elevations.  Along the beach here in Old Orchard Beach many of the trees are at  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.

Wooden Covered Bridge

Numerous guests have taken area drives on scenic inland To Route 5 toward the White Mountains and coastal roads this past weekend 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.

Portland Maine – Harvest On The Harbor

Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach ME. Bed and Breakfast  is happy to inform you that  Harvest on the Harbor is here again on October 20 – 22 at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portalnd.

It offers a unique experience that showcase’s many of Maine’s celebrated chefs and many renowned fine dining establishments, while featuring high-caliber and authentic gourmet products from local Maine farmers, fishermen and food artisans, as well as wineries, brewers and spirit makers. Some of the special events will be Grand Tasting on the Harbor.

 Lobster Chef of the Year Competition, The Ultimate Seafood Splash and Top of the Crop from Maine’s Best Farms to Table Chefs.  We invite you to share in the harvest bounty and hope you join us for 3 fun filled days of gourmet  foods right here in Portland Maine on the peaceful  coast of Maine

Maine Fall Foliage

Just took a ride this morning and as amazed at the amount of trees changing color just over night.  It finally looks like fall but still unusually warm for this tiome of the year.  Some leaves are strting to fall but not manny yet.   We’re  here most of the Fall Foliage Season attending to guests  at the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast, for most of the October leaf-peeping season. We were amazed at the brilliance of leaf color even at higher elevations. Along the beach here in Old Orchard Beach many of the trees have just begun to hit their color potential. We have Ash, Maple, Birch, Apen and Oak trees on our property that will soon be in their full Fall display of bright fall colors. The road that we are located on all the trees will be  taking on those orangingy, red and yellow Crayola Crayon shades that over-shadows all other leaf colors.

Numerous guests have taken area drives on scenic Route 5 and 112 inland and route 1 coastal road this past weekend and brought back some spectacular photos of waterfalls, swimming-holes, covered wooden bridges, landscapes, hiking trails, and all the photos bore a palette of bright colors.  Never mind what the experts say.

We have gotten the word straight from the source, our guests: The leaves tell us that the show will go on for another couple of weeks. Don’t miss them.

Southern Maine – Fall Foliage

Victorian Main House

Bed and Breakfast Maine namely Atlantic Birches Inn invites you to Old Orchard Beach Maine during the fall foliage season where there are miles and miles of scenic roads ,parks and coast line that we can send you on to see trees displaying their Autumn colors. Some of our favorite spots to see the autumn fall colors in Southern Maine and Mid Coast Maine are Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Mount Agamenticus Park, and Ferry Beach State Park , because of their close proximity to us at the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.

Pumpkin Valley Corn Maze

Along the way one can stop at one of the many pick you own apple orchards, and picnic under the apple trees. Sometimes these orchards are situated atop of or along side the hills and provide spectacular autunm view of the surrouding mountains and valleys. One can also stop along the many farm stands or pick your own pumpkin patches for autumn\halloween gourds, pumpkins, or maize corn. If you really want to try something fun and dirferent you can try to navigate some of the eloborate corn mazes that farmers have created in their corn fields.

Portland Head Light

During your touring stop and see some of the nearby Must See Maine Lighthouses, Maine Wooden Covered Bridges,

Hemlock Bridge Fryeburg Maine

Maine Waterfalls and Swimming Holes or nearby Walking and Bicycling Trails. If you get hungry or thirsty along your travels you might want to stop at one of Maine’s Ten Best Lobster Shacks, or take a tour one of Maine’s Wineries or Micro Breweries and sample some of Maine’s best wines and beers.


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The Atlantic Birches Inn Bed and Breakfast
20 Portland Avenue
Old Orchard Beach, Maine 04064
Phone (207) 934-5295 or (888) 934-5295
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