Truly one of the most beautiful walking trails in all of New England, Marginal Way, Ogunquit, deserves its proper due when the crowds have thinned and the autumn light casts a singular glow on the smooth rocks just offshore.
Where to stay: The Cliff House is your splurge. The reimagined cliffside resort is now fully operational, and fall is perhaps its defining epoch: s’mores at the firepits, seasonally inspired meals at The Tiller, treatments at the 9,000-square-foot spa on rainy days, and the new suites that hang over the Atlantic and include soaking tubs and multiple terraces. For those looking for a bit more savings, the Meadowmere Resort places you just a few blocks away from the water and offers some great fall specials.
What to do: The best restaurant in town, MC Perkins Cove, opened up a new outdoor back deck this spring with views are simply beyond; it’s open for bookings through the end of October, and a happy hour just launched out there this week. The Ogunquit Museum is the most beautiful gallery you’ve never visited; check out the Hemingway-inspired exhibit this fall. The Front Porch is even more charming when you’re not fighting for a bar seat. And at the famed Footbridge Beach, the autumn colors reflect onto the water surface. Don’t Instagram it, just appreciate it. (Also, don’t get swept away during the high tide, as we nearly did one late-autumn eve.)