An Inn-to-Inn Leaf-Peeping Driving Tour of Coastal Maine

This self-guided itinerary spans Kennebunkport to Bar Harbor, touring you through vibrant autumn landscapes and quaint New England towns and ending each day at a luxury inn. The inns featured in this tour are considered some of Maine’s finest and are renowned for their lavish accommodations, multi-course gourmet breakfasts, and friendly innkeepers who provide insider tips for the best sightseeing and photo ops. Start with Walker’s Point, summer home to President George H.W. Bush; next, it’s on to Portland Head Light, one of the first lighthouses in the country; you’ll also visit Damariscotta River, Acadia National Forest, and the islands around Penobscot Bay. Along the way are farm markets abounding with seasonal provisions, boutiques selling local handicrafts, and eateries where you can sample lobster and other local fare. Rates for the inns range from $150 to $295 per night, and all include cooked-to-order breakfast (

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