Southern Maine, first stop: Portland
Courtesy Alexa Erickson
Maine is known for its superb summertime beauty. Everything is alive and thriving, from the people to the lobsters, so no wonder the state is nicknamed “Vacationland.” Start in Portland, Maine. (It’s just an hour flight from New York City, so you can rent a car and be on your way.) The state’s largest metropolis, Portland is set on a peninsula extending into Casco Bay.
Where to stay: Check into the trendy Press Hotel, an Autograph Collection Hotel, in the Old Port.
Where to eat: Cruise through the Old Port waterfront and stop at DiMillo’s for to-the-point dining with the best view of the bay. The staff isn’t friendly but forward, and with a motto that says, “We don’t cook complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients,” you’ll understand. Get the fried scallops, you’ll thank us later.
What to do: Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Port, take a brewery tour (Portland is considered a leader in the microbrew movement), and take a ferry to the Casco Bay Islands, a group of islands located off the coast of Portland, with each island having its own vibe, attractions and activities. These are the 11 best road trips for stunning fall foliage.