Fall in Kennebunkport

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I grew up in Maine, and it always seemed funny to me that people traveled from all over the world to see the leaves change color in the fall. I hadn’t known anything else, so I couldn’t appreciate how unique and beautiful fall in Kennebunkport is.

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Last month I spent a weekend back home with my parents. I hadn’t been back to Maine to see the fall foliage in about ten years, and after years away I gained an appreciation for how the colors are more vibrant than they are in the Midwest.

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We spent the weekend eating at my favorite restaurants and enjoying the fall scenery.

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My first morning in Kennebunkport my mother and I went to brunch at Salt & Honey. The restaurant is just next door to my parent’s inn, The Kilburn House, and since their kitchen was being renovated cooking at home was not an option. I probably would have gone to Salt & Honey even if the kitchen was functional, I love their brunch. The Huevos Rancheros is made with crisp tostadas, black beans, avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, and sunny side up eggs. It usually has sausage, but I had mine made with bacon instead. My mother had the short rib hash which combined hash browns, braised short ribs, and sunny side up eggs.

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After breakfast, we went to Spiller Farm which has both an apple orchard and a pumpkin patch.

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I had intended to carve a pumpkin for my parent’s front steps, but I ran out of time.

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I also picked up some small pumpkins to use to decorate the table on Thanksgiving.

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I loved the bright red trees at Spiller Farm. I think that the leaves were about a week away from their peak colors. Usually Mid-October is the perfect time to visit if you want to see the leaves.

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Next we drove back home and walked around Dock Square.

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We visited our favorite shops, Shoot the Moon, Day Trip Society, and Home Ingredients.

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I had to stop at Rococo, my favorite ice cream shop. Their flavors are always changing, and that day I had Coffee Pow and Honey Vanilla.

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Even though this trip was very last minute, my parents had a list of chores for me to tackle at The Kilburn House. I am pleased to say that the inn has new phones, a new answering machine, and boosted internet service. (Apparently I should add IT manager to my resume).

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The funny thing about visiting my parents now that they run an inn is that I end up staying in a different room each time I visit. This time, the rooms on the second floor of the house were booked, so I stayed in the two-bedroom loft. It was lovely having that much space to myself.

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The next morning, I went back to Salt & Honey for breakfast. The owner, Jackson, is a Cub’s fan and they were flying the W to celebrate the Cub’s win the night before. I had seen someone else order blueberry pancakes the day before and they looked so amazing that I had to try them. I am not a big fan of blueberries, but I am a huge fan of these pancakes. They come topped with a peach butter and have real maple syrup on the side. They are light and fluffy.

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Later in the day I had lunch with my brother and his girlfriend at The Hurricane in Dock Square. Jeff ordered the fried haddock sandwich, and I tried to be healthy and got a salad, but ate a bunch of Jeff’s fries.

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My mom and I had eaten at Hurricane the night before too. I had the most delicious pumpkin and mascarpone ravioli, but didn’t manage to take a photo. The Hurricane is right in Dock Square and it is one of my favorite restaurants.

After lunch it was time for me to head to the airport. I will be back in Maine for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, and I might be able to sneak in a trip for Christmas Prelude, which is the town’s two weekend Christmas celebration. If you want to read more about Maine, just click here.

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