As August comes to a close, our thoughts naturally gravitate toward the coming of fall…back to school for some, a respite from the heat for others, and for all of us, the inevitable countdown to the year’s end and all the activity that awaits us . . .
We know summer isn’t over yet, and there is still fun in the sun to be had. The period of late summer and early fall is one of the very best times of the year for so many things – outdoor adventures are always more fun when it’s not searingly hot outside.
Certainly the thing that those of us who enjoy this third season look forward to most has got to be… the riotous colors of fall foliage! It is one of the most popular questions folks ask when inquiring about the inn: what is the “peak season” for colorful leaves? It’s a tough question to answer because it always depends on what the weather has been like in the preceding months. Generally speaking, October is the prime month here on the Eastern Shore, with the colors usually lasting into November most years. (It’s not a surprise that October is a very busy month around here). There are websites dedicated to tracking this sort of thing, making it easy to plan a trip.
One of the best ways to take in the splendor of the fall foliage is from the water. Being out on the river or the bay affords a great view of large swaths of trees, as well as their reflections, in effect giving you double the view! Lucky us here on the Eastern Shore, surrounded by waterways. And with the sailing season lasting through the end of October, there are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water. Rent kayaks from us, or from our friends in Rock Hall, and have a look at the color show from a vantage point other than your car’s window. It’s more fun, and safer too. 😉
If you prefer dry land, no worries: Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge is a fantastic spot for leaf peeping. With easy trails and beautiful views, a trip there is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
And of course, if you just want to take it easy, Brampton’s fabulous front porch has the best views around. Several sugar maples right outside the inn door will put on a show just for you.
Or take a long weekend and do both, water and land, and let us know which was better.