Off Campus in the Fall

Lydia Libby

Many students at SMCC can agree that there are many great things to do while on campus, but there are many who have no idea what lies beyond campus property. During the fall especially, southern Maine is enveloped in foliage. People go for walks and can enjoy the pretty scenery, or take pictures to post to Facebook and Instagram—the thing to do now because OMG! IT’S FALL! When leaving campus, Maine offers exciting activities such as apple picking, going on haunted walks, and going to pumpkin patches.

Apple orchards like Doles in Limington, Maine, and Randall’s in Standish, Maine, are only forty-five minutes away from campus, and offer a variety of apples that everyone can enjoy. Some apples to choose from include Cortland, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Mcintosh. At Doles Orchard, they have live music playing on Sunday’s from 1 to 4 p.m., and they have other types of fruit to pick such as raspberries and blueberries. At Randall’s Orchard, they do tractor rides through the orchard, so you are able to take in the scene of the whole orchard.

Only an hour away from campus, there is another attraction that is a different approach to enjoying the fall. There is a haunted walk called Destination Haunt, which is located in Lebanon, Maine. For those who are adventurous, maybe an hour’s drive to Lebanon with your friends could be exciting. Destination Haunt is a haunted walk where guests follow a path and endure frightening scenes, and get spooked by cast members dressed in some of our favorite Halloween attire. The scenes at Destination Haunt can get pretty frightening, so be sure to bring your friends!

Back to the less scary fall attractions, at Brackett’s orchard in Limington, visitors are able to pick their own pumpkins and apples. Picking pumpkins can lead to yummy pumpkin pies, or jack-o-lantern carving where friends and family can create funny and unusual faces. Just think—you could go for an adventure and receive the Maine fall experience. Fall in Maine is the perfect time to get together with friends and go off and enjoy the outdoors; we all know the fluffy white stuff called snow is coming. On a brighter note, SMCC is hosting a Halloween dance on Thursday, October 27th, at 9 p.m. in the HUB. Be sure to wear your costume—and your student ID to get in for free!

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