Camden, ME. If you want to have a perfect autumn experience, this is the place.
An hour's (+) drive north of Portland ME. on the Atlantic ocean, Camden is a small, funky-cool town with stately Victorian homes and great restaurants. I am here for Poptech a mind-blowing conference about technology and the future, about which I could wax ecstatic for pages.
Camden is an easy getaway for Northeasterners because it's driveable. There are numerous place to stay, but my two favorites are Norumbega, a gorgeous B&B within walking distance to town with clear ocean views. When you check out, you'll be tearing yourself away from the place it's so beautiful. Built in 1886 by Joseph Stearns who invented the telegraph, he was inspired by castles in Europe and incorporated some of his favorite castle elements into the architecture. Even if you don't get a room here, a drive-by is a must. On the other end of the lodging spectrum is Samoset Resort, an expansive, lodge-like resort in an incredible location with all the amenities (golf, tennis, fitness center, etc). The rooms are not luxurious - in fact, an upgrade is in order - but nothing can really compete with the view and it's very comfortable. Plus, it's across from a big old graveyard, completing the perfect picture of Autumn. I may have to travel back for Halloween.