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Fall Beauty at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

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I was reluctant to attend the Fall Festival at Wolfe’s Neck Farm during my recent trip to Freeport, Maine. I was not in the mood for a crowded, noisy production heavy on bouncy houses, cotton candy, stuffed prizes, and other manufactured fun. But this was not like other fall festivals.

Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

This festival was a step back in time, when things were simpler, yet no less joyful. A middle-aged man led a bluegrass band made up of kids of various ages. A group of ladies in colorful sweaters peddled homemade baked goods from behind a long table.

Horses at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

A boy offered up a handful of grass to one half of a pair of sturdy work horses. The horse munched it eagerly, tickling the boy into a burst of giggles.

Ducks at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

White ducks waddled across the soggy grass, taking sips of water. Children peered at bunnies in their hutch. I gobbled at the turkeys, who gobbled back, staring at me confused.

Belted Galloway cows at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

White and black cows named Belted Galloways for the “belt” striped across their middles, stood silently in the distance, chewing grass.

Fall foliage at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

My friend, Erin, and I took a walk on one of the nature trails that surrounded the farm. The fall trees shouted out in hues of orange, crimson, gold, green. I spotted a trickle of a stream and imagined it rushing in spring after the snows of winter had melted.

Tractor ride at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

Families clamored aboard the hay ride for a visit to the pumpkin patch. Then, back at the farm kids decorated their freshly plucked prizes with pipe cleaners, googley eyes, and foam stickers.

Cider press at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

There were no carnival games. No miniature train. No vendors selling over-priced and unneeded toys. It’s not that I don’t like rides, games, and toys. I do. But sometimes it feels like there is too much commotion in the world around us and in our minds.

Children and chickens at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

I stood listening to the bittersweet sounds of bluegrass in the background and breathed in the chill of the crisp autumn air. Papery leaves tumbled across the green of the grass. Kids were chasing chickens, spinning the cider press, climbing on a couple of John Deere tractors.

My eyes filled with tears. It was all just so beautiful. It felt like everything I want in my life. In my children’s lives. Room to truly enjoy the beauty that is all around us…if only we paused long enough to see it.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm is open year-round and is free to visitors. This historic 626-acre farm on the Maine coast is dedicated to sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and community well-being through the enjoyment of the natural landscape.

Where have you found beauty while traveling? Please let us know in the comments!

A note from The Travel Mama: Thank you to The Hilton Garden Inn Freeport for my wonderful weekend getaway to Maine.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Lisa Bergren says

    We call those Belted G cows “Oreo cows.” 🙂 Looks like a fun spot!

  2. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Lisa – I love that! The cows totally do look like Oreos!

  3. I’m SO over the carnival-like atmosphere of today’s more urban nature festivals. This place sounds like a wonderful spot to celebrate fall. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a wonderful post! Ever since we were little girls, my sister & I have talked about moving to Maine and having “country houses”. You describe Maine exactly as I’ve envisioned it all these years, and I’ll probably cry, too, when I finally get to see it myself.

  5. Well said. : ) Beautiful photos!

  6. Beautiful pictures, I really like!

  7. Sue Canavan says

    Wolfe’s Neck is one of our favorite beautiful spots in this beautiful country. The farm has changed and stayed the same in the years since we have visited. This lovely description captured all that is wonderful about this places and others like it. And, it brings the most satisfying of memories back in focus. Thank you very much.

  8. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Thank you for your kind comments everyone!

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