All right, fellow New Englanders: we know it goes by fast and it can be difficult to say goodbye to summer, but now is a great time to put together a plan to make sure you can enjoy another amazing New England Fall season!
To help you accomplish this, here are some great ideas and resources for two of our all-time favorite – and healthy – autumnal activities: getting out to see the fall color and apple picking.
New England is known for its amazing fall foliage, and even now, “leaf peepers” are preparing to descend upon our area. There are so many beautiful places to drive through or to walk around (we always recommend a good walk!) the challenge is how to choose. The other challenge is when to go, as peak times are hard to keep track of.
To help you figure all this out, Yankee magazine has put together an awesome Fall Foliage website replete with a fall foliage peak map, recommend foliage drives, top foliage towns to visit and explore, and festivals and other events to consider folding into your trip. For those looking to go to Vermont or New Hampshire, they are even keeping track of and updating a map of road openings/closures still lingering from Hurricane Irene – good news: recovery is progressing!
In another blog post, we shared some springtime activities to do in and around Boston. Well, the walks, hikes, and bike trails are as awesome to do in the fall as they are in the spring, so check out this list of walks and bike trails, which are sure to be filled with fall foliage.
Of course this makes the list of fall activities in New England! There are few things better than a crisp, beautiful fall day spent walking through an orchard, picking apples, pears, even some berries (and perhaps eating them, too!), and also enjoying the farm stand store or the other activities that many orchards offer.
Choosing an orchard is truly a personal preference – do you just want to pick apples and nothing more? Are you looking for hay rides, hedge-row mazes, or petting zoos for the kids? The good news in New England is that there’s an orchard experience for everyone. To find an orchard especially geared for kids and families, BostonCentral.com has a nice summary of things to do at many of the orchards in the Boston area. For true apple enthusiasts, Mass.gov has an interactive map where you can select pick-your-own orchards, farm stands, and organic orchards, to name a few, and narrow your options by geography if you choose.
If despite your best efforts to eat everything you picked, you are still not quite sure what to do with all those apples, here is a list of 50 things to do with apples that include making “scary apple mouths,” apple chutney, apple-fennel slaw, and mulled cider.
We hope this helps you really enjoy another amazing fall in New England. If you have favorite places to go or activities to do in the fall, please send us a comment that we can share with others!