New England has something special to offer in each season–beaches, mountains, lakes and more–but fall is when New England really shines. After all, we’ve got some of the best cider doughnuts, apple picking and foliage you could ask for. So as fall settles in, here are some ideas on how to enjoy it without roaming too far.
I’ve written before that one of the best parts of living in Somerville is that you get all the benefits of being in the city with the ability to escape quickly when the mood strikes. One of the best (and closest) places to venture is the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Just a few exits north on I-93, the Fells offers lots of hiking trails for all ability levels and a huge field where dogs are allowed to run free. Pack up a picnic and head there for a fun fall outing that’s just around the corner. (Another one of my favorite spots to head in all seasons is Walden Pond.)
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, New Hampshire’s scenic White Mountains are the place to go to see gorgeous fall foliage. The expansive views and vivid colors make it a major destination for leaf-peepers. I recommend stopping at the Flume Gorge and Cannon Tramway to take in the sights and do a little hiking. The views on a clear day are quite literally breath-taking and well worth the couple of hours it takes to get there.
History and Halloween
I used to commute to Salem every day and while I don’t make it to the North Shore as frequently now, I’m always struck by how nice it is when I do go. Salem buzzes with energy in the fall and while it can get crazy close to Halloween, it’s also really fun to take in the unique scene. Beyond the typical witch stuff, Salem also boasts incredible history, art and restaurants, making it a perfect destination for a fall weekend day trip.
I recently polled the Beat’s Twitter and Facebook followers to get their recommendations for where to go apple picking in the area. They came back with a really diverse list of suggestions that includes places known for their apple cider doughnuts, places that are also wineries and those that have activities like corn mazes, tractor rides and more. Here’s the full list of recommendations:
Bolton Orchards in Bolton
Cider Hill in Amesbury
Hamilton Orchard in New Salem
Honey Pot Hill in Stow
Marini Farm in Ipswich
Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton
Nicewicz Family Farm in Bolton
Parlee Farm in Tyngsboro
Russell Orchards in Ipswich
Smolak Farms in North Andover
Stowe Farm in Millbury
Where’s your favorite spot to go apple picking, hiking or see fall foliage?