If you are looking for some fun New England fall date ideas, you’ve come to the right place. The fall activities below are perfect whether you are looking for a quick outing or planning a full New England fall getaway. This guide includes all the autumn classics from apple picking orchards to where to stock up on apple cider donuts (plus a whole lot more). Take advantage of New England’s bright foliage by planning a date day with your sweetheart or friends with some of the activities below.
NEW ENGLAND FALL FOLIAGE PEAK PREDICTIONS 2022
Peak fall foliage dates fluctuate each year so the dates below are predictions from various websites.
STOWE, VERMONT: SEPT. 29-OCT.6
WHITE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL FOREST, NEW HAMPSHIRE: OCT. 2-15TH
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: OCT. 12TH-20TH (We may still see a bright punch of color in early November).
TAKE A WALK & ENJOY THE FOLIAGE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Grab some steamed apple cider or a seasonal fall drink to go from your local coffee shop (if you’re in Boston Pavement Coffeehouse has both) and go for a walk amongst the brightly colored leaves. Here are just a few recommendations if you are close to Boston: Public Garden, Comm Ave, the Esplanade, Back Bay Fens/Emerald Necklace, Arnold Arboretum (Jamaica Plain), Borderland State Park (North Easton), Houghton’s Pond (Milton), Middlesex Fells Reservation (Medford).
GO APPLE PICKING AT YOUR LOCAL ORCHARD
Get outside and enjoy this staple fall activity at an orchard near you. Then once you go picking and bring home your bags cook a recipe together such as making caramel apples, apple crisp, or apple pie.
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES IN MASSACHUSETTS
HONEYPOT HILL ORCHARDS (STOW)
CARLSON ORCHARDS (HARVARD) THEY MAKE THEIR OWN APPLE CIDER WHICH YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN IN GROCERY STORES
CN SMITH FARM (EAST BRIDGEWATER)
TOUGAS FAMILY FARM (NORTHBOROUGH)
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
CARTER HILL APPLE ORCHARD (CONCORD)
APPLE HILL FARM (CONCORD)
APPLECREST FARM (HAMPTON FALLS)
MACK’S APPLES (LONDONDERRY)
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES IN VERMONT
WHERE TO GO PUMPKIN PICKING IN MASSACHUSETTS
PAKEEN FARM (CANTON)
WARDS BERRY FARM (SHARON)
HONEY POT HILL (STOW)
CN SMITH FARM (EAST BRIDGEWATER)
GET LOST IN A CORN MAZE
MASSACHUSETTS CORN MAZES
MARINI FARM (IPSWICH)
DAVIS MEGA MAZE (STERLING)
HONEYPOT HILL (STOW)
CONNORS FARM (DANVERS)
MIKE’S MAZE (SUNDERLAND)
VERMONT CORN MAZES
GREAT VERMONT CORN MAZE (DANVILLE)
WHERE TO BUY APPLE CIDER DONUTS
MASSACHUSETTS: HONEYPOT HILL (STOW), CN SMITH FARM (EAST BRIDGEWATER), PAKEEN FARM (CANTON), TOUGAS FAMILY FARM
NEW HAMPSHIRE: CARTER HILL (CONCORD), APPLECREST (HAMPTON FALLS), MACK’S APPLES
VERMONT: CIDER MILL (WATERBURY)
CONNECTICUT: CLYDE’S CIDER MILL (MYSTIC) THEY HAVE SWEET CIDER, HARD CIDER, AND WINE. IT’S THE OLDEST STEAM POWERED CIDER MILL IN THE UNITED STATES.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
TOPSFIELD FAIR (TOPSFIELD, MA)
THE BIG E FAIR (WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA)
FREYBURG FAIR (FREYBURG, MAINE)
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAIR (ESSEX, VERMONT)
HARWICH CRANBERRY HARVEST FEST (CAPE COD, MA)
FAVORITE FALL AND HALLOWEEN MOVIES
Grab a blanket and watch one of these classic Halloween movies whether snuggled up inside or with an outdoor projector in your backyard. Some all time favorites include the following: Hocus Pocus, The Night Before Christmas, Casper Meets Wendy, and Halloweentown.
BEST LOCATIONS FOR A NEW ENGLAND WEEKEND GETAWAY IN THE MOUNTAINS
STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT (STOWE, VERMONT)
TOP NOTCH RESORT (STOWE, VERMONT)
MOUNTAIN TOP INN (CHITTENDEN, VERMONT)
TWIN FARMS (STOW, VERMONT)
THE LODGE AT SPRUCE PEAK
OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON RESORT (BRETTON WOODS, NH)
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