Fall is right around the corner. Soon warm summer breezes will give way to crisp autumn air and the season’s harvest will reach its peak, yielding delicious fresh produce. BnBFinder has paired exceptional orchard destinations with beautiful bed & breakfasts and inns to create unforgettable autumn getaways. So take advantage of the small window of time for leaf-peeping and apple-picking this fall and visit some of these outstanding local farms.
The Country Hermitage Bed & Breakfast (www.BnBFinder.com/CountryHermitage) sits on 400 acres of orchards owned by the Velliquette family’s Shoreline Fruits. The country-style inn offers beautiful views of the surrounding orchards and the serene East Grand Traverse Bay. The annual Breezeway Fall Color Tour, which runs 28 miles along Northern Michigan’s Breezeway, is a perfect way to admire the foliage and visit the local orchards, farms, and wineries.
Hilltop Orchards, a 200-acre property located in Richmond, MA, is home to an historic apple orchard and the award-winning Furnace Brook Winery. Visitors can choose from 26 different apple varietals that grow on the property. Hilltop Orchards’ apples are also used to produce fresh-pressed cider, hard cider, and baked goods. The expansive property includes hiking and ski trails, beautiful fall foliage and the Garden Gables Inn (www.BnBFinder.com/GardenGables). Located just a few minutes away from the orchard, Garden Gables guests will enjoy elegantly appointed rooms or cottages and complimentary access to the orchard and winery.
Madison, WI offers the best of both worlds – tremendous countryside fall foliage alongside urban entertainment and culture. The area is home to several orchards, but Lapacek’s Orchard is known to have the biggest range of apples in town, with 60 varietals produced each year. The family-friendly orchard is home to an array of farm animals, a photo booth, and a playground. 15 miles from the orchard is The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast (www.BnBFinder.com/SpeckledHen) which prides itself on providing sustainable accommodations and creating meals from local produce. The inn’s 50 acres of land are home to a miniature orchard that produces apples, grapes, and pears which are harvested for the inn’s farm-to-table breakfast dishes.
Finger Lakes Region
New York’s Finger Lakes region has increased in popularity in recent years, due to its viticulture and apple orchards. Ithaca, NY celebrates the area’s orchards each year with the 3-day Apple Harvest Festival. This year, the festival will include apple sculptures, apple pie-eating contests and a farmers market for apple baked goods and beverages. Located just two blocks from the event is The William Henry Miller Inn (www.BnBFinder.com/WilliamHenryMiller), offering spacious and comfortable accommodations. Also located a mile away are the Cornell Orchards, where visitors can observe the cultivation of different apple varietals by Cornell University students.
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