From apple picking to fall foliage, make every weekend count this fall
Take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather this fall and experience all that the Manchester area offers. You won’t have to travel far to enjoy these 5 fun fall activities that make living in New England extra special.
1. Apple picking: Whether you plan on making an apple pie or just like snacking on apples, plenty of orchards offer the opportunity to pick your own apples from their orchards. Many offer other goodies in their farm market stores as well, including ready-made pies, apple cider, apple cider donuts, and local vegetables.
Only about a 20-minute drive from the school, Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Road in Londonderry, NH, is the oldest single-family run farm in New Hampshire and has 100 acres devoted to apples. Check the website for what apples are available for picking before you go.
2. Pumpkin patch: What would fall be without a trip to a pumpkin patch? About 20 minutes from the school, Wilson Farm, 144 Charles Bancroft Highway (Route 3A), Litchfield, NH, has a pumpkin patch for picking or a stand with already-picked pumpkins. Don’t forget to bring home a pumpkin pie!
3. Scenic Fall Foliage Drive: New England is known for its fall beauty. Why not leave the stress of the city behind and enjoy a country drive to enjoy all the fall foliage tracker to help make sure you see the leaves at their peak.
Scenic rides and foliage drives in the Merrimack Valley Region:
Route 4 in Boscawen
Route 129 in Loudon
Route 127 from Hopkinton to Salisbury
Routes 13 and 77 from Mont Vernon to Weare
Route 28 to 28 Bypass from Derry & Manchester
Scenic Byways in the Merrimack Valley Region:
- Amoskeag Millyard Scenic and Cultural Byway: Take Exit 5, Granite Street Bridge or Exit 6, Amoskeag Bridge to Commercial Street in Manchester. View the contrast of the old mills against the beauty of the foliage and flowing Merrimack River.
- Apple Way in Londonderry: Drive through Londonderry off of Route 128. This byway is special because of the luscious fields and agricultural area.
- Canterbury Shaker Village Byway: Get off at Exit 16 off I-93 and drive from Canterbury Shaker Village to Exit 18, I-93. This byway highlights Canterbury Shaker Village as well as conservation areas, open marshes, stonewalls, cemeteries, pre-Revolutionary homes, and access to Hutchins Forest.
- Currier & Ives Trail: Take Route 127 from north of Salisbury to Contoocook along Route 103 to Route 202/9 to below Henniker. This byway provides a taste of quintessential New England.
- General John Stark Scenic Byway: Drive along Route 114, Route 13 and Route 77. This is a 34-mile circular route that connects the towns of Goffstown, Dunbarton, Weare, and New Boston and is named in honor of New Hampshire's best known Revolutionary War hero, General John Stark.
4. Hiking: If you prefer to see the fall foliage up close, why not go for a hike? With several mountains about an hour’s drive from the school, you can take an easy day trip. New Hampshire Magazine just published “10 Fabulous New Hampshire Fall Hikes,” which provides a good overview of the varying degrees of difficulty of each hike and what you can expect to see.
5. Fall Festival: If you like to sample food and see local crafts, fall festivals can be a fun way to spend the day. The 20th Annual New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair is coming to Rockingham Park in Salem, NH, about a half hour’s drive from the school, from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15. Over 250 local craftsmen will display their goods plus you get to sample gourmet delights, including jams and jellies, honey, and maple products. For more information or to get an admission discount coupon, visit castleberryfairs.com/.
Hopefully you can find the time to get out and enjoy the season. Before you know it, winter will be here.
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