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East Coast Fall Apple Picking

There’s nothing like apple picking to celebrate the new fall season, changing leaves, and autumn weather. We listed our favorite orchards near our Outposts so you can escape the city.

New York Outpost

Fix Bros Fruit Farm, 215 White Birch Rd, Hudson, NY 12534

~2 hr 30 min from NYC and ~25 min from Outpost
A quick trip from the Outpost, Fix Bros Fruit Farm is stocked for fall with all kinds of apples, a full pumpkin patch, hayrides, and fresh honey.

Philip Orchards, 270 NY-9H, Claverack, NY 12513

~2 hr 25 min from NYC and ~35 min  from Outpost
This family-owned farm with 23 varieties of fruit to pick dates to the early 19th century. The meadows around the orchard are perfect for relaxing amongst the apple and pear trees, frolicking with a furry friend, picnicking, and enjoying the scenery.

Kelder’s Farm5755 US-209, Kerhonkson, NY 12446

~2 hr 20 min from NYC and ~50 min from Outpost
Come for the apple picking at Kelder’s Farm and stay for the vegetables, mini golf, animals, fishing, hayrides, and lunch. Bonus: it’s also home to one of the largest garden gnomes in the world.

Boston Outpost

Meadow Ledge Farm, 612 NH-129, Loudon, NH 03307

~ 2 hrs from Boston and ~25 min from Outpost
Hop on a tractor to the orchards at Meadow Ledge Farm to pick your own apples or grab a couple bushels at the market, where you’ll also want to try the honey and homemade pies. Be sure to sample the fresh apple cider donuts and fudge, they are worth the trip.

Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Rd, Londonderry, NH 03053

~1 hr 25 min from Boston and ~50 min from Outpost
Mack’s Apples is a family-owned farm with a lot to offer. The orchards and patches are filled with apples and pumpkins, and the store sells a huge assortment of baked goods, candies, jams, maple syrup sweets, and cider.

Parlee Farms, 95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsborough, MA 01879

~1 hr 20 min from Boston and ~1 hr from Outpost
If you have a favorite kind of apple, Parlee Farms probably grows it. Also check out what other fruits, veggies, and flowers are in season during your visit.

DC Outpost

Liberty Mills Farm, 9166 Liberty Mills Rd, Somerset, VA 22972

 ~2 hrs 15 min from DC and ~25 min from Outpost
Liberty Mills Farm boasts panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and, at 32 acres, is home to one of the largest corn mazes east of the Mississippi. There are four different maze trails of varying difficulty, and the theme changes each year. The 2018 theme: dinosaurs.

Burnside Farms – Haymarket, 4905 James Madison Hwy, Haymarket, VA 20169

~1 hr from DC and ~1 hr 15 min from Outpost
Burnside Farms’ location at Haymarket Farms grows over 50 varieties of pumpkins and gourds, fresh flowers, and apples for picking. Its second location is about 30 minutes away at Nokesville Farm, home to its gorgeous sunflower fields and other fall activities.

Stribling Orchard, 11587 Poverty Hollow Ln, Markham, VA 22643

~1 hr 25 from DC and ~1 hr 20 min from Outpost
This almost 200-year-old farm is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains with amazing views that make for a perfect picnic. The apple trees in the orchard are labeled by variety, which makes finding your favorite kinds a cinch.