Hey y’all! I haven’t written a new post in a while- so I decided to ask my followers what they’d rather read about- Fall date nights or Fall Fun in New England.
The winner: Fall Fun in New England!
Fall is my absolute favorite season! The weather is so perfect and I love being able to walk around in pants & a shirt and be completely comfortable temperature wise. I always find myself spending a ton of my free time outdoors in the fall because so many fun fall activities are centered in outdoor areas.
Unfortunately a few of my suggestions are affected by COVID- aka haunted houses, Six-Flags, and the Topsfield Fair, but I still have plenty of fun things for y’all to explore!
1. Flower Picking
Up until this year, I really had no idea that flower picking was such a big thing. I knew that sunflowers were blooming around this time, but I had no clue that so many other variations were too!
My friends and I went to Langwater Farm in Easton, MA for some spur-of-the-moment flower picking. For $14 we got a vase, flower cutters, and as many flowers as the vase could fit! This was such a fun and relaxing way to spend the afternoon and I loved having something to take home at the end of the day!
Some flower picking venues include Langwater Farm in Easton and Parlee Farm in Tyngsboro, MA.
2. Apple Picking
Apple picking is a fall classic that you just CAN’T pass up! Fresh apples, being outside AND the apple cider donuts- nothing could be better! I love how different apples ripen at different times, so you’re able to go multiple times a season and get different ones.
I always get a peck because my eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach. In my family of 3, theres only so many apples that can be eaten, so I try not to get a gigantic bag. My mom and I just went last weekend to Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry, NH and got a ton of Macintosh apples that we’re still eating as I’m writing this.
Some of my favorite apple picking spots are Smolak Farm in North Andover, MA , Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon MA, and Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro!
3. All things pumpkin
There are just SOOOO many things you can do with pumpkins! From picking them, to carving them, to making pies- the possibilities are endless.
Pumpkin picking can easily be paired with apple or flower picking and it’s way better than buying one from your local grocery store!
I absolutely love carving or decorating pumpkins too because you can put them on your porch just in time for Halloween. It’s such a fun activity and definitely gets very interesting if you’ve never carved one before!
Pumpkin flavored things are also just sooooo trendy for the fall, so making muffins and pie out of your hand-picked pumpkins is definitely a great option for a lazy Sunday afternoon or a weekend day with rain!
All of the farms mentioned above are perfect for this activity!
4. Going for a Nature Walk/Hike
Like I said before, I just LOVE being outside in the fall! One of my favorite things is going for a walk on a wooded trail or just in a park in general. You could also make a picnic lunch and take it to a state or national park to enjoy!
I also love going on walks to take photos of the fall foliage because I personally think the leaves changing color is just so amazing!
I’m not much of a hiker, but going up to Mt. Monadnock or Mt. Major in New Hampshire would be perfect this time of year because you get to see all of the fall foliage AND you’re not profusely sweating from the heat.
Some of my favorite fall walks include Borderlands State Park in Easton, MA and Minute Man State Park in Lexington, MA!
5. Explore a new city, town, or area!
Last fall, I took a Saturday and explored Lexington and Concord MA on my own. I absolutely love going for drives in the fall because you’re able to drive with the windows down and see all of the leaves changing as well.
One drive I totally recommend is the Kancamagus Highway going from Lincoln NH to North Conway NH. There are so many stop offs to hike, picnic, explore, and photograph. My boyfriend and I drove it at the end of August and absolutely loved it. I imagine it would be even more beautiful for leaf peeping!
Exploring a new place could also mean visiting some outdoor attractions. For me, I visited the Louisa May Alcott house in Lexington along with Sleepy Hollow cemetery to photograph. I definitely think all of the fall colors made my photos come out way better than they would in any other season!
Some places I suggest visiting- Laconia, Lincoln, and North Conway NH, Lexington & Concord, Easton, MA and all parts of Boston!
Fall is also the time for some pumpkin beer and outdoor beer festivals! Visiting breweries such as Trillium, Shoveltown, Harpoon, Lord Hobo, etc are some great options for hanging out with pals outdoors and enjoying some brews + the fall season!
Whether it’s picking some fruit, pumpkins, or flowers or heading out to a new restaurant or brewery to enjoy all things pumpkin- Fall is the time to get outside and enjoy the weather before it starts to get cold and snowy!
I hope you all enjoy these suggestions and use them for your own fall fun!