Fall fanatics, you know the drill — all it takes is one brisk September breeze and the apple craze shoots mountain-high. The crisp taste of those bright red beauties puts Vermont apple orchards in a league of their own, and with that comes a collection of macintosh-tastic autumn activities ripe for the picking in southern Vermont.
1. Pick Your Own At A Vermont Apple Orchard
Cutting straight to the core of classic apple activities, a trip to the orchard is an absolute must on a fall visit to southern Vermont. Apple picking means fresh air, magnificent mountain views (with or without a blanket of red and orange), and of course, the satisfaction of plucking the most flavorful fruits to take home with you. Pick-Your-Own (PYO) apple farms in our neck of the woods include Green Mountain Orchards in Putney and the Dwight Miller and Scott Farm Orchards in Dummerston.
2. Cater To Your Sweet Tooth
Apple pie, anyone? Brattleboro isn’t short on sweet treats during the fall. Grab a slice of apple danish at The Works Bakery & Cafe or take a short drive to Chelsea’s Royal Diner in West Brattleboro to indulge in a perfect piece of pie made with apples in their very own orchard. If you have too much leaf-peeping left on the agenda, you can even grab a whole pie to-go.
3. Sip Some Cider And See How It’s Done
Whether you fancy sweet, ice, or hard cider, you’d be hard-pressed not to find something fresh-pressed to sip on. While you can find in-season ciders of all types right here at the downtown Brattleboro Food Co-op, take to a local cider producer to sip the freshest samples on the spot. You can take a peek at the cider-making process at Green Mountain Orchards’ Cider Mill, where cider pressing happens from early September all the way into March — and you can even press your own cider at the demonstration mill!
4. Let Loose At An Apple Festival
Family-oriented festivities are year-round here in southern Vermont, but the sweet scents of apple and pumpkin spice evoke a whole new sense of spirit in the Green Mountains. No celebration of fall fruits and flaky crust is more spirited than the Dummerston Apple Pie Festival that takes place each October. In addition to the 1,500 pies in attendance, you can pamper your palate with homemade ice cream, hot cider, Green Mountain coffee, and Grafton cheese.
If you branch out a bit further, you can also pick from the higher-hanging fruit at the Vermont Apple Festival and Craft Fair up in Springfield, which has everything from a farmer’s market to live music to an apple pie contest.
5. Stay In A Town That Loves Apples As Much As You Do
With all the orchards and cider mills surrounding us, you may be surprised to discover that the apple activities don’t fall far from our front doors. If you’d rather get your apple fix by foot, you could say we’re at the core of a fall frenzy — Brattleboro’s collection of downtown bakeries and food artisans land us just steps away from a taste of everything from apple pie to cider donuts.