ESCAPES: Enjoy a Taste of Autumn at a Local Orchard

Apple-picking season may be over - but that doesn't mean there aren't still bushels of reasons to visit a picturesque Connecticut orchard for some authentic and timeless seasonal enjoyment.

There's nothing like hitting the road (and turning off your smartphone) for a day of unplugged autumn mindfulness. Take a day off and enjoy a visually stunning ride beneath canopies of vibrant fall colors on winding country roads. Let the oranges and reds fill your soul with smiles as sun breaks through the fiery foliage and you catch the whisper of wood smoke on the falling-leave breezes.

Head for destinations where pumpkin patches, scarecrows and the comforting aromas of hot mulled cider and freshly baked spiced breads evoke cherished memories of autumns past.

Challenge your sense of direction in a corn maze. Let the children laugh as they interact with the farm animals. Enjoy the slow-going of a tractor-drawn hay ride. Don't forget to taste the apple cider donuts!

Before you leave, be certain to procure some maple syrup, jams and jellies to take home with you. They'll remind you of this amazing day during breakfasts well into the winter months.

Need a few more reasons to get out and play a tourist right near home? Here are a few images we recently captured at Silverman's Farm in Easton, CT!

Not sure where to find a Connecticut Orchard? Let us help...

Bishop's Orchards
1355 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT

Castle Hill Farm
25 Sugar Lane
Newtown, CT

Lapsley Orchard
403 Orchard Hill Road
Pomfret Center, CT

Lyman Orchards
3 Lyman Road
Middlefield, CT

Silverman's Farm
451 Sport Hill Road (Rt. 59)
Easton, CT

Jones Tree Farm
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road
Shelton, CT

Blue Jay Orchards
125 Plumtrees Road
Bethel, CT

Averill Farm
250 Calhoun Street
Washington Depot, CT

Allyn's Red Barn
610 Colonial Ledyard Highway
Ledyard, CT

Rogers Orchards
2876 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke
Southington, CT

Maple Lane Farm and Market
57 N.W. Corner Road
Preston, CT


Photography by Pam Grunow
Writing by Eric Taubert