Apple Picking Weekend Trips…With A Side of Drinking
It’s officially sweater weather. Summer is officially over, and Fall has arrived with all its amazing Autumnal festivities. We did some research on the cutest, booziest and most instagrammable apple picking venues that include all the best treats Fall has to offer. Whether its cider and donuts, friendly farm animals or tasting tours, these orchards are filled with tons of fun. Grab a designated driver and head upstate!
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
Orchard Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Distance from Hub: 65 miles // 1 hour 30 minutes
The Hudson Valley is known as apple country and Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery is one of the best places for both apple picking and seasonal drinks. “We invite you to the Doc’s Orchard to enjoy Doc’s Cider, a glass of wine, a sangria, or cocktail and take in some of the most beautiful views the Hudson Valley has to offer. We grow over 60 different types of apple trees, and we are always exploring new varieties to put in the ground.” says their site which has all the details of what you can find on this lush property. ½ Bushel bags run $30 a pop and can be split for up to 4 people. After picking, enjoy a variety of apple wines and spirits in the tasting room. They even distill apple gin! Yes, we’ll have a martini.
Orchard Hours: Everyday 11am – 5pm through Sunday, November 4
2241 Albany Post Road, Walden, NY 12586
Distance from Hub: 82 miles // 1 hour 40 minutes
Angry Orchard may be your favorite basic cider brand, but this Fall, you can see where the sausage (or cider) is made. There is a lot to see at this 60-acre orchard and cidery. Angry Orchard is currently open for both barrel room tours and its famous Treehouse tasting tour. The Treehouse is their tasting room designed and built for the cidery by Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters! Tastings are $10 on weekdays, $20 on weekends and come with a souvenir glass. Getting a mini cider education and free tasting in a designer treehouse? Sign us up! This orchard is also home their own cider garden, shop with exclusive brews and ciders and cider creation on tap. Angry Orchard also has tons of events and live music during apple season as well. Make you bring an ID and a designated driver for this trip!
Orchard Hours: Various tours and time can be found here.
Bad Seed Farm Bar / Wilklow Orchards
341 Pancake Hollow Rd, Highland NY, 12528
Distance from Hub: 90 miles // 1 hour 50 minutes
The name may clue you in but Bad Seed Farm Bar is exactly that…a bar on a farm. Bad Seed Farm Bar sits on Wilklow Orchards in Highland, NY. The orchard itself is a beautiful, family-owned farm that may make forget you are still in New York state. Wilklow has 13 varieties of apples, pumpkin picking, hayrides, fall decor (for your Instagram) and a full-blown bakery. Those cider donuts are finally within reach! Big bags hold 20-25 lbs of apples and are $24 each, and small bags hold 10-15 lbs at $15 each. You can get a few Pinterest recipes out of those apples for sure. After all that, you can visit the farm bar for some adult beverages to keep you warm after a day of apple picking. Food trucks are also on the property to make sure you stay fed. Bad Seed Cider also has a Tap House a few miles down the road for more fun into the evening.
Orchard Hours: Apple picking until October 31st, 9-6 daily
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930
Distance from Hub: 51 miles // 1 hour 15 minutes
Nestled in the quiet town of Chester, NJ. Alstede Farm is a robust farm that offers pick-your-own admission all year round, including apple picking when the time is right! While Alstede Farm doesn’t have a cidery on the property, there is still a lot of fun to be had. During the season, the Farm hosts pancake breakfasts with seasonal fruit and their massive shop is always fully stocked with a huge variety of pies, pastries, and donuts. They even have ice cream made with freshly picked Alstede fruits! Pumpkin picking is also available, but the best part of Alstede Farm is the animals. Believe me, these are the friendliest cows and donkeys you’ll ever meet, and they love posing for photos, especially if you bring them snacks. Make your city friends join you on this adventure and get in touch with your inner kid.
Farm Hours: Daily 9 am – 6 pm
Farm Store Hours: Daily 9 am – 8 pm