Fall is the perfect time to get out and make plans with those you love. The weather cools down, schedules return to normal, and there’s nothing quite like a cool fall breeze in the orchards on a Saturday. Plan an apple picking date with your significant other, try a tasting with your friends, or gather a group for a wagon ride- the possibilities are endless!
Snap a Classic Orchard Shot at Burnap’s Farm Market
Is it really fall if you haven’t posted a photo from the orchards? Grab the quintessential snap among the trees at Burnap’s as you harvest your own apples. Grab a bite in their revamped café or stop for an ice cream sundae to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Grab Fall Goodies at Lagoner Farms
Lagoner Farms Farm Store is full of delicious and seasonal goodies, like artisanal pastas, cheeses, jams, fudge and more. Grab something different to try a new dish with your sweetie or grab some hard cider for a night in with the girls (or guys).
Try George Washington’s Favorite Cider at Embark Craft Ciderworks
Well- his favorite apple to make cider with! The Pippin Cider is made with Newtown Pippin, one of the oldest commercially grown apples in the country. The Newtown counts George Washington and Thomas Jefferson among its early admirer. This is a limited release cider, so get it before it’s gone! If that’s not your taste, Embark has 18 other ciders to choose from.
Embrace Your Inner Kid at Long Acre Farms
Home of the Amazing Maize Maze, you’ll be entertained for hours taking in everything Long Acre Farms has to offer. Go for their Barnbuster ticket- it gives you access to all of the fun, from the maze and wagon rides to the Back 40 where you can enjoy a jumping pillow, tire mountain, rope spider web, slide and more, Who says kids get to have all the fun? You can also extend your day with their Moonlight Mazes.
Bring Your Wine into the Maze at JD Wine Cellars
JD Wine Cellars is Long Acre Farm’s onsite winery, so when you come for the Moonlight Mazes, you can bring a glass of wine out with you (or wine slushy or beer!) Enjoy a full tasting experience in their tasting room with small batches of locally grown and produced wines.
Have a Cider Flight at Rootstock Ciderworks
Rootstock Ciderworks was the first cidery established the Rochester region since prohibition, so it’s definitely worth a stop. The apples for the ciders are grown right on their farm – in fact the entire cidermaking process happens on the farm, so the apples never leave. Their ciders are all gluten free and only contain two ingredients- New York apples and select cider-making yeasts.
Try Apple Vodka at Apple Country Spirits
Apple vodka- but maybe not as you recognize it. This premium vodka is made from distilled apples, not apple flavoring. While you’ll find it sweet, it may not taste the same as the apple vodka from the liquor store- and that’s a good thing! During your tasting, ask about their other apple spirits including apple brandy and applejack, the oldest liquor in the country.
Enjoy a Wine Tasting at Young Sommer Winery
Enjoying a wine tasting with friends and family truly is one of life’s best pleasures. With Young Sommer’s exciting line up of fruit wines, as well as traditional grape wines, you can try something new or savor an old favorite- it’s up to you!
Sip an Apple Martini at The Bay Street Restaurant
No meal at The Bay Street Restaurant is complete without trying one of their 200 varieties of martinis! We recommend the apple martini to round out your day along the trail, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. Paired with their delicious Louisiana-inspired menu, this is one dinner you won’t soon forget.
Munch on Bacon at The Saltbox Smokehouse
This rustic smokehouse and deli boasts over 15 kinds of house-smoked bacon! Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can choose from a wide range of food from the classic sausage gravy and biscuits to smoke kielbasa or a “double knuckle” sandwich.