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A Day Exploring Fall in Massachusetts

While I am a real city girl, I consider the rustic New England farmlands of my native Massachusetts to be one of the most beautiful places, particularly during Fall foliage season. It is must-see every year. Two of my favorite places to experience foliage season are Honey Pot Hill Orhard and Nashoba Valley Winery, located less than an hour from Boston

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From Boston, route yourself through the back roads of route 117. The suburbs will thin out and the farmland will start to surround you. Trees with pockets of red, orange and yellow line the horizon. First stop is Honey Pot Hill Orchard.

fall-in-massachusetts-image1.jpgOriginally a dairy farm, Clifford Martin purchased Honeypot Hill Orchard in 1923 and began planting apple, pear and peach trees. Clifford’s Son, Richard, was one of the founders of the pick-your-own concept and pushed Honey Pot Hill Orchard into becoming one of the premier retail pick-your-own operations. The business remained in the family and is now run by Richard’s children.

Try to get a parking spot right at the farm store; here you can purchase bags for picking, 25 varieties of pre-picked apples, baked goods, mouthwatering candy apples, mums, pumpkins, preserves and vegetables. The farm stand even has a viewing room to see how cider is pressed and old farm tools handing from the walls. Right around the corner of the farm store, brave the line for cider donuts. Ask for a hot one with cinnamon and sugar! While I am not a huge donut fan, I can easily throw down several cider donuts.

After you have picked your fair share of apples, try your luck navigating the maze. There are plenty of activities for children as well including a mini hedge maze, a tunnel maze, petting zoo, and hayrides. Honeypot also hosts birthday parties.

 

 

Pick your own schedule:

Blueberries: mid/late July- early September 9:30am- 5:30pm

Apple: late August- late October 10am-5pm

The retail store is open mid/late July-Christmas 9am-6p

 

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Next, grab a bite at Nancy’s at the Air Field. Nancy’s is located at the Minute Man Air Field, and if you request a seat by the back windows, you can watch the airplanes fly overhead. Great atmosphere, hospitality, consistently good food.  Owner, Nancy, describes the menu as "autobiographical" and inspired by her own personal travels. Menu items include; sandwiches such as the Lamb burger with Burbere spices and tzatziki; salads like the Commonwealth Salad, mixed greens, herb goat chese on Tuscan bread with chipotle carmelized walnuts & maple balsamic vinaigrette; eggs; pancakes; and homemade baked goods. 

Hours:

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8-3

Friday- Saturady: 8-3, 5-9

 

Nashoba Valley Winery Bolton, MA

Finally, head for a picnic at Nashoba Valley Winery. In 1978, Nashoba Valley Winery, a family-owned orchard and winery, began producing quality wines. Set on a 52-acre hill overlooking the town of Bolton, MA, Nashoba Valley Winery offers a peach and apple orchard, wine tastings, winery tours, an exceptional farmhouse restaurant, gift and wine shop and open field scattered with picnic tables perfect for spending a lovely afternoon. Nashoba Valley is quintessential New England charm, in fact, I consider it is such a perfect place, that I got married there.

  Nashoba Valley Winery, Bolton, MA  Fall Foliage in Massachusetts

The gift shop is filled with great gifts for wine lovers and you can purchase any of the 37 varieties of wine that Nashoba Valley produces. The winery also produces beers and spirits also available for purchase. My favorite wines are the dry blueberry, dry pear and Gewürztraminer.

J's Restaurant Nashoba Valley Winery Bolton, MAJ’s restaurant is always delicious and features an ever-changing seasonal menu with dishes such as the crabcake with pumpkin risoto and micro salad; rabbit ravioli- confit lamb, house-made ricotta, spiced cider broth; and Axis venison ragu with Porcini mushroom risoto and roasted root vegetables. Sunday brunch at J's is also delicious and has no set menu, with dishes just decided upon moments before the buffet begins. The restaurant is very much a quaint old farmhouse, complete with a roaring fire in the dining room.

The restaurant also offers Picnic Lunches to Go with gourmet sandwich options including the prosciutto and peppers with marinated tomatoes, roasted garlic aioli, and banana peppers on French baguette and the oven roasted turkey with cranberry-chive mayonnaise, baby spinach and Smith's gouda on grilled ciabatta. Cheese & charcuterie boxes are also available with adcane notice. Reservations for both the restaurant and Picnic’s to Go need to be done in advance, but don’t fret if you miss out; the wine shop has noshes for purchase as well. 

 Hours

Orchard- seasonally- 7 days- 10-5

 

Wine and Gift Shop:

 

Sunday-Thursday 10-5

 

Friday & Saturday 10-6

 

J’s Restaurant:

Wednesday – Saturday 
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm (last seating at 2pm), 5:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m (last seating at 9pm)

Sunday  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 pm (last seating at 2pm)

 

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