Whether you live in the area or are just
passing through, we’re sure we can all agree: there’s nothing quite like fall
in Berkshire County. The explosion of colors, fresh New England apples, and
cool evenings made for cozy sweaters and warm drinks...what’s not to love?!
Here at All
Seasons Realty Group, fall is a special time filled with
memory-making opportunities everyone looks forward to all year long. And we
want to share our top 5 fall activities with you!
Unless you’re blessed with your own backyard
orchard (and yes...we’re jealous), it’s been a hot minute since you’ve bitten
into an apple straight from the tree. No offense to our local grocery stores,
but...daaang. The crisp, sweet-tart bite of a freshly picked apple can’t be
beat. Plus, most orchards offer far more than just apple picking, making it an
ideal activity for the entire family.
You’ll know why this
third-generation family-owned orchard is a top pick the moment you turn into
the driveway. These views are seriously Instagram-worthy. Mt. Greylock, the
highest point in our fair state of Massachusetts, towers in the background and
creates a truly special setting for your outing. Grab a snack from the farm
store (or your bag of freshly-picked heirloom apples!), relax on the picnic
tables, and take in the view.
There’s a strong and
ongoing debate on who has the best cider donuts in Berkshire County, but for
us, there’s no place like Bartlett’s. A warm sugar-coated donut paired with a
glass of their own freshly-pressed cider feels like a little piece of fabulous
fall heaven. Plus, their store is chock full of fun and interesting local
products, and the orchard a pristine apple-picking dream.
A beautiful orchard
nestled in the Berkshire Hills, this hidden gem guarantees a picturesque apple
picking experience. Not only that, but their farm stand offers their own
produce and a variety of homemade pastries, jams and jellies, cider and more!
Don’t get us wrong, we’re down for a hike
almost any time, anywhere. But during the height of summertime humidity, the
thought of working our sweaty way up a mountain is definitely less than
enticing. Fall is the perfect time for hiking--bugs are practically
nonexistent, it’s warm but not too warm, and the extravagant autumn views and
colors will blow your mind.
orchard with the crazy views of Mt. Greylock? Jaeschke’s? Consider your day
made by combining a trip to the orchard with a hike at Greylock Glen, a mere
0.3 miles from Jaeschke’s itself. This location boasts 26 trails of varying
lengths and degrees of intensity. Whether you’re looking for a casual stroll
through their groomed walking paths or a classic trek into the woods, the Glen
offers something for everyone. Check out their site for a printable map and trail descriptions!
Want some serious
bang for your metaphorical buck? Then hit up the Cheshire Cobbles trail. There
are two separate entrances, but no matter which way you choose it’s still only
about a mile to the top, where you are treated to one of the best outlooks in
Berkshire County. Once the rich fall colors set in, the views showcasing
Cheshire Lake, Mt. Greylock, and the surrounding Berkshire hills are especially
Monument Mountain is
another popular hiking spot with gorgeous sights and rich history. In 1850,
Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne hiked up the mountain together and got
caught in a thunderstorm (wouldn’t be the Berkshires without some cray-cray
weather), and it was the location that inspired William Cullen Bryant’s poem,
“Monument Mountain,” a macabre tale of forbidden love and death just right for
the month of October.
‘Tis the season for PUMPKIN EVERYTHING, and
that goes way beyond purchasing a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks (but...go do
that, too). A bright orange field of pumpkins awaiting selection is a sure sign
of fall, and the perfect activity to include in your autumn bucket list.
If you’ve ever driven through Cheshire on
Route 8 during the fall, you know exactly how exciting the pumpkin festivities
can be. Every weekend during the month of October, Pumpkin Fest rages atWhitney’s Farm
in Cheshire, MA. Not only do they have loads of pumpkins to choose from, but
they also have a host of activities particularly suitable for family fun,
including local vendors, bouncy houses, a giant slide, haunted corn maze and
pony rides. Trust us, this place has all the makings of a new family tradition!
The Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Showis
another beautiful celebration of fall that you won’t want to miss! This is a
ticketed event and purchase is required ahead of time (no on-site ticket sales)
so snatch those up now and mark your calendar! The thousands of hand-carved
pumpkins on display are a dazzling tribute to the season and Berkshire
Ramblefest and the Greylock Ramble--Adams, MA
The fall festivities continue with Ramblefest
and the Greylock Ramble, coming up this Columbus Day weekend! Join
the Berkshire community at the Adams Visitor Center on Sunday for an exciting
street festival featuring local craft beer and wine, live music, great food,
and a variety of vendors and activities.
Come back Monday morning to catch a shuttle
that will bring you to the base of the Cheshire Harbor Trail, and join the
hundreds of locals and visitors alike in a trek to the summit of Mt. Greylock.
This adventure is not for the faint of heart, as the 6.6-mile round-trip trail
can be strenuous, but for those willing to take on the mountain, this is an
experience you won’t forget. Pro tip? Pack a hearty lunch and wear layers--you
might need them at the top!
Chocolate Springs--Lenox, MA
While all these wild fall activities are a
blast, we can’t ignore the fact that sometimes we just want to wrap ourselves
in scarves and our favorite flannels and indulge in an outing that caters to
the cozy, quiet side of fall. So it’s only fitting that we end this post on a
decadent note...and it doesn’t get more decadent than Chocolate
Springs. This local establishment and its luxurious chocolatey
creations have been featured in magazines such as Time Magazine and The New
York Times, and are well-deserving of every accolade. Whether you choose a
rich homemade dessert or a steaming cup of the best hot chocolate on the
planet, a trip to Chocolate Springs is a warm, comforting haven perfect for a
chilly fall day.
Are You Waiting For?
This season won’t last forever, but winter
will sure feel like it does...so get outside, soak up the sunshine and make the
most of these beautiful Berkshire fall days!