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snl1129 Sep 13, 2009 01:42 PM

I'm looking for apple picking in a idyllic country scene, with a good bakery, maybe a gift shop, some activities for the family, and most of all...a good variety of apples. Does this place exist in Northern Ma to Southern NH area? I'm willing to travel some too! Make it a day trip! Anyone?

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    Tedmom Sep 13, 2009 04:21 PM

    Norway Hill Orchard in Hancock, NH is a nice, not too crazy, apple orchard with a great view of Mt. Monadnock. You could pick you apples and then head down the road to Peterborough, NH which has a quaint downtown with some nice shops and restaurants. If you've got little ones, you could also drive over to Dublin for a visit to Friendly Farm (nice little farm with an array of animals to pet for smaller children). You could also hike up Mt. Monadnock if you have the time and energy or, if not, drive to Pack Monadnock in Peterborough for a shorter hike.

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      seaville Sep 13, 2009 05:49 PM

      Brookfield Orchards
      North Brookfield MA

      Call ahead.

      They have always had pick your own apples. I did it last year, but, you never know. Things change. It's a long drive out to the middle of nowhere. Quite wonderful. I love it.

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        marypell Sep 14, 2009 06:00 PM

        I discovered Apple Crest, Hampton Falls, NH last year. they have tractor rides out to the orchards, petting zoo, entertainment, cider donuts, pumpkins, scarecrow stuffing, pies and other baked goods for sale.

        We enjoyed ourselves we went back a second time.

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          natureboy Sep 16, 2009 07:58 AM

          I went there years ago and liked it. It can get crazy on the weekends. They have a harvest festival which can be fun, although far from quiet and idyllic.

          In MA, I like Carlson Orchards in Harvard.

          For more places, there's a good list at http://www.pickyourown.org/NH.htm and http://www.pickyourown.org/mass.htm

          1. re: marypell
            andreaQ Sep 24, 2009 11:32 AM

            I second Apple Crest! mmm, cider donuts, petting zoo, gift shop and apple picking!
            other's in NH - Brookdale Farm & Lull Farm in hollis nh. Both have gift shops and are next door to each other.

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            Peter B Wolf Sep 15, 2009 07:11 AM


            also here (they have many old trime varieties)


            1. xcptnl Sep 15, 2009 05:44 PM

              Allysons Orchard in Walpole. Beautiful views and they have a gift shop with some foods and locals wines.

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                mainemal Sep 16, 2009 08:17 AM

                I can't imagine any place being better than Gould Hill in Contoocook, NH: http://www.gouldhillfarm.com/

                1. Morganna Sep 16, 2009 01:07 PM

                  If you're willing to drive more than a bit, Allenhome Farms in South Hero, VT totally rocks. :)

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                    shoes Sep 24, 2009 12:50 PM

                    I agree Applecrest in New Hampshire is a good spot for fall family entertainment.

                    If you're just purely after good apples, however, be advised that "pick your own" is a scam. The orchards generally pick the best apples to sell themselves and leave the lesser quality on the trees for the PYO'ers.

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