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coastalgypsy Sep 27, 2011 06:52 AM

Hi guys - I'm looking for an apple-picking place that has some fun fall activities for kids but also something like farmers market, wine-tasting or bakery (apple cider donuts!) for adults? Tall order, I know.... looking for a place in RI, CT or MASS. I have Clyde's Cider Mill in Mystic near me, but I'm up for a road trip. Thanks!

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  1. kattyeyes RE: coastalgypsy Sep 27, 2011 08:27 AM

    Hi there! In my neck of the woods (central CT), you'll find Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. You can pick, they also have the Apple Barrel store (bakery, cider, produce, jams, their famous hi-top apple pies). They've got a corn maze going on as well.

    http://www.lymanorchards.com/

    Not far from Lyman's, you could go wine tasting at Gouveia in Wallingford. Check ctwine.com for more info on the Connecticut Wine Trail. Pack a picnic and enjoy!

    In terms of activities for kids, Lyman's may be your best bet with the maze. But my favorite orchard is Belltown in Glastonbury.

    http://www.belltownhillorchards.com/

    You can pick and they also have a store with donuts, baked goods and jams. From there, it's a quick trip to Robb's Farm (also G'bury) for some of the best ice cream I know of. Be sure to visit their goats while you're there. Then you could venture to Colchester for wine-tasting at Priam Vineyards. If you pack snacks, you can enjoy them with your wine outside on the patio.

    Have a fun trip, wherever you go!

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    Priam Vineyards
    11 Shailor Hill Rd, Colchester, CT

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      Joltingjoey RE: kattyeyes Sep 27, 2011 11:51 AM

      We LOVE Lapsley Orchards on scenic rt. 169 in Pomfret. They offer free hay rides, freshly pressed cider, baked goods produce & pumpkins for sale. We drive up from Westerly once or twice a year. Columbus Day weekend is their busiest time, though not as crazy as Clyde's.

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      Lenox637 RE: coastalgypsy Sep 27, 2011 09:09 AM

      In Richmond Massachusetts (Berkshire County) Hilltop Orchards has apple picking, hay rides and a store that sells freshly made cider, cider donuts, maple candy etc... Hilltop Orchards also has a winery and wine tasting at the orchard store as well. Great people and a great time for everyone!! http://www.hilltoporchards.com/

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        coastalgypsy RE: Lenox637 Sep 27, 2011 11:28 AM

        Great recs guys - THANKS!!! (I only reason I threw the wine idea in is because my friend will be bringing her 5-year old daughter with us, and I may need to do a little "wine tasting".... :) )

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        Ima Foodie RE: coastalgypsy Sep 27, 2011 02:02 PM

        Bishops orchard in Guilford, CT has a small animal farm, market (with bakery) and wine tastings.

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