December 8, 2023

New England Journey

From apple selecting to spooky excursions to leaf peeping.

A pair of youngsters plow via the maze at Connors Farm in Danvers. John Tlumacki/Globe Employees

‘Tis the season for fall enjoyable, and the North Shore is bursting with autumnal actions for all ages.

From apple selecting to spooky excursions to leaf peeping, uncover methods to replenish your calendar with memorable occasions this fall season.

Map: North Shore fall weekend actions

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Take pleasure in enjoyable on the farm

Apples within the orchard at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury in 2020. – Craig F. Walker/Globe Employees

It’s arduous to go incorrect at space farms through the fall season, however some are actual standouts this 12 months, in line with native consultants and readers.

For nice dwell music on weekends, head to Amesbury’s Cider Hill Farm, Nancy Gardella, govt director of the North of Boston Conference & Guests Bureau, informed Boston.com. And, after all, the farm gives apple selecting, cider doughnuts, and extra. Whereas in Amesbury, it’s additionally value trying out town’s many wonderful eating places and outlets, she mentioned.

Cider Hill Farm was named top-of-the-line locations to get cider doughnuts in New England by Boston.com readers.

  • The Norris Reservation in Norwell in early fall 2014.

    Your excellent fall weekend on the South Shore

Smolak Farms in North Andover is one other nice fall vacation spot for hay rides, seasonal treats, and apple and pumpkin selecting, Gardella informed Boston.com. It was additionally named among the many greatest locations to get cider doughnuts by Boston.com readers.

Pumpkin lovers, take observe: Connors Farm in Danvers was voted among the many greatest pumpkin patches in Massachusetts by a latest FamilyDestinationsGuide.com ballot. Nation Residing journal additionally named its corn maze top-of-the-line within the U.S.

Go leaf peeping

Harold Parker State Forest spans a number of Massachusetts cities. The three,000 acres sprawl throughout Andover, North Andover, North Studying, and Middleton, with trails for hikers and bikers to benefit from the crisp fall climate. – Picture courtesy of North of Boston Conference and Guests Bureau

It’s fall in New England, so there’s no scarcity of colourful leaves.

One city value visiting this fall season is Andover, the place guests can take pleasure in a hike — and the season’s foliage — in Harold Parker State Forest or Ward Reservation, Gardella informed Boston.com. Within the latter, guests can seek for the Solstice Stones from Holt Hill.

For guests at Ward Reservation who stick round when the solar goes down, there are nighttime fall excursions hosted by the Trustees of Reservations resembling a full moon hike and a candlelit hike and meditation.

Highway trippers can drive alongside the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, a 90-mile roadway connecting 14 coastal communities from Lynn to Salisbury. It was named one among the most effective fall foliage journeys within the U.S. by Fodor’s Journey.

“Gorgeous shows of fall shade greet guests driving alongside the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, nevertheless it’s the journey via coastal communities and porches prettified with pumpkins that units the backdrop for this memorable drive,” the location wrote.

Expertise an award-winning tour

Historical past & Hauntings of Salem Guided Strolling Tour is probably the most booked expertise in America this fall, in line with Tripadvisor. – Tripadvisor

The historic metropolis of Salem welcomes almost 1 million vacationers throughout October for its month-long Haunted Happenings. 

For these seeking to be taught extra concerning the metropolis’s historical past, there are dozens of excursions, together with the Historical past & Hauntings of Salem Guided Strolling Tour, named the No. 1 cultural and historic tour in America by Tripadvisor customers.

“What we love about this tour is that it’s just a little little bit of the whole lot of Salem’s historical past and the Salem expertise,” Beth Crowley, proprietor and information, informed Boston.com. “Quite a lot of excursions will give attention to simply the witch trials or simply ghost tales. We mix so our vacationers will find out about our maritime historical past. They’ll additionally do a deep dive into the Salem witch trials of 1692. We’ll additionally expose them to 3 centuries of gorgeous structure as effectively. And, after all, we throw within the spooky ghost tales.”

Discover a historic residence

The Parson Capen Home in Topsfield. – Topsfield City Corridor

New England has loads of historic properties, and one such gem is the Parson Capen Home in Topsfield, Erin Merrill, assistant city clerk of Topsfield, informed Boston.com.

The Parson Capen Home is the previous residence of Reverend Parson Capen, the city’s minister from 1684 to 1725. He constructed the house, now a Nationwide Historic Landmark, in 1683.

Capen was minister through the Salem witch trials in 1692, and members of his congregation had been hanged for witchcraft, in line with the Salem Witch Museum.

Talking of Salem: Guests there can tour The Witch Home, one among a number of Salem witch trial locations.

“The Witch Home was the house of Jonathan Corwin who was a choose within the Salem Witch Trials,” in line with historyofmassachusetts.org. “Corwin bought the home in 1675 and lived there for 40 years till his dying in 1718.”

Exit to a restaurant

The pulled pork lettuce wraps at The Hidden Pig in Haverhill. Kristi Palma / Boston.com

“There’s a really genuine hyperlocal meals and sipping scene” Gardella informed Boston.com about communities north of Boston.

Historic downtown Haverhill’s industrial buildings provide loads of choices.

Just some spots serving hungry guests are The Hidden Pig, an American-style gastro pub featured on Phantom Gourmand; Stacks, which serves craft sandwiches and boozy over-the-top milkshakes topped with full-size desserts; and The Faucet Brewing Firm, celebrating its twentieth anniversary this 12 months.

In Newburyport, the place guests are drawn to town’s historic downtown for its boutique outlets and waterfront eating places, hungry consumers can eat at Sea Stage Oyster Bar, Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante, Black Cow, and extra.

It’s value trying out The Grog, a metropolis staple that has been serving patrons for half a century, Richard Burke Jones, city clerk of Newburyport informed Boston.com.

“It has well-known clam chowder,” Jones mentioned. “It’s actually recognized for that.”

The pub gives 32 beers on faucet, together with a cider doughnut beer.