There’s something to be said about the nostalgia associated with summer’s end as the heat and humidity subside, as do the number of tourists, making it the perfect time for a fall getaway, especially if you’re hoping to avoid crowds. Kids are getting ready to go back to school, the days are shorter, and the crisp autumn air will soon signify the changing seasons. With its beautiful lakes, elegant foothills, and sprawling hardwood forests, it’s easy to realize why New Hampshire’s Lake Region is ideal for an end of summer retreat. One of the most quintessential activities for this time of year is apple picking. Not only will you be able to immerse yourself in vibrant fall colors, but you’ll also have the opportunity to pick your own fresh produce from some of the best New Hampshire orchards. Today we’ll share with you some of our nearby favorites.
Apple Picking at Our 3 Favorite Orchards in New Hampshire
Nestled in the Lakes Region’s heart on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, NASWA Resort boasts a diverse selection of accommodations with a seemingly endless array of amenities. Whether you’re a family hoping to squeeze in a final vacation before the school year is in full swing or a romantic couple seeking an escape to the lake, you’ll find out that we’ve learned a few things about tranquility. And there’s nothing quite like a breezy stroll through a fragrant, serene New Hampshire orchard. We’ve spent a great deal of time at all of these New Hampshire orchards and can tell you that the backdrop created by the brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges on display is an attraction all its own. Without further ado, let’s get to the core of apple picking in the Lakes Region.
In Belmont, NH, Stone Mountain Farm is the area’s premier high-density orchard just south of Laconia, meaning they can focus more on growing fruit, rather than trees. Supported by a trellis system, trees are held up by large posts and wires, much like at a vineyard. Unlike standard trees that need five to seven years to reach production, high-density trees can be harvested as early as one year after being planted and often don’t require a ladder. Check out their dynamic assortment of apples ranging from juicy Akanes to crunchy CandyCrisps.
Also, in Belmont, Smith Orchard has been in production since 1985 and has a common variety of apples, including Macintosh, Red Delicious, Cortland, and Ginger Gold, among others. In addition to apples, Smith Orchard also provides a distinct line of body and hand creams made right on the farm! Adding to the allure, they also have weekly events and serve as an outdoor venue for birthday parties, making it an excellent place to bring the kiddos.
Located in Gilford, NH, Stone Brook Hill Farm is a family operated orchard that doubles as a pick-your-own blueberry farm. A unique factor to consider when visiting Stone Brook is that you’ll be escorted to the orchard via a quick hayride to over 1,600 trees producing a large stock of local favorites. Furthermore, they have a comprehensive collection of pumpkins in October and a farm stand that carries everything from handcrafted cider donuts to maples syrup.
New Hampshire Resorts on Lake Winnipesaukee
As much as there is to do at the resort, we encourage our guests to explore the beautiful Lakes Region that surrounds us, and apple picking is a fantastic way to start. After a long day, you can retreat to your home away from home for some much-deserved relaxation without a care in the world. For more information or to book your fall getaway, please contact us online or call 603-366-4341. Don’t forget to ask about our ongoing specials!