Staycation at the local orchard
With the holidays quickly approaching, and the economic environment not making the quickest turnaround, no one blames mom and dad for putting a hold on the big family vacation. While you may not be jetting across the ocean to Europe this fall, a change of plans does not need to limit family fun.
The changing fall foliage and scattered leaves lining the sidewalk means one thing - apple and pumpkin-picking season is in full swing! Heading to a PYO (pick your own) orchard serves as a wonderful day trip version of a staycation. Not only does it make for hours of fun while you pick fresh apples and find that perfect pumpkin hidden in the patch, but the baking and carving adventures that await your return home extend the memory making far beyond the orchard.
Making fall family memories
Many orchards have farmer’s markets and delicious baked goods often served with apple cider. Take a delicious break after picking, sip some fresh cider, and even head over to the pens where many farms design a small petting zoo for families. When picking the location of your apple-picking trip, call local farms to inquire about such items that turn an average fall day into a wonderful memory.
Photograph your gorgeous pickings and pumpkins carved with creative faces. Make your trip a tradition and watch how your pumpkins faces evolve year after year. Nothing stands in the way of family fun as long as you take some time to think creatively and refuse to let the economy leave you stumped.
Head out to your local orchard and bring the vacation closer to home this fall.