Need another reason to love fall? Consider all the ways and places to celebrate apple season.
1. YAKIMA, WASHINGTON In 1904, the Johnson brothers accepted the new railroad's offer to check out the Yakima Valley to plant fruit trees. More than 100 years later, the family still shares their Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Ambrosia and Red Delicious crops with visitors who relish fresh-off-the-tree apples. Baked goods, including pies and quiche, can also be savored here.
2. ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN Check out the rosy red apples at the local farmers market, where growers from nearby display their hand-picked gems. If you love cider and warm, apple-infused baked goods, you'll also want to stop by the region's oldest continuously operating cider mill. The family-owned Dexter Cider Mill presses and blends multiple varieties of apples, and its staff serves delicious treats with a smile.
3. HARVARD, ILLINOIS More than 3,000 trees, in nine varieties, were planted in groups to create a 4-acre apple maze at Royal Oak Farm. You can sample Cortlands, Granny Smiths and other varieties as you stroll down the wide aisles, stopping for educational games, climbing areas and music stations. When viewed from the air, the maze appears as a Red Delicious with green leaves.
4. ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK Apple lovers should plan a fall trip to this Hudson Valley region, where 25 varieties of apples grow on more than 1,000 acres. Stop by Apple Dave's for luscious fruit plus live music and puppet shows beside scenic ponds and rose gardens. Lawrence Farms Orchard offers carriage rides and the chance to pet farm animals. Or visit the cider-tasting room at Soons Orchards.