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Weekend Picks: hearty fall menus

Stuffed clams served at The Cooperage Inn in

Stuffed clams served at The Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow, a 1960 renovated colonial-style restaurant. The Inn serves new and classic style American cuisine and features local wines in its four dining areas and is open every day, year round. (Nov. 15, 2010) Credit: andee Daddona

The snap of autumn signals hearty food and an occasional festival. Here are three places where you find a taste of the season.

COOPERAGE INN, Baiting Hollow

This is the last fall-festival weekend at the inn, where you'll have outdoor seating, pumpkin painting, face painting, pony rides and more. The fare includes bratwurst, chicken potpie, clam chowder and crabcake sandwiches, plus candied apples. The festival is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

JAMESPORT MANOR INN, Jamesport

The rebuilt inn is a handsome destination for American cuisine. Figure out how you want to carve that pumpkin you just picked. Notable dishes include the local beet salad with goat cheese, braised beef short ribs, and pan-roasted Crescent Farm duck breast with duck confit.

MILL CREEK TAVERN, Bayville

In case you need some relaxation after a stop at Bayville Scream Park or another haunt, try Mill Creek Tavern. You can go the sirloin or burger route, dive into a mussel pot or macaroni-and-cheese, and nibble on chicken wings, too.

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