apple picking in new hampshire

We’ve been meaning to visit an apple orchard for a few weeks now but between Brandon’s homework and exploring Boston, we haven’t ventured away from the city. On Sunday we went to Apple Acres in Windham, New Hampshire and surprisingly it was only a 30 minute drive from our apartment in Cambridge.

Our timing was perfect because the leaves were beautiful shades of orange and red and we got a great glimpse of a New England Autumn from the apple orchard hills.

apple picking in New Hampshire
apple picking in New Hampshire

Apple Acres offers small or large bags for apple picking. We bought a small bag for $15, which seemed a little steep, and then the woman in charge told us they were out of the orchard maps. This was a downer because we had to wonder around the orchard and guess the apple varieties. Many of the trees were also picked over — I’m glad my husband was tall enough to reach the good ones on the top!

apple picking in New Hampshire
apple picking around Boston
apple picking in New Hampshire
apple picking in New Hampshire
apple picking in New Hampshire
Apple Acres in New Hampshire
apple picking in New Hampshire

The best part about Apple Acres is definitely the bakery. Not only did we sip on hot apple cider while enjoying the atmosphere, but we bought apple cider donuts and some apple butter. I’ve also heard wonderful things about their pies. I think I’d make a trip back just for the baked goods.

apple picking in New Hampshire
apple picking in New Hampshire
apple picking in New Hampshire
apple picking in New Hampshire
apple picking in New Hampshire

Do you plan on visiting an apple orchard this Fall?

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Filed Under: New Hampshire, Travel33 Comments
  • Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    this looks so lovely! I really miss picking apples. ps that sweater is gorgeous.

  • From Casinos To Castles

    Oh I love going to orchards! It’s so fun to pick your own fruit and they always have such amazing homemade stuff! Yum!

  • Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife

    How fun to be in another state so fastly!

  • Jodi

    I can’t believe they have you a plastic for your apples! I would think that would break when it got too full! Glad you got to experience apple picking while you’ll living in New England!! I love cider donuts and have eaten quite a few this season!!

  • Lisette

    I am so jealous. I wanna go apple picking!

    And you and your husband are too cute. That is all

  • Kerry

    I just went Apple Picking last weekend in Hollis New Hampshire. They gave you the option of 1/2 Bushel or by the pound which was nice. It seems this year it was very bare so it must have been a rougher winter than I remember.

  • Stephanie

    Ohhh I LOVE these photos! Such pretty Fall colors. Sadly, I have never been apple picking before…well if I have it was when I was very little and I don’t remember it. I don’t even know where I would go to go apple picking around me! Yikes! This looks like a lot of fun, though.

  • Jenna

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go apple picking! This looks like so much fun… though you’re right, it is a bit steep. I suppose you’re also paying for the experience :) And the bakery sounds divine.

  • Dannielle @ Chic-a-DeeDee

    $15 does seem a little steep for a small bag! I guess you’re paying for the experience? My fave part of visiting these types of places is always the cider, yum!

  • Melissa (i swim for oceans)

    I’ve been to Apple Acres multiple times! If you’re up in NH again and want more reasonably priced apples, try Lavoie’s Farm. It’s in Hollis, and I think we paid $13 for a 20 lb bag. Plus, they gave us free steamed corn and salsa after we went picking AND they have free hay rides! It’s a lot of fun there :)

  • Ace CB – @ Life in Dutch

    I’ve been reading your posts about Boston, and I just love them. I grew up just outside of the city, so things like this have a special place in my heart. I even had my wedding reception in a restored barn on an apple orchard in Peabody.
    I miss the apple picking so much that I’m trying to take my son to the only place I can find, which is a 2 hour journey. =)

  • Amy | Club Narwhal

    Oh man, this looks like the definition of fall bliss! I grew up picking oranges from my grandparents grove in California so moving to the Midwest opened up a whole new level of awesome with fall orcharding (that’s a verb, right?). I especially love the apple cider donuts at our local orchard :) I think I will have to put apple picking on our weekend fun list.

  • Casey

    I’ve always wanted to do that! So cool!

  • Kayli Schattner

    How fun! G and I are planning on visiting an apple orchard this weekend– although, I don’t know if it will be as beautiful here in AZ!

  • Lix Hewett

    Looks lovely. As do you and your sweater. And the photos, which are just beautiful!

  • Kristyn @ Milk + Crown

    Oooh, I love apple-picking! One of my favorite fall activities :) This looks like so much fun. I wish we’d have the chance to do it this year, but being in Florida makes it difficult. Hopefully next year! For now, I’m living vicariously through everyone’s awesome fall photos ;)

  • Brianna

    Ah that looks like so much fun!! And its so pretty! I wish we had orchards around here. I was just telling my boyfriend how bad I want to go do that next fall! :)

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe

    I love Fall activities like this!! And oh I bet the baked goods were good!! Yum!

  • Ashley Angle

    Beautiful colors! Looks like you had a great time. I agree that the bakery is usually the best part!!

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    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • Renata

    Apple picking looks like a ton of fun! Too bad there is no such thing here in good ol’Florida. I may be a tad jealous of that beautiful weather. Enjoy it for those of us that still have to deal with humidity, hehehe.


  • Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

    apple orchards are good enough to tempt me into moving back home. glad you finally got to taste the heaven that are apple cider donuts!

  • Victoria Clemons

    Apple picking is my favorite activity of the fall, being from Maine. I am so happy you got to enjoy it!! I did a post about it

    it is something that I have made a tradition since I was young! I hope you made some yummy treats with your apples!! And as for price, we pay $1.00 per lbs – ad one bag usually hold about 20lbs. So they are pretty on target, steep yes.


  • Sarah // The Quixotic Chica

    I don’t think I’ll be able to go apple picking this year, so I will live vicariously through this post instead. :) It’s such a perfect fall activity, and that farm looks so pretty!

  • ruzu

    Beautiful place and trees, this trip was great (i think) I wish to do something similar :D
    maybe picking pineapples, we have fields in tropical countrys jeje.

  • Nina

    I am so wishing I could get to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard this fall! Your pictures are making me totally jealous. However, neither one exists in Alaska ….. so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it’s not too late when I head to our new home on the east coast in a couple of weeks.

  • Laurie Brotherton

    yickes that is steep. when we went we got a bag that could hold 25 pounds for 12 bucks. but boston is a nicer city hahaha.
    looks like you enjoyed yourselves :)

  • Sara Louise

    It’s the perfect picture of Autumn!
    Since I grew up New York, the Autumns of my childhood were full of hayrides, pumpkin patches and apple picking… I miss it so much! France doesn’t give two hoots that it’s Autumn! They just don’t see the magic.

  • MOl S

    Beautiful autumn pictures!

  • Megan G

    We had our first apple picking experience this Fall! Like you, I felt like the price was a bit steep (18/bag plus an additional charge to rent the apple picker that let you reach apples at taller heights) but they have lasted forever! Plus, I didn’t really realize how many apples we were able to stuff in the bag. It is definitely something that we will do every year we are here!

  • Britta

    I seriously miss the fall in New England! Especially because of all the fresh apple/pumpkin baked goods you can get ;)

  • la petite lulu

    It really does look like autumn there! When we went apple picking a few months ago it was still pretty hot and the colours hadn’t come out yet. I’d be going back too just for baked goods – apple cider donuts sound goooood!

  • Fran

    Oh, that place looks wonderful!

  • Bri Renee

    beautiful photos! those apple cider donuts sound amazing. i’m hoping i can plan a trip soon to take my family to a local orchard to do some good ole’ apple picking. i’ve never been before and from the looks of it, it seems like such a fun way to soak up the beautiful outdoors. new follower on bloglovin :)