fall activities


Best Places to Leaf Peep In New England!

As the weather cools down, the beautiful autumn weather begins! While we get excited for pumpkin season, football games, and the cool crisp air, it’s time to start leaf peeping! For those who are not familiar with the term, leaf peeping is the art of traveling to those beautiful places where you see the vibrant reds, golden yellows, and bright orange colors of the fall foliage! We created a list of our favorite places to leaf peep around New England. Take a look and try to visit as many of these places as you can before its too late!

1. The Berkshires, Massachusetts.

In our home state of Massachusetts, the Berkshires is on the top of our list! While so much of western Massachusetts is stunningly beautiful, we recommend taking Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway. This 35-mile stretch of Route 20 sits at the southern part of the Berkshires. On the other side, the Mohawk trail in the northern mountains of the Berkshires hosts incredible views for some spectacular leaf peeping!

2. Route 100, Vermont

Vermont, known for it’s beautiful mountains with gorgeous views, hosts a slew of places to leaf peep. One of the most amazing drives you can take is Route 100. It expands the entire length of the state and has a wide variety of elevation, which means a ton of different colors! You’ll see deep maroon sumac trees, vivacious reds with pops of bright yellow.

3. Litchfield Hills, Connecticut

On Connecticut’s side of the Berkshires, Route 7 cuts through Litchfield Hills and adorable picturesque towns with gorgeous fall foliage all around. Following the Housatonic River, enter the village of Kent which was awarded the #1 Fall Foliage Town in New England by Yankee Magazine. While you hike your way through the scenic Kent State Park and up to the summit, be sure to take a look at Connecticut’s high waterfall on the way. Don’t have time for a hike? Not a problem. Just driving around Litchfield Hills you’ll have one of the most scenic drives in the country with trees exploding with color all around.

4. White Mountains, New Hampshire

Once you enter the White Mountain Region, you won’t be able to escape the color explosion! Almost everywhere you walk, hike, or drive, you will be surrounded by a variety of different trees creating a beautiful color landscape. From elm, to oak, to beech and birch, and the sugar maples, the scarlet reds and warm yellow leaves will leave you speechless. A quick stop off Route 175, Perch Pond will complete your experience with stunning views of the foliage.

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October Events in Massachusetts!

With the start of fall comes tons of fun fall festivities! From corn mazes, to apple festivals, to Oktoberfest, there are so many ways to get into the autumn spirit! Check out MassDrive’s favorite activities and events happening around Massachusetts this month!

Corn maze
October 5th – November 1st
Danvers, MA

Connors Farm is hosting their annual and epic corn maze. This year’s corn maze will feature a massive 7 acre “Wild, Wild, West” themed maze and so much more! Connors Farm has all the classic fall favorites such as hayrides, apple picking, and pumpkin picking. While on the other side, they offer some crazy fun activities such as pumpkin blasters, paint ball, and corn cannon in what they call the “destruction zone.” At night, wind down by the campfire with some delicious BBQ, classic New England clam chowder or some hot apple cider donuts!

Haunted house in Fall River
October 9th – November 7th
Fall River, MA

Get into your Halloween spirit with the Factory of Terror’s Haunted House! Due to a mysterious mass murder in 1856, this factory, now named Bloodworth Dungeon, has laid idol since. Only those who dare, enter at their own risk! The haunted house begins on an underground 4D blackout zone where you have to crawl your way though the “tunnel of corpses.” After escaping the 4D blackout, you will enter the phobia mayhem where you will face the fear haunting the 113 factory murder victims’ souls! This haunted house is not for those faint at heart!

Oktoberfest and Street Band
October 11th
Harvard Square, Boston

If you haven’t been yet, this year’s the year to attend the 37th Annual Oktoberfest and legendary HONK! Parade! This popular event brings in over 200,000 people all weekend long. Featuring foods from all over the world throughout 50 food vendors, vintage goods and one-of-a-kind gifts from 150 craft vendors, and lets not forget the five beer gardens! The entire event will take place on and around Harvard Square with 6 stages hosting a slew of musicians. The highlight of the event will be the HONK! Parade with bands from all over the country marching from Davis to Harvard as spectators dance along!

Oyster festival
October 17th – October 18th
Wellfleet, Cape Code

While the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the cape, make your way to the 15th annual Wellfleet OysterFest! Besides eating delicious fresh oysters- which there will be plenty of!- there are a ton of activities all weekend long. From cooking demonstrations, to walking tours, to live music, and much more there are so many ways to enjoy this beautiful beach town festival. Tickets are a very reasonable $5 dollars for a one-day pass, or $8 for a two-day pass and the proceeds go to the non-profit Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc., organization’s education scholarship fund.

Apple festival
October 17th – October 18th
Wachusett Mountain

No food represents fall in New England better than apples! Wachusett Mountain will house their 32nd annual AppleFest featuring 75 craft Fair & Farmers market booths, delicious barbecue, a climbing wall and more. There will be a ton of entertainment for the kids and Oktoberfest celebration for the adults featuring real German cuisine, live bands, and of course lots of tasty beers in the Beer Garden. Be sure to check out the scenic sky rides up the mountain to take in the beautiful fall foliage. Lastly, lets not forget with every great Apple Festival comes an epic apple pie contest!

 

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Autumn Adventures!

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Who doesn’t love the fall?  The weather cools down, football is on, and pumpkin flavored everything is back!  Oh, and not to mention all of the exciting fall activities there are!  If you’re trying to plan the perfect fall day with friends and family, we’ve got you covered, check out these different options for fun things to do across the state to get your fix of fall!

Apple Picking – This classic fall favorite never gets old, and is perfect for friends and family of all ages!  Here in Massachusetts we’re lucky enough to have tons of apple orchards to choose from.  What could be more fun than spending a sunny fall day outside, picking some apples, and then heading home to make fresh apple crisp?  Many of them offer pumpkin picking as well, so you can get all of the ingredients you need to make some amazing fall treats in one spot!

Corn Mazes – Whether you’re looking for something different to do with the kids during the day, or want to get spooked out just in time for Halloween, corn mazes are sure to be a hit with everyone.  Many of them are interactive, have trivia questions to help guide you, and all have their own unique themes!  Check out some of these corn mazes in Massachusetts and enjoy!

Haunted Drives – There’s nothing spookier than being on a dark, dismal road rumored to be haunted, especially around Halloween!  Do you dare take a drive down a road like this in Massachusetts?  As one of the oldest states in the country, we are also known as one of the most haunted, so you never know what you may see if you’re brave enough to venture down one of these spooky spots.  Take a look at some of our recommendations for haunted drives in Massachusetts, but don’t blame us when you have nightmares!

Farmers Markets – Looking for some fresh ingredients to use in your fall recipes?  Farmers markets are a great spot to find fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, flowers, maple products, cheeses, meats, eggs, honey, and much more!  Spend the day strolling through the aisles of natural products with friends, a date, or even make new friends.  Stock your fridge with yummy snacks and treat yourself to the taste of fall!  Don’t know where to go?  We’ve made it easy for you!  Here’s a list of farmer’s markets in Massachusetts.

Brewery Tours – For those of you that are 21+, brewery tours are a fun, unique way to get an inside look into the world of craft brewing.  Most breweries will even let you sample some of their creations, and these tours are usually either free or extremely affordable.  There’s a wide variety of options to choose from too, from big brewers such as Sam Adams and Harpoon, to local ones like Cisco and Wachusett Brewery.  Take a look at this full list of breweries in Massachusetts.

Which one of these activities is your favorite thing to do during the fall?  With so many options it can be hard to choose just one, so why not try them all?

Photo By: Brian Birke

It’s That Time Of Year Again, Raking Season Is Here!

It’s time for one of everyone’s favorite fall activities, raking leaves!  Kidding, but seriously it’s a dirty job and someone’s gotta do it!  We know it’s not the most ideal way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon, but hopefully these tips will make the process as quick and painless as possible.

  • Don’t begin raking until your grass stops growing, if you still need to mow your lawn, the lawn mower will break up the leaves that have already fallen, which is good for the grass.
  • Make sure you’re wearing the proper attire to rake.  Long layers are best and will protect you from getting cut up by stray sticks or branches.  You’ll also want to be sure you have gloves on.  Blisters are a very common injury resulting from raking,  gloves will stop those but they also provide some extra protection from dirt, sticks and bugs when you’re picking up the leaves.
  • You also want to make sure you have a reliable rake that won’t make the process longer.  A sturdy rake with wide tines will help you rake more leaves at a time which is a big help, and you won’t have to stop to clean it out as frequently.
  • Try to rake on a day that isn’t too windy, otherwise you’ll be raking and re-raking the same leaves over and over.  If it does happen to be windy while you’re raking, keep the wind direction in mind and try to keep your back to it so that you’re not raking leaves into the wind, otherwise the leaves will blow right back at you.
  • Wet leaves are heavier than dry ones, if you know it is going to rain the day you plan to rake, try to get to the leaves either before it rains or after it has stopped raining and the leaves have dried out.  Not only are the leaves heavier when wet, they will likely have mud or dirt all over them and make the process of raking that much more unpleasant and messy.
  • Avoid back pain by moving around frequently and avoid twisting around to rake from different angles.  Move your feet and when you pick up the leaves lift with your legs not your back.
  • Remember, you don’t necessarily need to rake every leaf off of your lawn.  Leaves that get stuck under trees or bushes can actually be a good thing because they eventually break down and provide nutrients to the soil and roots in the area.  It’s the same way leaves that are broken down by your mower can actually benefit your lawn, leaves make great compost materials as well.
  • If you have a leaf blower, it will make this job a lot easier, just be sure to wear ear protection.  Those machines can be extremely loud and if you’re right next to one for a long period of time without ear muffs it could potentially cause some damage or at the very least leave your ears ringing.
  • Try to gage how much work it will be and how long it will take to rake up your yard.  Depending on the size of your yard, you may want to break up your raking sessions into a few different weekends so you’re not overloaded with too much for one day.  If you have a smaller yard or a lot of people that are willing to help you rake, it might be easier to wait until the end of peak foliage season once the majority of leaves have fallen so that you don’t have to rake multiple times.  Figure out what scenario would be better for you, it will make the job much easier.
  • Don’t forget, raking leaves is some serious cardio so make sure that you drink plenty of fluids and try to stretch your muscles out before and after, otherwise you might be dealing with a few aches and pains the next day!

Although raking is not an easy task, these tips should lighten the load!  Try and get as many family members and friends to help as possible, many hands make for light work not to mention it would be much more fun!  Happy raking!

Photo By: Sue Talbert Photography

 

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