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We know that there’s plenty of cider and associated apple goodness arriving this weekend in Massachusetts, but if that’s not enough there’s even more autumn awesomeness heading to Virginia in just a couple of weeks. However, instead of just dedicating a few days to their festivities the state really gets into things, as they have Cider Week Virginia that runs between November 15 and November 24—actually that’s like more than just a week, cheers!
There’s a whole website dedicated to all things cider, so you can navigate toward exactly what you need. There’s listings for events, locations, news, and—best of all—hard cider. There are cheese and cider workshops, opportunities to learn about what pairs well with what, and cider flights at the vineyard. Albemarle CiderWorks, Blue Bee Cider, Bock Rock Hard Cider, are more are all getting in on the fun, and they’re eager to share—and for you to buy—some of their seasonal selections.
At this point in the season the fall festivals are becoming few and far between; however, that doesn’t mean that all the seasonal goodies are gone for the year. There’s one last chance to raise a glass of cider and toast to the autumn, as Franklin County CiderDays arrives in Franklin County, Massachusetts on November 2 and 3. This is the 19th year they’ve been running things, so at this point we can only assume that they know what they’re doing.
The festival celebrates all things cider, as orchard tours, cider making, workshops, and tastings are all part of the experience. If you enjoy apples—or just enjoy spending some time in the cool crisp air—this is probably worth your time, and best of all there’s no admission to check most things out.
"Leaf peeping" may be a cringe-worthy term, but it's a pleasing activity many of you are probably up to on the weekends right about now.
The leaves of the east coast are beginning to turn and, with them, road trip routes are planned and provisions packed. While you're out and about looking in rearview mirrors at the foliage, do not forget to stop at farmstands and bakeries along the way, since autumn in the US is perhaps the best time to indulge in seasonal baked goods.
To be precise, we have four favorite fall snacks to find along your road trip route:
We’re smack in the middle of the football season around the country, as both professional and college teams continue to hit the field on both Saturdays and Sundays. Many arrive in town to check out their teams battle away from home, and now it looks like airports are setting up to welcome them.
This week USA Today goes into detail about just exactly what some airports are doing to show their team spirit. In South Carolina one airport is all about the University of South Carolina’s football program, and airport officials even hit the overhead speakers to make announcements welcoming visitors. The team’s coach—Steve Spurrier—records things and it sounds like some messages even result in cheers within the terminal.
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So far we have celebrated the season with pumpkins, apples, and we’re still looking for you to show off your best snapshots of the fall foliage. However, as we enter the middle of all the fine fall weather we’ve got one more autumn activity for you to enjoy—corn mazes! Here’s three that will keep you busy and potentially frustrated:
Happy Day Farm – Manalapan, New Jersey
Just about an hour south of New York City sits Happy Day Farm in Manalapan, New Jersey, and when it comes to building and maintaining a corn maze they certainly know what they’re doing. This year they’re celebrating next year’s Super Bowl—which will be played in New Jersey of course—as their maze features a picture of the New York City skyline as well as an image of the trophy from the big game. The 10-acre maze opened a few weeks ago towards the end of September, but it should be going strong through October 27. It’s $13 for adults and kids—those under the age of two are free—and admission includes access to the corn stalk tunnel, pig races, and even a hayride as well.
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These days airlines and airports are doing everything they can to bring the outside inside when it comes to things offered up in the terminals and concourses. JetBlue is often leading the way with stuff like this as they’re the ones who have been running their own concert series at their home at New York’s JFK, and now they’re starting something else pretty darn neat.
The fall foliage is starting to get ridiculous across the country (okay, minus Florida and Southern California), each impressing in its own way. The trees and colors of Colorado, for example, are much different than the display you’ll see in Upstate New York.
These two photos illustrate those differences well, from the colors themselves to the vividness with which they come through. The first is from the mountains of Colorado near Glenwood Springs, and the latter from a recent trip to Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. Beautiful!
We showed you ours, now we want to see yours! Got a photo you think rivals these two? Tweet it to us @Jaunted or post it to our Facebook wall. Who knows -- it might just make an appearance on our site as we collect the best of the best in the coming weeks.
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Autumn is finally here, so grab one of those pumpkin spice latte beverages and make your way to one of the many fall festivals. This month we’re focusing on those events dedicated to all things pumpkin, so here are five picks for pumpkin festivals doing their thing this month:
Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, Ohio
Between October 16 and October 19th, one Ohio town turns into all things pumpkin. There’s a Miss Pumpkin Show that crowns a new gourd-geous—couldn’t resist, sorry—to reign over the annual festival. Farmers from around the state and region roll their pumpkins to the festival, as past winners have weighed in at well over 1,300 pounds. There’s a parade, live music, arts and crafts, and creatively arranged pumpkins and gourds all over downtown. Admission is free, but we’d bring spending cash for some of the attractions or for pumpkin this or that when you’re hungry.
Keene Pumpkin Festival – Keene, New Hampshire
We try to be fair and balanced in our assessment of this year’s pumpkin festivals, but the one in Keene, New Hampshire might just be the best thing going on this fall. They’ve got a food and craft court and a pumpkin road race, but what sets this festival apart are all the jack-o-lanterns. The town carved and brought in nearly 30,000 jack-o-lanterns last year, and they illuminate each and every one right around the town’s center. As you can imagine things look pretty darn awesome once the sun goes down, so bring your own pumpkin and head to New Hampshire on October 19th—just bring cash for parking.
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Okay—so it’s finally happened, summer has faded into the distance and now it’s time for autumn. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, and it’s time to enjoy some seasonal selection—like apples. Here are a few festivals coming up the next couple of weekends dedicated to all things Macintosh, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith:
Cory Apple Festival – Cory, Indiana
They’ve been doing things here for over forty years, and this weekend is the 44th Annual Cory Apple Festival. Things begin on Friday and run through Sunday as fish frys, hog roasts, and chicken noodle dinners will ensure you’re well fed. Arts and craft vendors will be on hand, as well as plenty of antiques and other flea market finds. As for the apples, expect plenty of opportunities to enjoy some fresh fruit and pressed cider. Just be sure to stick around for the Redneck Riding Lawnmower Demolition Derby—hilarious. This certainly is a small town festival, as organizers are quick to point out that the town lacks an ATM, which means you better BYOCash.
Up in the northern hemisphere things are starting to turn a little cooler, as we say goodbye to summer in preparation for the cooler temperatures of fall. Some of us are a little sad and not quite ready to bid a fond farewell to the longer days and all that sunshine.
However, that’s certainly not the case on the globe’s bottom half, as we’re certain they’re pumped to say see you later to the winter in preparation for the warmer weather and sunshine of spring and summer.
Ever traveled on a holiday before? It's generally pretty great, because it's the days around the holiday that see airports full of flyers headed home to celebrate. So what's the next holiday ideal for travel? Halloween!
If you can make some quick decisions, Southwest is offering 31% off flights booked for travel on Halloween, if you book it by today (September 17).
Search flights on SouthwestAir.com, enter promo code TREAT31, and remember not to pack any potentially alarming costume pieces in your luggage.
The only caveat is that you must travel round-trip, so one of those flights won't be 31% off; only the Halloween travel date is eligible. Check out the complete details.
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Technically the autumn season doesn’t begin until later this month, but let’s just say the apple orchards are more than ready. Rearrange plans and make your next stop Vermont because up there, it’s not just the fall foliage that’s attracting visitors to the Green Mountain State, but the chance to score some free gadgets while apple-picking.
The state’s pick-your-own orchards are running a promotion throughout the next several weeks where specially marked wooden apples are hidden in and around apple orchards across the state. In total there are 16 different orchards participating, and if you find the alternate apple you win a different kind of Apple—like an iPod or iPad. The state’s tourism department has actually been running something like this for a few years now, and the contest is back for the 2013 season.