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How to Make the Most of the Fleeting Fall Weather

The air is turning crisp and the leaves are turning shades of red and gold, which means another perfect Finger Lakes fall has arrived. The Lake House offers the perfect cozy getaway, and puts you in easy reach of quintessential autumn activities like apple picking, pumpkin patch visits, and cider tastings. Here’s some of our favorite local stops put on your must-do list, before coming back to the Lake House to curl up in front of the fire or relax with a spa treatment.

 

Pick Apples and Sip Cider

One of our favorite local orchards, The Victor Apple Farm, offers the classic experience of heading into the trees to pick your own crisp varieties like Macoun and McIntosh. While you’re there, you can also stock up on their fresh apple cider, pressed right in front of your eyes and best enjoyed with one of their golden, hot apple cider doughnuts. Swing by the gift shop to stock up on other locally-harvested products like rich maple syrup and honey from Rex’s Apiary. 

If you take the scenic route in the other direction, Wager’s Cider Mill in Penn Yan is perched on the edge of Keuka Lake and also offers idyllic apple picking and refreshing jugs of cider. Make sure to try their unique fresh grape juice, pressed from local Concord and Niagara grapes, which are more typically made into wines. Their doughnut offerings also go beyond the usual cinnamon sugar and include fun fall flavors like cinnamon, pumpkin, and maple as well.

 

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

No visit to Long Acre Farms would be complete without testing your skills in their Amazing Maize Maze, a local October tradition for many and an essential stop if you’re traveling with kids. Open weekends until Halloween, the extensive maze also opens on certain evenings for spooky moonlight trips that can be made even more special with the rental of your own private fire pit with room for up to 10 guests. Keep an eye on their events calendar for special happenings like cookie decorating for kids and an autumnal murder mystery dinner in early November.                     

 

Arbor Hill GraperMake Your Own Jack-o-Lantern

The sprawling pumpkin patches of Pick’n’Patch offer tons of varieties for you to choose from. This family-friendly spot also offers play attractions like slides, a tiny train, and a smaller corn maze that’s perfect for little ones with shorter attention spans. Don’t leave without stopping by the petting zoo, where kids can get up close with sheep, goats, and cows. It’s the perfect place for a day of rustic all-ages fun—served with a side of salty-sweet kettle corn.