Every season in New England has its eating traditions, and fall – harvest time — is particularly rich. Think of the possibilities: apples and cider at fall festivals; wine and chocolate at vineyards; lobster rolls a seaside clam shacks; chocolate in dairy-rich Vermont; hearty baked beans at our classic roadside diners. Below, by state, are some of our favorite spots for you to indulge your taste buds this fall:
Chef Dinner at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. October 2
Shelburne Farms, a working farm near Lake Champlain, hosts lots of interesting events that welcome the public to see (taste, and even work at) a classic farm in full operation. On October 2, the farm hosts a Collaborative Chef Dinner by its executive chef and the chef of Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth, NH. Gorgeous views on the side. Map.
Green Mountain Coffee Visitors Center & Café, Rotarian Place in Waterbury.
Coffee is often treated like a workingman’s desk accessory. No! It should taste good! Vermont is justly proud of Green Mountain Coffee, and you’re invited to taste and buy it at the company’s café, in a Victorian Italianate train station built in 1875. Also: baked goods and sandwiches. Check out the artisan hand crafts. Map.
Farm-to-Table Dinner at Wolfe Neck Farm, Freeport, October 15
Dinner right at the farm, with the barn and the fields near at hand? How do you spell “fresh food”? We love this idea. Come celebrate the harvest season at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. Feast on the harvest of the season with Chef Josh Barry from UNION. Enjoy a seated, family-style dinner along with desserts and drinks. Map.
You can find lobster and lobster rolls almost every place in New England, but, let’s face, Maine has earned and owns the brand.
Many lobster shacks are open seasonally – summer into early fall – so get crackin’ (that’s a joke) and drive out for lobster dinner soon. At a real lobster shack, the setting is rustic and BYOB is standard.
Bishop’s Orchards, 1355 Boston Post Road in Guilford
A shoreline drive in Connecticut should get you close to this family farm, where you can fill your stomach on the spot and fill the car for snacking on the road. Stretch your muscles by picking your own apples, and pumpkins. The Wine Bar offers tastings every day, with occasional special events . Winery tours. Too! Map.
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street in Essex
If you want to step into time machine back to Colonial New England, this innis a close choice. The Inn and restaurant trace their roots to 1776, when this riverside town boomed with the building of a warship for the Revolution. Today, this comfortable eatery prepares classic American cuisine in simple, imaginative ways. Map.
Kellerhaus, Endicott Street in Weirs Beach. Open daily, year-round.
Fall is a fabulous time for a drive in the Lakes region of the Granite State. Fortify yourself with a stop at this place, a family tradition for 110 years. Enjoy homemade ice cream and scoop up handmade chocolates, caramels, maple products and nuts for your ride. Tackle your Christmas shopping list at the gift shop: candles, steins, jewelry. Map.
Moonlight Meadery, 3 Londonderry Road in Londonderry
Mead – you’ve heard it mentioned in sagas and epic poems. Come visit Moonlight Meadery, a craft brewery in Londonderry, and you’ll learn how mead is made and taste samples. Guided tours are offered every day. The meadery also produces delicious ciders. You’re looking for adventure, right? Map.