As summer starts to wind down, the air gets cooler. Cozy sweaters start coming out from the back of the bureau drawers. Pumpkin spiced coffee, beer, muffins, and just about every other treat imaginable start to hit the shelves. At the farm, the leaves turn and seem to set Mount Monadnock on fire and the smell of homemade cider donuts fills the dining room. The animals start to grow thicker coats for the cold nights ahead.
1. Prime Roast & Brewbakers
Are you a coffee aficionado? Both Prime Roast and Brewbakers, located on Main Street in Keene, have some fun, fall drinks to try. What’s better? Both shops roast their own beans! If you’re interested in people watching, you can stay in the shops and watch passersby. If you’re a more active coffee drinker, you can explore the many locally owned shops on Main Street while sipping a new favorite beverage.
2. Vicuña Chocolate Factory
Interested in a fall foliage drive? Head over to Peterborough to Vicuña Chocolate Factory! On the way, you’ll pass beautiful views of the fall foliage in New Hampshire. The Vicuña Chocolate Factory is a bean to bar chocolate company that offers handcrafted chocolate bars, pastries, and sipping chocolate. Their chocolate is fair-trade and organic. This chocolate café is fun for kids and parents alike!
Are you loving the fall crafts at the farm but looking for more? Try your hand at glassblowing! Both of these studios offer lessons that allow you to create your very own glass piece. Participating not your style? Both studios also give demonstrations and have unique works of art for sale.
4. Alyson’s Orchard
Ready for some festive fall activities? Try apple picking at Alyson’s Orchard. This 450 acre property offers pick your own fruit, wagon rides, and a retail stand with fresh-baked pies, cider, and pumpkins—oh my! Located on top of a hill, the property also offers amazing views that are sure to be the background for the perfect New England, fall foliage, family snapshot.
5. Madame Sherri Forest
In the mood for a unique, autumn hike? Visit the Madame Sherri Forest and the Staircase to Nowhere. On the way, you will experience some other breathtaking views of the fall foliage. Once in Chesterfield, New Hampshire you can explore several hiking trails in the forest. Most notably on the hike, you will discover Madame Sherri’s castle, where the only pieces to remain of the once beautiful estate are the arched stone walls and staircase. It is perfect if you’re looking for a festive or spooky experience.
What’s your favorite local excursion for fall?