3 of the Best Places to Go Apple Picking in Western MA

Apple picking in Western MA is a favorite autumn activity. During October, apples are ripe for the picking here near Brook Farm Inn. We are surrounded by some beautiful orchards in every corner of our state, but Western MA really stands out as an apple picking destination. There’s no better way to get into the autumn spirit! This is a great date activity for a romantic vacation with your significant other. It is also a great place to go with friends and to indulge in your just-picked fruits right after either as a refreshing, juicy treat or as a warm cider. It will be so much more rewarding to enjoy those apples after you have picked them yourself! Here are a few of our favorite places to go apple picking in Western MA.

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3 Places to Go Apple Picking in Western MA

Hilltop Orchards in Richmond

There are so many great locations to go apple picking in Western MA. However, if you’re looking for a place very close to Brook Farm, then Hilltop Orchards is a great choice. Just over 15 minutes away, Hilltop Orchards offer 26 different types of apples, with most available for the pick-your-own option. There are also bags of apples on sale at the Farm Winery Store. To keep with the fall festivities, Hilltop Orchards also offers hayrides on weekends through the orchards. You can pick anywhere from a half-peck to a half-bushel for a price range between $6 and $18. After you’re done in the orchards, you can then come try a drink at the on-site Furnace Brook Winery. Many of the apples grown in the orchards are used to produce fresh pressed cider and the award-winning Johnny Mash hard cider. Try one of these varieties, or indulge in a fresh fruit pie, scone, or apple cider donut from the Farm Winery Store.

Roberts’ Hillside Orchard in Granville

One of the best places for apple picking in MA is Roberts’ Hillside Orchard in Granville. Here, you will have the chance to select over 25 varieties of apples, peaches, raspberries, and blackberries each fall. Apples include MacIntosh, Empire, Red Delicious, Honey Crisp, Gala, Macoun, and more! The best part about this orchard, however, is the family history. The land was granted by King George II of England back in 1740, and the Roberts family built the still-working farm that stands there today. Pick your own apples to become just a piece of that history!

Outlook Farm in Westhampton

Another great location for apple picking in Western MA is Outlook Farm in Westhampton. Though it is a bit more of a drive from Brook Farm Inn (about an hour), Outlook Farm is renowned for its great fall apple picking! Outlook not only boasts some beautiful orchards and land but also a year-round farm market with fresh meats. You can also sample some hard cider and craft beer during your visit, sometimes accompanied by live music! This homestead was built in 1781 and has served as a tavern, stagecoach stop, dance hall, and then farm. Now, surrounded by orchards and gardens and featuring a butcher shop, country store, and restaurant, Outlook Farm is quite popular. Enjoy picking your own unique, full-flavored apples on over 30 acres of orchards. Then, indulge in a few old-time recipes in the country store, including apple pie made from scratch!

Stay at Brook Farm Inn

Apple picking in Western MA is just one of many outdoor activities you can enjoy throughout the entire year! Here at Brook Farm Inn, we provide a retreat in the beautiful Berkshires, which offer so much to explore. For more to see and do in the area, download our free vacation guide. Hope to see you soon!

The Best Things About Furnace Brook Winery

The Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards combines the roots and the product all in one place. The 200-year-old historic property in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts features huge open spaces for apple picking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing among other local activities. Gorgeous hilltop views expand across the orchards, and cider donuts are made daily from the farm’s cold pressed cider, along with other baked goods such as fruit pie, scones, and preserves. Come enjoy, of course, some delicious wine, along with other treats at the Furnace Brook Winery and Hilltop Orchards! Here are just a few of the best features of the Furnace Brook Winery.

Furnace Brook Winery Wines

At the Furnace Brook Winery, you will find a variety of beverages to partake in. One of these is an authentic hard apple cider using estate grown New England apples, such as McIntosh, Northern Spy, and Golden Russett. Dubbed the Johnny Mash, this cider became the initial success of the Furnace Brook Winery back in the late 1980s, before the trade was expanded to include a wide range of wines using varietal grapes. Some of these include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, White Zinfandel, Sparkling Moscato, and Chardonnay. The French style cider, apple ice wine, and Johnny Mash are still made from Hilltop Orchards fresh pressed cider. Taste any of the Furnace Brook Winery wines for free, and add an additional 5 tastings for just $5!

Hilltop Orchards Apple Picking

An important ingredient of Furnace Brook Winery’s cider is Hilltop Orchards apples. During your visit to the winery, you can indulge in some apple picking along with a wine tasting. Open daily from 9am-5pm, Hilltop Orchards grows 26 different types of apples and incorporates eco-farming methods and IPM strategies to produce yummy, no-reside apples. Along with apple picking opportunities, there are free hayrides from 11am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays from Labor Day until Columbus Day weekend.

Full Moon Hikes

The Furnace Brook Winery and Hilltop Orchards also offer full moon hikes and bonfires. The next one is set for June 18, 2016 at 8:30pm. These popular hikes are led by a guide and last about 1-1.5 hours, incorporating Native American traditions relating to moonlight. There will also be a bonfire, wine tasting, and entertainment following the full moon hike. Be sure to wear layers and the right footwear for this escapade, and only adults 21 and older are allowed. You can register on the website if you’re interested!

Furnace Brook Winery Weddings

Looking for a wedding venue? Check out the Furnace Brook Winery and Hilltop Orchards for a one-of-a-kind beautiful setting in the Berkshires. Along with weddings, the winery and orchards also host wine tasting parties with hors d’oeuvres, BBQs, S’mores roasts, elegant sit-down dinners under the stars, and picnics in the apple orchard!

After the Furnace Brook Winery

After your time at the Furnace Brook Winery, see what else the Berkshires have to offer! Then, once you’re done exploring for the day, return to Brook Farm Inn for an intimate evening at a luxurious bed and breakfast. Then, wake up refreshed and ready to embark on new adventures in the morning. For more to do in the area, download our free vacation guide!