Apples are, without a doubt, one of America's favorite fruits. They're grown all over the country and used in more recipes than you can even begin to imagine, with one of the best things about apples being how versatile they are and how many different uses they can have. The classic examples like apple pie and apple tart are timeless desserts we all known and love, but apples can also be added to savory dishes in many different ways, as well used to create all kinds of different concoctions that the whole family can enjoy, as well as being used for cider, wine, juice, and more. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


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No matter how you like the apples, the best way to get them is to actually head out to a local farm or orchard and pick them for yourself, with hundreds of different apple picking locations being found in key apple production states, especially up in New England, where the soil and weather are just right for the growth of dozens of different apple varieties. Connecticut is a prime example.

In fact, Connecticut has a rich history associated with apples, as it was the home of the first ever apple pie recipes, which were published back at the end of the 18th century in 'American Cookery', the first American cookbook ever written. The state is home to a long list of amazing apple orchards and farms offering pick-your-own fun for all the family, with dozens of different apples often grown at each location and apple picking season typically running through from the end of the summer into the start of winter each year.

Some of the top apple varieties you can find in CT include Gala, Empire, Jonagold, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Baldwin, Zestar, Braeburn, Mutsu, Irda Red, and Rome, with many others also found around the state. If you're looking to enjoy some authentic apple picking fun in New England, CT is the place to be. See below for details and info on some of the best apple picking spots in Connecticut and start planning your next apple picking trip today.

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2.Rogers Orchards

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Located not too far outside of Hartford, Rogers Orchards is one of the best rated apple picking locations in all of Connecticut and has been highly praised by many generations of apple pickers over the years. This apple orchard has been running since the early 19th century, meaning that no less than eight generations of family members have been working on the land and providing apples to the local community and beyond.

Rogers Orchards grows a vast range of apple varieties including Macoun, Empire, Cortland, McIntosh, Gala, Honeycrisp, Ginger Gold, Jersey Mac, Ida Red, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Spencer, Crispin, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Rome. You can pick all these apples, and plenty more, during the apple picking season, which usually starts towards the end of August and runs through towards the end of November. As well as the apple picking, you can also stop off at the orchard bakery for some fresh treats, straight from the oven.

336 Long Bottom Rd, Southington, CT 06489, Phone: 860-229-4240

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3.Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard

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Not too far from key coastal cities like Milford, Bridgeport, Fairfield, and more, Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard is another very highly rated apple picking location for the great state of Connecticut. Offering some of the finest apple cider in the whole state and a great range of other treats too, this apple orchard is a wonderful place for people of all ages to come and spend some time.

The apple varieties you can hope to find at Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard include Gala, Liberty, Empire, Macoun, McIntosh, Cortland, Mutsu, Northern Spy, Red Delicious, Crimson Topaz, Rome, Winesap, Enterprise, and Braeburn. This orchard also has plans to start growing some traditional European cider varieties in the years to come in order to expand its offerings and provide even more awesome experiences for guests.

278 Leavenworth Rd, Shelton, CT 06484, Phone: 203-926-1098

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4.Lyman Orchards

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Situated in Middlefield, a relatively short and scenic drive south of Hartford, Lyman Orchards is an extensive farm and orchard offering a huge variety of seasonal fruit to be picked and enjoyed by all guests, including a super selection of apples. The amazing thing about this apple picking spot isn't just the apples it has to offer, but the huge range of extra activities that can be enjoyed here too.

Lyman Orchards has no less than three golf courses, as well as a seasonal store with a changing array of goods to suit the time of year, multiple special events like fall festivals and the 'Spring Apple Hunt', the 'Apple Barrel' store selling an enormous range of goods and produce, hard cider sales, and more. As for the apples themselves, you'll find a dozen different varieties at this CT orchard, with apple picking season running from Mid-August through to the end of October, and the staff will only be too happy to share recipe ideas, storage solutions, and general tips to help you make the most of every apple you pick.

32 Reeds Gap Rd, Middlefield, CT 06455, Phone: 860-349-1793

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More Ideas in CT: Madison Beach Hotel

From the Curio Collection, by Hilton, comes the Madison Beach Hotel in Madison Connecticut. Sitting on the picturesque Connecticut shoreline, this hotel is rated as AAA Four Diamond. It has its secluded beach, multiple dining options like The Porch and the award-winning Wharf, a 24-hour fitness center, and the Sounds of the Sea spa. Hotel guests will be met with luxury amenities, plush bed furnishings, and private balconies overlooking the Long Island Sound.


All the guest rooms at the Madison Beach Hotel have been designed to offer views of the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound. Hotel guests will also have their own private, furnished balcony that they can relax on while enjoying the ocean breeze.

The beds are fitted with plush, comfortable linens (300 thread count), comforters, and pillows (non-allergenic feather). The rooms offer either king-sized, queen-sized, or two double sized beds. Additional rollaway beds are provided on request.

Each guest room has its private bathroom, made from elegant Italian marble. The larger rooms offer a separate soak tub and rain shower, while the smaller rooms have a tub/shower combination. The hotel provides complimentary bathrobes for guests to use while visiting. Each bathroom is well lit with lighted makeup/shaving mirrors and complimentary shampoo, conditioner, and body soap.

Some of the in-room amenities include large working computer desks with lamps, mini fridges, an alarm clock and MP3 player, a coffee maker with a selection of coffees and teas, and an ironing board with an iron. The most massive room available, the king bedroom with a view of the Long Island Sound - which comes in at 475 square feet, also offers hotel guests an electric fireplace. All rooms are air-conditioned with an adjustable thermostat so that hotel guests can set the place to their preference.

Rooms also all come with complimentary wireless internet access, and cable channels (including complimentary HBO, CNN, and ESPN) on the 37-inch LCD flat screen televisions.

Daily housekeeping services are provided (although guests can opt out by placing the “do not disturb” sign on the door), as well as providing turn down and refresh services on request.

All rooms at the hotel, as well as all public areas, are non-smoking.

Amenities and Services

The Madison Beach Hotel provides a variety of amenities and services for both business and personal use.

Business guests to the hotel can use the audio/visual rental equipment, complimentary printing services and printers, express mail, fax machines, meeting rooms, and photocopying service. Video conferencing is available on request.

Private hotel guests can make use of the hotel’s automated teller machines (ATMs), baggage storage, bar area, complimentary beverages, a fully staffed multi-lingual concierge desk, digital keys, electric service, elevators, gift shop, laundry and valet facilities, room service, and safety deposit boxes.


The hotel prides itself on its accessibility to guests with all different ability levels and needs. The hotel starts by providing accessible parking and continues with offering accessible public areas, guest rooms with 32 inches of clearance, audible alerts and braille in the elevators, and available assisted listening devices. It complies with all ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines. Service animals are always welcome.

However, guests with disabilities should be aware that there is no accessible route from the public hotel entrance to the swimming pool, and the pool itself is not available.


The Madison Beach Hotel provides guests with a variety of different dining experiences without needing to leave the premises.

On the outside of the hotel with views of the Long Island Sound is The Porch. Heated all year round so guests can enjoy dining al fresco without having to worry about the weather, The Porch offers scenic views to go with their fresh, local menu. All dining options are available for guests.

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For hotel guests looking for a casual, yet elegant dining experience, there is The Wharf. With an award-winning executive chef cooking up delicious, local farm to table cuisine and views of the Long Island Sound, The Wharf is the most famous restaurant in the hotel. The menu was designed with a contemporary flair, and the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as smaller dessert and bar bites menus.

The Wharf Bar is also available for hotel guests who want to enjoy a drink or a snack without having a full, sit down meal. The bar features a variety of spirits, craft beers on draft, specialty cocktails, and wines served by the glass. There is even a special Crow’s Nest two seat high top area attached to the end of the bar, which is a throwback to the previous design of the Madison Beach Hotel.

The Wine Room features one of the most distinctive and unique wine collections in the state of Connecticut. This sophisticated room, covered with walnut millwork and wine cabinets, has two separate areas for hotel guests to enjoy wine - The Big Table and The Nook. The Big Table offers hotel guests a place to enjoy wine as well as small sampling bites paired with each guest. The Nook is a more intimate space, which can fit six guests at a time.

Hotel guests can also purchase a breakfast included package when booking their room. The packages include breakfast for two, which can be either healthy or decadent.

In-room dining is also available.

Fitness Center and Yoga Studio

There is both a fitness center and a yoga studio located in the Madison Beach Hotel. Guests can go and work hard at the fitness center any time of day. The staff at the yoga studio provides yoga instruction, in both class and private settings, either in the studio or out at the beach. Guests looking to reserve a place should contact the front desk to schedule.


The Sounds of the Sea spa at the Madison Beach Hotel on the third floor, provides both hotel guests and outside guests the opportunity to relax and unwind. The experienced spa therapists offer individual consultations and services seven days a week.

Guests can choose from the Soothing Waves relaxation, the Deep Sea therapeutic, sports, hot stone, motherhood prenatal (provided the guests is out of her first trimester of pregnancy), and couples massages.

There are also four different facials - the Hydra Blue energizing, Sounds of the Sea Signature, Citylife Brightening, and even a Whiskey facial.

Three body treatments are also available - the Long Island Sound Scrub with brown sugar, Detoxifying Mud Wrap, and Bourbon Body Bubbler Scrub.

While guests are not required to make reservations, because of the limited number of spaces available, and the traffic the hotel's features receive, they are highly encouraged.

Spa getaway packages are available, which provides hotel guests with a spa credit that they can use toward any treatment or service, as well as a beverage and food credit.


The Madison Beach Hotel has an attended beach just outside its doors. Hotel guests get beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas. When the weather is warmer, the hotel offers live music, movies under the stars, and firepits to make smores. Guests can also have a variety of beverage, lunch, and bar menu options delivered right to them when the weather permits. Also, during the summer, frozen fruit and cold lavender facial cloths are provided daily.

Local Attractions

Visitors are welcome to explore the many attractions located near the Madison Beach Hotel. Guests can visit the Long Island Sound or the RJ Julia booksellers (independently owned and operated), as well as an outlet shopping area, and multiple downtown Madison specialty stores including boutiques and antique shops.

If the coastline at the hotel is not enough, the Hammonasset Beach State Park is located a few miles away and has miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline. Also, nearby is the Meigs Point Nature Center and a few other state parks.

Hotel guests can also visit the Chamard Vineyard, which is a farm, winery, and bistro. The vineyard features a tasting room, special events, and a French-inspired menu in their dining area. Nearby is also the Bishop’s Orchard Farm Market and Winery. Bishop’s allows guests to pick their strawberries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries, pears, apples, and pumpkins. They also offer tastings and give tours daily.

Located a few steps from the hotel is the Madison Country Club. The course is 18 holes with four different teeing options that range from 5005 to 6520 yards at the tips. It was established in the 1900s by now famous golf course architect, Willie Park, Junior. It is well maintained and open to members of the public as of 2014.

94 West Wharf Road, Madison, CT, 06443,Phone: 203-245-1404

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More Ideas in CT: Whaler's Inn

The Whaler’s Inn is located in Mystic, Connecticut and is proud to be Mystic’s largest downtown boutique hotel. Whaler’s Inn can be found just a few feet away from the Bascule Drawbridge and the Mystic River, making its magical location and recently renovated rooms and suites the ideal place to find comfort, tranquility and relaxation.


-Main Inn Premiere Guestrooms – These featured guestrooms boast a more spacious room layout along with the many windows that provide guests with a view of historic Mystic downtown. In each room, guests can find either a queen-size or king-size bed, as well as an extra sleeping area for additional guests. This additional sleeping area can vary from a king trundle bed to a single pull out, depending upon the room. For more specific details about the Premiere Guestrooms, guests can contact the Whaler’s Inn.

-Main Inn Junior Suite – This Suite was designed specifically with kids in mind. Guests can find a queen-size bed for adults in the main area as well as youth bunk beds in the separated alcove space. The kid alcove area includes a television complete with exclusive Roku access. The Main Inn Junior Suite includes a bathroom with combined bath/shower.

-Main Inn Queen Guestroom – This guestroom varies in size, however averages at about 300sf. The Queen Guestroom features a bathroom with a wall mounted TV. Guests can also take advantage of complimentary Internet and cable television during their stay. Unique design features and accommodations of the Main Inn Queen Guestroom include tin ceiling, candlestick phones and Crossly radios.

Guests who lodge at the Main Inn can enjoy a wide variety of amenities. Some of these amenities include:

-Controlled heat/air-conditioning

-Premium toiletries

-Keurig coffee machine

-Hair dryer

-USB outlets

-Iron and ironing board

-Complimentary wireless Internet

-40” television

-Plush linens

-The Hoxie House Deluxe Guestrooms – These 400sf guestrooms were designed with romance in mind, featuring a soaking bathtub, gas fireplace and views of the Bascule Drawbridge and Mystic River. Guests can choose either a queen or king-size guestroom. All other standard amenities and accommodations, including flat screen televisions, in-room refrigerator and gas fireplace, among others, are included in The Hoxie House Deluxe Guestrooms.

-Stonington House King/Two Queen Guestroom – Known for its quieter, more tranquil location, these guestrooms feature a king-size bed or two queen-size beds with a spacious double stall, hand tiled shower. The Two Queen Guestrooms can be found on the first floor of the Whaler’s Inn, with close proximity to the parking lot. Guests at the Stonington House can enjoy both a quiet location as well as views of Mystic downtown. These rooms are 300sf and include all of the standard amenities and accommodations offered at the Whaler’s Inn.

-The Noank House – At this House, guests can choose between two different room layouts. The first option includes two queen-size beds and the second option includes a king-size bed with a full-size sofa sleeper. Guestrooms at the Noank House are unique for their large, inviting porch entrance. These rooms are approximately 300sf and also include all standard amenities and accommodations offered at the Whaler’s Inn.


-Red 36 – This restaurant is famous for its featured seafood platters. Named the “Seafood-centric” hidden gem of Mystic, Connecticut, guests are guaranteed to find something to satisfy their taste buds. Outdoor seating is available at the Red 36. Guests overlook the great Mystic River while they dine.

-Engine Room – This restaurant is most popular for their bourbon and beer collection. Diners from all over also continue to return for their famous Sunday brunch.

-Bravo Bravo – This restaurant is located on-site at the Whaler’s Inn. Bravo Bravo has a Northern Italian style cuisine and an extensive wine collection.

The Oyster Club – This restaurant is located on Water Street, and is most loved for its casual yet elegant dining atmosphere. Guests can dine assured of their farm-to-table prepared food, full of fresh, organic ingredients.

Chapter One Fine Food and Drink – This restaurant is located on Main Street. Its menu features small plates, freshly caught fish and dry-aged prime steaks.

Margaritas – This restaurant is the ideal balance of kid-friendly and adult meals and beverages. Its cuisine provides diners with the authentic tastes of Mexico in Mystic, Connecticut.

Pizzetta – This pizzeria is known for its uniquely prepared handmade pizzas, many of which are dairy-free and gluten-free. The chefs at the Pizzetta are always aware of diners who may have food allergies, limitations or dietary restrictions. Pizzetta can be found on Water Street.

20 East Main Street, Mystic, Connecticut 06355, Phone: 860-536-1506

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