Apple picking is so much fun for all the family and is a simply unmissable fall activity. Fall just isn’t complete without a scenic drive up to an orchard or farm and a few peaceful hours among the apple trees. It’s one of the most traditional American pastimes of them all, but it’s stood the test of time and remains highly popular even in the 21st century. We all spend a lot of our lives online and in sprawling city locations, but it can feel great to head out to an apple orchard with all the family and get away from the noise of modern life for some old-timey fun. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


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Everyone knows that New York is a super state for apple picking. Apples are the official fruit of NY, the state’s biggest city is named ‘The Big Apple’, and there are various apple festivals and special events held in New York each and every year. The state’s climate provides the ideal conditions for apple growing, and many orchards have been operating up and down the state for decades now. Upstate NY is a particularly prosperous spot for apples, with a long list of varieties growing very successfully in this region. So, if you’re looking to do some apple picking in upstate NY sometime soon, there are a lot of excellent orchards and farms to choose from.

Best Apple Picking Spots in Upstate NY

NY is arguably the best state in all of America to grow and pick apples, so you have a lot of options if you’re looking for a good apple orchard in upstate New York. All around cities like Buffalo and Rochester, lots of super apple picking locations are waiting to warmly welcome visitors of all ages. We’ve taken a look at the various orchards in this region of the state in order to help you find the best one. Read on for some brief overviews of our favorite upstate NY apple picking locations.

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2.Owen Orchards Cider Mill and Farm Market

Owen Orchards Cider Mill and Farm Market
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For apple picking in Cayuga County, Owen Orchards is one of the top spots to be. This apple picking location has been serving upstate NY for many years, offering a long list of over a dozen different apple varieties to enjoy. Some of the varieties you can pick at this location include Honeycrisp, Cortland, Gala, Macoun, Empire and Red Delicious. Pumpkins and squashes can also be picked at Owen Orchards, with homemade products like cider, apple donuts, baked goods, and of course several thousand bushels of freshly-picked apples available for purchase. Additional activities at this location include wagon rides, orchard tours, and the possibility to organize private events like birthday parties.

8174 Grant Ave, Weedsport, NY 13166, Phone: 315-252-4097

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3.Lone Maple Farm

Lone Maple Farm

This Broome County apple picking location offers much more than just apple picking. You can also visit the farm market for a huge range of tasty goods or check out the on-site bakery for some delicious treats fresh from the oven. A winery is also located on site, with homemade apple cider bottles also available for purchase. The U-Pick apple orchards at Lone Maple Farm include varieties like Empire, Cortland, Northern Spy, Honeycrisp, and Macoun. Even when apple picking season ends, many bushels of apples can still be purchased from the store.

2001 Hawleyton Rd, Binghamton, NY 1390, Phone: 607-724-6877

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4.Altamont Orchards, Inc

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This family owned and operated apple farm has been in business for more than five decades now and is one of the best apple picking spots in Albany County. Altamont Orchards is surrounded by scenic surroundings and has some very attractive prices on its apple picking services too, with a lot of tasty apple varieties waiting to be picked like Red Delicious, Crispin, and Fuji. This farm's sweet apple cider is too delicious to miss out on, and a lot of great products can be bought from the farm market including apple cider donuts, apple bies, apple breads, and much more. A cute little greenhouse is also located on-site, with lots of beautiful flowers growing inside.

6654 Dunnsville Rd, Altamont, NY 12009, Phone: 518-861-6515

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5.Apple Hills

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For an authentic, apple picking experience in upstate New York, Apple Hills is a must-visit location. This place is 100% focused on apples, but has a lot of different activities and services to offer, including an apple cafe serving great country-style food, an apple shop selling plenty of homemade goods and tasty products, and, of course, a whole lot of apple trees just waiting to be explored. This Broome County location offers the perfect setting for a crisp fall day of apple picking enjoyment.

131 Brooks Rd, Binghamton, NY 13905, Phone: 607-729-2683

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Best Apple Picking in Upstate NY

More Ideas: The Inns of Aurora

The Inns of Aurora are three distinct elegant properties located in Aurora, New York, in the Finger Lakes region. The Aurora Inn, the E.B. Morgan House, and the Rowland House all offer luxurious accommodations with modern amenities in fine homes overflowing with history, antiques, and fine art.

The first of the properties, the Aurora Inn, was built in 1833 by Colonel Edward Barber Morgan, the co-founder of The New York Times and American Express. It was designed as an inn for travelers along the Erie Canal. It has been extensively renovated to add sumptuous amenities while maintaining the flavor of its Federal-style architecture which was so popular in the early years of the American Republic. This fine white-columned building is graced with stone terraces, Oriental rugs, rich wood, fine fabrics, and simple and charming decor are spread throughout the common areas and guest rooms.

The E.B. Morgan House was the private residence of the magnate and his family. The exterior boasts wide, rolling lawns, and broad lakeside porches, while the interior is lit with bold colors and fine modern art.

Rowland House, set on the eastern shores of Lake Cayuga, was built by Alonzo Morgan Zabriskie in 1903. A classical Greek temple, magnificent trees, and sweeping lake views will delight all who stay there. Rowland House's rooms are decorated in bold colors, have clear vistas of the lake, and are decorated with unique designs and ceramics of the Mackenzie-Childs artists.

All three properties of The Inns of Aurora have luxurious guest rooms. Guests are treated to marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and DVD players tucked discreetly into armoires, Bose stereos, high-speed wireless internet, Frette linens, spa-quality bath products, and thick terry robes. Many rooms have gas fireplaces. Complimentary morning coffee – free-trade and organic – and locally baked muffins are available for all guests.

Guests of all three properties are welcome to come to the Aurora Inn and use its lakeside fire pit, which is surrounded by comfortable Adirondack chairs; and all guests are invited to use the Aurora Inn's canoes, kayaks, and bicycles in season, and its snowshoes and sleds on snowy winter days. There is also an open dock for boating and swimming.

The Aurora Inn

Accommodations at The Aurora Inn face either the lake or the charming village of Aurora. All rooms have gas fireplaces, marble bathrooms, sitting areas, and balconies with rocking chairs and swings. The Lake View rooms have large windows for increased enjoyment of the landscape. Both Lake View and Village View rooms are available with queen or king beds.

The Lake View King Suite is accessed by a private staircase, and has a bedroom and separate sitting room. This suite offers an in-room wet bar, a fridge, and a deep whirlpool bath with skylights.

The Double Suite is also accessed by private stairway, and has two double beds. This suite has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, a sitting area, a wet bar, a fridge, and a deep whirlpool with skylights.

Children are welcome at The Aurora Inn.

The E.B. Morgan House

Rooms at the E.B. Morgan House face either the lake or the pretty village of Aurora. Rooms are available with king or queen beds. Room 1 is a Village View Queen with high ceilings, wood paneling, a queen-sized four-poster bed, a sitting area, and is handicap-accessible. Room 2 is a Lake View Queen with a four-poster bed, a twin sleeper sofa, and a step-down marble bathroom with heated floors. Room 3 is a Lake View Queen with wrap-around windows, and Room 4 is a Village View Queen, with a canopy bed, a gas fireplace, and a unique curved wardrobe. Room 5 is a Village View King with a double shower and a gas fireplace. Rooms 6 and 7 are a Village View Queen and a Lake View King respectively.

The E.B. Morgan House welcomes guests over the age of 14.

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Rowland House

Rowland House's decor is colorful and original. Guests may choose from rooms with a variety of bright color schemes. Room 1, a Lake View Queen, is a fresh, nautically-themed room with heated floors in its marble bathroom. Room 2, a Village View King, is delightfully decorated with yellow wallpaper and accessories. Room 3, a Lake View Queen, is fitted with natural wicker seating, original Birdseye Maple wood furnishings, and a view of the lake and the Grecian temple. Room 4 is a Lake View King, and features an antique Chinese armoire and a bright pink color scheme. Room 5, a Lake View King, blends neutral tones with red accents, and offers lake views from the shower. Room 6, a Lake View Queen, has deep windowsills, a chaise lounge for comfortable lazing, and bright fuchsia walls.

Room 7, a Village View Queen, is vibrant with fuchsia walls, pink and orange seating, and hand-painted furniture. Room 8, a Lake View Queen, has walls and ceilings hand-painted by artists from Mackenzie-Childs in a black and white check. Room 9, a Lake View Double, is a gable room with decor inspired by the hand-painted rooms of Russia. Room 10, a Village View Queen, is tucked under a gable, decorated playfully in yellow and red, has a reading nook overlooking the lake, and an antique writing desk.

The Aurora Inn Dining Room seats its guests in the indoor dining room or outside on the veranda. Its chefs focus on farm-to-table dining and use local wine grapes, organic locally-sourced vegetables, artisanal cheeses, and grass-fed beef. The restaurant serves award-winning American cuisine and has a wine list including Finger Lakes vintages. The Aurora Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and on Saturday and Sunday for brunch.

The Fargo Bar and Grill is directly across the street from The Aurora Inn. It serves casual food in a laid-back atmosphere, and patrons can play pool or throw horseshoes at the outdoor pitch.

Directly adjacent to The Aurora Inn is the Village Market. It offers carry-out meals for guests, including entrees, soups, chili, and chowders.

Dorie's Bakery, in the village of Aurora, supplies The Aurora Inn with all its baked goods, and since 1920 has been serving the surrounding area with coffee, pastries, cookies, sandwiches, and local ice cream.

Beautiful weddings are held at The Inns of Aurora year-round, both indoors and outside on the shores of Cayuga Lake. All of the properties can provide catering and can recommend local services.

The Aurora Inn seats 96 guests in its Lakeside Room for plated dinners, or 125 guests for cocktail receptions. When the weather is pleasant, the doors of the Lakeside Room can be opened onto a terrace overlooking the lake, giving wedding guests a place to sip cocktails and to dance. For guests who prefer an outdoor reception, The Aurora Inn provides white tents which hold 200 guests, and have high ceilings, white lights, and a wide wooden dance floor to protect against inclement weather.

The E.B. Morgan House is ideal for small weddings. Its dining room can seat 14 guests for a five-course meal, or 25 guests for a cocktail reception.

At Rowland House, the Grecian temple is available for ceremonies or for cocktail or buffet receptions for up to 50 people. Indoors, the dining room of Rowland House can seat 22 people for dinner.

All three of The Inns at Aurora are available for meeting space. The Aurora Inn seats 36 people in a classroom-style environment, or 120 people for theater-style presentations. Rowland House has an executive boardroom, and the E.B. Morgan House has private meeting spaces. All of the properties have state of the art audio-visual equipment and support staff to assist in making business meetings run smoothly.

On warm days, borrowing a kayak or canoe and paddling into the quiet atmosphere of Cayuga Lake is a wonderful way to spend time. Guests can also rent boats, or bring their own, docking them at The Aurora Inn's private dock. The lake is a lovely place to swim and cool off in the summer. Fishing charters are available, and the bounty of the lake includes rainbow, brown, and lake trout, as well as Atlantic salmon. Away from the water, guests can borrow bicycles from the inn and explore bike trails, or golf at the Wells College 9-hole golf course. In the winter, there are snowshoes and sleds available for family fun, and several ski resorts nearby offer both downhill and cross-country skiing.

History lovers will enjoy the wealth of opportunities in the Aurora region. The Women's Rights National Historic Park includes the National Women's Hall of Fame, and the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leader of the suffrage movement. The Harriet Tubman home is nearby, and visitors can find out about this celebrated conductor on the Underground Railway. The Willard Memorial Chapel, built in 1894, is the only church to have all of its glass designed and installed by the great Louis Comfort Tiffany.

391 Main Street, Aurora, NY 13026, Phone: 315-364-8888

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More Ideas: Western New York Book Arts Center

The Western New York Book Arts Center, located in Buffalo, New York, is a fantastic and unique opportunity to take an in-depth and interesting look into the world of print and the various different forms and works that come from the written word. It’s a manual for the art of creating a physical property in a world that has progressively moved into more digital spheres.

Working primarily in the realms of conservation and education, the WNYBAC offers curriculum-specific field trips that hope to educate the next generation with an enriching experience that highlights the place that the written word has in our past, present, and future. The activities and learning on offer can be tailored to the needs or requirements of the trip and the main areas covered look at the various aspects of letterpress printing, bookmaking, and screen printing. The cost is $10 per student for one activity, with a discounted rate for two activities at $12 per student. They also offer on-site instruction in utilizing their mobile printing unit; for further details or for booking information you can visit the website.

The workshops offered by the talented instructors on the site vary but are open to all skill levels and interests and you can be sure to find something that will suit. Prices are dependent on the particular workshop, and you can find a full schedule of upcoming events on the WNYBAC website.

Throughout the year, the WNYBAC also offers a range of events and exhibitions that cover not only the production of new works but also champion and highlight fine pieces of art and literature that have inspired and impressed. The annual book fest is one such event, but there are plenty more, from kite flying to live music, so be sure to keep yourself up to date with their upcoming schedule.

There are also exhibitions throughout the year that showcase the work of members of the WNYBAC; these are free to attend and usually provide a wealth of talent from multiple disciplines, styles, and vocations. A large majority of the work exhibited has been curated from the workshops and education provided by the centre itself, and if you want an idea of what they can help you achieve, there’s no finer entry point.

Admission and Opening Hours

Admission to the centre is free of charge but as a non-profit educational institution, the Western New York Book Arts Center relies on membership as a means of funding their schedule of programs, events, and workshops. Membership offers many benefits, such as a 20% discount on workshop attendance, 10% off in the WNYBAC shop, an exhibition space for members’ own works, access to the WNYBAC studio equipment, invitation to member-only events, library access privileges, free Wi-Fi on site, a higher royalty rate for items sold in the shop and, most importantly, the knowledge that you are helping to support this cultural hub in the future.

The Western New York Book Arts Center is open from Wednesday to Saturday 12:00pm until 6:00pm. They are closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Sundays but do offer various events, workshops, and exhibitions that fall outside these hours at times; you can check out any forthcoming events on the website.


468 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, Phone: 716-348-1430

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