Come Harvest Nature’s Bounty!

Apple PickingSpring, Summer and Fall is the perfect time to spend some family time together and reap the fruits (and vegetables) of the harvest without the long process of growing it yourself. While you are visiting the Hilltop House B&B, take advantage of the beautiful weather, venture out for some fresh air and return sunkissed and laden with nature’s bounty.

Some tips when going picking: remember to always bring sunscreen and insect repellent, as well as plenty of water. Wear sturdy footwear as many orchards and fields do not use pesticides and insects do abound. A sun hat or cap is also recommended.

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm (Less than 15 minutes to the B&B)
461 Cornwall Bridge Rd. Sharon, CT
860-364-0025
http://www.ellsworthfarm.com/

Ellsworth Farm offers a large variety of apples. A sampling of what they offer are Honey Crisp, Gala, Macintosh, Gold Delicious, Macoun, Cortland, Northern Spy, Empire and Red Delicious apples. Besides apples, they also grow strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, plums, peaches, pears, figs, pumpkins and gourds, you can pick your own or come and purchase pre-picked. They also have a farm stand and sell apple cider that is pressed on site. Ellsworth Farm also has a Corn Maze open Labor Day weekend through November.

Terhune Orchards (Less than 30 minutes to the B&B)
761 North Ave. Salt Point, NY
845-266-5382
http://www.terhuneorchardsny.com/

Terhune Orchards was started in 1943 by Ralph & Dorothy Terhune. Their son Eric and his wife, Alison continue the tradition they started of apple growing on over 80 acres developing fruit and berry crops, and opening a bakery utilizing the fruits of the land. During the Autumn season, they are delighted to welcome guests to pick their own apples and enjoy a hay ride along with the spectacular views at their family-run farm. Pumpkins, gourds, mums & seasonal decorations are available along with baked goods and other treats.

Barton Orchards Farm (Less than 40 minutes to the B&B)
63 Apple Tree Ln. Poughquag, NY
845-227-2306
http://bartonorchards.com

Barton Orchards grows a huge variety of apples for your apple picking pleasure. As well as a huge variety of other fruits and vegetables that are available to pick.
August Apples: Early Gold (early), Pristine (early), Paula Red, Ginger Gold (late), Zestars
September Apples: Jona Mac (early), Gala (early), Macintosh (early), Cortlandt, Macoun, Spartans, Empires (late), Red Delicious (late), Golden Delicious (late), Jona Gold (late)
October Apples:Ida Red, Crispen, Red Stayman, Fuji, Cameo, Greenings, Romes, Winesap, Granny Smith (late)
November Apples: Apples can vary. Please call Barton Orchards at 845-227-2306 to see what is available for picking.
Other fruits and vegetables: Peaches, Strawberries, Tomatoes (Beef Steak, Grape and Cherry Varieties),  Peppers (Sweet, hot, frying and others),  Green Beans,  Eggplant (Italian, white and round),  Pumpkins, Cucumbers and Squash.

Barton Orchards started as an apple farm and has expanded their orchard over the years to include other crop fields. Barton Orchard also has pumpkin patch every fall. Pumpkin picking starts in late September and goes through the end of October. On weekends during the fall season, they offer hayrides to the pumpkin patch! Live music is offered all three seasons (a schedule can be found at http://bartonorchards.com/band/ ) as well as Barton Orchards Fun Park with entertainments for the whole family.

Averill Farm
250 Calhoun St. Washington, CT
860-868-2777
http://www.averillfarm.com
Re-opening in August 15, 2016

Averill Farm is a 30 acre farm and orchard with apples and pears for either self-picking or to buy already picked. They offer over 100 varieties of apples,  of which 20 are available for customers to self-pick. They sell their own cider, apple cider donuts, cut flowers, and homemade the old-fashioned way, jams and jellies. They also sell locally-sourced pies, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, mums, maple syrup, honey, cheddar cheese, garlic, potatoes, some tomatoes, and gifts. After Thanksgiving, they sell fruit, cider, and Christmas trees from their homestead until the Christmas Tree season ends on December 24.

There are dozens more pick your own farms and orchards with-in and a little over an hours travel of the Inn. Because Amenia sits almost right on the border of New York State and Connecticut, you can visit farms and orchards easily on both sides of the border. For additional farms and orchards please visit http://www.pickyourown.org/nyse.htm (NY) and http://www.pickyourown.org/CTwest.htm (CT) for additional listings.

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Four beautiful places to check out when visiting the Hilltop House

Kent Falls

If you are in the area and like to hike and explore the outdoors, or simply go somewhere for a noontime picnic, the area has some lovely parks and scenic areas to check out! Ritchies Amenia Deli (less than 5 minutes from the inn) offers some terrific sandwiches and other deli items perfect for a picnic.

Even if just going for a day hike, it’s very important to bring along some essentials like Bug Spray and Sun Screen. Check out this handy guide from SectionHiker, Day Hikers’ Ten Essentials Guide on some additional suggested items to bring with you.

Macedonia Brook State Park (22 Minutes from the inn)
159 Macedonia Brook Road, Kent, NY

Macedonia Brook State Park covers 2,300-acres. Hike the Blue Trail (Macedonia Ridge Trail) across Cobble Mountain and other peaks for beautiful views of the Taconic and Catskill mountains. The Blue Trail is a 7 mile loop featuring a lake as well as many small streams and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until September.  Kent Iron Company’s iron works was built at the park in the late 1700s, and you can still see some of the old foundations and the old forge and stamping works right next to Macedonia Brook. There is no charge to use the park. For more information about the park please click here

Housatonic Meadows State Park (25 Minutes from the Inn)
90 US-7, Sharon, CT

Housatonic Meadows is the perfect setting to spend some time outdoors, right on the banks of the Housatonic River. The Meadows is less than 2 minutes away from Clarke Outdoors, where you may rent canoes and rafts for the day. The Meadows is the stopping point for boat rentals from Clark’s, who will bring you up to Falls Village to start,  and you can coast (or paddle) down river. The 6 or 10 mile stretch is a mix of mixture of moving flatwater and easy whitewater and is suitable for novice paddlers.  As you paddle downriver you will see and go under the famous Covered Bridge in West Cornwall.  The 2 mile stretch of river right after the Meadows is also perfect for fly fishing and is limited to fishing only, no boats may enter that section of the river. There is no charge to use the park. For more information about the park please click here

Kent Falls State Park

Kent Falls and Kent Falls State Park (25 Minutes from the Inn)
462 Kent Cornwall Rd, Kent, CT

The Kent Falls Trail winds 1/4 mile up along and beside the scenic falls. The trail is not difficult to climb but it is quite steep, it does have many points along the trail to stop and rest and enjoy the beautiful views. The Falls itself is a is a series of waterfalls on a mountain stream known as Falls Brook. The stream begins in the town of Warren and flows west to the main fall where it plunges about 70 feet down into a series of lesser falls.  The covered bridge at the entrance to the park is an authentic reproduction built in 1974 by a park employee. The park itself below the falls offers dozens of picnic tables including separate picnic areas bordering the tree line. There is no charge to use the park. For more information about the park please click here

Lake Waramaug State Park  (35 Minutes from the Inn)
30 Lake Waramaug Rd, New Preston, CT

Lake Waramaug is one of the most scenic bodies of water in Connecticut. The park is perfect for a picnic, a day of boating or just coming to take a swim on a hot summer’s day. In the fall, the lake throngs with sightseers and photographers trying to catch the beautiful foliage reflected in the lake’s still water.  Lake Waramaug’s name came from an Indian chief of the Wyantenock tribe. His tribe hunted near the fall of the Housatonic River, now referred to as “Lover’s Leap”, in the town of New Milford.  There is a weekend and holiday parking fee at the park. For more information about the park please click here 

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