Friday, October 12, 2012

A Fall Weekend

We spent a couple of nights at a bed-and-breakfast in The Berkshires, western Massachusetts, last weekend, just a couple of hours drive north. Monday was Columbus Day which meant no work and no school for some and therefore a long weekend for us.
I have always wanted to do a trip such as this to enjoy the stunning colors of the fall foliage when they are at their peak.
As it turned out, it was a little early for that but we enjoyed some "leaf peeping" and breathtaking scenery.

 We hiked through woods,...

and visited this spectacular waterfall.

 We spent a day and a half enjoying the countryside and were lucky with the weather, for the most part.

Apple-picking was on our list of activities for this trip. Although the farm we visited had lost 50% of its crop due to frost we were able to pick the apples from these large crates. These are the jonagold variety which we opted for...there were several others.

The farm had other items for sale. 
Garden plants, potted plants and some garden decor like this,..

many, many pumpkins, of course..

..and this little guy.
We also enjoyed some delicious warm apple cider; definitely a must on a trip like this.
On the way back home, we had to drop off our 14-year-old daughter at a birthday party and my 11-year-old and I were invited to join the guests on their visit to Horseman's Hollow at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY. This is one of the Hudson Valley's scary Halloween events and part of the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
I screamed at every frightening encounter. It was fun!
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