A visit to Scott Farm Orchards
Adam and I took a spontaneous road trip up to Vermont last weekend to see a little fall foliage, get some 'Hidden Rose' apples at Scott Farm Orchard and meet up with my friend Kelby in Woodstock. Our first stop was at Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston, Vermont for some heirloom apples on what happened to be #heirloomappleday.
Maybe you've heard of heirloom tomatoes, but did you know that there are also heirloom apples? Scott Farm grows 120+ varieties of apples and we were excited to check out their heirloom apple collection. We didn't do any pick-your-own this time because I've already gone apple picking twice this season, but we spent a good amount of time enjoying the farm market where they sell many varieties already picked for purchase. Some of my favorites were the 'Orleans Reinette', 'Ananas Reinette' and 'Pound Sweet'.
Our main objective was buying as many 'Hidden Rose/Mountain Rose' apples as possible for styling and photography purposes, but we quickly became fascinated with apple history and all of the incredible heirloom varieties that were new to us. The orchard itself is gorgeous and we would go back in a heartbeat. Yankee Magazine named them one of the best spots for apple picking in New England and we can see why.
They have wood-fired pizza on site with lovely seasonal flavors like Kielbasa with kale and cox orange pippin apples and delicata squash with maple dijon, grafton 2 year cheddar and pound sweet apples. They even have gluten free dough! Of course, you can also get cider donuts, pies, fresh heirloom cider and hard cider to boot. Adam indulged in a pizza, cider donut and a hard cider and he was pretty happy about it! We also purchased a half gallon ball jar of their Heirloom cider and it's incredible. Be sure to pick some up if you visit.
An overnight near Woodstock
After our stop at Scott Farm Orchard we made our way toward Woodstock for dinner with the Cushmans and an overnight stay at Weaving Dreams Farm. We found this alpaca farm on airbnb and highly recommend it if you're looking to stay in the Woodstock area! Since we planned this trip super last minute, the dog-friendly hotels in Woodstock were already booked up (hello, columbus day weekend!). Thankfully, there's airbnb and everything in the reviews about this place was true. There's a fabulous view, a clean and spacious dog-friendly room and the suri alpacas are adorable. The owner, Lauren, was very hospitable and she has a cute pup named Mojo that Elsie got to know while we were there. I asked if I could photograph the alpacas and she welcomed me into their area. They were so curious and sweet and I enjoyed getting to know them while Adam did some practicing up stairs. It was very therapeutic and relaxing!
Fall Leaf Peeping and Hartland Diner
After a restful night we were ready to hit the road and see some foliage. But first, breakfast at Hartland Diner. Our airbnb host was insistent that Hartland Diner was the place to go for breakfast so we tried it out. We loved the diner vibes and enjoyed hearing the waitress offer everyone pie after they finished their breakfast 🤣. They serve "Vermont sized pancakes" and every other breakfast thing you could imagine. Adam got the corn beef hash 🤤 (so good!) and I was had a veggie omelet. It's been so long since we've been some place with bottomless mugs of coffee. Reminded us of the good old days in PDX at Byways Cafe. This was the perfect place to fuel up before a foliage drive.
Hiking Mount Tom in Woodstock
After a long drive down some backroads we made our way back to Woodstock to hike Mount Tom. As you can see, there was lots of fog, but once we got on the trail to hike it started to rain. We don't mind rainy hikes. Again, reminded us of our Oregon days. We hiked the Faulkner trail to the top and took in the panoramic views of Woodstock Village and the mountains. Elsie had a blast on this trail. So many chipmunks to chase! It feels like a lot of switchbacks (and it is!) but it was a great hike.
This was a fun way to see Woodstock from a new perspective. Plus, we were away from all of the crowds. After our hike we made our way back to Boston. Still kicking myself for not stopping at the Woodstock Farmers Market for some local eggs. Next time! As usual, I wish we could have stayed longer. If Airbnb isn't your thing, the Woodstock Inn and Hotel 506 are both dog-friendly! Just don't try to book a room at the last minute like we did.
Where are your favorite spots for leaf peeping? Last year I went to the White Mountains in New Hampshire and there was so much more color! Share your favorite spots below, if you'd like. Thanks for reading!