I’m pretty sure fall—with its breezy temperatures, Instagram-worthy changing leaves and drool-inducing pumpkin-spice everything—is nature’s way of making up for the soon-to-hit misery that is East Coast winter. And I don’t know about you, but before I sequester myself to my living room to avoid the wind and can’t-feel-my-fingers temps we’ll soon be subjected to, I’m going to soak up ALL the fall I can get.
If you’re on the same page, below are four fall getaways near Philly to help you get the most out of the season by hiking, apple picking, wine tasting and recharging, whether you’ve only got a few hours to spare or a few full days of freedom.
To get away for a couple of hours …
Do this: Pick your own apples at Linvilla Orchards
Tell me: What screams fall more than the scent of warm, cinnamon-dusted apples—that you picked yourself!—wafting from your oven as they bake? Nothing. (Okay, maybe that first sip of a PSL latte, but that’s it.)
A trip to this Media-based pick-your-own-produce oasis is the perfect escape from the city when you’ve only got a few hours to spare. And with over 25 varieties of apples grown each year, you’ll have no shortage to pick from to prepare ALL the apple butter for your winter hibernation.
Psst: Make sure to grab one of their praised apple cider donuts from the farm bakery for your drive home.
To get away for the day …
Do this: Adult Trick or Treat at Chaddsford Winery
Located an hour outside of Philly, this winery is one of the largest in the state, and if that’s not enough incentive for you to visit, their jam-packed events calendar will surely convince you.
Every Saturday and Sunday from late September through October, they host an event called Adult Trick or Treat, AKA the event you’ve always dreamt of. It’s a wine-tasting that winds through the vineyards, pairing local treats (think: pumpkin cheesecake and rosemary popcorn) with their wines and cocktails. Once you’re done trick-or-treating, there’s usually live music (see the schedule here) and food trucks on the vineyard to keep you entertained and well-fed.
To get away for the night …
Do this: Hike Glen Onoko Falls at Jim Thorpe
Summer hikes are a gift but fall hikes are a next-level gift from the freakin’ heavens. They’re breezy; the views of changing leaves are breathtaking; and they serve as a last-ditch effort to soak up ALL the outdoor time you can before the temperatures drop to unbearable. If you’re looking for a special fall hike, Glen Onoko Falls—a 3.7-mile hike with jawdropper waterfall views—is a good pick. And to give your legs a break post-hike, rest up at one of Jim Thorpe’s many cute bed and breakfasts, then head home in the morning.
To get away for the weekend …
Do this: Recharge at the Lokal Aframe
Lokal Hotel, which has an outpost in Old City, has the cutest A-Frame cottage nestled in the woods along New Jersey’s Maurice River, less than an hour outside of the city. The three-bedroom cottage is decked out with a full kitchen, a wood-fired hot tub, two fire pits (hello, s’mores), and more. You can rent it for anywhere from two nights to a week, making it the perfect spot to escape from your packed calendar and recharge. And with the rear end of the cabin made up almost entirely of glass, there’s no shortage of picture-perfect fall-foliage views to soak in while you do so.
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