Having just gotten back from a week’s vacation out West, it was wonderful to arrive back to Fall foliage at its peak – bright oranges, reds and yellows. There’s just nothing that can compare to Autumn in New England and all it has to offer, especially southeastern CT.
As part of our family ritual for the season, we always take a trip to Clyde’s Cider Mill in Old Mystic. It has the oldest steam powered cider in the country (1881) and it’s still in use. Every weekend they have demonstrations beginning at 11 a.m. They sell apple cider, apple wine, hard cider, and much, much more. The sweet aroma of the entire building is heavenly.
Another ritual of ours is to head to Preston, to Maple Lane Farm on Northwest Corner Road. Since 1978, it’s been evolving from a “cut your own Christmas Tree” (you can still do this too!) Every season, there’s something to do on the 120 acres of pristine farm land. There is apple and pumpkin picking. Give them a call at 860.889.3766 and see what’s happening each weekend.
Another bit of magic that happens locally is Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport. Give yourself and your family a treat by going back in time to Christmas Eve 1876 and enjoy the shipbuilding industry during its peak.
But call 860.572.5331 to reserve your tickets now! They sell out quickly. Performance start at 5 p.m. are Nov. 29-30, Dec. 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 27-28. Start off with dinner at the Seamen’s Inne and enjoy the evening.
Another celebrated tradition is a Thanksgiving dinner shared with family and friends, but hundreds of families are in jeopardy of not enjoying this tradition due to difficult economic times. Please remember to “Feed Your Neighbor” and if we all do, no one will go hungry.
Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center