Favorite Boston Apple Orchard: Parlee Farms
Is it even fall in New England if you haven’t had apple cider doughnuts from Parlee Farms?
I love having lived here long enough to be forming traditions with the kids and I hope this is one to stay. We went to this orchard for the first time last year and I’ve been drooling thinking about those doughnuts ever since. This was our first time back this season and you can be sure it won’t be our last.
Beyond apple picking the farm boasts flower picking, a pumpkin patch, a country store, and the cutest little farm animals. This year they require masks for all visitors over the age of 2 at all times except when sitting at the picnic tables.
This trip Westley would have stood at the gate chatting with the goats forever if I’d let him. He had a few doughnut crumbs on his sleeve and one little goat kept nibbling his sweater trying to get at more of the sugar. We both would have eaten another dozen of the apple cider doughnuts if I hadn’t promised to bring some home.
With this baby we’re at the tough stage where he isn’t walking yet but eager to be independent. He’s also a solid 26 pounds and not thrilled about being constrained in the baby carrier for the full outing. Needless to say, yesterday’s trip to the farm also counted as my upper body workout.
Parlee Farm Details/highlights:
- An easy 40 minute drive from Boston right before the NH border
- Open 10am-5pm Tues-Sun
- Hayride from the main country store to the orchards and back
- Farm animals
- the most delicious apple cider doughnuts
- pick-your-own flowers
- pumpkin patch
- country store with fresh berries, baked goods, and more
Oatmeal knit sweater: I snagged this at Target for $20 and have been wearing it nonstop. Such a great staple for fall at a fantastic price. It also comes in a handful of colors. Sizes are going fast so snag one or two now before it sells out.
Cropped skinny jeans: My new(ish) go-to skinnies are these Everlane high waisted jeans. Super flattering and a great price point for high end jeans. Plus, the ankle length is perfect for me at 5’4.” No hemming required.
Ergo baby carrier: We’ve loved this carrier for all three kids- full post on it here.