Apple & pumpkin picking are a must in the fall. This event is fun for all ages, even dogs. I try to make it a point to find time every fall to go apple & pumpkin picking. This year with my new edition to the family Toro, I wanted to find a place that allows dogs. Toro loves the fresh air and exercise. I googled some places and I came across Penning’s Orchards in Warwick NY. I used to go apple picking in New Jersey, but decided to try a new place out. I know Toro would love the open fields & be able to chase apples all around. This place is just about 1 Hour & 15 minutes from where I live. The drive is mostly highway and then you actually drive through a mountain. The scenery was indescribable through this mountain. The trees were perfect brown & orange colors really setting the scene for fall. Every now and then a beautiful lake would appear surrounded by the amazing color trees & just make me feel so peaceful. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride up there. I took a day off from work to go so it would be on the quieter side. I didn’t want to overwhelm Toro with too many people, plus we get stopped every 2 minutes every time we bring him somewhere. Thankfully no traffic driving up and minimal people around that day. It felt like we had our own orchard.
I picked Penning’s Orchard because it has a wide variety of stuff to do for all ages. They have a beer garden, a grill, and an inside bar. A farm market to buy all the goodies like apple cider donuts (yum) or baking kits to make all delicious apple treats. They had a little Halloween shop to buy all cute Halloween décor. They have an outside plant shop & of course a little pumpkin patch to pick your pumpkins.
For kids, they have a corn maze, goats & chicken farm, a little park with toy pickup trucks. They also had cute cut outs that make for the perfect photo opp.
They have a grill there so you don’t have to pack lunch. I had the most amazing ice cream there. I chose the rocky road and it was delicious I wanted to order two. They have a nice variety of ice cream flavors to choose from including apple cider donut flavor!
The beer garden was closed but is open on the weekends, and they also have live entertainment. They also have pony rides for kids, and hay rides.
Toro loved chasing the apples and eating them along with us. They had many different types of apples to choose from. He also tried chasing the pumpkins but that was a little hard for him.
After a fun day at the orchard, we came home and used the apples right away. We love baking with the apples; my boyfriend loves to make his famous apple cake. This year with a new orchard we tried some new recipes too.
Check what we baked below, all so good: