Who would have thought that a small plot of land purchased in 1741 could turn into a quintessential New England destination? Fast forward 275 years, the Lyman family’s original purchase of 37-acres expanded to 1,100-acres of rolling hills in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley.

This week’s Secret of SoCal is Lyman Orchards.

On a gloomy Saturday afternoon, I drove past the golf course at Lyman Orchards, toward the Apple Barrel, a small market filled wall-to-wall with fresh baked pies, apple cider donuts, jams, jellies, honey, cookies, breads, pastries and more. I couldn’t resist a warm cinnamon roll and some pecan apple butter… it tasted as good as it sounds.

After consuming mouth-watering treats, I drove further up the hill to the “pick your own” section at Lyman Orchards. As I parked in the dirt lot, I soaked in the endless rows of apples and the vibrant foliage along the horizon…it was basically like looking at a postcard!

I had to exercise some serious willpower to not grab every delicious apple in sight. Lyman Orchards is known for more than just their amazing apples. Hundreds of varieties of fruits such as apples, pears, pumpkins, and berries can be found in June through October on the 1,100 acres.

After meandering through the endless rows of apples, it was only fitting that I selected a pumpkin. The white, green and orange hued pumpkins were different shapes, sizes and textures, making the selection experience that much more unique. I ultimately decided on a small, round, orange pumpkin.

Moving across the country is no small feat. However, experiencing Fall, at a location like Lyman Orchards, made the move totally worth it.

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