Blog Post: Central Vermont’s Apple Orchards

Fall is a welcome sight for a lot of reasons: cooler nights, colorful foliage, and best of all, apple season! Here at the Swift House Inn, we love it when the orchards open and we can buy fresh apples for our guests for a midday snack and fresh apple cider to drink at breakfast. There’s an abundance of great orchards surrounding Middlebury and central Vermont. Whether you’re headed to Burlington for a day of shopping, or just sticking around town for a relaxing day, there’s an orchard nearby to check out. Orchards offer more than just apples and other Vermont goodies, they offer a chance at making some great memories with family and friends while spending a day outdoors. See below for a list of the area orchards and a sneak peak at what they have to offer.

Happy Valley Orchard
Middlebury, 1.5 miles away
Open every day, September 1 – October 31, 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Happy Valley is an apple orchard and cider mill. Pick your own or buy by the bag. They have over 50 varieties of apples available, as well as apple cider, squash, pumpkins, and corn. Get there early and buy some of their delicious apple cider donuts, served plain or with cinnamon sugar.

Douglas Orchards
Shoreham, 14.2 miles away
Open daily from Labor Day to Thanksgiving, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
15 varieties of apples, sweet cider, honey, squash, and pumpkins all available. Pick your own or buy at the stand.

Champlain Orchards
Shoreham, 16.7 miles away
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during harvest season
Ecologically managed orchard offering 107 varieties of apples, peaches, berries, cherries, all for pick your own. Fresh and hard ciders, apple pies, assorted apple products, organic vegetables, and local dry goods all available in the Farm Market.

Boyer’s Orchard & Cider Mill
Monkton, 16.4 miles away
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. starting September 5 into November. Tasting room for hard cider and wines open 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., weekends only.
Pick your own from a large variety of apples. Plums, cider donuts, sweet and hard cider, honey, maple syrup, homemade pies, cookies, and sticky buns all available.

Yates Family Orchard
Hinesburg, 18.9 miles away
Open daily September through end of October, 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Over 15 different varieties of apples, pears, plums, cherries, raspberries, and peaches. Pick your own apples or purchase freshly picked apples. Also available: farm pressed cider, orchard raw honey, local maple syrup, and orchard-made berry jams and chutneys.

Shelburne Orchards
Shelburne, 25.6 miles away
Open September and October only, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Orchard and farm stand. Apples, peaches, sour cherries, cider, non-alcoholic Ginger Jack, world famous cider donuts, and orchard distilled apple brandy available.

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