As the segue between the hottest and coldest season of the year, there’s a lot to love about fall. You’re (finally) not sweating through your T-shirts, so many delicious veggies are in season, and pumpkin spice is everywhere and in everything. It’s also the only time of year when you can head to the countryside, into farm territory, to pick your own apples.
Although apple picking is often regarded as a New England-y thing (it does feel very Gilmore Girls, right?), there are actually apple-picking orchards all over the country. And thanks to homes-as-hotels websites like Airbnb and VRBO, you can turn your day trip into a whole weekend and stay in some pretty nifty spots that are either on or near apple orchards.
Keep scrolling to see all six apple-heaven spots for rent.
Honestly, apple picking is only part of the excitement at this Airbnb. The house sits on a lake and comes equipped with a canoe and a paddleboat. Continue enjoying the crisp fall air past sunset by gathering around the home’s bonfire pit.
This home is part of a working farm—and you get to stay on an actual apple orchard. Bonus: It’s five minutes away from two vineyards, meaning your can have your picture-perfect fall activity and drink up (the healthy amount), too.
For those of you who like downtime with some activity options, this Michigan home is near several orchards, plus drive-in movie theaters, and a mini golf course.
If you’re not quite ready to embrace sweater weather but don’t want to miss out on apple-picking season completely, you can stay at this California home on Apple Lane Orchard, known for its fruit and cider.
For a squad reunion, head to this Connecticut home, which sleeps 20 adults. After your apple-picking activities, take a dip in the hot tub while doing some autumn nature watching.
After returning to your rental with your apple haul, bask in the glory of the surrounding foliage before taking a dip in the (heated!) pool overlooking the Hudson River.