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The best way to celebrate bright foliage and cooler temperatures is by attending one of America's best fall festivals. Fall is a great time to shed light on things like apples, pumpkins, craft beer, local seafood, particular holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, and events like Oktoberfest. You can celebrate fall festivities without traveling too far from home! Check out our top picks:1. Harvest on the Harbor—Portland, Maine, hosts Harvest on the Harbor from October 22-25. Festivities at this food and wine festival include meals cooked by talented local chefs as well as various craft beer and wine tastings. Maine restaurants are part of the farm-to-table movement, and all participating chefs will be using fish, meat, and produce from Maine's own farmers, fishermen, and suppliers.
2. National Apple Harvest Festival—Drive through farmland and apple orchards on your way to Biglerville, Pennsylvania, for next weekend's National Apple Harvest Festival. The festival includes attractions sure to be enjoyed by all, including arts and crafts vendors, antique car shows, live entertainment, hay rides, and a petting zoo, just to name a few.
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Fall is the perfect time to explore new cities and enjoy the changing scenery. Turning leaves, hot apple cider, sweater weather: We love it all. Here are our top suggestions for how to enjoy the crisp weather in some of our favorite locations:
Newport, RI— Just 20 minutes away from beautiful Newport, Escobar's Highland Farm in Portsmouth, RI as a fall activity for everyone. Hayrides and pumpkin patches make for perfect fall fun, and if you're feeling a little more adventurous, this year's Corn Maze features eight acres of twists and turns. Don't worry, they'll rescue you if need be.
Accommodations: Located in Newport's Historic District, the Pelham Court Hotel is perfect for your Newport stay. Explore the Tennis Hall of Fame or take a leisurely stroll along the Cliff Walk to spot beautiful mansions.