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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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Sometimes winter activities can really break the bank, but not in Boston! New England weather is cold, but staying indoors to shop can get expensive quickly. Grab your hat and mittens—we've come up with five fun alternatives for under $50!
Skating on the Frog Pond is a Boston classic, but it must not be overlooked. This frozen gem in the middle of Boston Common provides endless fun and is a must-do while in the city. Circling around the ice, learning to skate for the first time, or racing your skilled competitors is always enjoyable. Enjoy an après-skate hot chocolate from the Frog Pond Cafè or try our personal favorite, the Belgian waffles with maple syrup. Adults skate for $5 and children under 13 years old are free! If you need them, rental skates for adults cost $9 and for kids cost $5. Lockers are also available to keep your valuables safe while you show off your skills.
While you're in the area, grab your toboggan and head to Flagstaff Hill. Found near the baseball diamond on Boston Common, this hill is a local favorite. The best part about it? It's free!