Apple picking, hiking, cider drinking: Find a socially distanced escape in the Northeast

Growing up in New England, fall has always bestowed a certain warmth despite the new chill in the air. Sweater weather and cozy nights by the fire are near as the leaves begin to turn to warmer hues that characterize the region’s season.

But with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, autumn activities such as leaf peeping and apple picking have drawn renewed interest as they provide opportunities for socially distanced fun. 

While there are plenty of opportunities around the Northeast in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, there are also great spots in Connecticut, which was an easy pick for a two-day escape from New York City – and one that was not included on the state’s quarantine list.

Over the course of the pandemic, the state has seen more than 59,000 cases of COVID-19, according to state data.

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