Fall is a great time to take a weekend getaway with family or friends. While the weather may be cooling off, there's still a cornucopia of seasonal activities to do while visiting Cape Ann. Staying in one of our vacation rental homes will keep you close by where the activities happen to be. We love Cape Ann in the fall because of the beautiful change of foliage colors, but there are many things we love to do and places to explore throughout the season.
Fall Foliage Day Trips & Trails
There is nothing more beautiful than the stunning tapestry of fall colors created by the changing autumn leaves throughout the season. Cape Ann makes a wonderful home base for fall foliage day trips by car or by foot. Take the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway for a scenic drive from Cape Ann along the North Shore coastline, or go for a walk or hike the trails with your family at nearby places to view the spectacular cascade of fall colors, such as:
Local Seasonal Food
The fall harvest provides a new crop of autumnal favorites - apples, pumpkins, cider, cider donuts - just to name a few. During the months of September and October, there are many family-fun seasonal activities to do like heading over to Russell Orchards where you can pick your own apples or stop by Marshall’s Farm Stand, Seaview Farm and Farm Stand, or Utopia Farms to pick up locally-grown produce and other grocery items.
Take the family to the local Cape Ann farmers markets. Most of the weekly markets are open until mid- to the end of October where you can buy locally-grown organic produce, other food items and handmade crafts, listen to music, or participate in kids activities.
With your bushels of apples and other delicious goodies, make of the most of your getaway by preparing your favorite fall treats, like caramel apples or applesauce, or prepare a fall harvest feast back at your vacation rental for all to enjoy.
The fall colors are going to be beautiful this year as always and coming to the Cape Ann area will allow you to see those trees turn beautiful colors. Taking pictures to remember this trip can last a long time, or share on Instagram with your friends and family.
Local Fall Festivals & Events
Looking to spend time outdoors and take in the local scene with music, food, beer, and crafts? Cape Ann this fall is full of fun festivals for you and your family to enjoy.
Get into the Halloween spirit at Hammond Castle's six evenings of spooky haunts during the month of October.
Salem, MA is just a short drive or train ride from any of our Cape Ann vacation rentals if you and your family ghoulishly would like to experience the haunted happenings just a few towns away.
World-Class Bicycle Racing
If cycling is more your speed, head over to Stage Fort Park and catch world-class racers from near and far compete in the annual Gran Prix of Gloucester in October.
Plein Air Painting and Local Art
Cape Ann is known as a haven for artists and artisans, local and from all over the world. Enjoy several annual events taking place in early October when artists showcase their talents and crafts.
- Cape Ann Artisans Fall Studio Tour
- Cape Ann En Plein Air Painting Competition and Festival
- Annisquam Arts & Crafts Festival
Take time to savor the joys of fall, like a hike to see the autumn leaves or the delicious taste of a warm cup of locally-made apple cider. We can’t wait to see you this fall and help you make new memories this season.
Where to Stay in 2018
No matter what the reason is for your visit to the area during the fall months, come and stay with us. Atlantic Vacation Homes offers a wide variety of vacation rental homes across Cape Ann that would be perfect for your North Shore getaway. To book your accommodations, simply view available rentals and enter your desired dates to get a quote. You can also call toll-free at (855) 853-9143 to speak with a Guest Experience Specialist.
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