Who doesn’t love apples? How ‘bout some a mug of piping hot apple cider with a slice of homemade apple pie? Very Martha Stewart right? Even more so when you can boast having picked the apples yourself. So the orchard isn’t in your backyard. We can’t all be so privileged! Lucky for us New York City folk, there are at least a half dozen orchards within two hours of Manhattan just a car- or train ride away. There’s nothing quite like an afternoon among the apple trees, under the blue sky, with the chill of autumn on your face. Go for a hayride while you’re there, and of course, make sure to indulge in one of those amazing doughnuts…or of course go for a whole dozen.