The frustration of the one hour detour from the West Milford Autumn Lights Festival, which, according to locals, celebrates the first traffic light in town, melted into the gold canopy of the fall foliage as we arrived at Masker Orchards in Warwick, NY. We had finally made it! The weather, crisp and sunny, was just as predicted, unlike the traffic.
Mid October is peak foliage for the Northeast of U.S. and also around my birthday, so the JBH family jumped at the chance to take a road trip to do one of my favorite family fall activities, Apple Picking! The last time I went apple picking at Masker Orchards, I was about 8 months pregnant with too much heartburn to even sneak a bite of a freshly picked apple. This time I was ready to get my fill of apples and cider donuts, and to share this experience with Adam for the first time!
After debating which apple picking farm to visit, we decided to drive to Maskers. In addition to being a huge orchard where the “Pick-it-yourself” trees aren’t too picked over, Maskers Orchard has plenty of other activities for kids and toddlers including pony rides, a pumpkin patch, family friendly haunted house, face painting, an Apple Maze, and free live music performances. Once you try their apple pie à la mode at the Snack Barn and shop their Country Store for local honey and apple butter, you’ll agree that even on a busy Saturday, it is worth the trip.
Growing up in a colorful Caribbean family as a first-generation American gave me an appreciation for different cultures. I gravitate towards things that are eclectic, ethnic, vintage, colorful, and have multiple influences. My training in theatrical costume design satiated my obsession of different time periods and places and gave me a creative outlet through millinery and costume construction. I love hat making because hats are nostalgic yet timeless.