Apple picking is a favorite fall activity in Northeast PA. Lakeland Orchard and Cidery makes it an attraction! The farm is less than six miles from Hotel Anthracite and a definite must-do on any fall events list.
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A Tradition Takes Root
What began as a small orchard in Scott Township has grown into a full-fledged seasonal theme park of sorts. Apples continue to be the main attraction- 30 varieties among 20,000 trees- but now visitors can build a whole day around an apple picking outing. New features to the farm this year include live music and axe throwing in the cider garden. The latest additions join a whole crop of family-centric activities.
A Blooming Good Time
The first-ever Zinnia Festival opens the season, August 17-18 and 24-25. Stroll three acres of Zinnias, take some spectacular selfies and cut your own bouquet to take home. There will also be live music and cold hard cider to enjoy. The Sunflower Festival follows soon after on weekends from August 31 through October 14. That’s when over five acres of Sunflower fields open to the public. Visitors can wander rows full of the giant blooms, which makes for an excellent photo op, then select and cut their own bouquet to take home.
A Bushel of Fun
Apple picking gets underway on August 30. A High-Density Trellised System of planting means the apples are easier to pick because they’re in close proximity and near the ground. Discerning apple lovers can choose the variety they love best, from the early Zestar, Premier Honeycrisp and Blondee to the end-of-season Suncrisp, Northern Spy and Golden, plus everything in between! Pick a quarter of a peck or up to half a bushel. The orchard is open until November 3, weather permitting.
A Lot to Do and See
A day at the farm is full of activities and attractions for all ages. Older visitors will enjoy an expanded Cider Garden, which serves refreshing hard cider. The area also features a new Axe Throwing activity where participants can try their luck. Live music is another new addition to the festivities on the farm. Every weekend brings a different band representing a variety of genres, from country and bluegrass to folk and rock. Returning favorite attractions include the Country Carousel. The 1952 Alan Herschel Carousel originally entertained crowds at the Catskill Game Farm in New York. It was in storage until it was purchased, repaired and restored especially for Lakeland Orchard and Cidery. Cow Train Express, a Giant Corn Box, Pumpkin Bounce, Duck Races, Yard Games and a Goat Corral round out the available offerings. There are a number of festival food options to satisfy every appetite. Visitors can enjoy Kevin’s Barbecue and The Burger Shop or a variety of snacks and refreshments in Orchard Café.
Lakeland Orchard and Cidery is open August 17-18 and 24-25 then Fridays through Mondays in September and October.
A Fresh Getaway Idea
Northeast PA is at its peak during the autumn season. Surrounded by mountains, Hotel Anthracite is perfectly positioned for you to enjoy it all. Spend one day at the orchard and another exploring the backroads or trails of Northeast PA ablaze in glorious fall colors. At the end of the day return to Hotel Anthracite where you can enjoy a luxurious stay, unparalleled hospitality and an elevated dining experience. Check our Specials and Packages offered throughout the year, then book your escape!