Apple Picking with a Side of Wine

Apple Picking with a side of Wine

Aaaahhhh the fall…social media is lighting up with adorable pics of kids apple picking and pumpkin picking.  It’s a constant reminder that I have two teenagers at home who won’t let me take a picture of them unless it’s a selfie.  I have decided I am not going wallow in my sorrow that my kids would rather be with their friends than hang out with mom and dad.  It’s time I face the harsh reality that it’s just going to be my husband and I (gasp!) most of the time (probably all of the time) and find new ways to celebrate the fall.  

Apple picking was always something I looked forward to with the kids and so why should I give it up?  And you know what, it turns out I can do a way more fun version that includes alcohol!

Apple Picking Itinerary for Adults:


Take a drive out to Warwick, NY and enjoy the beautiful scenic view of the changing leaves.  Make sure to bring your camera to take lots of pictures.

Early Afternoon:

Arrive at Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery by 11 AM so you can jump right into the apple picking before it gets too crowded.


Enjoy a light lunch right on the premises at Pane Cafe.  They have a variety of fresh bread, pizzas, sandwiches and salads to choose from.

Late Afternoon:

Around 2PM head over to the tasting room.  You can explore their wines, ciders and brandies while enjoying live music at the same time.  

Early Evening:

Start heading home with your bag(s) of apples and any wine you may have fell in love with.  (If you drink too much of their wine, there are even places to stay overnight nearby).


Now that you’re back home with hubby share some fun by baking an apple pie together.  I like to use ready made crust because after a day outdoors and drinking wine, making crust from scratch is out of the question.

Get into your coziest P.J.s, scoop some creamy, cold ice-cream on top of your piping hot apple pie and snuggle up to watch your favorite movie.

And just maybe, if you’re feeling up to it, you can save some of that delicious apple pie for when your teenagers decide to come home from hanging out with their friends.

I usually bribe my kids to come snuggle up on the couch with us if they want to indulge in some of our apple pie a’la mode.

Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery

Warwick Valley Winery
114 Little York Road
Warwick, New York

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Author: Jennifer Koliatsis

Jennifer is a middle school English teacher. She lives in Bethpage with her husband and two teenagers. To her, a great night out is anywhere with great people, whether that's at home, a new restaurant, or even a PTA meeting.


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