The apple picking season has arrived — that means warming mugs of cider, mountains of sugary cider doughnuts, and crisp, juicy apples aplenty. Mark this New England tradition in style by visiting one of these awesome apple orchards close to NEMA Boston.

Belkin Family Lookout Farm

One of the oldest continuously working farms in the USA, the bucolic Belkin Family Lookout Farm feels a million miles from the city — although it's only a 25-minute drive from Boston Seaport. Pluck apples fresh from the orchard (socially distanced and masked up, of course), then peruse the curbside market for scrumptious cider doughnuts, spicy red pepper jelly, and, naturally, lashings of cider. Among the hard cider options, there are pumpkin and cherry versions to sample, alongside the traditional apple. You can also stick around for an outdoor feast: Gorge on honey butter fried chicken sandwiches and farmers salad, while taking in views of the rolling countryside.

Russell Orchards

A mouthwatering array of apples is waiting to be picked from the branch at Russell Orchards, a 120-acre fruit farm in Ipswich, Mass. Load up your bags with white-fleshed Cortlands, mottled Galas, red-skinned Liberties, and juicy Empires (which were first developed at Cornell University). Plenty of COVID-19 precautions are in place to keep you, your family, and farm staff safe. Whatever you don't find out in the fields, you can purchase in the Russell Orchards shop; there are homegrown Asian pears, tomatoes, husk cherries — plus, eggs laid by the resident hens. Speaking of which, visitors are invited to call in on the barnyard critters, including peacocks and potbellied pigs. The Russell family, who've been here since the late 1970s, are also famed for their cider doughnuts. Watch in wonder as these golden-hued delights crisp in the fryer — and remember to take heaps of them back to your Boston Seaport luxury apartment.

Boston Hill Farm

Apples and pumpkins are abundant at Boston Hill Farm. Stop by their store, pick up a bag or a red wagon, then follow directions out into the fields. They're open daily, although weekends are when the fun really happens, with live music, homemade apple cider doughnuts, a barbecue, ice cream stands, and more. Looking to take a taste of the countryside back to NEMA? Boston Hill Farm's stands are heaving with fresh-baked Boston cream pies and lemon meringues; Massachusetts-made cheeses; jams and jellies; handmade chocolate and fudge; and local honey. It might only be fall, but this is a great place to start stocking up on festive gifts.

Living in the heart of the Seaport allows for the best of both worlds - the beautiful cityscape, combined with the close proximity of the countryside. Contact us today to schedule a tour of your new home at NEMA Boston.