America's Best Apple Picking Farms
Alyson’s Orchard, Walpole, NH
Set atop an elongated ridge overlooking the Connecticut River, this 450-acre property is as prized for its gorgeous grounds as it is for its apples. The views, wooded surroundings, and sweeping manicured lawns have made it a popular spot for weddings.
What to Pick: Originally started as an all-McIntosh “retirement hobby” for Susan and Robert Jasse in 1981, the orchard has since diversified its PYO offerings to include heirloom varieties like Black Oxfords, Gravensteins, and Winesaps.
Most Unusual Offering: Poke around the wooded edge of the property, and you’ll find an extraordinary rope swing. From its seat, you’ll be treated to views of the river below and the rolling hills of southern Vermont.
Bells & Whistles: A farm stand selling fresh fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, and apple cider and wine made from orchard produce; weekend wagon rides to and from the orchard; a kids’ playground; duck ponds; weekend wine tastings.