Fall goes by too fast. Summer can linger, and winter regularly overstays it’s welcome, but autumn goes by too quickly and I’m afraid we hasten it by thinking ahead to the end-of-the-year holidays. There are serious negotiations underway around whether or not my mom’s going to allow Mike to deep-fry our Thanksgiving turkey, and I’ve started thinking about what I’ll get my nephew for Christmas. Plans have been made for New Years Eve already. So it made me incredibly happy to spend an entire weekend dedicated to nothing but fall and fall-appropriate activities. Apple orchards were visited. Pumpkins were picked. Foliage was admired, judged, and photographed.
A Late Morning at Dondero Orchards in Glastonbury
This past Sunday the plan was to make two stops on the CT Wine Trail–Miranda and Sunset Meadows, both in Goshen. I originally wanted to hit an apple orchard in the Litchfield Hills, but none were at all convenient to the vineyards. (Although I did find Averill Farms in Washington Depot which offers an intriguing combination of apple cider doughnuts and wood-fired pizza grilled right in their orchard. Consider that officially on the To Do list.)
Mike and I decided to make a quick stop at Dondero Orchards in Glastonbury on the way from Pomfret to West Hartford to pick up our friends Suzi and Jon for the afternoon festivities. Dondero is famous for their apple cider doughnuts, and I can confirm that they are some of the best I have ever had. We didn’t stay long, but during the 10-minute wait for our doughnuts (they make them fresh-to-order) we had time to admire South Glastonbury’s gorgeous scenery.
Coming in Fall 2013: The official Connecticut Apple Cider Doughnut Trail.
Dondero Orchards in Glastonbury
529 Woodland Street
South Glastonbury, CT