Ah, yes, autumn is finally here! Growing up in New England fall was my season. High school football games, apple picking, hay rides, and lots of haunted areas to check out with friends. I loved hitting the trails on horseback, with dogs in tow, enjoying the ever changing colorful foliage. Now that I live in New Jersey, not a lot has changed. I still enjoy all that autumn offers, but with hectic work schedule, my time off is precious and usually spent finding activities to do with my pack of FIVE dogs. I try to find events and local places where my fur-kids are all welcome, making it one heck of a family adventure!
Who doesn’t love apple picking on a Saturday afternoon? Alstede Farms located in Chester, New Jersey offers the ability to bring your pooch with you. Visit with their livestock, peruse through their farm store for homemade baked goods, or maybe hop a ride on the hay wagon! Be sure to check their website for their complete pet policy: http://alstedefarms.com/
Perhaps the quiet hush of woods is where you would rather be. Check out Kittatinny Valley State Park. Located in Sussex County, the park has trails that lead all around the area. It’s a great wooded hike, and you can easily spend hours hiking all of the different trails. Or, if it’s closer, check out Round Valley Reservoir in Hunterdon County, which offers miles of trails with beautiful scenery. Either way, be sure to bring plenty of water for you and Fido, and always inspect your dog (and yourself) for ticks and burrs once you get home.
If enjoying a glass of vino with Spot at your feet is more your style, swing by Working Dog Vineyards. Established in 2001 in Robbinsville, New Jersey they offer a variety of red, white, and sweet wines all grown in their vineyards and often have live music to enjoy. It’s perfect place to go and unwind after a long week of work. Visit their website for a list of up coming events: http://www.workingdogwinerynj.com/
I can promise I will be out and about this fall taking in all the amazing sights, sounds and tastes that New Jersey has to offer–with all 5 dogs leading the way!!
– K. L. Mitchell