Though I wouldn’t give up 24/7 delivery and Uber Pool for anything, sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city. This year I made it a point to embrace all that is glorious about fall in the Midwest with a couple of day trips.
One highlight was Kuiper’s Farm in Maple Park, Illinois. A few of my friends go every year, and this time I was actually home to tag along on this most wholesome of wholesome days.
We started with the corn maze, which was shaped as a scene from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Impressive. We didn’t get lost, but did get in a pretty heated debate about what constituted a real path.
Before watching a pig race (yes, that is a thing, and no, our pig Sarah Jessica Porker unfortunately did not win), we got apple cider slushies. How did I not know these existed until now?
We walked through a haunted house, then a haunted forest, and fed lots of different farm animals. (Actually, they fed farm animals while I took photos).
And of course, picked out pumpkins!
Next we moved over to the apple orchard side of the farm, where we took a hay ride out to the apples and filled our bags.
Followed by cider and wine flights and the most amazing apple cider doughnuts. I will be dreaming about these until next fall!
Entry to the pumpkin farm was $14 and included all attractions, and the hayride and all you can pick apples was $10. Shoutout to Zipcar for an easy ride and Aaron for the perfect playlist. Can’t wait for next year!
Another day trip coming later this week, and for more fall fun, click here.