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Reporter Roundup: Top 5 Venues for Fabulous Fall Gatherings
Katie David Bush
by Katie David Bush

It's oh-so-happily harvest season party animals! Light the fires and kick the tires, we're finding the nearest leaf pile to play in! If fall is the "time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale," then we should surely celebrate this colorful crescendo.

 

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Photo: Blooming Hill Farm 
 

We're throwing on our cozy scarves & boots, shaking the beach sand from our hair while setting apple-picking appointments, mixing up some magnificent mulled wine, lighting crackling bonfires and artfully arranging a perfect pumpkin tablescape! We've also found the time to round up a bountiful harvest of  vibrant venues for all of your fabulous fall fetes!

 

Fall Harvest

1. VENUE: Philo Apple Farm        LOCATION: Philo, CA

THE REPORT: There's something simply so autumn about biting into a freshly picked, sweet juicy apple, scarf wrapped tightly around your neck, the juice intermingling with laughter as the scent of firewood permeates the air.  Harvest season indeed. Grab your wellies and a gaggle of your girls for a getaway to the (ph)abulous Philo Apple Farm. Stay for the weekend in one of three cottages (red, green or blue door) and expect delicious coffee, fresh toast and homemade juice and jam each morning. Stay and cook a meal with the farm staff using the freshest local ingredients and leave with some sweet, homemade treats and a large dose of inspiration!

 

 

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2. VENUE: Blooming Hill Farm        LOCATION: Blooming Grove, NY

THE REPORT: Host the happiest harvest season soiree at this beautiful Blooming Hill Farm a little over an hour from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Take a dazzling drive out of the city and watch the magic of the season overtake the leaves with their burnished autumn magic. Not only does Blooming Hill provide fresh, pesticide-free, organic ingredients for your plate, but their in-house events team will take care of all your logistical needs. Don't feel like coordinating your own festive fall feast? Join in on one of their fabulous farm dinners.

 

 

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3. VENUE: Blackberry Farm        LOCATION:  Walland, Tennessee

THE REPORT: Stay at this completely luxurious farmstead on the range, where master gardeners share their craft, fragrant earthy truffles are found and delicate, smoky whiskeys are tasted aplenty. Wahoo! Did we mention the on-site brewery? Nestled in the foothills of the stunning Smoky Mountains, the land and farm has a distinguished heritage of carefully cultivating some of the most unique wine, spirits and brews in the country.  With such a beautiful bounty of recently harvested crops and a plethora of perfect beverage pairings this is the ideal idyll for your next intimate gathering, wedding, getaway or seasonal holiday party.

 

 

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4. THE VENUE: Twin Farms        LOCATION: Barnard, Vermont

THE REPORT: Each season exudes a different and distinct feeling at Vermont's only luxury, 5-star escape and guess what? Fall's fabulous. Surprised? We didn't think so. Apple trees, lilies, the moon's glow over the mountains as you dine outside… That's amore, baby. Have THE most perfect fall wedding with over 300 acres and 8 venues to tickle your every fancy. Stay in a freestanding cottage – complete with romantic screened porch and fireplace or the Copper Hill Farmhouse. Reserve part or all of Twin Farms and strap on your ice skates for a spin on the lake then wind down the day in the Japanese Furo – 104 degrees of pure happiness. Tis' the season, indeed!

 

 

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5. THE VNEUE: Shop Terrain        LOCATION: Glen Mills, PA or Westport, CT

THE REPORT: Where do the professional stylemakers and trendsetters of your favorite brands go to sip, savor and create? They go to Shop Terrain of course! A division of the URBN brand - its sister stores are Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and BHLDN – talk about some stylish sibs! Wed or dine at the on-site restaurant or greenhouse – we think it would be the perfect place to congregate and create! With such a bounty of bohemian beauty this is a favorite for all seasons, but we're practically swooning over their perfect pumpkin crates and installations – grab a group of your friends and learn their crafty creative ways!

 

Where will you gather round and host your fabulous fall fete? Where Will You Celebrate?

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