The Anheuser-Busch Brewery for the Northeastern U.S. is only 20 minutes away in Merrimack, NH. We went last night with my sister’s family. We weren’t sure what to expect and were quite pleased. It was a family-oriented attraction with lots of tricks and treats for the kids. They had a special tent for children to paint pumpkins and make other crafts. The haunted house was fun but not the over the top kind that would give someone nightmares. (If you have little ones, the staff will give you a blue glow stick and the performers know not to scare you.) They also had performers from a local circus school with jugglers and acrobats who were excellent at interacting with the kids. And there was a ton of food. Several carnival-style food vendors were there. You could get sausage subs, pizza, caramel apples, and cotton candy. They also had quite a few firepits and sold kits to make s’mores. And of course, you could get your favorite Anheuser-Busch beverage. My sister’s family drove quite a way to get here. We combined it with a late afternoon brewery tour and the dinner at the Biergarten. It was a really fun time.
If you live near Merrimack, check it out next year. I’m not sure if they have something similar at the other breweries nationwide.
In nearby Hollis, NH, you’ll find Lull Farms. This is quite the farmstand. You can buy farm-to-table fruits and vegetables. Many varieties of apples and tomatoes are hard to come by in supermarkets. They have seasonal items. Right now they are selling a lot of corn stalks, mums and pumpkins. Oh, and they are selling a lot of cider. If you want apples, you have your choice of buying them in the shop or picking your own. During this time of year, Lull Farms and the neighboring farm stand are destinations for people who live in the city and more suburban areas. The parking lots are full, tour buses arrive, and a lot of apple cider donuts get eaten. I often stop in for fresh produce and the Jamaican jerk chicken they sell on the weekends.
Just up the road from Milford Street in the town of Milford, NH, they held the annual Pumpkinfest last weekend. They closed off the town center. There was music, and food, and carnival games. There is a family area where both faces and pumpkins are painted, and you can even get all the supplies to make your own scarecrow. The winning pumpkin weighed over a ton. BTW, don’t we all need our own donut machine?!