Who can resist a drive in the country on a crisp fall day, with leaves turned crimson and amber, farm stands with the perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkin waiting to be carved, apples enticing you to pick them from the trees, and corn mazes challenging you to find your way through? McHenry County, with the largest concentration of apple orchards in Chicagoland, the world’s largest corn maze and farm stands dotting the countryside makes a perfect getaway anytime during the fall. However, the ideal weekend to visit is October 18-20 when fifteen area farms will welcome visitors during the Autumn Drive event.
Each of the participating farms will offer a unique experience, from fresh vegetables and apples to antiques, handcrafted gift items, pottery, children’s activities, wagon rides and concessions. Many of the farms will host multiple vendors, so it’ll be fun to explore each of them. Be sure to pick up a drawing entry form and have it initialed at each stop for a chance to win one of several gift certificates. Find a listing of participating farms and a printable map noting the farm locations on the Autumn Drive 2013 web site. The event will take place rain or shine since many of the vendors will be indoors.
Stay the entire weekend and visit some of the area’s other attractions, too, like Richardson’s Adventure Farm with the world’s largest corn maze and evening campfires, Royal Oak Farm Orchard, the largest apple orchard in northern Illinois, and Stade’s Farm & Market Shades of Autumn, where you can see a pumpkin blast from a cannon and the kids can participate in over 20 activities. For a full list of area attractions and events, visit the McHenry County Convention & Visitor Bureau web site. McHenry County is about 60 miles northwest of Chicago off of I-90 and bordering the Wisconsin state line.
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