The Ritz-Carlton Takes a Bite out of Fall with its Indoor “Apple Orchard”

Posted October 13, 2014 by Cheryl Fenton in Downtown Boston
Ritz Urban Apple Orchard

As New Englanders, we all know a thing or two about fall. There’s the good (we have the best leaf peeping color around), the bad (wet leaves on the sidewalk are slippery) and the ugly (it means that winter’s on its way).

Something else we know? Apples. We bob for them. We make pies with them. We mull them (mixed with cinnamon and a little spiced rum, thank you very much). Most of us hit at least one or two local orchards every autumn to pick these fall fruits and have our ways with them. Who could turn down an afternoon of hay rides, apple cider donuts and picking the perfect apple? But sometimes a trip outside the city won’t work. Besides all that hay is scratchy and gets in your shoes.

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common is here to help you celebrate one of the best seasons in Boston with a little apple farm fun right here in the city. Its ‘pop-up apple orchard’ gives you a chance to relish in fall without having to leave the city. Just stroll into the cozy nook located within the hotel, and you’re greeted by the scents of mulled cider and homemade apple pie. Somewhere between a country store and an elegant window display, this urban orchard is a gorgeous representation of all things fall. There are wooden baskets of apples, trays of tasty apple donuts, jars of dried apples snacks and fancy bottles of tangy spiced apple cider, all for you. Yes, there’s even hay but it’s bundled up nicely.

“We’re bringing the flavors and excitement of apple picking to those who are visiting and living here in Boston,” says Executive Chef Frank Kassner of this authentic seasonal welcome. “Not everyone has the time to visit an orchard, so we brought the elements of the orchard to The Ritz-Carlton.”

Ritz Orchard

A percentage of the proceeds benefit The Food Project.

An October-only treat every Saturdays that’s held from noon to 4pm, the hotel’s urban apple orchard gives you the chance to dig into the season with festive tins and jars for purchase. Open their lids and they are filled to the brim with apple beignets, apple pie filling, caramel apples and mini apple pastries.

And who goes into an apple orchard and comes out empty handed? Farm-picked apples (think Mcinstosh, Cortlands, Baldwins and Roxbury Russets, to name a few) are sold by the half-dozen and dozen. All these goodies and apples are sourced locally from the Belkin Family Lookout Farm in South Natick, one of our favorite places to whittle away a fall day.

As you take your first chomp into one of these crisp fall delights, know that you’re also doing a ton of good. As part of Ritz-Carlton’s Community Footprint efforts to create a better local community and assist in the fight against hunger, a percentage of the proceeds will benefit The Food Project. Consider this a small way to work together to build a sustainable food system for your community.

So we want to ask you – how do ya like dem apples?