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Pick Your Own Apples During Your Connecticut Staycation

Some fantastic Fairfield County-grown apples await your pickin’ and crunchin’ pleasure when you lodge in luxury with us here at Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury. One of the region’s few remaining orchards open to the public is just a stone’s throw from our boutique accommodations, and it’s well worth a visit. If you’re spending a Connecticut staycation with us—and we certainly hope you will!—we certainly recommend a day trip to the venerable Blue Jay Orchards.


Blue Jay Orchards

Encompassing some 140 acres, Blue Jay Orchards (125 Plumtrees Rd, Bethel, CT) provides a classic rustic experience amid some lovely New England countryside—and, remarkably, it’s only about 15 minutes from Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury!

Speaking of “classic,” Blue Jay Orchards has been doing its thing for the better part of a century, delighting generations of locals and out-of-towners alike with its fruit-laden trees and its well-stocked farm market. More than a few big names have paid a visit over all those decades, among them tennis legend Arthur Ashe and the immortal Marilyn Monroe.

You’ll find more than 30 varieties of apples here, including such perennial favorites as Red Delicious, McIntosh, and Ida Red. The pick-your-own experience is definitely a highlight of a late summer/early fall Blue Jay Orchards visit, but it’s not all you’ll get to enjoy here. The aforementioned farm market sells the orchard’s apples and delicious cider as well as jams, jellies, sauces, local honey, maple syrup and maple sugar candies, and an all-out treasure trove of delectables out of the Blue Jay bakery, including some justifiably famous apple cider donuts—you’ll get hooked, believe us—as well as fruit pies, cookies, and more.

Come fall there’s a pumpkin patch, to boot, just to crank up the timeless, all-ages delights.


Wander Blue Jay Orchards on a Late Summer or Early Fall Escape to Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury

Tap into the bounty of the season—and a tradition that’s delighted many generations—by visiting Blue Jay Orchards during a getaway to Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury! It’ll serve as a wonderful spicing-up of your Connecticut staycation.