An Autumn's Apple Picking Trip.

Image: Courtesy Shawn Linehan

Come early fall, when the air carries spice and the orchard trees of Oregon's Hood River Valley bow with fruit, nothing tempts quite like an heirloom apple. (Or a bushel of 'em.) From Arkansas Black to Northern Spy and Winter Banana, October is when these tawny-skinned beauties come into their own, wind-tousled and plumping in the year's last warm sun. While the season grows uncertain-and increasingly nippy-you can still soothe the soul with a day spent handling and harvesting the good things that grow so close to home. Itinerary Below.