haytunnelBeing an empty nest mom has it’s bittersweet moments. You’ve raised independent kids who’ve flown the coop, but you’re left with wonderful memories AND fabulous travel tips–especially local ones. As fall sweeps in and Halloween approaches, it’s easy to get nostalgic. One of our favorite day trips was to Soergel’s Orchards just outside the city of Pittsburgh, where we’d enjoy a family hay ride before our boys fumbled through the cornstalk maze and bickered over pumpkins. When it comes to food options, Soergel’s wins the prize. What family can’t find harmony in a land of roasted corn and apple everything? From caramel apples to apple pie and the “must have” hotdogs, Soergel’s Orchards is an autumn destination worth investigating. And now when my kids are too big to care, I find out they have a Hay Tunnel. I feel like I did when the school district finally started full day kindergarten the year my youngest hit first grade.

pumpkinbinsDon’t just take it from me. Two weeks ago, Suri Cruise was spotted at Soergel’s with her mom Katie Holmes and dad Tom Cruise who is in town shooting “One Shot”. News sources say a good time was had by all. AND she loved the face painting–which, of course they didn’t offer when my boys were little. Happy Halloween!

Location: 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090