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  • Writer's pictureCarrie

The Art of Apple Pressing: A Nostalgic Activity at Dragonwood Vacation Retreat in Maine

There's something incredibly magical about the art of apple pressing.

The mere thought of it takes me back to my childhood, where memories of watching my parents’ collect apples and place them in an old wooden apple press flood my mind.

This timeless activity has a way of connecting us with our roots, evoking the sweet nostalgia of simpler times. Recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing this heartwarming tradition at Dragonwood.

Maine, with its stunning landscapes and crisp autumn air, is a place where seasons truly come to life. It's during the fall, as the leaves start to turn colors and the air becomes crisp, that apple harvest season is at its peak. Nestled in the heart of Maine, Dragonwood offers guests a chance to immerse themselves in the New England experience, including the art of apple pressing.

The moment you start pressing apples, a symphony of scents and sounds takes over. The first thing that hits you is the smell of ripe apples. It's a fragrance that lingers in the air, a sweet and earthy perfume that instantly transports you to a time when life was simpler.

Then there are the sounds—the creaking of the wooden press as it exerts its gentle pressure on the apples, the satisfying squelch as the juice begins to flow, and the rhythmic drip-drip-drip of the liquid filling the collecting container.

One of the beautiful aspects of apple pressing is how it can bring neighbors together. We needed an extra set of hands at Dragonwood to tackle the mounds of apples we had. One text message is all it takes in the small community. It's amazing how a shared activity like this can spark conversations, forge connections, and foster a sense of community. We exchanged stories and tips as we worked side by side, turning apples into liquid gold.

In an age when life often feels rushed and disconnected, the art of apple pressing offers a welcome respite—a chance to slow down, savor the moment, and connect with our past and our neighbors. It's a reminder that the simplest traditions can bring the greatest joy.

So, if you find yourself at Dragonwood Vacation Retreat in Maine during apple harvest season, take a moment to try your hand at apple pressing. You'll not only create delicious cider but also memories that will warm your heart for years to come. Just like my parents did for me, this timeless art will connect you to the land, the people, and the beauty of Maine in a way that's truly unforgettable.

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