Fall-themed welcome bags

October 11 • 2012

L: Stonewall Kitchen's pumpkin scones, R: Maine Root's pumpkin pie soda

Planning a fall wedding in New England? Your guests are no doubt looking forward to leaf peeping, freshly picked apples and that unmistakable crispness in the air.

Why not welcome them with a few autumn-themed goodies? They’ll be falling all over themselves with gratitude.

Black Dinah Chocolatiers, a husband-and-wife chocolate shop located on the windswept island of Isle Au Haut, is known for its handmade treats. Order a few of their Northern Apple chocolates, which are crafted from local apple varieties and milk chocolate, then topped with a cumin-glazed pecan. It’s the next best thing to picking apples at the orchard. (For chocolate lovers, it might even be better).

Stonewall Kitchen’s pumpkin scone mix with maple glaze will remind your guests of the wedding day when they sit down to breakfast back at home. Two fall flavors in one delicious morning treat. Stonewall suggests brushing them with melted butter just before baking and sprinkling the scones with cinnamon sugar, mmmmm.

We’ve heard of pumpkin-flavored beer, but pumpkin soda? Maine Root offers a pumpkin pie soda in its lineup of fair trade certified and organically sweetened sodas. Nutmeg, cloves and allspice balance out the sweetness, and the result is fall in a bottle.

Village Candle, located in Wells, crafts a variety of autumnal candles made with Yankee pride. Mulled cider, baked apple, apple and acorn, they sound almost good enough to eat. Don’t’ miss the “bat’s breath” candle, scented to smell like candy corn and available just in time for Halloween.

Guests with a car who plan to stay a few days will love the Maine Office of Tourism’s suggested driving loops for taking in the fall scenery. The loops highlight eight regions across the state – “Apples and Arts” takes visitors to several galleries and orchards while “Lakes and Leaves” courses through the Moosehead Lake region and along a scenic highway made brilliant with stunning fall foliage. Print out directions for your guests with wishes for happy travels.

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