We were on our way to one of the hikes nearby Quabin reservoir, when I noticed a sign at the roadside "Hard cider". "What is that? Is there a "soft cider" as well?" I laughingly asked. It turned out - there is. "Soft cider" is like non-filtered apple juice, while "hard" - slightly alcoholic, bubbly drink (the cider we know in Latvia).
We followed the signs which took as to a beautiful place nearby New Salem (a town which is beautiful itself, cannot wait to see it in autumn colors). New Salem Preserves (http://www.newsalempreserves.com/Home.html) is the place. Home made cider (and cider donuts, and vinegar), fantastic place to sample different types and enjoy the view. Although the terrains around Amherst is mountainous, I cannot think of many places using the view. (Are people used to it?)
I loved the place. We had the tasting set, were already ready to go for a walk, when the rain started. After few hours we decided to try to go for a walk for the second time and... found ourselves again at the same place, enjoying one more glass of cider and the view. One can sit and meditate here for hours, I believe (weather permitting).
Interestingly enough, the place was busy throughout the day. Locals tend to know these places?